What year is this, 1860? That was certainly my first thought when I heard that 32 states — yes, more than two thirds of our beloved union — are currently petitioning the White House with requests to secede from the United States.
At the forefront is Texas, whose petition to “peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government” has drawn over 66,500 signatures since it was posted Friday (Nov. 9). A petition only needs 25,000 signatures to draw a comment from the White House. President Barack Obama hasn’t made a statement yet and there’s no guarantee that he will, but it’s certainly interesting that so many people want out. For some context, though, over 26 million people live in Texas.
The petitions are coming through the We the People website, a White House-endorsed website that creates an online platform for American citizens to file petitions. Also asking to withdraw from the union are Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Kansas, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, California, Delaware, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina. None of those petitions have been signed over 25,000 times, and some applicants have submitted their states more than once.
Interestingly enough, there have also been petitions signed to “deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America” and to “strip the citizenship from everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them.” Both of those have around 1000 signatures each. Ah, the joys of democracy.