The post-election secession “movement” has grown in the wake of President Barack Obama’s reelection, with thousands of Americans from all 50 states signing petitions asking for their states to peacefully withdraw from the union.
The secession drive began on the White House web site’s “We the People” portal when a Slidell, La., man filed the first petition on Nov. 7. At latest count, the various petitions have collectively received almost a million digital signatures.
The majority of petitioners come from states won by Mitt Romney in the elections; North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas and others all have more than 25,000 signatures, the number required to prompt a response from the Obama administration.
“The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending,” read the petition started by Arlington, Texas man Michael H.
“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.”
By Friday, Texas led the count with almost 111,500 signatures. However, Gov. Rick Perry said on Nov. 13 that he does not support secession.
“Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it,” read a statement from the governor’s office. “But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government.”
Meanwhile, thousands of other Americans have filed counter-petitions against those advocating secession.
“We petition the Obama administration to: Strip the citizenship of all those who signed petitions to secede from the United States of America,” read one counter-plea. “If these so-called American want to leave – let them. We need people who want to be here.”