Secessionists Petition the White House


By Mr. Curmudgeon:

A White House website called “We the People” is currently unavailable. All you will see when landing on the splash page is a prompt reading, “404 Page Not Found,” along with a notice saying, “We’ve been upgrading our site.”

According to news reports, the White House website has been deluged with petitions requesting that states be allowed to secede from the Union. Secession has become a hot topic of conversation in response to the re-election of President Obama.

According to the Washington Times, “As of 7 a.m. Thursday, there were 789,453 [petition] signatures, but since many people had signed more than one petition … fewer than half, or 281,780, were unique.”

I have never been a fan of secession or the Confederacy. I am an unapologetic Abraham Lincoln Unionist. “The Union is much older than the Constitution,” said Lincoln in his first inaugural address, “It was formed in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. And finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was ‘to form a more perfect union.’”

Lincoln also made an argument based on contract law. “If the United States be not a government proper, but an association of states in the nature of contract merely, can it, as a contract, be peaceably unmade, by less than all the parties who made it? One party to a contract may violate it – break it, so to speak; but does it not require all to lawfully rescind it?”

Whereas the framework for a national government was established in convention and delivered to the various states for ratification, rescinding the arrangement requires agreement from all parties to the contract. By seceding without consulting the other parties, the Confederates States of America acted in bad faith and in violation of the spirit and letter of the law.

I have two observations concerning modern secessionists: Unlike the lawless southern rebels of the past, modern secessionists petition the White House for permission to leave the Union, something Lincoln would have found curious if not outright laughable; secondly, I find them to be the worst specie among cowards. They would break the law to form … what exactly? A monarchy? A republic? A collection of city states?

They would run from our Constitutional system rather than fight to preserve it against the “menaces of destruction to the government.” They would rebel against the very document that provides the safety valve of the amendment process.

“America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future,” said escaped slave and arch abolitionist Frederick Douglass, “Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion [the 4th of July], I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery – the great sin and shame of America!”

Abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison dismissed America’s slavery-sanctioning Constitution as a “covenant with death, and an agreement with hell,” believing Southern slave states should secede in order to wipe slavery from the remaining Union of states. Douglass disagreed. Dissolving the Union to defeat slavery “is about as wise as it would be to burn up this city, in order to get the thieves out of it. The Union, under the Constitution, requires me to do nothing which is wrong, and gives me many facilities for doing good.”

It is imperative that state Tea Party organizations abandon wasteful efforts to expand their presence in Congress and, instead, back candidates for state office that pledge to call for a Constitutional Convention to re-establish our national governments’ limited and “enumerated” powers, working to stop the 100-year creep of totalitarian Progressivism in order “to form a more perfect Union.”

“Let us go home and cultivate our virtues,” said Gen. Robert E. Lee to his men after surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. Modern secessionists should take Lee’s advice and fight to reestablish their homeland’s Constitutional virtues than make a coward’s mad dash for the exits.


  1. While this website is, unfortunately, down, you can still let your voices be heard by signing two other petitions that are still operating.

    1. Support an amendment establishing a 'natural born U.S. Citizen' as a person born of 'two U.S. citizen parents'

    2. Support federal elections through publicly verifiable processes.

    And, please, if you can, after you vote, press your 'PRNT SCREEN/Sys Rq' button and save the image to a file for later verification capability.

    ex animo

  2. The 404 message on the site has been popping up since before the election. The site updates itself anytime a large number of signatures is added and traffic has certainly been high.

    Correct me if I am wrong but is any state actually petitioning to seceed? I didn't think so. These petitions were started by people with no voice as a way of letting it be known how unhappy millions are with our countries current situation. It's wrong to say anyone in this Country who signed one of these petitions is running"from" anything. Obvious voter fraud, the OUTRAGEOUS number and scope of EO's that have change our countries laws and policies without a second glance at what the People want. Congress is being bypassed at every turn and mass group think on the part of the Liberal voters and media as to what actually matters to Americans is scary. It seems that if millions of people simply get one issue sided in their favor they are willing to overlook the greatest steps away from the Constitution this country has ever taken. The use of what is simply a bribe to gain support with no concern for the laws in place has gone too far. Everyone who loves the Constitution is very upset because they been denied their rights under it by a President who swore to uphold it. While people claiming they love the Constitution are turning the other cheek to the violations of it because "this time" ….they are getting what they want. Lincoln didn't free the slaves. His first act as President was to offer the slaves on a chopping block to keep the southern states from succeeding. Today the president is doing the same thing by sacrificing millions for his agenda. Some people will be blindly led to their own destruction while inoring all the facts of history, the current situation, and the future precedence we are setting in regards to our Constitution and the voice of the people including minority. These attempts to gain a voice by any options available should lead you to speak for them instead of against them. The only option you give to their acts is to have them call for something that requires, a voice and time, neither of which we have much of it seems Maybe you should go back to the page and look at the other petitions when it comes up again. You will see noone needed useless advice. They began petitioning against every broad sweeping EO he signed. They used the secession petitions to gain awareness and support to create change….. then began working from there on real change. You quoted many things but not "Give me Liberty or give me death". Maybe you should worry more about Liberty than trying to down people fighting for it!

  3. Some people are serious some are only trying to find a way to voice opposition to the criminal government we now have. I find it refreshingly American.