Secession petitions get response from Obama Administration

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Submitted: Sat, 01/12/2013 - 2:00am
Updated: Sun, 01/13/2013 - 3:35am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In November we told you about petitions on the White House’s website that suggested citizens across the country aren’t happy with the way things are going in Washington. The petition garnered the 25,000 signatures needed to warrant a response and the Obama Administration has done just that.

Petitions to secede from the United States started popping up shortly after the election. Citizens from more than 20 states, including North Carolina, filed petitions to secede from the union. To read more on our original story click here. 

The statement from the White House reads:

Our States Remain United

By Jon Carson

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 inagural 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 Presdeint’s ideas and share more of your own.

Jon Carson is Director of the Office of Public Engagement



  • Guest1889 says:

    Here’s a suggestion. People who wish to secede can be relocated to Texas. Then Texas can be given to Mexico. Problem solved.

  • alexb says:

    while i think the current president is taking our nation down the wrong path, this is not the answer. If we want our nation to head in another direction, we do that though elections. that is what Americans do

  • liberal sunshine says:

    WTG White House! Can the extremists in this country get any more ridiculous?

  • Guest Reply says:

    On the other hand…some Mexican’s tried this same sorta thing with their Government years ago. When it didn’t work out for them…they just simply started coming here via the Rio Grande.
    Some just came across the river to buy assault weapons and take them back to Blow the Ba-Jesus outta each other.
    On the other hand that is…some just tried to make a living here…Tax Free!

  • Guest421 says:

    Actually, I am a native of NC and have lived here most of my life except while in the military. Overall it is a decent place with a lot to offer. However, many of those who live here are still in the dark ages.

  • GuestTBagger says:

    Hey Guestcolon mccoy…. Your ilk won a battle in 1898 when the legitimately elected government of the City of Wilmington was overthrown by RACIST TRASH. What are you proposing? Do we turn the clock back to then? Or, do you want a do-over and a second chance to win the Civil War??

  • Guest421 says:

    Apparently, ignorance is alive and well in over 20 states. North Carolina has proven this time and time again, so this is no surprise. Like a spoiled child, when the outcome of the election does not go in your favor, you want to take your ball and go home. How many of you think the Earth is still flat?

  • it is apparent that you probably moved to our state from somewhere up north. i have a suggestion for you,if you don’t like our state do know that you still have the right to move back home wherever it was. we do still believe in freedom and our southern ways|unlike most people we don’t try to force our ways and beliefs on others.please come and visit our state anytime but don’t try to change it to suit yourself. we like it just fine as it is.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    If we did how would you freeloaders get your Obama phones, food stamps, and government housing?

  • Guest2020 says:

    In a 1848 statement to the US Senate, Abraham Lincoln stated that the states had the right of secession. He was just another lying politician. It was the states that formed the Union, therefore the states had the right to leave the Union. That right was addressed in our Declaration of Independence when the colonies seceded from England.

  • Bucky says:

    Same old empty chair that ran up the deficit. Same old broken record speech. [I know, Bush’s fault.]

  • Beach Bum says:

    “And because every American who wants to participate deserves a government that is accessible and responsive”


    What about the North Carolinans that no longer want to participate in their Union?

    Deportation not a viable option…they won’t even deport the illegals.

  • Deb says:

    What a bunch of empty words. The Obama administration clearly does not abide by nor are they interested in the Constitution of the United States. Obama is more interested in spending! He clearly wants to turn this nation into a socialist society. We the people, want our freedoms back. We don’t need a racist dictator in the White House who is tearing our country apart!! I love my country and I cannot wait until Obama is out of office permanently and we are able to get someone in who actually cares about the people!!

  • love or leave says:

    Feel free to leave. What freedoms have you lost??? With your attitude you should lose them all.

  • Guestomfg says:

    Everyone that signed one should have their citizenship revoked, let them find another country that will take them. Bunch of anti American traitor whiners.

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  • RSimmons says:

    Obama should have said…”Don’t let the screen door hit your butt on the way out!

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