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As of Wednesday, November 14, 2012, individuals from all 50 states have petitioned the Obama Administration for withdrawal from the United States of America in order to “create its own new government”. These petitions were created just days after the 2012 presidential election.
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Louisiana was the first state to have an individual file a petition a day after the election by a Michael E. from Slidell, Louisiana. Texas was the next state to follow with a petition initiated by a Micah H. from Arlington, Texas. The government allows one month from the day the petition is submitted to obtain 25,000 signatures in order for the Obama administration to consider the request. So far, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina have all reached that mark.
The Texas petition reads as follows:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. 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.
Of course, any realistic secession effort would have to originate from a state’s government — not from petitions to the White House or its website.
An article from the Daily Caller adds, interestingly:
“While Texas has no special power to leave the United States, it may have an option no other state can boast: In the resolution that Texas passed authorizing the U.S. to annex its territory, it specifically spelled out how Texas could be divided into as many as five separate territories. Each one, the agreement read, would be “entitled to admission” as a new U.S. state.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry asking what would happen if Texas, subdivided into five states, were suddenly entitled to 10 U.S. Senators instead of two.”
As of 4 pm, November 14, the following petition links and their signature counts are:
Louisiana, 33,604; Texas, 100,278; Florida, 29,842; Alabama, 27,168; North Carolina, 26,517; Kentucky, 16,215; Mississippi, 15,989; Indiana, 17,868; North Dakota, 10,328; Montana, 11,833; Colorado, 18,829; Oregon, 12,930; New Jersey, 12,432; New York, 13,403; South Carolina, 20,625; Arkansas, 19,791; Georgia, 28,142; Missouri 16,967; Tennessee, 27,205; Michigan, 16,823; Oklahoma, 15,768; Nevada, 8,791; Arizona, 18,935; Pennsylvania, 11,291; Delaware, 6,647; South Dakota, 5,166; Nebraska, 5,686; Kansas, 6,811; Alaska, 6,576; California, 11,405; Utah, 6,960; West Virginia, 6,007; Wyoming, 7,415; Ohio, 9,689; Virginia, 6,469; New Mexico, 3,275; New Hampshire, 3,993; Wisconsin, 4,881; Rhode Island, 3,448; Illinois, 3,051; Minnesota, 3,568; Idaho, 4,345; Washington, 2,165; Massachusetts, 1,396; Iowa, 2,413; Hawaii, 1,480; Connecticut, 545; Maryland, 709; Maine, 2,297; and Vermont, 97.
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