The deep divisions in the United States have become even more evident after last week’s elections.
People in some states have indicated that they are interested in governing themselves. According to reports, 19 states have filed to secede from the union.
Examiner.com reported that Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri were the latest states to file petitions over the weekend. Red Alert Politics reported that Louisiana was the first state to file for secession with the White House and have close to 13,000 signatures. They were followed quickly by Texas, and additional states have been filing since.
Digital Journal notes that each petition on the White House site needs to reach 25,000 signatures in 30 days for the Obama administration to take them under consideration.
New Jersey has filed a petition to secede, started by a citizen in Sewell. It has over 2,800 signatures at this writing. According to the White House “We the People” site, it says, citing the Declaration of Independence, the government derives its power from the consent of the governed, and those political bands can be dissolved when that becomes necessary.
Reports say these petitions are used to make a point as opposed to presenting a true proposal. If you’d care to sign, Iroots.org has links to all of the 18 petitions and their number of signatures.