Missouri has joined a growing list of states petitioning the federal government for secession in the wake of President Obama's reelection.
Residents in at least 20 states have posted petitions on the White House's "We the People" website. "We the People" allows anyone to suggest a policy initiative and with 25,000 signatures of support the administration is required to consider the concern and issue a response. The Missouri petition was filed on Saturday and as of this writing had over 9,000 signatures (a great number of them from out of state).
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The petition asks the Obama administration to "peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."
Similar petitions were filed almost immediately after Obama's reelection. Petitions from Louisiana and Texas have received over 10,000 signatures and even residents from Oregon have jumped on board. Others include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee. Something tells us this new hypothetical beltway nation won't have Obamacare.
The administration launched the "We the People" petitioning site in October 2011 to help unorganized interest groups find a voice. Hundreds of campaigns have received the requisite number of signatures and earned responses from the White House, but critics argue that those responses have been canned (i.e. not serious considerations of the initiatives put before the government).
This isn't the first time Missourah has made a move to secede (and probably won't be the last): In January 2012 Tea Partier Brian Nieves, a Republican state senator from Franklin County (and the state senate's majority whip), introduced SJR 45, a state constitutional amendment to allow Missouri to ignore federal law.
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