Following the reelection of Barack Obama, Americans representing states in over half of the country have filed petitions demanding secession from the union, and are calling for state government officials to resist the unjust laws enacted by the federal government.
Upon his entry into the White House, the Obama administration set up an online petition system in which citizens could implore the government to take a certain action. The petition needs to reach at least 25,000 signatures to be considered, and it must do so within 30 days.
While various groups and concerned citizens have used the system to submit a variety of requests, none have regarded secession thus far, and it is likely that none have gained as much momentum.
The first secession petition was filed the day after the election by a Louisiana resident, then by a Texas citizen. As word began to spread about the petitions, others began filing as well, until at press time, citizens from 30 states had submitted petitions — growing substantially over the past two days. Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Oklahoma and California all joined the list of petitions on Monday.
So far, the Texas petition has the most signatures, numbering well over 50,000. Residents of any state can sign the petitions, and most signatures seem to be from all over the country.
The text of the petition states:
“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
Reports state that the Obama administration can decline to respond to a request; therefore, it remains to be seen whether any type of response or recognition will be given to the secession petitions.
Nonetheless, many consider the petitions to be a bold statement to the government that it is not pleased with how Barack Obama is running the nation.
The Call to Governors to Implement the Lesser-Magistrate Doctrine
As previously reported, Michael Marcavage of the evangelistic ministry Repent America issued a statement last week, which in addition to rebuking the nation’s religious leaders for promoting a “Godless government gospel,” urged local government officials to implement what is known as the Lesser-Magistrate Doctrine.
“It is time for serious discussion on how those in civil government should respond to the unrighteous decrees of the federal government,” he stated. “Civil rulers are directly accountable to God’s authority and are to be ‘ministers of God’ for good, not evil. Therefore, governors, mayors, legislators and even law enforcement must work to oppose any law that impugns or violates the very commands of God. Those in authority must not permit lawlessness within their borders, from the shedding of innocent blood to the flagrant flaunting of immorality and perversion in our land. May God raise up some to come together to take such a stand.”
“The magistrates themselves know nothing of this doctrine today because the pulpits have long been silent regarding it,” said Pastor Matt Trewhella of Mercy Seat Christian Church near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “If ever this nation needs to understand the Lesser-Magistrate Doctrine, it is now.”
“When an unjust edict is made by a higher authority, the lesser magistrate must choose to either join the higher magistrate in his rebellion against God, or stand with God in opposition to the unjust edict,” he continued. “For example, if Congress or the president makes an unjust or immoral edict, a state legislature or the governor could stand in defiance of their unjust edict and refuse to obey or implement it. … Or for that matter, a city council or mayor could act in defiance or opposition of an unjust edict by a higher authority.”
A group out of Missouri seems to be the first to urge its leadership to implement the doctrine.
Missouri Tenth, whose website subtitle is “A Citizen’s Guide to God and Government,” has prepared a letter for citizens to submit to their state leaders, asking them to consider both secession and the Lesser-Magistrate Doctrine.
“The national election on 6 November proved beyond doubt that the U.S. is fractured beyond repair both politically and culturally. Moreover, the continuation of a socialist regime in Washington, D.C. imperils an already shaky economy and our constitutional liberties,” it reads. “Secession was the original American political doctrine, and the Declaration of Independence bears that out. Once again, it is time we use this honorable and legitimate weapon to protect ourselves from those un-American ideas and actions that now threaten our freedom and prosperity as Missouri.”
“I urge you to use your influence and position as the ‘lesser magistrate’ to serve the interests of the people of our great and sovereign state,” it concludes.
Individual Institutions Refusing Compliance With Obamacare’s Abortion Pill Mandate
In addition to those at the state level being entreated to resist tyranny, prior to the election, others had determined individually to rebel against government mandates that they believed were unlawful and unBiblical. In July, two Christian colleges outlined that they would not give in to the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare, no matter what the federal government or courts declared.
“I guess President Obama will have to come down to Louisiana College with whatever means they want to stop us,” said President Joe Aguilard of the Pineville institution. “We are going to have, as we say in French, a tete-a-tete.”
Geneva College President Ken Smith near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania made similar remarks. The publication Human Events explained Smith’s resolve this way: “As the colonists, in what King George called ‘the Presbyterian Revolt,’ responded to their earthly king with chants of ‘No king but King Jesus,’ so too the president of this Presbyterian college, Ken Smith of Geneva, has said, ‘At Geneva College, we have only one Lord, and he does not live in Washington, D.C..’”