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UPDATE: 11-14-12

The secession petitions just keep on rolling in. As of today, over 675,000 signatures have been acquired over petitions submitted for all 50 states.

UPDATE: 11-13-12

Since the original writing of this article, citizens from *6 additional states have petitioned to secede from the United States, bringing the total to 26. The original report below has been updated to include them.

The state of Texas has reached 90,000 signatures. They only needed 25, 000 for the Obama Administration to review the petition. In response, citizens from the City of Austin have created their own petition, which states:

Austin Texas continues to suffer difficulties stemming from the lack of civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon the city by less liberally minded Texans. It is entirely feasible for Austin to operate as its own state, within the United States, in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede. It is important for Austin to remain in the union as to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers.

We would also like to annex Dublin Texas, Lockhart Texas, & Shiner Texas.

At press time, the petition had 2,491 signatures. Click here to see the current number.

As NewsOne previously reported, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia asserts that secession is not currently a legal option and that it’s one constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War. But Douglas H. of Escondido, California has a brilliant idea for the neo-secessionists — and he’s petitioned President Obama to put it into motion:

Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported.

Now that’s an idea that we can all get behind. Three cheers for bi-partisanship.


Some people are really having a difficult time facing the reality of a Black president, so difficult in fact, citizens from 26 states  — and counting — have filed petitions at We The People on to be granted permission to leave the union.


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The states include Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, Arkansas, and Oregon.

*[Editor’s Note: New states added are Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Idaho]

According to the terms of participation for “We The People,” as of October 3, 2011, petitions that meet the listed criteria become searchable on once — and if — they reach 150 signatures within 30 days. If that is accomplished, for President Obama to actively consider a petition, it must reach 25,000 signatures within the remainder of the same 30-day period.

The White House reserves the right to change the time limit and number of signatures required.

Click the hyperlinks above to view the petitions and the number of signatures each state has acquired to date.

Texas, in particular, has an outspoken advocate for the state’s secession from the union. Writing for a Tea Party newsletter, Hardin County Republican Treasurer Peter Morrison called Obama supporters “maggots” who voted on an “ethnic basis”:

“They’ re-elected Obama,” Morrison wrote. “He is their president.”

While there are several of the president’s policies that one could object too, at heart he is a moderate Democrat — no more, no less. Since Lincoln, no other president has spawned calls of secession, making it clear that the perceived “otherness” of President Obama [insert code word for Black here] is the reason for this sudden need to leave the United States.

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Also included on the list of recent petitions is one that calls for a recount of the presidential election, stating:

It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes…but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!

If ID laws had been enforced (which the administration is completely against because that meant they would lose) then this wouldn’t be an issue.

Recount NOW!

We did a little digging here at NewsOne, and surprisingly — note sarcasm — those numbers are blatant fabrications. Click here for election results in Ohio county by county.

In addition to the push for secession, more people are purchasing assault weapons in fear that the Obama Administration will tighten regulations, preventing them from doing so as easily as they can now.

The Telegraph UK reports:

In October the number of background checks on people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales, increased by 18.4 per cent.

There was a similar jump when President Obama was first elected in 2008. A total of 12.7 million background checks were carried out that year, up from 11.2 million the year before, and the number has been rising since then.

Shares in weapons manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger also surged after Mr. Obama’s re-election.

Who knew that the election of one man would make half of the country go stark, raving Karl Rove mad.

I, for one, could certainly live with less of the racism, sexism, and homophobia that defines many right-wing policies. Maybe, just maybe, secession isn’t such a bad idea. Unfortunately, states do not have a legal right to secede, so this entire debacle is an exercise in futility. In response to a question about secession in 2010, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear that the states are part of a whole under one federal government, not individual entities:

If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.”) Secondly, I find it difficult to envision who the parties to this lawsuit might be. Is the State suing the United States for a declaratory judgment? But the United States cannot be sued without its consent, and it has not consented to this sort of suit.

Bottom line: While I do understand that many conservatives have an aversion to these little things called “facts,” President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.

They need to either deal with that or get a passport.

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