Read that peeps in Texas and Louisiana want their states to secede now that Obama's won a second term. Good riddance and good luck bitches.—
Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) November 11, 2012
We know that the Obama administration pays attention to citizen petitions started on the White House’s official website; Press Secretary Jay Carney cited a petition as the reason the White House released its top-secret beer recipe this summer. What to make, then, of the nearly 20 petitions that have popped up in the last few days asking for states to secede from the Union in the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection?
UNPRECEDENTED! 19 States so far with petitions to the U.S. Government requesting a peaceful secession from the Union!—
Tom Francois (@Tom_Francois) November 11, 2012
It’s believed a petition from Louisiana started the ball rolling, and citizens from more and more states have jumped on board. Consider, for example, the text of this petition asking for Texas to withdraw from the United States:
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.
With the looming implementation of Obamacare a done deal, liberals haven’t hesitated to blame announcements of layoffs and hiring freezes on rich, angry right-wingers having a post-election hissy fit. Oh, and racism. So it didn’t take long for the Left to lay into the Tea Party as sore losers.
Secession was tried once before by 11 states over the issue of slavery. Roughly 750,000 soldiers died in Civil War. Grow up, Tea Party.—
Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) November 11, 2012
so since Obama won, 15 states including Texas have petitioned to secede from the U.S. smh stupid crackers—
Amina (@HASHed_out) November 11, 2012
I mean honestly, Alabama can't even function right now – much less on its own. Do they even realize what secession is? Stupid rednecks…—
Christopher Spencer (@cspencer96) November 11, 2012
To those with dreams of secession…If you hate the United States so much save us all the drama and just move. You won't be missed.—
PJamma (@mspammajamma) November 11, 2012
15 states have a petition to secede from the union, because our president is black. Continue to enjoy your Jersey Shore.—
Wake Up Mr. West! (@Beastedward) November 11, 2012
That deep spirit of racism is really rearing its ugly head in the hearts of these RW conservatives. They r even talking about secession. WOW—
ProBlackNationalism (@Strong_BlackMan) November 12, 2012
Liberals would never stoop so low as to entertain leaving the country, would they? Many will remember the calls for blue states to secede after George W. Bush’s reelection, handily covered in this 2004 piece in Salon. (Fair warning: Do not drink hot liquids while reading it, or you’ll ruin your monitor when you get to the line, “Liberals have long opposed the growth of state power.”)
It might surprise some of the “sore loser” crowd to learn that many conservatives are not on board with the idea of secession at all, even at the “let’s start an online petition” stage.
I oppose secession. I oppose splitting America up in any way. But I understand why other people feel the way they do.—
Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) November 11, 2012
What’ll be more amusing than lawmakers in Louisiana and Texas calling for secession, is what MSNBC hosts will say about it.—
Jerome Hudson (@JeromeEHudson) November 11, 2012
Seeing quite a few tweets about secession. People need to get a grip. We FIGHT for our country.—
Christopher Walton (@CWalton_67) November 11, 2012
Others, though, are giving the thought serious consideration, and at the least consider the petitions a message that needs to be heard at the White House. Will its occupants give it the attention they gave to the White House beer recipe?