Online Petition Seeks Missouri Secession after 2012 Presidential Election

Is this just post-election silliness or serious? White House forum draws attention from disappointed voters looking for a way out.

Considering Mitt Romney easily won Missouri on Nov. 6, it's not surprising that there are some disappointed Republicans in the Show-Me State. Some of them are so disappointed that they're petitioning to leave the union and create a new government.

That's according to reports around the state and the country, where at least 30 other states have seen similar petition drives crop up.

The petitions are filed on a section of the White House website. According to the Kansas City Star, if a petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House staff will review it and issue an "official response."

Missouri’s petition had nearly 13,000 signatures by midday Tuesday. It asks that the White House "peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

The website allows citizens to make a petition for a variety of issues, including recognizing sign language as a language or refusing foreign aid to Uganda.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports "while there's really no chance the petitions will result in secession, those that get 25,000 signatures within 30 days will receive a some kind of formal response from the White House."

Texas reached the 25,000 mark on Monday.

Several petitions have been created since Friday, with individuals requesting that more than a dozen states be allowed to secede. The list includes Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia (x2), Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Alabama and Louisiana.

Is this just post-election silliness or do you think there are actually people serious about this? Do you think secession is an idea that should be given serious consideration—by anyone? Please comment below.


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MO PATRIOT November 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
This is especially apparent in his post which he corrected the incorrect usage of Ravel. While the comment he replied to was atrociously inaccurate and in poor judgment it seems he was so disturbed by this, all too often, misspelling of the composer Maurice Ravel to really criticize it, all the while making serious errors in spelling and grammar himself.
MO PATRIOT November 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
My single vile posting in retort to each of the 15 he so eloquently gave is this, apparently he has so much knowledge to share regarding this composer, that perhaps he suffered a traumatic brain injury much like Ravel did which can cause a change in temperament and common spelling errors in its early stages. If he knows some much of a composer who dies in the late 30s why would he not have some type of intelligent rebuttal? Oh and I believe you meat to use the word vernacular in your final post (to date) above. Yes his comment was a name calling one as well but don't criticize someone for something then make similar mistakes yourself on multiple occasions. Vernacular is not synonymous with vocabulary, although is used in such a way by so many. So don’t look to Tom for any suggestions of staying on point, how to maintain some level of dignity, proper use of grammar, or how to form an appropriate rebuttal. However if you want tips on how to degrade someone, divert the topic to something trivial, or apparently some great insight on the composer Maurice Ravel Tom would be the guy and should be able to assist you in those areas. It has been interesting how this thread has evolved over a few weeks, but just as any topic does it ends up being a far cry from anything relevant to the original topic or article.
Tom Maher November 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Oh brave (and yet conveniently anonymous) "MO PATRIOT" - may I chortle at your sanctimonious and pharisaic nom de Net? The Ravel comment was not incorrect and had no spelling or grammatical errors. But you knew that... I poke fun at self-righteous and narrow-minded prigs; I take it your skin is thin and your ears have been burning? Reread brave (and yet anonymous) "mike k's" comment and confirm that his was civil and free from an excrement-related noun - and then reaffirm that my retort was inaccurate (and free from barnyard epithets). Perhaps you might want to go several sizes up on your Jockeys™; after all, you are no longer in your high school condition and they seem to be pinching more than a bit.
Tom Maher November 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Oh brave (and yet conveniently anonymous) "MO PATRIOT" - may I chortle at your sanctimonious and pharisaic nom de Net? Quoting you: "Oh and I believe you meat [sic] to use the word vernacular in your final post (to date) above." May I giggle and guffaw again for your excoriation of others' misspelling? What is the old expression? Oh, yes: "Pot, meet kettle." And actually, my "MO (paranoid) PATRIOT," I did not use the word "vernacular" because it was not appropriate. You know - you might also want to review the proper usage of commas in your future rants (and DO go several sizes up on the Jockeys™). In retrospect, brave (and yet conveniently anonymous) "MO PATRIOT," perhaps in the future I should just characterize your non de Patch name as being simply "sanctimonious?"
Fred Oompahloompah December 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It is all nonsense! Just consider the consequences, complications and cost if such an action succeeded! It would be a nightmare for any citizen who lived in a state with out the support of the federal government no matter how flawed it is. Just imagine who would be the "President of the United State of Missouri"! Bwhahahah!


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