The United States could soon become a lot smaller. Citizens from nearly 20 states have filed petitions on the White House website asking to secede from America and form a new government.
Most of the petitions come from Republican states, but petitions have also been filed in several Democratic and swing states. According to the Washington Post, citizens from 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 are asking to secede from the United States.
One petition reads:
“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.”
Most of the petitions then go on to describe their right to secede.
One petition reads:
“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…”
It’s important to note that none of these petitions were filed by state governments. Each petition was filed by a citizen who was presumably upset that Obama had won re-election.
“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.”
If any state is going to actually secede from the country it will most likely be Texas. Last week Texas GOP official Peter Morrison argued for an “amicable divorce” from the United States.
“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? They re-elected Obama. He is their president … Let each go her own way.”
It’s unlikely that any of these states actually secede from America, but, if the petitions get enough signatures (25,000 signatures), the White House will have to issue a response.
Do you think Texas (or any of the other states that have filed petitions) should secede? How do you think the White House will respond to these petitions?