Well, I Guess We’re Stuck With Texas
In the Official White House response to the Secession Petitions on it’s We The People website, Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson struck a decidedly more serious tone than that of Science and Technology Paul Shawcross’ playfully snarky and dismissive response to the much publicized so-called “Death Star” Petition. In that response, Shawcross lamented the restrictive $852,000,000,000,000,000 cost of the Star, and highlighted the weakness of it’s potential security flaws:
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
Shawcross then continues to highlight the nation’s various commitments to space programs, including the International Space Station, and the James Webb Space Telescope, all while peppering in Star Wars references to pacify the geek quad. You can read the full response HERE.
In the response to the secession petitions, which addresses the Texas petition as well as Arizona and 8 other states, Jon Carson strikes a serious tone, perhaps mindful of the excruciatingly long and contentious 2012 election campaigns:
“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.”
Carson goes on to explain that although the Constitution ensures the right to change the government through the voting process, it does not provide the right to jump ship mearly because an electorate didn’t get it’s way.
“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.”
Also included in the response was the related petition to Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America, which garnered 29,650 signatures. We here at The Everlasting GOP Stoppers were hoping for a better response to that one. Bummer.
The We The People website was created by the Obama Administration in an effort to reflect a more open and engaging administration than those previous. Any petition that receives more than 25,000 signatures is met with an official response.
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