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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sounds good to me, federal gov is out of control


This is so funny. Secede from the US! You go from
one thing to the other. Each proposal more ridiculous
than the last. The majority of us have spoken. Pres O
will be the Commander and Chief for the next four years and I look forward to the implementation of his policies.
Not all but I don't expect 100% agreement. Thank God
Romney was rejected!! I'm not eligible for any entitlements, but I know many conservative Republicans who are. You haven't cornered the market on work and productivity. I can't wait till MY Pres institutes a fairer tax rate on the wealthy and they aint all white! Take your tranquilizer- YOU LOST!! And if the secession doesn't come through (Hahaha!) I'll gladly provide you with a one way ticket wherever you want to go. We love you Mr. President!

@ Linda Sterling

Your kidding right? All I've heard about is how bush made a mess and it will take longer than 4 years! OBAMAS mess will take a generation to cleanup. Never has this country been more divided and he did it in 4 years! The people of this country are separated! We are miles apart! Don't even try and compare a former administration to this mess. I'm guessing you were an Obama voter? Then you can take credit! What were you thinking? Not about jobs for sure! Your idiots- the bunch of you. Golf is all he does.


@growuplosers, I think it's you who needs to grow up a bit! Most of your post it correct though and I agree with most of your statements. Don't you think these states are looking forward and are tired of "the way things have been run for years"? YES! This is why they choose to secede, not because of some childish reasoning. OMG! Really? You've been sucked into the "money sucking freaks" trap your damn selves if you think you're going to move forward or evolve, with either party! They are BOTH paid by the "MONEY SUCKING FREAKS" who screw us all. Well, the 20 states are sick of the sucking sound draining our value as soon as we create it from our own HARD WORK! Don't you think we all want a better life? Let me know it that works out for you in 4 years and 4 more years and for more years. Let me tell you something, I've seen and voted in many election through the years and all they (both parties) both do is, LIE, suck, lie, suck, lie and suck our money right out of our asses! So keep on beliving in their lies and keep on letting them suck you hard earned value. Just the title of this article tells me where the Hollywood pulse is. You are all suckered into the lie vacum. Can't America remember anything from the distant past at all? Everyone should keep a journal of how good/bad each party performs for America every four years and compare the levels at the end of each presidential terms. I have and they suck! This country is going to hell in a lead bucket. We ALL must stand together to defeat these creatures who want to destroy US!

@ Freedom4ALL

Typo error; Let me know it that works out for you in 4 years and 4 more years and for more years. Correction;
"Let me know how it that works out for you in 4 years and 4 more years and for more years."

@ Freedom4ALL

One more time! LOL
"Let me know how it works out for you in 4 years and 4 more years and four more years." -Peace

@ Freedom4ALL

I'm very busy so don't give me crap about typo's, in a hurry and wanted to get this out to you all. I'm sure you get it.


Boy- The "HAVENOTS" have got it made now! No wonder the low down lazy voted for Obama! Food stamps, welfare and Obamacare! What's the use of working? I wonder how Obama is going to force a person to buy this "Vet Treatment" when they don't even have a job? This working people (White.) will continue to support your ass. The lazy have taken over and they all get to vote! What a sick country! How long can this continue! How long must we take care of you in order to temper your violence. You people voted for gay marriage, abortion without giving a damn how to support yourself. Why do you even exist?

@ Frank Sutton

Hey Frank, do you realize that 97% of the people that recieve gov't assistant are white? This is not a race issue except for the fact that you are a racist! We did not vote for gay marriage or abortion because neither of those will be attempted to or made into law.


the people in those states are being SILLY.....i read just last night, that Gov. Perry of TEXAS, wants NO part of what some of those in his state want to do......if people are unhappy with what is going on, LEAVE THE COUNTRY....but, DON'T hurt those who DO like what is happening and such. alisa

@ Alisa Neely

Obama is killing the middle class/poor and New York (being one of the states to petition secession) is made up of only middle class/poor mostly. I'm 19 and sent out more than ten applications and still I can never find a job even for something as small as greeting people at a doorway. You don't know how bad it really is sister. Obama made it worse!

@ Alisa Neely

Don't even bullshit yourself into thinking perry or any other texan likes what is happening! We cannot stand OBAMAS arrogant socialist ass! Now- READ THAT!

@ Art

Please, tell me your definition of socialist. Don't just throw words that are too big for you around.


More like the states aren't asking for permission to secede. If you read those another way it's basically saying "if we want to secede, we will. we're just petitioning you not to attack us after we do". Its in the texas state constitution that they can withdraw from the union at any time should they so choose. Whether or not the US will attack them to get the land back is another story entirely.


Does anyone really thin the federal government is going to allow any state to succeed without paying out part of the Federal deficit? It's like a divorce-you get half the property and half the bills. Stupid idea anyway. The reason Texas is in the union now is they went broke as a republic and the US bailed them out. THINK FOR YOURSELVES PEOPLE. FOX and CBS slant the news the way they want to.


Most of the freeloaders are illegally here...send them all back home and then we won't have a problem supporting ourselves. Close the borders!!!

@ txunicorn

Yup yup!!! i agree, and if you want to get here, you need to start doing your paperwork!


People like you are why we want to go! You have no god or religion! You are hollow!


Here Texas, petition to remain a part of the US: