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Monday, November 12, 2012

Missourians File Petition With White House to Secede From Union

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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Grampa Simpson (of Kansas) has always been on board. He once explained why his flag only has 49 stars: "I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missour-ah!""
  • Grampa Simpson (of Kansas) has always been on board. He once explained why his flag only has 49 stars: "I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missour-ah!""

Here's the text of the amendment:

Upon approval by the voters, this constitutional amendment prohibits the Missouri legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of any federal action that exceeds the powers delegated to the federal government.

The state also shall not recognize, enforce, or act in furtherance of any federal actions that: restrict the right to bear arms; legalize or fund abortions, or the destruction of any embryo from the zygote stage; require the sale or trade of carbon credits or impose a tax on the release of carbon emissions; involve certain health care issues; mandate the recognition of same sex marriage or civil unions; increase the punishment for a crime based on perpetrator's thoughts or designate a crime as a hate crime; interpret the establishment clause as creating a wall of separation between church and state; or restrict the right of parents or guardians to home school or enroll their children in a private or parochial school or restrict school curriculum.

The state is also required to interpret the U.S. Constitution based on its language and the original intent of the signers of the Constitution. Amendments to the U.S. Constitution shall be interpreted based on their language and the intent of the congressional sponsor and co-sponsors of the amendment.

The amendment also declares that Missouri citizens have standing to enforce the provisions of the amendment and that enforcement of the amendment applies to federal actions taken after the amendment is approved by the voters, federal actions specified in the amendment, and any federal action, regardless of when it occurred, that the general assembly or the Missouri Supreme Court determines to exceed the powers enumerated and delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution.

Nieve's amendment was placed on the "informal calendar" in May, which means it didn't have the votes to pass but the Senate will hang on to it indefinitely, in case something changes.

Missourians were also infamously divided in their allegiances during the Civil War. Both the Union and the Confederate claimed Missouri as their own and we sent state representatives and troops to both governments. How this happened remains a matter of dispute for many historians, but the conflict (familiarly) highlighted the vast differences between St. Louis and the rest of the state.

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