Petitioning for Secession: A Case Study from Missouri

Secession … or, to be more precise, the filing of secession petitions … continues to attract attention, although I’d say it seems to be subsiding.

Not all of these petitions are going to the White House … and, truth be told, they shouldn’t. If secession’s an act by residents of a state looking for their state to secede, one would petition the governor or the state legislature. Such is the case in a petition presented by one Missouri secessionist blog.

Now, let’s look at the signature page, which as of this posting had a grand total of 44 signatures … kinda. That’s because several of our gallant secessionists (seven) preferred to remain anonymous.  Moreover, one Larry Reynolds has decided to sign multiple times (four).  Nor do we have any proof of residency from any of the signers (or proof that they are, in fact, real people, as the rapidly-multiplying Mr. Reynolds suggests).

Not exactly a groundswell.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving Wants to Take Something Away

As everyone knows, it is the Electoral College that “elects” the president (unless it doesn’t, as most people also know). I can recall how on election night there were people who were willing to concede that Barack Obama would win the electoral vote but that Mitt Romney would carry the popular vote. That turned out not to be the case. Now comes a proposal from a member of the SHPG to thwart both the popular will and the Electoral College.

Election does not get decided until Mid-December when the Electoral College cast their votes AND, if enough of them do not cast their vote, the responsibility falls onto the House of Representatives to choose the next President!

According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution AND the 12th Amendment – if 1/3rd of the States do not cast their votes in the Electoral College, then the matter falls onto the House of Representatives to choose the President. In other words, if we pressure Congressmen, State Party Officials, and groups such as Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Foundation, etc., to call on RED States to NOT have their Electors cast their vote – then the House of Reps CAN choose the next President (and Republicans still have the majority – 233 (R) to 195 (D) – in the House of Represent…actives)!!!

If just 18 RED States agreed to NOT cast their votes in the Electoral College – then it goes to the House. And if pressured -they just might do...

I’ll leave it to you to explain why someone would want to try to disrupt the whole process of selecting a president. What exactly is it about Barack Obama that angers members of the SHPG so much?  Any ideas?

And for the president’s reaction?

I thought so.