UPDATE: As of Tuesday evening, November 13, the Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia petitions have exceeded the necessary 25,000 signature mark. Details available in this article.
The results from the 2012 Presidential Election are less than one week old and as of the evening of Sunday, November 11, petitions from citizens in 20 states have been filed with the Obama administration requesting withdrawal from the United States of America in order for the States to create their own governments.
While many in Texas have been outspoken about seceding from the Union for years, in the aftermath of the recent election the first push for secession began in Louisiana and has quickly spread to states including New Jersey and Michigan.
The U.S. government allows one month from the date the petition is submitted to WhiteHouse.gov to obtain 25,000 signatures in order for the Obama administration to consider the request.
The likelihood of the current administration to even entertain the idea of allowing states to secede is almost non-existent. What is sobering to realize though is that in less than 48-hours there have been tens of thousands of people who have quickly rallied behind this very grassroots approach to request change, autonomy, and a small measure of freedom.
As of the evening of Sunday, November 11, here are the current links and numbers of petition signers for each of the 20 states (each petition needs 25,000 signatures within 30-days to be considered by the government):
- Alabama – 3,975 signatures
- Arkansas – 350 signatures
- Colorado – 3,055 signatures
- Florida – 4,033 signatures
- Georgia – 1,629 signatures
- Indiana – 3,194 signatures
- Kentucky – 3,229 signatures
- Louisiana – 12,192 signatures
- Michigan – 2,482 signatures
- Mississippi – 3,171 signatures
- Missouri – 2,196 signatures
- Montana – 2,867 signatures
- New Jersey – 2,485 signatures
- New York – 2,847 signatures
- North Carolina – 3,823 signatures
- North Dakota – 2,508 signatures
- Oregon – 2,678 signatures
- South Carolina – 2,632 signatures
- Tennessee – 2,659 signatures
- Texas – 14,883 signatures
There is a strong chance that if the mainstream media picks up on this “everyman” movement, they will likely ridicule it as the actions of a bunch of radicals. What strikes a chord though is that there is a strong segment of the American population that feels that their voices are not being heard and for far too long special interest groups have dictated the direction the country is headed.
The author of the Louisiana petition, “Michael E” submitted his request utilizing excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.
In Texas, “Micah H” states in his petition, “The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending.” He went on to add that Texas “maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world,” making it “practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.”
Will these petitions secure the needed 25,000 signatures? Consider this – Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana each received more than 100 signatures in the time it took this article to be written.