19 States Want To Secede LOL [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

Nineteen states are petitioning to secede from the union. The states have begun gathering signatures on the government made petitioning website, “We The People.” Louisiana and Texas have received over 10,000 signatures thus far. The website’s policy  is that if a petition receives over 25,000 signatures the Obama administration has to address the issue. I am sure there are 25,000 citizens in each state that aren’t too pleased with Obama’s re-election. This could make for an interesting debate, although unilateral secession was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The other states that have growing numbers include: Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri.What do you think? Would you like to see a few states axed from the country?

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  1. Molly - UNL says:

    I'm surprised Nebraska isn't threatening to secede.

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  3. Lily says:

    It can't it doesn't have enough people in it

  4. Justin says:

    Actually author you're wrong; if you go back to America's beginning, state succession was the final tool when government's got out of control. We're supposed to have separation in powers (executive, judicial, legislative) and on top of that (if you actually read what was well known to the founders) if all else fails states have a right to secede as a last resort (i.e. S.C. 1832 over protectionist tariff's). And if you really want to talk about Supreme Court rulings; the Supreme Court ruled in 1895 that the Income Tax was Unconstitutional but look where that got us. Just because the Supreme Court rules on a case does not mean it's settled. Finally, a state does not have to ask the Federal Government permission to secede as widely misinterpreted; it is their duty to do so when the Federal Government gets out of line. That was also the real reason for the Civil War (which shouldn't be called a civil war, people have a misrepresented view of the war because of this; a Civil War is a war between to sides to one Nation. The South created the Confederate States of America before the war broke). People need to research far more because if we had an educated public we surely wouldn't be in this mess today. For one last example; the Federal Reserve is the cause to most of our problems and they're not even Federal. We have an Unconstitutional fiat currency and no accountability and while we send our kids into financial slavery we seem to think that when the government tells us they're going to give us something then we're going to receive it for free when really we're the ones that are paying for it. As they say, Socialism is for the people, not those enforcing it.

    1. Emerald Pellot says:

      You’re correct. An unconstitutional ruling does not make something impossible. However, it does mean that the only way states could unilaterally secede is through revolution or peacefully through federal consent. The latter seems pretty unlikely and I should hope it doesn’t come to the former.

      Furthermore, I also agree that just because the government declares something doesn’t mean it is in the public’s best interest. The government is only as powerful as we the people decide it is! Still, if states were serious about seceding they wouldn’t be doing it through a petition on a government website!

      Thanks for the comment. Keep ’em coming.

  5. Rob says:

    Can I just say that I like the first person's comment? and I agree completely. We are supposed to be ruled by the constitution, and yet we constantly try to find loop holes. Yes there were parties of federalists and anti-federalists (strict interpretation and loose interpretation of the constitution), but there is a point to where it is just straight up unconstitutional.

    1. Rob says:

      My apologies, I thought the list was going from top to bottom in sequence but it is going bottom to top. So, the "first person" I was referring to is Justin.

  6. Southern Illinoisan says:

    Ok. So lets say secession is granted. The union pulls out all army, navy, air force, marines, national guard, coast guard and empties and destroys all munitions and munitions factories. Don’t forget. Comercial aircraft, boats and barges’ ships, tele-comunications and everything else government ran would be halted. Dont worry. Your new i-phone will make a great paper weight. Then halts all U.S. imports of all goods to those states. Then builds a fence around you so you ain’t exporting a damned thing. And theres plenty of gun boats for the states with wet sides. Hey, you ain’t with us then you’re against us. How are they gonna make a stand? You’re free range now. You’ll be speaking japanese or russian or german or something inside of two years or less.Secession would cost your state way too much capital and more than likely bankrupt your state. No country is likely to stand by and wait for you to build your independence or your economy. I’m sure Mexico would bleed dry at the chance to regain Texas.
    Then theres this. Even though secession will never happen any governer or senator who supports this idea has totally wiped out any possible chance of becomming president of the U.S.A. Do they think they’ll be voted into office by a country they did’nt want to belong to before they chose to run for presidential office?
    Oh wait.( By the way, Texas. The U.S.G. Wants that 16.8 billion they gave you back.) You’ll already be bankrupt since what money your new country already has will be useless to you. E. pluribus unim, el mono. That money belongs to the U.S.A. No more food stamps, education, unemployment insurance, or electricity. You will all starve to death before the next year ends. You ain’t comming over here. You and your family are now illiegal aliens. And you’re definately not going to start up your own militia. What you going to use? Sticks and rocks? And even if the capital was there to suport a militia none of you are going to put down your phones, and step away from your p.c.’s, t.v.’s, and video games long enough to even attempt to make a stand. Now, i gotta ask. Are you sure you really want to do this? Don’t look so good when you eyeball the big picture dose it?
    But then again what do I know? I’m just a dumb hillbilly lives up in the rocks. Don’t even get daylight here till10:00 a.m.
    The Texas petition assails the federal government’s “neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending,”
    I wonder if they’re counting the 16.805 billion dollars the U.S.G. handed them from the Recovery Act Fund since February 2009. Any state should be able to function perfectly for 3 yrs and 9 months with that amount of capital.

    Now the city of Austin, TX has started a petition to secede from Texas and become its own state, inside of Texas borders, and remain loyal and faithful to the Union.

    The United States exists in two forms: The original united States that was in operation until 1860; a collection of sovereign Republics in the union. Under the original Constitution the States controlled the Federal Government; the Federal Government did not control the Statesand had limited authority.
    The original united States of America has been usurped by a separate and different United States Corporation formed in 1871, which only controls the District of Columbia and it’s territories, and which is actually a corporation (the United States Corporation) that acts as our current government. The United States Corporation operates under Corporate/Commercial Law rather than Common/Private Law. In the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence, it refers to “these united States”. The word “united” was an adjective describing the noun States. That is why the lower case on united. When the United States Corporation was formed in 1871, the united was changed to United because the United States as a corporation was now a noun.
    The original Constitution was never removed; it has simply been dormant since 1871. It is still intact to this day. This fact was made clear by Supreme Court Justice Marshall Harlan (Downes v. Bidwell, 182, U.S. 244 1901) by giving the following dissenting opinion: “Two national governments exist; one to be maintained under the Constitution, with all its restrictions; the other to be maintained by Congress outside and Independently of that Instrument.”

  7. Southern Illinoisan says:

    Be it ordained by the people of Texas in Convention assembled, That we acknowledge the supremacy of the Constitution of the United States, and the laws passed in pursuance thereof;and that an Ordinance adopted by a former Convention of the people of Texas on the 1st day of February, A.D. 1861, entitled”An Ordinance to Dissolve theUnion between the State of Texas and the other States, united under the compact styled ‘Constitution of the United States of America,'” be and the same is hereby declared null and void; and the right heretofore claimed by the State of Texas to secede from the Union, is hereby distinctly renounced. Passed 15th March, 1866.

  8. Southern Illinoisan says:

    Seems Texans can’t make up their minds. First they belong to Mexico. Then they’re their own independent country. Then they’re Amaricans. Then they’re confederates. Then they’re Americans. And now they want to be Confederates.

    If at first you don’t succeed at seceding secede again.

    Is there something wrong with the water in Texas?

    They piss and moan about money when Texas by itself is the 15th largest economy on the face of the planet.

  9. Valen Ford says:

    Last week I saw my grandfather buried, a proud World War II veteran. His flag draped cofrin…He loved this country so much he would land on a beach in Normandy and risk his life for it. This is home, even if not perfect. He lived through segregation, his grand father was a slave, he watched a relative lenched by white supremist and yet he never turned his back on this country. He just waited for better days and fought for more rights. Now there are people who want to leave just because things did not go there way. Those are the people this country does not need, they would not love the country enough to stay no matter what, good days or bad, fight for her, be ragged and hungry for her. I am an American, whether there be sunshine or rain bombs, I will stay and fight for my home forever……For all you people who want to leave the union all I can say is "don't let the door hit ya' on your way out !

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