In the three weeks since voters elected Barack Obama to a second term as U.S. president, a number of Americans have circulated petitions to begin seceding from the union. The efforts are specific to individual states and vary in their success at gaining adherents; a quick tally of petitions on the White House petition website, which gives running totals, suggests 500,000 signatures have been submitted so far, with other estimates reaching 700,000. Whatever the exact number, it’s less than a percent of the U.S. population of 312 million.
The website Human Events published an article by Jarret Stepman in which he attacks nullification advocates. In his article, “Secessionists and Nullifiers won’t Succeed,” Stepman agrees that citizens must resist federal power.
“There are far better options on the table, and more legal ways for citizens to resist the power of the federal government.”
The White House has received approximately 700,000 signatures of Americans who wish their state to secede from the US. Signatures representing all fifty states have been logged, just a week after the first petition from Louisiana was started.
As of yesterday, the White House’s ‘We the People’ portal has reveals the 25,000 signature threshold has already been reached by Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The remaining states are quickly accumulating signatures at a rate that will push them over the threshold soon.