People in more than 40 states have petitioned to secede from the government. This is not exactly unheard of but it looks like this may be a little more serious than usual. As of this writing, the Texas petition to secede from the Union now has almost 100,000 signatures. Louisiana has over 35,000. Tennessee has over 25,000 and so do Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. Colorado and Arkansas have over 15,000 each. Arizona has almost 10,000, as does Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, New York, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana and a few others. Most other have at least 5k and they are all going up, some exponentially since yesterday. The Texas petition has doubled since around 10 o’clock last night. People in other states have also filed petitions to secede, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and South Dakota. The number is now over 40.
It’s important to remember that these are petitions filed by people in the states, not by the states themselves or any branch of their government. And while the numbers may sound imposing, they don’t represent a majority in any of the states. Yet. They are growing every day, some by leaps and bounds. To get a response from the White House, a petition has to have 25,000 signatures. So far, many of them already do and lots of others are pretty close. No response from the White House yet, however. There is a response to the petition for a White House beer recipe, but none for Texas or Louisiana.
The Texas petition reads:
“The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the U.S. 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 its 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.”
Most of the others read:
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…”
This is a statement. A bold statement, aimed directly at the Obama administration. People are expressing their unhappiness with the way government is handling our economy, among other things. This may end up being every bit the protest movement Occupy Wall Street was. It will never amount to actual secession, the government would never allow that. But if it could be taken seriously, I think they should let them do it. They should let any state or country secede from the “parent union” if they can be self-sufficient. That will of course never happen and thus, these petitions are largely symbolic. It will be extremely interesting to see what the White House’s response will be, if they give one. The bigger story may be the White House’s lack of response to something so many people feel so strongly about.
The movement has also spawned retaliatory petitions, such as the one asking for everyone who signs a secession petition to be deported and expatriated, and others asking to secede from their own state and remain part of the United States.
Here is the list so far of states petitions have been filed from:
You can see all the petitions here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions