White House: SC, Others Cannot Secede

A petition with nearly 30,000 signatures to allow the Palmetto State to withdraw from the United States has been denied.

ST. ANDREWS, SC -- There will not be a second or peaceful secession from the Union.

A petition before the White House to allow South Carolina to peacefully secede from the United States was denied Friday by the White House

Nearly 30,000 people had signed the petition, and similar petitions in eight other states, including Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida and Texas. Also denied was a petition to deport everyone who had signed a similar petition. 

In the White House's response to all 10 petitions, and titled "Our States Remain United," spokesman Jon Carson wrote:

Thank you for using the White House's online petitions platform to participate in your government.

In a nation of 300 million people -- each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs -- democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted.

But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart.

Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States "in order to form a more perfect union" through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot -- a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it. As President Abraham Lincoln explained in his first inaugural address in 1861, "in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual." In the years that followed, more than 600,000 Americans died in a long and bloody civil war that vindicated the principle that the Constitution establishes a permanent union between the States. And shortly after the Civil War ended, the Supreme Court confirmed that "[t]he Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States."

Although the founders established a perpetual union, they also provided for a government that is, as President Lincoln would later describe it, "of the people, by the people, and for the people" -- all of the people. Participation in, and engagement with, government is the cornerstone of our democracy. And because every American who wants to participate deserves a government that is accessible and responsive, the Obama Administration has created a host of new tools and channels to connect concerned citizens with White House. In fact, one of the most exciting aspects of the We the People platform is a chance to engage directly with our most outspoken critics.

So let's be clear: No one disputes that our country faces big challenges, and the recent election followed a vigorous debate about how they should be addressed. As President Obama said the night he won re-election, "We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future."

Whether it's figuring out how to strengthen our economy, reduce our deficit in a responsible way, or protect our country, we will need to work together -- and hear from one another -- in order to find the best way to move forward. I hope you'll take a few minutes to learn more about the President's ideasand share more of your own.


Jerry Wondergem January 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM
I shared that article Mr. David as I noted before down below. Secondly, your use of foul and crude language is just plain disrepectful and downright wrong morally. Get real wisdom my man that can only be acquired through receiving Christ Jesus. AGAIN, I pray for your lost soul. To God be the glory and honor forever.
Jerry Wondergem January 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Our founding fathers who most of were of Christains decenwrote it as "The Freedom of Religion". What this shows is that True Christians(such as most of the founding fathers were) understand that one cannot force anyone to believe in and accept Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior(Which Jamie Fox called Obama["Our God and Lord and Savior] at the BET awards); IT IS A PERSONAL CHOICE. So, that's why they put in the right to freedom of religion. Get Godly wisdom Mr. David; Job 11:12, 28:28; 1 Corintians 3:18-19; Proverbs 3:7, 26:12
Jerry Wondergem January 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
gotta love typos. Suppose to read of Christian decent wrote.....
Jerry Wondergem January 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Hey Jill. You may want to read Anns words again. She is not for Obama like you are and P.S.: You don't know the one and only True God do you? The one who created you and everything. I hope you too wake up and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior so that you may have eternal life. My heart as does Gods aches for you and all like you. :-(
Jerry Wondergem January 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Right on Longpoint1. As far as you go Reg: Open your eyes and ears and wake up from your mind manipulated slumber. You can't see nor hear the truth even if it slapped you in the face. Sad indeed. :-(


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