A few hours ago, a Petition Permitting Louisiana to Secede from the United States of America amassed more than the number of signatures required for the White House to issue a response. BayouBuzz reports:
Louisiana secession petition signatures reached the threshold for a response from the White House on Tuesday morning. The White House We The People programs offers all citizens the power to initiate a petition drive. Once a petition reaches more than 25,000 signatures in a 30-day period, the issue is routed to the appropriate office for review and a response issued.
As of Tuesday morning, Louisiana’s petition to secede had 27,028 signatures, according to the Atlanta Black Star . Louisiana celebrated its statehood bicentennial earlier this year. A man identified as “Michael E” of Slidell created the secession petition on November 7, according to The Advertiser .
University of Louisiana at Lafayette political science professor Ryan Teten had this to say about the We the People petition drive:As of this afternoon, the HuffPo is reporting that some 30 similar petitions have been filed on the White House website's "We the People" feature.
“It doesn’t represent the state and its population. It’s another form of protest. Given Louisiana’s position and its struggles."
[Of course, there's also a petition seeking to name Duncan Trussell as Emperor of Planet Earth. (Don't ask me -- I have not made the acquaintance of Mr. Trussell.) Mr. Trussell has already accumulated 221 signatures. Personally, I don't see the Young President granting the status of Emperor to anyone but himself, so Mr. Trussell probably should put off ordering the leopard skin cape with ermine trim for awhile. (You don't want to know what he wants his throne made of. Seriously.) But, it's nice to have aspirations, I suppose.]
Interestingly enough, one must create an "account" and "log in" before one may add a signature. Yeah. I want to create an "account" on the White House website. When pigs fly. I'm sure someone already monitors every time I brush my teeth or eat an extra potato chip or two, so I'm pretty sure I don't want to give the squiggly-wire-earpiece guys tacit approval to monitor me .
I'm seriously unsure of what to make of the secession movement. There are already more than 78,000 signatures on a Texas petition. More than 27,000 on Louisiana's. Kick in Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri, and another 74,000+ add to the total. Heck, even someone in Wisconsin and Kalifornia has filed petitions -- and people are signing them! Of course, these are statistically insignificant numbers, but they are relevant numbers.
There is a cauldron of smelly stuff, and fear, coming to a boil out there while the media go on and on about the indiscretions of senior military leadership rather than voting discrepancies or murdered ambassadors. Something is getting ready to hit the fan, and I doubt whether those who plan to pitch it are willing to wait four more years.
Get ready to duck.