Daily Prompt: IMHO —- Pay to Go!

Is it just me or does the number of states petitioning to secede from the U.S. grown since it hit the press that the state of Louisiana were petitioning to secede?

I was over at We The People website and I know I counted over 15 states requesting to “Peaceably secede from the union”. I’m not going to go into how many signatures these petitions have because you can go there and see for yourself. I had already been thinking about writing something about this flood of exodus requests then I found this one petition which pretty much could have been written by myself so let me share it with you.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Force all states to pay their portion of the national debt before they can secede from the union

Residents of all states who wish to secede from the union should be required to take their own advice about ‘personal responsibility’, and pay their share of the national debt before being released to fend for themselves.

This debt must be paid in full, or they cannot leave.

This means no federal assistance, period.

Abridged list includes no more upkeep for highways, nor for interstates or bridges, no federally funded law enforcement or fire department, no public libraries, no phone lines, no cable television, no cell phone towers, no power grids, no water lines, no mail services, no paramedics, no hospitals which accept Medicare/Medicaid funding, no ATF, FBI, DOJ, SWAT, or Department of Homeland Security, no Border Guard, National Guard, Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers, or WITSEC.

Created: Nov 13, 2012

SIGNATURES NEEDED BY DECEMBER 13, 2012 TO REACH GOAL OF 25,000 = 19,266

TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION = 5,734

You can sign this petition here as I did.  Conditions of Seceding from the Union .

I really couldn’t have put it better than the author of this petition did.

The states of Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas are unhappy that the US is in such serious debt, that our President is black, that democrats are empower rather than republicans so they want to pick up all their toys and leave. Problem with that especially in my home state of Texas is that since 1870 they have been fine with sharing in the perks of being a US Citizen. Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Grants, Scholarships, Armed Forces Protection, etc. But now they are wanting out and I think it’s a good idea to force these states (all) to pay a percentage of the deficit to leave. I’m not just picking on Texas, (believe me as a Texan I’ve done the research and they do have a “purty dang” logical sounding case for secession, only problem is that  in the 1869 case of Texas v. White, US Supreme Court it was ruled that the secession of Texas from the United States was illegal. The court wrote, “The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an Indestructible Union, composed of indestructible states.

Now I know that those wanting to secede also have been quoting the Declaration of Independence in which it says: “‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government.’”

If you buy a house, sign a legal document you must pay for what you have used, you can’t just suddenly be tired of paying and keep the house or car. That’s a lousy example I know but that is because a house loan is two-sided, you pay for the ability to own the house, or car, etc..  If you fail to pay they take them away. So why wouldn’t the U.S. government expect states who petition (and have the numbers behind them) to leave the union be required to pay back into the National Debt that they helped create? Sounds perfectly rational to me that states should be held to a fiscal responsibility before jumping the ship.

So as a born and raised TEXAN who has been living in Louisiana the past 10 years, I think TEXAS  doesn’t have the numbers (resident population wise) to secede and even if so what is this teaching our children about responsibility and duty to their country of origin? I grew up an American and I feel that what ever country a person is born to, is where they are (for lack of a better word and a strong number of late night brain cells) STUCK! Believe me I grew up wishing I could be British – I relate better to their humour and have always felt like a lost child of the U.K  but, no, BUT  I was born an American and I own that, I inherited that from those Irish folk that came here on the ship and docked in Missouri and started having little American babies.

There are many things about our country I would change if I ran it, DOMA would be a goner for one, and treatment of Seniors (over 65) would be MUCH improved. But I will not just pick up my toys and leave the US even if California becomes The Country of Gaylifornia and all the pretty girls move there! *smiles*

Oh boy, I’m going tangentially badly now… This has been my opinion. Your mileage may vary, so to speak.

EOT.

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