Since the Gazette first reported on a movement by residents in multiple states petitioning the Obama administration for secession, the issue appears to be gathering steam with a majority of states now wanting to leave the union.
At the time of the Gazette’s article 22 states had summited petitions on the White House “We the People” site. According to the administration, if a petition gathers 25,000 in 30 days, it will be placed in a special queue to be handled by the administration who will forward it to the proper department to address the concerns.
Following the Gazette reporting on the story, residents in several more states have filed secession petitions, to where a majority of states are now asking for secession.
The new additions have now taken the number of states with secession petitions to 34, a clear majority of the states.
While the petitions carry no legal weight, they send a message to Obama that despite his reelection, it is clear that he has no mandate to implement all of his policies as he has claimed.
The previous states with petitions are Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.
Since yesterday, the number of signatures on Colorado’s petition has jumped from 5,300 to nearly 14,000 signatures.
While it would be easy to dismiss the petitions as simply a small minority of disgruntled voters, several states have already gathered a fairly large number of signatures in the first couple of days since they went up.
Texas. Which was the first state to meet the administration’s 25,000 threshold currently has over 69,000 signatures. Louisiana, the first state to file a petition has gathered over 28,000 signatures.
Other states are rapidly closing in on the threshold. Florida has over 20,000 signatures while Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee are nearing that number with 19,310, 18,191, 18,691 respectively.
South Carolina and Arkansas currently have over 14,000 signatures.
The language in the petitions is polite and respectful. Almost all of them are simply asking to be granted the right to peacefully withdraw from the US.
Alaska’s petition is different in that is specifically calling for free elections by the people of the state to decide the issue.
The petition calls for allowing “Alaskans a free and open election to decide whether or not Alaska should Secede from the United States.”
In the text of the petition it says, “Our main “goal” is a legal vote and ballot; one that was not given in 1958 and was in violation of International Law and Treaty. Alaskans were robbed of the choices we were to have as a non-self-governing territory, and steam-rolled into the current classification of a State. The Native population of Alaska, in a large percentage, did not even receive a ballot because of the Federal Voting Rights Act in place. Alaskans now seek to a statewide free election to decide whether Alaska should be a free and Independent Nation.”
The petitions have apparently caught the attention of Obama supporters who have posted petitions calling for deporting, stripping the citizenship and exiling every person who exercised their free speech rights to sign a petition.
Douglas H of Escondido, California posted a petition that said, “Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them.”
He goes on to call on Obama to bypass due process and issue an executive order stripping Americans of their citizenship for petitioning the government with their grievances.
“Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported.”