20 States Petition White House to Secede from United States

Residents in more than a dozen states have filed petitions to secede from the United States of America, following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Upset by President Obama’s reelection, about 100,000 Americans across the country have petitioned the White House in recent days to withdraw from the United States of America. Photo: Wendy Meadley/Flickr

Residents in more than a dozen states  have filed secession petitions to the Obama administration’s “We the People” program, which is featured on the White House website, The Huffington Post reports.

Following Barack Obama’s win on last Tuesday’s presidential elections, several petitions surfaced requesting the Obama administration grant the applied state to allow their states to secede from the U.S. in order to create their own government.

Louisiana was the first state to file a petition followed by Texas. The list of states requested the withdrawal includes Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.

A petition filed by Jesse W. (no last name provided) on behalf of Arkansas 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…””

Micah H from Arlington, Texas, submitted the petition on behalf of the Lone Star State. “The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending,” he wrote.

Texas, he added, “maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world,” making it “practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.”

Texas GOP official Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican party, urged for an “amicable divorce” from the United States last week.

“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?” he wrote in an op-ed in a Tea Party newsletter. “Let each go her own way.”

University of Texas at Austin Assistant Professor Jason Casellas suggested that’s likely the case in Texas, where 57 percent of the state population’s vote went for Republican Mitt Romney.

In 2009, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted that anti-Washington sentiment could lead residents of his state to seek independence from the union, ABC News informs.

“There’s a lot of different scenarios,” Perry said. “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

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