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Bridget Johnson


November 12, 2012 - 8:30 am

The White House’s “We the People” petition feature on its website has drawn numerous post-election requests for secession from the union.

“Peacefully grant the State of georgia to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government,” is the title of one petition, continued by, “just like in 1860 the south secede from the union. 2012 the state of georgia would like to withdraw from the USA.”

Georgia went 53.4 percent for Mitt Romney last Tuesday and 45.4 percent for President Obama.

It’s listed in the categories “Civil Rights and Liberties, Government Reform, Human Rights” and so far has more than 4,000 signatures.

Passing the 25,000 signature threshold triggers a response from White House staff.

There are also petitions for the secession of Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, and more.

The closest to 25,000 signatures is the secession petition for Texas, which is nearing 19,000.

“Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government,” states the Nov. 9 petition. “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.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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