If the situation over at the White House petition site wasn't already silly, now it's official. As the number of petitions to allow states to secede from the United States continues to grow, there are now a couple of petitions aimed at punishing those who signed said petitions.
Yesterday, we told you that the number of secessions petitions on the "We the People" site had grown to 25. Those 25 petitions represented 22 different states, who all asked that the United States government grant them the right to peacefully leave the union to form their own government. Although none of the petitions specifically state the reelection of President Obama as the catalyst, the petitions began to roll in on November 7th, so it's probably safe to assume that it was at least a contributing factor.
As of this morning, 15 new petitions have appeared, meaning that there are currently 40 secession requests on the White House site.
But now, there's a new wrinkle in the story. Two new petitions ask the federal government to deal with the secessionists by either deporting them, or stripping them of their citizenship and exiling them.
"Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America," says one of the petitions.
"Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported," says the other.
All of this is funny and all, or not funny at all depending on who you ask. The real lesson from this is that the White House petition site is moving closer to becoming a joke with every passing day. Out of 92 open petitions, there are now 42 that are completely ridiculous and have absolutely no chance of receiving a legitimate response from the White House. Many have derided the site as a sham since its creation last September, but this all but solidifies that position.