Secession Petitions: We the People of 20 States Want Out After Obama Victory

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In the wake of the 2012 presidential election results, thousands of Americans have signed petitions seeking permission for their states to secede from the United States.

The petitions were hilariously filed on We the People, a government website.

Texas Petition

Of all the petitions, Texas (above) has the most signatures with 25,000-plus.

Oddly, several petitions come from states won by President Barack Obama.

Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia (twice), Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas have all sent requests.

The petitions to secede are mostly short and to the point.

For example, Tennessee's reads: "Peacefully grant the State of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

Others complain of "blatant abuses" of Americans' rights; the last time states actually broke free of the union, of course, a Civil War broke out.

Here in 2012, this is mostly a symbolic gesture.

Final Map

There's no conceivable way these petitions actually result in the secession of any states. Still, the amount of signatures could warrant a response.

If they are signed by 25,000 people in a month, they will require an official response from the Obama administration. From the We the People site:

"The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We created We the People because we want to hear from you."

"We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country."

"If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response."

Well played, secessionists. Your voices will be heard on this! With so many signatures, they are guaranteed an official response. It will be along the lines of NO.

Do you want your state to secede from the U.S.?


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@ Kayla get your priorities straight... oboma has put us 25.8 trillion dollars further in debt since in office... also hes putting the us into a great depression again, as a business owner i know first hand. All these new taxes are to pay back his debt he shouldn't b in office he has no business experience he was givin everything on a silver platter. He was not born in Georgia the hospital said so themselves... what he is is the next hitler in coming. So before you brag about you loving country look around you and open your eyes people the owerthrow of the government is exactually what we need. Not some idealist like kayla go home hug you teddy bear and shut up.


I'm sorry but this is a little ridiculous! First of all, our country has been in trouble long before Obama took office. You can't really blame one person for our issues especially when Congress is responsible for the majority of decisions made. Also, didn't Jesus confront all the issues of the world? I'm pretty sure he gave everyone a chance and didn't run away from problems or people that he didn't agree with. I've been abroad and I can tell you from experience most of the world has it a lot worse than we do. I will stand beside my country and my leaders even if they do things that I don't agree with. It's not about me. Show God that you're thankful he put you in the place that you're in. Show God that you love all of his children and not just the ones you agree with. God Bless America!


I love my country but I do not like the direction it is being forced to take. I see no future in the current regime. I feel the good Lord has been slaped too many times by the ungodly and I am forced to make a decision and it is that I must leave.


Our country has been going downhill way before Obama came in the picture. We are being wieighed in the balance by the Almighty and we are lacking. I love the idea of America and what it is suppose to symbolize, but face it, even our constitutions and laws are changing to fit every new fancy that comes along if they have enough people to vote for it just to get their own votes.


Our great country has been going downhill ever since Obama took office. I am fearful for our way of living. We need a leader who values God, truth, justice and the American way.

@ Sandra L Helm

I agree, well said!!!!



@ jerry

A Word for you. Obama has spent his last four years cleaning up Bush's mistakes, and making all the people whose toes the government stepped on happy again. For this, he has had to spend some money. He does work for you, But he also truely has the best interests of the country at heart. What rights did Obama take away from you? The right to own things that can kill other people, without a liscence? Also, I hate to say it, but Capslock is hardly endearing to your point. Thanks for the time it took for you to read this, and have a great day.


What will happen to those of us that dont want to secede?I feel that the new Not US citizen wanna-be's are trying to put the rest of us in a position to chose ignorance over understanding... WE THE PEOPLE chose the president now they want to take it back?? Most of what i have read from peoples OPINIONS are base on his skin color Republicans are mad because they now have to pay taxes according to what they make... America its time to grow up and accept your resposibilities if you think you can do better run for office Quit acting like spoiled 3 year olds this secession is not reform its anarchy everyone that signed the petition should surrender the US passports, quit getting the SSI/Disability get off our land you are now considered ILLEAGAL Immigrants and need to quit piggybacking of the AMERICAN systems

@ Concerened American

I don't think it has anything to do with Obama's skin color, most of us get along pretty well with everyone else. Obama even isn't in charge, he's just a puppet on a string. The IRS are the money men and they are not part of the government. We were well in trouble before Obama and I live in Texas and if it secedes, my land is my land, not America's. I loved America when she was true to her word but the constitution is being amended and the laws are being changed by every fad that has enough people to vote for it, and that-just to get votes. I just don't want to be part of the one world government that is coming and don't want God to be looking at me because I stood by and didn't stand against what is wrong. I love all people and I don't care what color they are and neither does God. We are suppose to be praying for the leaders of our nations. But God knows the ending from the beginning so it doesn't matter if you voted or not, you didn't have the final say on who won, the IRS did. It was fixed. Try nobody voting and see how many votes come up. I respect your opinion and I know there are a lot of questions of what could happen if we receded from the United States, but being a part of healthcare reform acts that they are, I choose not to be and I ask that you respect others choices also. This doesn't have to be a war, we can agree to disagree. God gave us dominion over the fish of the sea and every animal and even over the prince of the air, but he did NOT give us dominion over each other. Check it out, it's not in the Bilble.

@ Concerened American

Actually, I don't see things happening that way and I think you are not looking at it right. Do you want the government to be able to tell you if you are going to get a kidney or not when one fails? Do you want the government deciding who gets assistance and who doesn't? This is road we are heading down. It is called Socialism. It has been tried before and the reality is that a few priveliged at the top do well, all on the backs of everyone else. The US was intentionally created to be a government where ANYONE has the opportunity to get wealthy... or not. It is all up to you and how hard you want to work for it, etc. It is called capitalism and it has made this Country the most powerful economic engine this world has ever seen. Are there poor, sure there are. But no matter what you do, there will ALWAYS be poor. Always. If we go down the road that Obama wants, we will ALL be poor, instead of just the few who are unwilling or unable to work for themselves. Perhaps being poor is OK for some, but the USA is unique in its present form because we can have more control over our own destiny than anyone else. I know, I have travelled all over this world and seen it first hand. Too many of you are spoiled by what good fortune you have and do not realize it. You would give it away, chasing a myth that will never be. Obama will fiddle while the USA burns, all in the name of making us all the same. Poor misguided person. That is why so many are opting to secede (I didn't by the way). They do not want to lose what we have.

@ Concerened American

I totally agree with this post. They didn't get the popular vote to go their way, now they want anarchy.


Simply put, this is not a "Republican" or a "Democrat" issue. These are labels that the politicians in Washington just love for us to use. It keeps us divided... divide and conquer, right? This is an AMERICAN issue. Our government was designed from the start to have minimal intervention in the Union. It was intended for the STATES to make the decisions that we have handed off to (or allowed to be taken by) the government. Our government has no legal right to be doing half the things that they are doing. I do agreee that the lazy and the unwilling should not get a free ride. Having said that , there should be a LIMITED welfare system for those down on their luck. Our government needs to stop it's "Social Experimentation" and get back to doing what it was designed to do. We are heading for another civial war if they do not. No one wants to see (or say) that, but look a what is happening...




Our Government is corupt and becoming Socialist I think it is fair that a state that wishes to be removed from the union should be able to They can Govern themself. Each state taxes will stay in their state. In fact all the states that want to Secede should be given the right to also be removed from the union it would be less money for Obama to waist