In the wake of last week’s presidential election, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the United States. The petitions were filed on We the People, a government website.
States with citizens filing include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Oddly, folks from Georgia have filed twice. Even stranger, several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama.
The petitions are short and to the point. For example, a petition from the Volunteer State reads: “Peacefully grant the State of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Of all the petitions, Texas has the most signatures so far, with more than 23,000.
Of course, this is mostly a symbolic gesture. The odds of the American government granting any state permission to go its own way are on par with winning the lottery while getting hit by a meteor while seeing Bigfoot while finding gluten-free pizza that tastes like the real thing.
Didn’t we settle this matter about one hundred fifty years ago in the Civil War? If the North’s victory didn’t settle it, than the Supreme Court ruling of Texas vs White declared that secession was illegal and that the Constitution nowhere gave the states the right to leave the Union.
The Federal government isn’t likely to grant any of these petitions, no matter how many people sign them, and in fact cannot allow any state to leave the union these petitions are worthless, except as a means of demonstrating discontent. The only was for any state to secede would be for the state government to mobilize the National Guard and win independence. I doubt that will happen anytime soon.
Still, maybe I should sign the petition. I wouldn’t mind seeing my native state of Indiana join the family of nations as a free and independent country.
- States petition to secede from union (cbsnews.com)
- Secession petitions filed on White House Web site (washingtonpost.com)
- 20 States File Petitions to Secede from the United States (biblicaltimes.wordpress.com)
- Nearly half of the US threatens to secede (rt.com)
- Secession petitions from Florida, other states gain steam after Obama victory (tampabay.com)