On Saturday, citizens in Arizona and Oklahoma posted petitions at the White House “We the People” web site, asking permission to secede from the United States, bringing the total number of states with citizens making such requests to 21.
Both petitions cite the Declaration of Independence and ask that they be allowed to “peacefully” withdraw from the Union in order to form a new government.
So far, citizens in Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Oregon have filed similar petitions at the site.
A petition for New York was filed by “C R” of Grand Forks, N.D. on Saturday.
The first petition was launched by “Michael E” of Slidell, La., on Wednesday. That petition now has over 18,000 signatures.
On Friday, a petition was filed for Texas by “Michael H” of Arlington, Texas. As of this writing, that petition has 33,447 signatures, far more than the 25,000 required for White House action.
On Monday, we reported that petitions for four states had been posted on Saturday. The petitions for Arizona and Oklahoma were not visible, perhaps due to the low number of signatures they had at the time. In order for a petition to be seen at the site, it must have at least 150 signatures.
The idea that states secede over the result of a presidential election is not new.
In 2004, Sam Schechner wrote at Slate that “some bitter blue-staters had begun joking about the possibility of seceding from red-state America.”
“Are there any provisions in U.S. law for a state to opt out of the Union?” he asked.
He goes on to say that since the Civil War, “scholars have agreed that the Constitution grants no right of secession.”
A letter written to screenwriter Dan Turkewitz by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia agrees.
“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede,” he wrote.
But as Regina Conley of Red Alert Politics wrote, the petitions “serve more to make a point than to present a serious proposition,” and are a “physical symbol of the deep resentment for the direction in which the United States is moving under the Obama administration.”
Update: As this article was published, another petition appeared at the White House site for Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of states to 22.
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