By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
President Barack H. Obama created his petition initiative for the federal government to be more responsive to the needs and wishes of the American people. Some Americans are so dissatisfied with his November 6th reelection that they apparently don’t want to be Americans anymore and are using the White House’s own petition function to ask President Obama to allow Alabama and at least 20 other states to leave the union and become its own nation.
Someone from Mobile who identified himself as Derrick B started the petition at Whitehouse.gov on November 9th following Mitt Romney’s failure to unseat controversial President Barack H. Obama. In the petition (that mirrors the 20++ other state petitions) Derrick B quotes from the Declaration of Independence: “”When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive.”
The petition to President Obama asking that he allow Alabama to become its own independent nation had managed to collect 3,000 signatures by Monday morning.
On Monday, the story was reported by the Mobile Press Register’s George Talbot. Since then it has exploded across the internet and was a subject on talk radio shows across Alabama. The additional publicity generated more petition signatures and as of press time the petition has 17,021 signatures. According to the White House site, the petition needs 7,979 more signatures by December 9th to get a response from President Obama. Texas has already gotten the 25,000 online signatures from their petition.
The League of the South, a neo-Confederate group who has long advocated for secession said on Monday that it supports the sentiment expressed by the petition movement although it doesn’t support their methodology.
The President of The League of the South, Michael Hill said, “While any movement that advances the idea of secession is a good thing, let us not forget that it is our States to whom we should look for leadership in this matter. Instead of asking permission to secede from Washington, DC (specifically the White House), we should be writing letters to our Governors, State Attorneys General, and State Senators and Representatives. These officials are the “lesser magistrates” whose duty is to interpose themselves between us, the citizens of the sovereign States, and the government in DC. So instead of simply signing an online petition for secession, take the time to write (and call) these lesser magistrates in your State and demand that they stand up for you against the organized criminal enterprise otherwise known as the US government.”
Before the November election, the German newspaper ‘Des Spiegel’ predicted the eventual breakup of the United States due to the growing ideological divide between right and left.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has not yet commented on the call to make Alabama its independent nation.