Since President Obama's re-election win last week, people have been in an uproar and dishing out angry comments over the upcoming four years. Obama opposers feel it will be so bad, they don't even want to be a part of the union any longer and rather than leave the country, they'd prefer if their whole state broke ties with the U.S. instead. Petitions from people in 19 states have gone up on the U.S. government's We the People website asking to secede from the country.
A petition from someone in Louisiana went up the day after the elections asking the Obama administration to allow the state to "withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government." Someone in Texas followed suit two days later with other states quickly joining in on the secession movement over the weekend.
"The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending," the secession petition from Texas reads. "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 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."
Requests from people in Louisiana and Texas have already received more than 14,500 and 21,000 signatures respectively over the weekend and as the website states, petitions that collect at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days require a response from Obama's administration.
People in Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgia have also filed secession petitions. Truthdig noted that a petition for New York's secession was also created by the same person who created the request for North Dakota.
But as Gawker states, there's not much cause for alarm about whether the continental U.S. is about to lose nearly half its territories as the president does not have the authority to grant them that right. "As unilateral secession was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, it remains to be seen if this movement is more than a toothless temper tantrum thrown by armchair revolutionaries."
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