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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I am in favor of Florida suession

@ David A. Doren



After multiple rigged elections and piles of debt, I feel it necessary to create our own government by seceding.


While seceding is fraught with a variety of issues (state assistance, federal funding for education) I believe that the issues need to be stated and addressed...the underlying statement that people are making is this, "WE ARE NOT HAPPY!!!" If anyone in any government (not just ours) uses their intelligence, they will realize that this is an issue that needs to addressed. We The People aren't happy and We The People are [supposedly] in listen and address or duck!

@ Whitney

No we are not happy because there is not one indication of this HOPE AND CHANGE! Just size it up- 4 DEAD in Libya and this do called leader goes to campaign in Las Vegas! He doesn't care! There are 2 different types of people in this country- THE ONES THAT DON'T SEE ANY LEADERSHIP AND ARE PISSED BEYOND BELEIF and those that feel like they are entitled to anything just because they exist and EVERYONE HAS A VOTE! The Governments only revenue is by taxing and the working people are sick and god damn tired of supporting others and we cannot accept a President who doesn't give a shit about us and only stands in the way of REAL GROWTH! Obamas last desire is to find a solution and bring people together! His Media protects him and THAT is a major part of the problem. He is that bad!

@ Bill S.

Bill, you are speaking out for the 4 that lost their lives, but why didn't you speak out for the thousands that lost their lives in fighting war in Iraq under Pres. Bush? Your guy said said let the industries call that leadership? President Obama stepped up and saved the economy!


I believe that if a person wants change, but isn't willing to approach the situation differently, how can the results be any different. With this petition, it is a way for the people to get their views out there. It doesn't mean that the federal government will let the states secede, but it will at least warrant a response. The government needs to know that the people are not happy and that they want some type of change from the last time he was elected. I, for one, am a little fearful. I happen to work on an oil rig in Texas, and in 2008 many people were out of work. Now I do not have a trust fund not am I able to sit on a computer calling people brainless or stupid and not leaving my full name. I signed the Texas petition because I feel that this country does need change.

@ Robert Sutton

Look man, the world is changing, maybe you just need to retrain, or go back to school, I am, at 33, secession is not the answer. You don't move out of your house into the backyard if your house is dirty, you clean what you can, and do the hard work. I know a lot of bad things are said by both sides, but we can make it better, that is really the presidents message. You may not agree with everything he does, I don't and I voted for him, but good luck finding ANYONE you completely agree with. We have to work together, and be realistic about what can be achieved.


Why is it that its stated by many that blacks and hispanics get free assistance from the government as if white people dont!! I am so tired of reading this BS. I don't believe things would be separated if Obama was white. Bush did screw things up and yet he was given a second chance. More lives lost.... is Obama really that bad that you would want to leave this county? Seems to me people should have run after 9/11


You Neo-Con politician loving hypocrites. Suddenly you want to "stand up for your rights," through succession after your party doesn't get elected as president. This is how you vent. The two candidates were virtually the same. You might as well have fused them together and named one candidate Obomney. None of you neo-cons would scream about these loss of rights and liberties if a republican like Romney was in office and the tables were turned.


people are so stupid... they wanna leave because they think nothing is getting done... you all are forgetting that you have to clean house before you work... GET IT THROUGH YOUR BRAINS PEOPLE. you cant work in a station thats a total mess because youll make an even bigger mess.. and thats what the last presidents have been doing... obama is trying his best to fix everything... so just because you dont know the whole story on whats going on in the office you decide to abandon everything the united stated holds dear... STOP BEING STUPID AND USE YOUR BRAIN! think before you decide to make decisions that affect more than just you.


You dipshits, the STATES did not file for secession, some dumbasses who live in those states filled an online petition, provided and financed by Obama! You people are such idiots, you think 30,000 signatures means anything? 61 MILLION people voted for him, from all 50 states! Even the most disproportionately republican states have far more Obama supporters than all these petitions combined! If you think things have been hard, our are going to be hard, that just shows how fat, lazy, and comfortable your life has become! You are free to go to any other country since its sooooo bad here. Dumbasses.

@ jason

Jason,I think I want some FREE SHIT!!!! Like not working for a living and gettng black or or latino women pregers so I can get the US to pay for them. You sir are the DUMBASS!!!!!

@ bob

As if you don't get free shit every day, we ALL do! Its part of living in this country, if you think you work harder than anybody else you are completely delusional. What you are is petty and childish. Oh....and a dumbass.

@ jason

OMFG thank you jason!


Tell me where to sign....I'M READY!!!!!!!!! Yeeeehaawwww!

@ Jayhawk

This lowlife band of Obama goons. In a black hole is where they carry this country! They have nothing to offer! The petitions stand for mass dissatisfaction with this asshole! We are sick of propping you idiots up! Your like an infected sore! Yeah Jayhawk- we are ready to get the heck out.

@ Barton C

Mornin', Barton C.! The dawning of not only a new day, but a new nation. I've heard scary stories that uprisings could be coming soon that we may witness. I say, secede. It's less expensive, less dangerous, and frees the people to have the independence once granted through the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. That's what our forefathers wanted to guarantee the citizenry....all them years ago. So as I said before, show me where to sign...I'M READY!!!!!


the us goverment is out of controll.a well armed militia may b the only answer. enough is enough. gas to high the law enforcment out of control. we tried it there way. it dont work anymore. God protect us from ourselves!!!!!