The presidential election did not end on November 6, 2012. Over the past few years, it appears that the United States of America has continued to divide. As a lawyer in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, I had many friends and colleagues on opposite sides of the fence during this election. I saw Jacksonville criminal lawyers posting all over their Facebook pages about their political beliefs. I saw many republican posts from people that I went to high school with in Richmond Hill, Georgia. I saw posts from many democrats that I have known since I started my career as a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Duval County Public Defender’s Office. While I found myself disagreeing with both conservative and liberal views, I saw no reason to disassociate myself from the people voicing their opinions. How can you expect people to be tolerant if you do show that you respect the beliefs of others through your own actions?
After Barrack Obama was declared the victor of the 2012 election, I hoped the debate would be over. I was excited that the end of the election would stop the political bashing of the two presidential candidates. The worse thing that I thought would happen after the election would be that Florida would have a hard time counting votes. While that did occur, it did not have the same affect that it did in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
I was also willing to exchange the political, mudslinging campaign commercials for the bombardment of non-stop Christmas commercials and Black Friday advertising. After the presidential election, I never expected this. The Huffington Post Reported:
“Residents in more than 30 states have filed secession petitions with the ‘We the People’ programon the White House website. Petitions to strip citizenship of individuals signing onto petitions to secede and exile them have also been submitted. A threshold of 25,000 signatures must be met within 30 days for petitions to be reviewed.”
“The Obama administration explains, ‘If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response.’ Micah H. (no last name provided) of Arlington, Texas filed a petition that had nearly 60,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning. Unfortunately for Micah H. and Peter Morrison — a Texas GOP official who called for an ‘amicable divorce’ from the United States last week — secession is not in the cards for the Lone Star State.”
“Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) sought to distance himself from the petition on Monday. The Dallas Morning News reported that the Republican governor’s press secretary wrote in an email, ‘Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government.’”
The Florida Times Union quoted the Washington Post reporting:
“Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.”
An Alabama petition stated: “We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” In general, the petition Most of “cite the Declaration of Independence, which states in part: ‘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.’”
As a small business owner of a Jacksonville law office, I am concerned about the condition of our economy and our all of our futures. As a Florida family law attorney, I have seen how difficult divorce is for those involved, and I can not imagine it on such a grand scale. As a Jacksonville lawyer, I am perplexed when thinking about the legal ramifications of a succession from the union. To say the least, it will be interesting to see what the threat of succession has on Washington.