Texas Leads States Petitioning to Secede; Georgia and Louisiana Follow

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The American South still has not lost its taste for secession. Just ask Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia.


A petition on a White House website (“We the People”) calling for Texas to withdraw from the United States and create its own new government had collected more than 94,000 signatures as of November 14.


This total was by far the largest number of signatures collected among various secessionist petitions on We the People.


A similar petition advocating for Louisiana to go its own way had collected more than 32,000 supporters, while three petitions (two in upper-case and one in lower-case) seeking Georgia’s withdrawal from the union had gathered combined signatures of more than 42,000.


The Texas petition went up only last week on November 9, and within three days had collected more than 25,000 signatures—the benchmark at which the White House usually issues a public response to any petition that goes up on the website. So far President Barack Obama has not publicly addressed the matter of the Lone Star State’s secession.


At least 30 other states have secession petitions on We the People, including Florida (more than 28,000 signatures), Alabama (26,000), Tennessee (25,000, North Carolina (25,000), Oklahoma (22,000), South Carolina (19,000), Arkansas (18,000), Colorado (17,000), Arizona (17,000), Indiana (16,000), Pennsylvania (16,000), Kentucky (15,000), Mississippi (15,000), Ohio (14,000), Missouri (12,000), New Jersey (11,000), Montana (11,000), Utah (11,000) and California (10,000).


Another petition to strip the citizenship of everyone who signs a secession petition and exile them from the country had only gathered more than 8,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky


To Learn More:

Texas Petition to Secede Reaches Threshold for Obama Comment (by Sarah Parnass, ABC News)

Petitions (White House) (click on Filter by Issue/Government Reform)

10 Most Popular Unanswered Petitions to the White House (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Top 10 Suggestions from American People to President Obama (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


ontogram 8 years ago
Fantastic! Let them go! It would improve the union of loyal states immensely and, frankly, cut costs. I would bet that both Texas and Louisiana are net beneficiaries of Federal largesse. With the money we save endlessly trying to educate Texans and Louisianans, we could put more teachers back to work here, where it pays off.
Brandt 8 years ago
The racism of yesteryear has come full circle in our county. The entire world embraced our choice of a black President four years ago and most nations of the world still support him. The fringe elements of Republican sect have crept through into the mainstream once again with conservative mouthpieces planting the seeds of hate. The only doubt lies here at home rooting from bigotry. Watch the white hands paint Obama in Blackface at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

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