Some people in Washington state have joined over 500,000 others in at least 39 states, petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the United States. At least two of those petitions have enough signatures that the White House promises to respond.
The requests were filed on the “We the People” website, which the Obama Administration set up to give Americans a way to engage with government. The Washington state petition, titled "Peacefully grant the State of Washington to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," was filed Tuesday afternoon.
While the petitions do not specifically state Pres. Barack Obama’s re-election as the reason for wanting to secede, they have all come following Tuesday’s election.
Most of them cite the same passage from the Declaration of Independence.
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."
Washington and Oregon are states that Obama won in the election. The Oregon petition calls for the state to leave the union peacefully, but remain an ally to the United States. It claims the federal government is abusing its power to trump states’ rights.
“The Federal Government has imposed policies on Oregon that are not in Oregon's best interests (sic), and we as citizens would respectively and peacably seperate (sic) ourselves from a tyranical (sic) Government who cares nothing about creating a sustainable future for our children,” reads the petition.
According to the “We the People” website, any petition with over 25,000 signatures within 30 days from the time it is launched will be reviewed and receive a response from a White House staffer. Petitions from Texas and Louisiana have already surpassed that mark, with at least three more closing in.
Some states have more than one petition on the site.
A petition with over 42,000 signatures calls on the White House to recount the election.
“It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes...but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It's not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!” reads the petition. “If ID laws had been enforced (which the administration is completely against because that meant they would lose) then this wouldn't be an issue.”
Two more petitions have been launched in response, calling on the United States to deport or strip the citizenship of anyone petitioning to secede from the union. Another asks to "Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States."