Now that Election Day 2012 is done and Obama has won a second term, those that voted for Mitt Romney have had time to mourn their candidate’s failed attempt to become president and get back to business as usual. Whatever business as usual may mean, it is become obvious that many do not want that and have had enough of how the government is handling things. This has become clear on the White House website as many states across the country have filed petitions to secede from the union in order to form new state governments.
Most of the states that wanted to formally withdraw from the union were supporters for Mitt Romney’s election bid; however, a few swing states as well as some deep blue Northeast states have representation. Alabama, one of the states seeking to secede, filed their petition saying, “We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” Texas sent in their petition, which it suggests to the current administration, “Texans neither want or need you,” says: “We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
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.”
While Alabama and Texas may have used different wording in their secede petitions, the following text is consistent in most of the states filed so far: 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…”
According to the “We the People” program that appears on the White House website, 25,000 signatures must be present in order for a petition to be reviewed. Obama’s administration explains that, “If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response.” With that said, Texas Secession Petition has over 90,025 and Louisiana has over 27,000 signatures. In looking at the petitions filed so far, it is unclear if this is a nod to dissatisfaction that some conservatives think the totals will soon match proportions of the Civil War, or not. One thing that is clear is the utter contempt that many obviously feel towards the Obama administration with this petition drive, which looks like it is on its’ way to reach all fifty states.
All the states that have petitioned and the number of signatures they have obtained, at this time, are:
1. West Virginia 282
2. Nebraska 933
3. Pennsylvania 1,449; Pennsylvania 6,881
4. Alaska 1,963 Kansas 1,928
5. South Dakota 755
6. Oklahoma 2,721; Oklahoma 10,135
7. Utah 3,358
8. Wyoming 3.345
9. California 4,666
10. Ohio 4,471, Ohio 770
11. New York 3,497; New York 10,672
12. Delaware 4,034
13. Nevada 5,372
14. Arizona 10,449
15. Arkansas 13,329
16. South Carolina 14,001
17. Georgia 18,008
18. Missouri 11,347 Missouri 9,604
19. Tennessee 17,522
20. Michigan 12,119
21. South Carolina 10,433
22. Colorado 13,248
23. Oregon 9,741
24. New Jersey 9,157
25. North Dakota 8,309
26. Montana 9,253
27. Indiana 12,051
28. Mississippi 11,597
29. Georgia 9,019
30. Kentucky 11,589
31. Florida 19,183
32. North Carolina 16,845
33. Texas 90,025
34. Louisiana 27,067
U.S. Secession Petitions Now Collecting Signatures in 34 States
The sting of President Obama’s re-election has driven some of most disillusioned to the White House’s We the People petition forum with a steep demand: That their state be allowed to secede from the union. And the mini movement is now going national.
Disgruntled voters in 34 states have filed the petitions, mainly in states Obama lost but also in several he won, including Florida and Nevada.
But it’s the petition from Texas that has garnered the most attention: With 60,000 names attached, it’s well past the 25,000-signature threshold that usually warrants an official response from the Obama administration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, saying he doesn’t support the petition, even though he erroneously suggested in 2009 that Texas can leave the union if it chooses.
Not to be outdone, Obama supporters filed a counter petition with We the People, calling for secession supporters to be exiled from the United States.