It has been reported recently that residents in 44 States have filed Petitions with Barack Hussein Obama II that request permission from him for their State to peacefully secede from the Union.
Apparently, the first Petition for Secession was filed on the White House's "We the People" website (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/) the day after the 2012 election by a Citizen of Louisiana. The other 43 Petitions are from the States of: New Hampshire, Illinois, Idaho, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin, Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, California, Delaware, Nevada, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Texas.
According to the White House website, once a petition reaches 25,000 signatures, it will be placed on a queue for a response from the Obama administration. I wonder who picked that arbitrary number.
Anyway, the original Louisiana Petition, which has apparently served as a pattern for many of the other Petitions, states the following: "We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."
Wait a minute, Louisiana, like all other States of the Union, already has "its own government." Each State government was first created by a State Constitution, the written will of the people, the sovereigns, of the colony or territory who would make up the Citizens of the new State. The first 13 States, one of which was Pennsylvania, existed before the federal government of the United States of America was created on June 21, 1788 with the ratification of the federal Constitution by the New Hampshire convention. Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island became part of the Union by May 29, 1790. The other 37 States were similarly created by a written Constitution and subsequently admitted to the federal Union of States, know as the United States of America.
The Louisiana Petition continues by stating: "As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: 'When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. … "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. ..."
These quotations from the "Declaration of Independence" are correct and true, however, why anyone would use them to support a plea to the usurpers of power and authority in Washington, D.C., defies history and logic. The "Founding Fathers" did not beg or even ask King George III to allow the Colonies to leave Great Britain. They declared the reasons for the separation and then claimed their God given rights. In other words, they gave written "Notice" to the King and then exercised their right, their duty, to throw off such a tyrannical government.
Obviously, the 44 Secession Petitions posted on the White House "We the People" website are nothing more than "Mother may I" requests. They clearly are not going to produce anything positive. It is like asking a brutal tyrant to let his captured slaves go free. Those that have intentionally created the current socialistic European style central United States government are not about to admit they have done anything wrong, much less that their actions were, and are, unconstitutional, thus null and void from the time of the usurpations of power and authority.
Secession by each of the 50 independent States clearly remains an ultimate solution to arrogance and tyranny, as it was in 1776. However, "nullification" is the "rightful remedy" to unconstitutional actions, deceptions, abuses of power, etc., by those in government. Each State is a check on the central government in the "compound republic" created by the Constitution for the United States of America. Founding Father, James Madison, confirmed this in Federalist Paper #51 by stating the following:
"In a single republic, all the power surrendered by the people is submitted to the administration of a single government; and the usurpations are guarded against by a division of the government into distinct and separate departments. In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself."
Citizens of Pennsylvania, like in each of the other Union States, each have dual Citizenship. First, we are each a Citizen of Pennsylvania. And because Pennsylvania is one of the several States in the Union, a Pennsylvania Citizen is also a Citizen of the United States of America. The so-called 14th Amendment was neither properly proposed nor ratified according to the provisions of Article V of the federal Constitution. Thus, the original intended superior position of each State remains.
Section 2, "Political Powers", in Article I, "The Declaration of Rights" of the "1968 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania states the following:
"All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper."
The first sentence of the 1776 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania introduction states:
"WHEREAS all government ought to be instituted and supported for the security and protection of the community as such, and to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and the other blessings which the Author of existence has bestowed upon man; and whenever these great ends of government are not obtained, the people have a right, by common consent to change it, and take such measures as to them may appear necessary to promote their safety and happiness." …
The people, individually and collectively, are the sovereign Citizens in Pennsylvania, in each of the other Union States, and in the United States of America. The people are the final decision makers.
Each individual Citizen has the lawful constitutional authority to "nullify" an unconstitutional act, law, code, regulation, rule, court decision, etc., by those in government, including the United States government. Juries have the duty to "nullify" any unconstitutional law, code, regulation, rule, court decision, etc., by judging both the law and the facts of the case before them. Each public servant has the constitutional duty to "nullify" any unconstitutional act, law, regulation, rule, court decision, etc. The Governor's primary constitutional duty is to see that the law is faithfully executed. Courts are not the final determiners of constitutionality. Each Citizen, as a sovereign, has the authority and duty to determine what is unconstitutional, while always being responsible for his decisions and actions.
"The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it.
"No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." "
[16 Am. Jur. 2d, Section 177; later 2d, Section 2
Nullification is the "Rightful Remedy" that is all the more important Now!