Residents Petition White House For Florida To Secede From U.S.

On the official website of the White House is a facility opening a petition on any issue that you feel needs addressing. What would you like to petition the U.S. Government to do?

While the presidential election is the only true national referendum, petitions are well and alive. And no, this petitition has nothing to do with the St. Petersburg Pier. 

Actually, a few folks in Florida are petitioning the President Barack Obama White House to allow Florida to break off from the United States government and become its own nation. Hey, Puerto Rico is waiting to take Florida's place, so no need to change the amount of stars on the flag, so there's that.

The Obama White House offers citizens the opportunity to file a petition on its official website. Several people have already opened petitions asking other people to join them in asking for a variety of issues to be considered by the administration. Included in those petitions gaining popularity are a couple relating to Japan’s territorial issues.

For Florida's issue, 1,343 signatures were collected as of Sunday afternoon. Here's what the petition asks:

We the people of the great state of Florida, do see that in today's world the Federal Government has not led our citizens justly and with honor. We therefore as free men and women of our great state do believe that it is time to take matter upon ourselves to ensure our continued freedom, and to enact our own laws and here buy govern ourselves without the federal government's involvement in our internal matters from this day forward.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

The goal for that petition is 25,000, which is essentially hoping that a town about the size of Venice would say yes and kick off the movement for the whole state, so realistically, we'll put the chances of that happening near zero percent.

A similar petition requested that the state of Louisiana be allowed to peacefully withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government, as well.

The other Florida-based petition asks the White House to legalize marijuana in the state of Florida, which would really be a state-based issue and vote, but would ultimately needed to be decriminalized by the federal government for any state measure to truly take hold. That petition collected 799 signatures out the 25,000 goal.

Another one though not local, sure wouldn't be met with open arms in Ybor City as the petition asks the FDA to regulate premium cigars.

At last count, more than 30,500 people had digitally signed that petition. 

CJ November 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Mike. Just yesterday I read about a school district that ''banned'' the national anthem at the beginning of events. That's what is going on..and it needs to stop. When the revolution starts...lol...just come on by my house in your pick-up truck and I will grab my arsenal and hop in the back with the huge amount of other people ready for this fight...and let's go thin out a few people. The libs are the ones asking for this showdown...and Obam thrives seeing this hiddeen agenda fall slowly in place. There is the old saying...be carefuyl what you ask for or you may get your wish. The next riots our country sees are going to be about a lot more than the race of a person.
Rider November 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Virtually this whole stream of comments were so very difficult to read....and it opened my eye to how so many people need to have an enemy in order for themselves to feel empowered. There is virtually nobody that I know who is either all-liberal or all-conservative....yet most of these posts are about the "other side" being to blame. Most Americans are moderate as evidenced by the swing of the registered democrats to Reagan in the past and the present day Latin republicans whom have swung back to the democratic party. All in all, the most disturbing part of all this is the emphasis on one person, albeit the president. Nobody has ulitmate control or power over us. Congress has as much or more power than the president and we all have the power to congregate peacefully and engage in civic dialogue and action to change things. It's called democracy and it works from the neighborhood street, to the city we call home, to the state, and then the nation. My gosh, it's time to restore a bit of faith in ourselves and in the immediate world around us and to turn off the constant onslaught of the media adding fuel to the fire of the fears that people like on this blog....are expressing.
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