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Secession petitions from Florida, other states gain steam after Obama victory

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November

The media has begun to pick up on a new trend seen on "We the People," the White House's citizen-led petition drive site. According to Buzzfeed, over a dozen petitions were filed on the site this weekend asking for the federal government to allow various states to secede from the union, with Texas' being the most popular.

As you will recall, this weekend was when Florida was officially declared a state won by President Barack Obama, essentially putting to rest the presidential election season and finalizing his re-election victory. 

A petition filed by "Nicholas J." on Saturday asks the White House to "Peacefully grant the State of Florida to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." As we write this post, the petition has 6,215 signatures but the count is steadily rising.

If this petition receives 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, the White House will respond. By contrast, the Texas petition needs only 2,700 more signatures by Dec. 9 to warrant a response.

The Florida secession petition makes no mention of Obama, nor does it give any specific reasoning other that "in today's world the Federal Government has not led our citizens justly and with honor." It ends with a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

[Last modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 3:34pm]

    

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