Sunday, January 13, 2013

 RA Sends Complimentary Bereavement Gun Baskets To Families Of Shooting Victims

 Jan 11, 2013
NEWTOWN, CT—As the nation continues to mourn the women and children who lost their lives in last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association has reportedly joined the outpouring of support for families of victims by sending each household a bereavement gun basket. “On behalf of everyone here at the NRA, we extend our deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time, and hope you enjoy this complimentary assortment of the finest semi-automatic weapons and ammunition,” read the note accompanying each wicker basket, which included a variety of magazine cartridges, shooting range memberships, dried fruits, and high-powered firearms. “If there is any other ammunition or handgun accessory we can send to you, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” Sources said the NRA has also offered to match any assault rifle purchase in the Newtown, CT area.

Frustrated Wayne LaPierre Thought Murder Of 20 Children By Crazed Gunman Would Have Blown Over By Now

NewsNews ISSUE 49•02 Jan 7, 2013 
Wayne LaPierre is one large gross piece of blob.  All he really cares about is being able to keep his automatic weapons, large clips, and no control. Really read what he has said, because it will give you a look at his black cold heart. Take note, he is sweating just ever so slightly, and so very frustrated, by the depth of human emotions being shown, as he puts it "all these kids are dead now, let's just get over it."

FAIRFAX, VA—More than three weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, annoyed NRA president Wayne LaPierre told reporters Monday that while he understands the seriousness of the tragedy, he had only assumed the senseless murder of 20 first-graders and six educators by a mentally unstable gunman would have blown over by now.

Noting that the massacre was “almost a month ago” and that all of the victims had been laid to rest, the frustrated lobbyist said he couldn’t help but think the nation’s continued efforts to mourn victims and its protracted discussions of gun control were “a little much” at this point.

“I get that this horrible thing happened and all these kids are dead now, but honestly, how long are we going to keep talking about this?” the gun advocate said as he scanned a recent editorial on weapons permits, adding that “enough’s enough, you know?” “Everywhere I go it’s Newtown this, Newtown that. Meanwhile, it’s 2013, and we’re still talking about some shooting that happened last year. Seriously, move on already.”
“I mean, jeez, it’s not as if talking about them will bring them back,” he added. “Let’s just get over it.”

The longtime NRA head acknowledged that as someone who has followed dozens of mass shootings over the years, he had anticipated roughly a week or so of mourning following the deadly tragedy, but “nothing like this, for God’s sake.”

In addition, LaPierre said he was deeply surprised and even somewhat irritated that discussion concerning the heartbreaking loss of young life and the efficacy of existing gun control laws had continued to persist into the new year “as if people had nothing better to do.”

“Look, I get it: A bunch of kids died, and it’s really fucking sad or whatnot, and blah blah blah, but it’s not the end of the world here, people—the beat goes on,” a visibly agitated LaPierre said. “Hell, people die in car accidents every day, and we don’t make a big stink about that. We don’t shut down—just totally shut down—everything for weeks so we can talk about it over and over and over again, do we? Of course not. Oh, but I guess I’m the bad guy for suggesting we get our priorities straight and stop acting like a bunch of mewling babies because of 20 dead kids. Is that it? I’m the bad guy?”

“Yeah, I’m the bad guy,” he added. “Fine.”

"$2000 means so much to me - it will help cover medical expenses from a recent surgery, will allow me to fill up my gas tank so I can get to/from work and help my fiancé and I to pay for our upcoming wedding."
Elizabeth, NJ
"2,000 means yearly maintenance on my car."
Charles, CT
On Jan. 2, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation preventing a tax increase on millions of middle-class families. In the weeks before, hundreds of thousands of people shared what losing $2,000 would mean for them.
"@whitehouse #My2k Being able to know I will have a roof over my head and comfort in keeping the lights on."
"It means being able to attend graduate school as it goes toward my tuition bills. It means law school for my brother and health benefits while we are at school. The money goes towards these things, and also to home improvements after a recent house fire, and basic things like rent, heat and food. It does not fully fund but goes toward all these things which are so important to so many of us and our families."
Marissa, DC
"My family is about as 'middle' as you can get. My husband is a police officer and I work in a childcare center; we've both worked all our adult lives. We have three children — an adult daughter, a son in the US Army, and son in high school — as well as a granddaughter who lives with us. This year for Christmas, instead of exchanging gifts, we are traveling to visit my 78-year-old parents on the other side of the country. If we had $2,000 less in our pockets, the trip would be impossible — total for airfare is $2100."
Susan, NJ
"It means my parents can buy the medication they need. My Mom can pay for the care to help my father who has Alzheimer's. It means my cousins can save for their children's future education. It means I can save to pay for my own health problems."
Christopher, WA

"I am a retired high school math teacher who loved my job but never made a grand fortune of money. In our retirement, we are helping both of our daughters, with the little extra we have through our pensions, even though both girls are college-educated and are working two and three jobs in the economy left by the Bush years!! So that extra $2,000 would not only hit us hard, but would painfully ripple down to our two daughters as well."
Florence, VA
We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and are desperately trying to save money for college. Unfortunately, we're not getting very far because our mortgage is taking up such a huge chunk of our income. We're underwater with our mortgage, having lost about 100K in value in the recession like a lot of people. We have tried to refinance, but we don't qualify under the new programs passed. We're trying to hang on, but in order to pay for college, we will likely need to foreclose or do a short sale. A hell of a choice, eh?"
Tamra, VA
$2,000 for my family means helping my daughter who is a single Mom buy diapers, milk, clothes and help with the day care tuition for my grandson. If you take that away, she could be force to go back on public assistance, which means we will still be putting the country into more debt."
Mary, DC
"It means a pantry full of groceries; a tank full of gas in the car; new shoes and clothes for my son who's outgrowing them so quickly; and peace of mind for me and my wife."
Charles, MI
"My husband and I are retired on a fixed income and have our 401K invested. 2000 would mean a lot to us since emergencies are taken from our retirement fund. No more stalling, for once Congress should do their duty to our country."
Diane, TX
"Well, as a single mom of two with no support from their father..... It means food,shelter,and special needs for my kids."
Sherry, FL
"Right now $2,000 means that I can afford to pay for the lunch that my four children take to school every day. I am already facing a decision of not going back to school because I am not able to afford to pay. Thank you for not raising our taxes."
Karen, VA
"I am 72 and still working part time—having to pay higher taxes would mean no extras....I was a single Mom with 3 sons and I always hoped that I would have some things when I got older that I could not have when I was needing to watch every penny. That sounds selfish but I think there are many older people like me who deserve not to have to worry or cut out everything enjoyable. I hope you can help us all."
Nancy, CO
"If my taxes go up by $2000, I will default on my student loans, give up my car, and move back with my parents with my husband. #My2k"
@MelissaFye Twitter
"As a smallbizowner, #My2k will help pay for my family's medical expenses next year and give me more opps to grow my biz."
@kabettenhausen Twitter
"My wife and I could not afford to visit our granddaughter. We would not be able to give money to the local food shelter. Finally, we would have to dip into our savings to continue to eat in a healthy way."
Jon, CA
"We finally are in a position to own our own home. It's a very modest dwelling, but it's ours. Every year, we must come up with about $2,000 to pay our property taxes. We want to be able to pay them and keep our home; our piece of the 'American Dream.' ... Please protect the dream for so many working class Americans ... Let's get our priorities straight in this country and do what's right for the greatest majority of our people!"
Shawnee, WA
"20 weeks of groceries. Or, my annual auto insurance + property tax (on a mobile home) + auto registration + homeowners insurance (on a mobile home) including flood and earthquake coverage."
Deborah Facebook
"2,000 means having money to help my niece and nephew - one is putting herself through college and the other is entering a maritime academy. Students need our help!"
Claire, TX
"Almost 4 months of rent! Or 2 months of total expenses! This more than one month of my take home pay! The republicans want me to pay more taxes but spend less to help the economy!"
Jewell Facebook
"$2000 dollars is the difference between eating and starving. Its also the difference between having a running car or not. We barely make it from check to check as it is."
Aaron, TX
"It means the difference between paying my healthcare premiums or not. In other words it means a lot to my well being."
Laura Facebook
"It would mean that i wouldnt be able to help my daughter out as much with daycare for my grandaughter (500.00/mo) and would need to watch her myself at home (i run a home-based business for 23 years) My daughter makes around 1200.00/month as a hair stylist and is also going to college FT. She cannot afford daycare. Not extending the tax cuts on people making 250,000 or less would hurt every single person that I know. The wealth survived during the Bush era I think they will figure it out again!"
Tracy, OH
"Means keep a roof over our heads, and food in the house."
Brian Facebook
"Two thousand dollars means I can put my kids into theater, art and music classes that they can't get through public schools anymore. #My2k"
@Adrian_G_Drake Twitter
"I believe in education and helping our children to be more competitive. $2,000 less in my paycheck means the cost of repaying my daughter's college loan will take me twice as long to pay off. Don't penalize the middle class for trying to help the next generation."
Lisa, DE
"#My2k is keeping this house and keeping it warm for my growing family this winter"
@SensingPlace Twitter

"#My2k will go toward paying for my children's daycare expenses"
@stacyo28 Twitter
"#My2k would help me pay down college debt and support local businesses."
@AprilAsh2012 Twitter
"Being a father of 2 supporting a middle class family, $2000 is a huge amount of money. It would help pay for our children's medical bills and help to build a savings for their future. We really need to stop raising taxes on the 'middle class' and make tax brackets fair, by making everyone contribute their fair share."
Christopher, TN

"For now, our most immediate priority is to stop taxes going up for middle-class families, starting tomorrow."
President Obama, December 31, 2012
"Refinanced home 4 sons tuition, with higher payment a $2000 tax increase…would be a hardship"
@bademus Twitter

"It means my ability to buy books for school and pay for law school tuition."
Samantha, OH
"#My2k means coats, shoes, & school supplies for my 4 growing teenagers!"
@TidbitsTrinkets Twitter
President Obama called on Congress to stop taxes from going up in 2013 for 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses. Learn more

"If our income decreased by $2000/yr, we would probably be unable to meet our monthly obligations. My husband and I are both drawing Social Security...he is 71 and in poor health, I am 68 and still working because otherwise, we would not have enough income to live on…We are just barely making it each month…"
Nita, KY
"#My2K is money to help my fiance open her business"
@jeepertony Twitter

"#My2k is part of the house I'm saving up for with my husband, and the new car I need before my clunker finally bites it…"
@grrleigh Twitter
"I'm a small business owner and college grad facing a ton of debt. That money means breathing room for my budget."
@RickyStevenYoun Twitter

"It means being able to afford the necessities of life - my rent, food, clothing, and the occasional trip home to see family. It means that my parents, who are retired, don't have to worry about if they'll have enough."
Angela, MA
"We really need to get this right. I can only do it with the help of the American people. So, tweet — what was that again — 'My2K' — tweet using the hashtag 'My2K'"
President Obama, November 28, 2012
"$2000 to me is a month's rent plus one month's after school care for my son."
Marcy Facebook
"$2K is about what our family pays for therapy copays for our special needs children. #My2k"
@danprim19 Twitter
As promised, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation that will make sure income tax rates for middle class families will stay low permanently. Learn more

"#My2k means xtra $ for my kids' school trips, books and transportation to work."
@Exec_Asst Twitter
"Two mortgage payments and car payments it's a big deal to our family"
Carrie Facebook
"With 2 young adults in college, $2,000 is not small change but the difference in having money to pay the mortgage, college tuition, books. Middle class families cannot be held hostage by partisan politics, obstruction in Washington. We voted on 11/6 and chose the leaders expected to move the U.S.A. forward."
Ruby, PA

"if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, when the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens."
President Obama, November 28, 2012

"It could be the difference in sustaining our family small business from one month to the next."
Stephen, FL

"I do not have a family of my own, but as a young person I could use that $2000 to help start my small company."
Chase, AR

"#My2k goes to prescriptions, mortgage, and other necessities. It's not discretionary income…"
@swellgalmary Twitter
"Though I no longer have a family to worry about, I am concerned about families that are struggling to make ends meet. I think an additional $2,000 will help them and help boost the economy."
Marian, RI
"#My2k it means food on table, co-pays at the Drs office, gas in the car & our kids extra activities…"
@PaigieGrl Twitter
If Congress had failed to act before the end of 2012, every American family’s taxes would have automatically went up in 2013. Learn more

"Gas in the car. My husband drives 83 miles one way to work 5 days a week…."
Sher Facebook

"#My2k pays for daycare costs and doctor family needs this!!"
@maryjoburd Twitter
"Groceries on my table for four months. Heating my home for a year. Two mortgage payments. Any of those, or Christmas gifts for my family, or a contribution to my 401K."
Anne, PA

"And a lot is riding on this debate. This is too important to our economy, it’s too important for our families to not get it done."
President Obama, November 30, 2012
"$2000 is two months insurance premium for my husband and me!"
Tracie Facebook

"#My2k We are two public school teachers trying to put two boys through college. It's already difficult, don't make it harder!"
@lisabella964 Twitter
"…oil delivery, electric bill payments, gas for my car just to name a few life's must haves."
Lynn Facebook
"$2000 is a lot of money! The only wiggle room I have in our budget is for food. We prepare all of our meals at home, but feeding a family of four is expensive. Paying an extra $2,000 means $50 less a week for food."
Cynthia, WA

"#My2k means rent, food, and student loans. Without I'd have nothing!"
@Lets_Powwow Twitter
Consumers could have spent nearly $200 billion less than they otherwise would have this year just because of higher taxes, slowing our nation’s economic growth. Learn more

"Let’s give families all across America the kind of security and certainty that they deserve during the holiday season. Let’s keep our economy on the right track."
President Obama, November 30, 2012

"#My2k means tuition, clothes and books for my daughter, a junior at GW Univ."
@Bparry Twitter
"$2,000 is 10 months of copays for my 6 year old's speech and OT."
Meghann Facebook
"#My2k means I will be able to have the funds to help cover costs for my unemployed brother and 3 kids."
@milovany Twitter
"#My2k helps pay off my used truck, get gas for it. Heat my home. Feed my children, and give them the best education I can afford"
@DanielFaidley Twitter
"The sooner Congress gets this done, the sooner our economy will get a boost. And it would then give us in Washington more time to work together on that long-range plan to bring down deficits in a balanced way"
President Obama, November 30, 2012
"#My2k means I won't have to choose between life-saving meds or food."
@progressiverev Twitter
"#My2k means I can continue to pay my kids' student loans so they don't have to start out in a hole."
@Randy_Nowell Twitter
In the 24 hours after President Obama asked Americans to speak out about what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to them, 56,000+ people shared their story on Learn more

"Two thousand dollars means I can put my kids into theater, art and music classes that they can't get through public schools anymore. #My2k"
"#My2k means that I can pay rent, pay my electricity, put gas in my car, buy clothes for my kids & feed my kids."
@kdeeley757 Twitter

"Groceries and gas which are a necessity. "
Kevin Facebook
"Loss of #My2k means I can't afford aftercare for my daughter, I then have to cut my hours at work and make less money. #My2K is more than just 2K"
@mscoritodd Twitter
 "If Congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. … We can’t let that happen."
 "#My2k means a fundamental difference in the way you make choices. We should not be held hostage by the top %."
@IamMosley14 Twitter
"#My2k it means no health insurance, missed car payments, house payments…"
@AmandaKrisell Twitter
"$2000 is the difference between making our family business work, by purchasing much needed equipment, or going under because we can't afford the equipment."
"It's 13 weeks of groceries in my household."
In the 24 hours after President Obama asked Americans to share what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to them, more than 140,000 people spoke out on Twitter using #My2k. Learn more

"You and your family have a lot riding on the outcome of this debate. We all do. And as citizens, we all have a say in the country we want to build… So make your voice heard."
President Obama, December 01, 2012
"#My2k means peace of mindfor our government to work together and get us on the right path."
@ronrichardrmj Twitter
"It means that we will be able to pay our escalating property taxes, college tuition payments, and fuel bills to heat our house and get to work."
Scott, CT 

Vice President Biden Meets with Groups to Discuss Violence Prevention

December 19, 2012  President Obama delivers a statement from the Brady Press Briefing Room about the policy process the Administration will pursue in the wake of the Newtown tragedy to reduce and prevent gun violence. President Obama also answered questions from the press about the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Annette Nance-Holt Attends Meeting on Gun Violence with Vice President Biden in the EEOB Jan. 9, 2013
Annette Nance-Holt with a photo of her son Blair who was killed riding the bus home from school, attends a meeting chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, with gun safety advocates and victims, to develop policy proposals as part of the Administration’s response to the Newtown shootings and other tragedies, in the Cordell Hull Conference Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Right now, Vice President Biden is leading an effort to develop a new set of policies to reduce gun violence and prevent tragedies like the shooting in Newtown Conn
Yesterday, as part of that work,  the Vice President met with victims’ groups and gun safety organizations at the White House.

January 11, 2013  Vice President Joe Biden meets with representatives from the video game industry as part of the Administration’s effort to develop policy proposals in response to the tragedy in Newtown. The Vice President is joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Following those meetings, the Vice President held conference calls with governors of both parties, and state and local elected leaders from across the United States. The Vice President listened to the unique perspectives of all the participants, and solicited their ideas and input on how to curb gun violence in this country. During the call, Mr. Biden reiterated the Administration’s commitment to this urgent issue and stressed that the problem requires immediate action.
Today, Vice President Biden will hold meetings with advocates for sportsmen and women and gun ownership groups. He will meet with representatives of the entertainment and video game industries this week as well.

January 10, 2013 Vice President Biden Meets with Sportsmen and Wildlife Interest Groups

Cabinet officials and White House senior staff are joining the Vice President in this important initiative. Secretary Duncan is meeting with representatives from parent, teacher, and education groups, and Secretary Sebelius is convening mental health and disability advocates. Senior White House will continue to hold meetings with a variety of stakeholders including medical groups, community organizations, child and family advocates, business owners, faith leaders, and others.

December 20, 2012
   Vice President Joe Biden meets with law enforcement leaders from across the country who are on the front lines every day protecting our communities to discuss an effective path forward, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Later this month, the Vice President will present his recommendations to the President, who will then announce a concrete package of proposals he intends to pursue without delay.

 President Obama Hosts President Karzai

President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan participate in a joint press conference (January 11, 2013)
President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan participate in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama hosted Afghan President Hamid Karzai today at the White House for talks on the partnership between our two nations and the role of U.S. troops in that country.

And coming out of those talks, President Obama was able to discuss a milestone we'll reach this year when Afghan forces take full responsibility for their nation's security and the war draws to a close.

"This progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the Afghan people who’ve endured extraordinary hardship," he said. "In this war, more than 2,000 of America’s sons and daughters have given their lives. These are patriots that we honor today, tomorrow, and forever."
In his statement, President Karzai echoed that message.

"During our conversations...I thanked the President for the help that the United States has given to the Afghan people," he said, "for all that we have gained in the past 10 years, and that those gains will be kept by any standard while we are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan, including the respect for Afghan constitution."

Read the full transcript of their remarks or watch the video:

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking

(President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Stephen Hawking during the Medal of Freedom
ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington,  August 12, 2009. Official
White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
On August 12th, 2009, President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, to Stephen Hawking. “From his wheelchair he's led us on a journey to the farthest and strangest reaches of the cosmos,” said the President, “In so doing, he has stirred our imagination and shown us the power of the human spirit here on Earth.”
Today, on Professor Hawking’s 71st birthday, we’d like to share a never-before-seen video from his visit. Honored as an "agent of change," Hawking discusses the thrill of discovery and overcoming the challenge of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Watch the full video of the ceremony, and read Stephen Hawking's citation below:
Persistent in his pursuit of knowledge, Stephen Hawking has unlocked new pathways of discovery and inspired people around the world. He has dedicated his life to exploring the fundamental laws that govern the universe, and he has contributed to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. His work has stirred the imagination of experts and lay persons alike. Living with a disability and possessing an uncommon ease of spirit, Stephen Hawking’s attitude and achievements inspire hope, intellectual curiosity, and respect for the tremendous power of science.

 Our States Remain United

Official White House Response to Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government, and 8 other petitions

By Jon Carson
Thank you for using the White House's online petitions platform to participate in your government.

In a nation of 300 million people -- each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs -- democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted.

But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart.

Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States "in order to form a more perfect union" through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot -- a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it. As President Abraham Lincoln explained in his first inaugural address in 1861, "in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual."

In the years that followed, more than 600,000 Americans died in a long and bloody civil war that vindicated the principle that the Constitution establishes a permanent union between the States. And shortly after the Civil War ended, the Supreme Court confirmed that "[t]he Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States."

Although the founders established a perpetual union, they also provided for a government that is, as President Lincoln would later describe it, "of the people, by the people, and for the people" -- all of the people. Participation in, and engagement with, government is the cornerstone of our democracy. And because every American who wants to participate deserves a government that is accessible and responsive, the Obama Administration has created a host of new tools and channels to connect concerned citizens with White House. In fact, one of the most exciting aspects of the We the People platform is a chance to engage directly with our most outspoken critics.

So let's be clear: No one disputes that our country faces big challenges, and the recent election followed a vigorous debate about how they should be addressed. As President Obama said the night he won re-election, "We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future."

Whether it's figuring out how to strengthen our economy, reduce our deficit in a responsible way, or protect our country, we will need to work together -- and hear from one another -- in order to find the best way to move forward. I hope you'll take a few minutes to learn more about the President's ideas and share more of your own.

Jon Carson is Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

The above response applies to the following 9 petitions 

 Secession Petition Movement Gets Response From White House: 'Our States Remain United'

 Secession Petition
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The White House responded to a handful of "We the People" petitions calling for the government to allow some states to secede, saying "our states remain united."

"In a nation of 300 million people -- each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs -- democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing," writes Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement. "Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted. But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart."

Secession fever hit after President Barack Obama was reelected in November. The petition movement quickly caught on, and by Nov. 14, residents in all 50 states had filed "We the People" petitions.

The movement even caught on with one Texas GOP official, who called for an "amicable divorce" from the U.S.

"Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?" wrote Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party. "Let each go her own way."

Click here to read the full White House response.










(Dis)United States

In the wake of Obama's reelection, secession petitions have come from residents in all 50 states. A few governors have denied requests but is secession a valid appeal?

CONSEQUENCES: Secession Insanity Reality
Blogger Mark Flowers breaks down what secession would do to separating states on an economic level.
The basic question posed by secession is whether it can even be done under the United States’ form of government. After all, the nation fought a bloody, four-year long Civil War over this very issue, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 750,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian casualties.

RON PAUL: Secession Is An American Principle
While other Republicans distance themselves from secession petitions that have sprouted up in states across the country, leave it to Ron Paul to jump directly into the fray.
SECURITY THREAT?: Defense Department Says No
A Department of Defense agency tasked with investigating personnel for security clearances said Friday that government contractors who work on top secret projects won’t find their clearances in jeopardy if they petition the White House to allow their states to secede from the U.S.

CONSEQUENCES: Secession Insanity Reality
Blogger Mark Flowers breaks down what secession would do to separating states on an economic level.