As of Monday, 22 states are petitioning President Obama for peaceful secession from the United States of America. It's unclear whether these petitions are a nod to dissatisfaction that some conservatives think may soon match Civil War proportion, or merely an attempt to make an official statement of utter contempt for the current government. However, disgruntled citizens are on their way to getting attention, currently with 22 states participating.
Collectively, the petitions have currently garnered 93,166 signatures. If the goal is to amass a total of 58,783,137 signatures, one for each citizen who voted for Mitt Romney, obviously, the petitions need to circulate a little longer. Most agree these petitions are a dramatic effort to influence Obama's agenda, and reinforce the conservative mantra that Obama has "no mandate."
Curiously, Missouri Is collecting signatures on two petitions making the number of actual petitions currently recorded at the White House site number 23. At one time, then Senator Obama claimed he had campaigned in all "57 states." Perhaps Missouri has two petitions in hopes other states will double up so that the final count of petitions will number 57.,oo
Update: A petition for Pennsylvania has been added and now has 1,731 signatures. Each petition must collect 25,000 signatures to receive an official response. Texas was first to meet that requirement, heading towards 40,000 signatures now. Check below for updated signature counts
The states participating in the petition drive to secede, at this time, are: Louisiana 19, 884; Texas 37,337; Alabama 11,073; North Carolina 14,887; Florida 13,740; Georgia 18,381; Kentucky 17,334 Indiana 7,868; Mississippi 7,666; North Dakota 5,801 Montana 6,472; Oregon 6,641; New Jersey 6,188; Colorado 8,601; South Carolina 7,858; New York 7,607 Tennessee 10,380; Michigan 7,711; Missouri 6,567, Missouri 6,567; Georgia; 9,930; Arkansas 7,374 South Carolina 7,858
The Texas petition, which suggests to the Obama administration, "Texans neither want nor need you," reads as follows:
"We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
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."