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Californians Petition to Secede From Nation

So far, more than 8,000 Golden Staters have joined an online drive to leave the union.

In more than 40 states across the nation, signatures are being gathered asking President Obama to allow states to consider seceding from the union, according to press reports over the weekend.

The states, ranging from blue states like New York and New Jersey to some of the reddest of the red, such as North Dakota and Texas, must collect 25,000 signatures within 30 days to receive an official response from the White House. Texas already has more than 25,000, according to reports. 

On Nov. 11, just five days after President Obama was re-elected to the White House, the movement officially came to California and now has 6,832 signatures and growing. 

The petition was started by Jennifer K. from Yucca Valley. 

However, California's movement has not seen the fervor of some other states, such as New Hampshire, where the creator has launched a Facebook campaign. 

There is a California Secession Facebook page, which recently received a post linking to the online petition after almost one year of inactivity. 

Last year, about a dozen counties in the eastern and southern parts of Southern California, minus Los Angeles, tried to secede from the state to form "Southern California." 

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone's reasons for secession included "too much money spent on state prisons, too much power for public unions, too many regulations and not enough of a crackdown on illegal immigration," according to the New York Times.

In response to these and other secession petitions, Joshua L. from Birmingham, AL, started a petition to deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the nation. 

It currently has over 8,300 signatures, a few hundred more than the petition for California to secede from the US. 

What do you think about this secession petition? Do you think it will receive 25,000 signatures by Dec. 11? Tell us in the comments. 

kd November 14, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Anon you are correct. Nothing will happen due to these small numbers of petitioners. Unless of course many of them are well connected donors with millions to spend on lobbyists. Look at the results of these petitions at the White House website. They do not care what people think regardless of the numbers involved. Remember the banker bailouts. Very few were in favor of them, yet Obama voted for them. These "tiny fraction(s)" are only relevant if they have the proper connections.
Lola Hearn2 November 14, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I want to sign the petition. I hate the government and it is getting worse everyday. I do think California should be split!
David November 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I love my country, and would stand n fight for her. How ever i do belive something needs to be done with our goverment. They seem to have forgot they work for us we dont work for them.
Bob M November 14, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Anyone that wishes to Secede can do so at any time simply by purchasing a ticket to any other country of their choosing, just don't buy me the seat next to you. For all it's problems I still think we have the best country. So, if a few of you want to Secede go ahead. I prefer to put in the effort to work on the problems we have in our government from within the USA. On the surface the politicians seem to have gotten the message about bi-partisanship bickering but we have to remind them every day, until you and I vote to replace them with someone that listens and does not adhere to just the party line. Anne, as for Patch articles, I like a balance of what is happening including local and State, in politics as well as with the people around me and what they are doing. After all we are a community of real people in real houses with real lives, not some crappy made up reality show Keep up the good work of keeping the community informed.
Darzl November 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The government should split, not the states. Money buys the white house; the county does not get the most qualified but the greediest. The news media shows bias in elections, thus the public gets a biased picture, and the nation gets slanted greedy corrupt leaders, out for their own interest and against the will of the people. The congress does not fight for the good of the people in general, but they fight for the good of their own special interest. We the companies of the United Corporations of America do ordain and ... We have one sick country.

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