Documenting the Absurdity:
by JOSEPH LORD, WFPL News Louisville
President Obama has been re-elected, a new Congress is taking shape and the American citizenry is ready to move on to tackle the various challenging issues before the nation.
Perhaps not all of the citizenry.
At least a small fraction of people in several states are more interested in calling an end to the Union. Here's an Internet petition asking to remove Kentucky from the United States:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Peacefully grant the State of Kentucky to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
More than 5,000 people had "signed" the Kentucky secession petition as of Monday afternoon, created Saturday by a "Wesley C."
The petition appears on the WhiteHouse.gov website, of all places, in a section where citizens are encouraged to exercise the First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The petitions are user generated. The section, called "We the People," says:
"We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response."
So far, succession petitions have been made for several states. The Texas petition appears to be leading the way -- it has more than 25,000 signers since beginning Friday.
Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and New Jersey are just a few of the other states where hundreds or thousands are signatories to similar secession petitions on the White House website.
This, of course, will lead to nothing, except perhaps a minor embarrassment for the Obama administration's attempt to engage people directly on issues. [MORE]