Turns out that residents who wanted their states to be allowed to secede from the nation after President Barack Obama won reelection will have to stay put. The White House calls for working together to solve the nation's problems in its official response to eight online petitions for secession.
"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," writes Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, on the White House's We the People online petition site. "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."
Carson said that the Constitution grants the right to change the government through "the power of the ballot."
The response was to petitions for secession rights in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Any petition with more than 25,000 signatures gets an official response.
Via We the People