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A petition to the Obama administration for the secession of Alaska back to Russia has reached more than 10,000 signatures in three days.

The petition, entitled "Alaska Back to Russia", was created by an unnamed Anchorage resident on Thursday, and has gathered signatures from Alaska and several other states. It cites historical evidence of previous visitors and claimants for ownership of the territory.

The petition, which is of lettuce say dubious literacy, indeed demands "Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia" and has over 17,000 signatures at present. But how does that stack up against other popular petitions? It's no petition to invite Neal Boortz to the White House to discuss "tax reform," I'll tell you that.

I am not sure we Americans have gotten the hang of this whole petition thing yet. Let's just say that allowing Alaska to secede and join greater Russia is probably not going to happen, and Neal Boortz is probably not going to be put in charged of revamping the nation's tax codes, and Justin Bieber is probably not going to be forcibly deported via website vote. If we must take a lesson from this, then, let us take the most important one. The omnipresent one, the Great Unalterable Truth, the one that all true lovers of democracy should keep frontmost in their mind, always, lest this great nation perish: comment threads on media websites can be terrifying.

Wait—not that. It was something else, probably something about liberty and stuff. Damn, now I've forgotten it.

Originally posted to Hunter on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT.

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