The White House has responded to the petition asking to allow the peaceful withdrawal of the State of Louisiana from the Union.
Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, responded. Guess what the answer is? I will wait…still waiting…. Have you guessed?
No. The answer is no.
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.
But what if “self” doesn’t agree with this “government”? Sorry, Charlie. You don’t get a “get out of jail free” card:
But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.
I didn’t realize that this was a right that was the founders’ to grant.
He then follows with what could be construed as a veiled threat:
…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.
Of course, this only vindicated the principle that might makes right, and history is written by the victors.
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."
Proving the wisdom in the separation of powers.
So there you have it.
But the best part was found in the section immediately below Mr. Carson’s response. I have no idea if it will be there now, if you check the link – I don’t know if this is a rotating list. Immediately below the response is a list of other related petitions. The first one, a petition to:
Deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America.
I imagine there would be many takers.
h/t Charles Burris