Less than one week after Barack Obama won his second term as president, it seems at least a few Americans want out: The White House’s online petition platform is getting hit with dozens of requests to let entire states leave the country.
South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and a handful of other states are named in We the People petitions to secede from the union.
They began appearing over the weekend, and already have several thousand signatures apiece. Each petition has similar language – “Peacefully grant the State of (fill-in-the-blank) to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government” – suggesting it’s the same person or group filing every request.
Texas’ petition is by far the most popular, with more than 20,000 signatures. That’s close to the 25,000 signature mark that typically prompts an official response from the White House.
Here’s the description of that particular petition:
“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and 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 which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
A “Recount the Election” petition is also closing in on 15,000 signatures.
Mashable has reached out to the White House to ask if they will respond to any of these petitions, should they reach 25,000 signatories. We will update this post with any response.
We the People was launched in late 2011 as an experimental open petition platform to better connect citizens and the Federal government. More than 2.5 million people signed approximately 46,000 petitions in the site’s first year.
It has, however, gotten mixed reviews – a petition to share the White House official beer recipe was successful, while a petition to reform federal marijuana policy got a response the sponsors found less than adequate.
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