Secession petitions filed in 20 states — WOW!
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! News | The Lookout
In the wake of last week’s presidential election, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the United States. The petitions were filed on We the People, a government website.
States with citizens filing include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Oddly, folks from Georgia have filed twice. Even stranger, several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama.
The petitions are short and to the point. For example, a petition from the Volunteer State reads: “Peacefully grant the State of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Of all the petitions, Texas has the most signatures so far, with more than 23,000.
Of course, this is mostly a symbolic gesture. The odds of the American government granting any state permission to go its own way are on par with winning the lottery while getting hit by a meteor while seeing Bigfoot while finding gluten-free pizza that tastes like the real thing.
An article from WKRC quotes a University of Louisville political science professor who explained that these petitions aren’t uncommon. Similar petitions were filed following the 2004 and 2008 elections. Still, should the petitions garner 25,000 signatures in a month, they will require an official response from the Obama administration.
From the We the People site:
The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
Not everybody who wants to secede is polite enough to write a petition. Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County (Texas) Republican Party, wrote a post-election newsletter in which he urges the Lone Star State to leave the Union.
We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity. But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity… Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.
I found this response from the above article and thought it was worth posting…eadzerkle
Isn’t that nice? Of course of the 492 signatures, I wonder just how many of them work and pay taxes, or are they the ones on welfare? When I saw this my first thought was “as long as the government pays me my Social Security in one lump sum, then sign me up.”
My second thought was “if the people who signed the secession petition were from the working class and they were exiled, then it’s possible that even more working class people would sign up to be exiled, what would happen to America then? All that would be left would be the ones who have their hands out for the government to take care of them, and there would be no one left to pay taxes….just the deadbeats.”
[featured image: SECESSION MAP 2012
States Need 25k Signatures for a Secession Petition.
see image of map
(Virginia and West Virginia totals are combined from multiple secession petitions.)
BROWN: Over 25K
RED: 20k thru 25k
PURPLE: 17k thru 20k
YELLOW: 7k thru 17k]