Online Petition Seeks Missouri Secession after 2012 Presidential Election
Is this just post-election silliness or serious? White House forum draws attention from disappointed voters looking for a way out.
Considering Mitt Romney easily won Missouri on Nov. 6, it's not surprising that there are some disappointed Republicans in the Show-Me State. Some of them are so disappointed that they're petitioning to leave the union and create a new government.
That's according to reports around the state and the country, where at least 30 other states have seen similar petition drives crop up.
The petitions are filed on a section of the White House website. According to the Kansas City Star, if a petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House staff will review it and issue an "official response."
Missouri’s petition had nearly 13,000 signatures by midday Tuesday. It asks that the White House "peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."
The website allows citizens to make a petition for a variety of issues, including recognizing sign language as a language or refusing foreign aid to Uganda.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports "while there's really no chance the petitions will result in secession, those that get 25,000 signatures within 30 days will receive a some kind of formal response from the White House."
Texas reached the 25,000 mark on Monday.
Several petitions have been created since Friday, with individuals requesting that more than a dozen states be allowed to secede. The list includes Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia (x2), Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alabama and Louisiana.
Is this just post-election silliness or do you think there are actually people serious about this? Do you think secession is an idea that should be given serious consideration—by anyone? Please comment below.