Obama Reelection Spurs Wave of States’ Petitions to Secede
November 12, 2012
Obama’s victory has encouraged several U.S. citizens to petition the government to address grievances concerning statehood, pursuant to the rights entitled under the First Amendment.
Last week, a man from Louisiana drafted a petition requesting to opt his state out of the continental United States following the announcement that Obama had secured a second term as president. Now people from 19 other states have followed suit.
According to the White House Petitions website, a total of 20 states are gathering signatures on petitions that would force the Obama administration’s response to requests to “peacefully grant” states withdrawal from the U.S. and allow the creation of new state-governed bodies.
Although the signing of these petitions are mainly symbolic gestures illustrating America’s discontent with the Obama administration’s policies, they are quickly gaining signatures and popularity.