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Virginians Unhappy with Presidential Election Results Start Secession Petition

Virginia joins Texas, other states in creating a petition to secede from the United States.

In a move that seems to take the idea of red states and blue states one step further, residents unhappy with the results of the presidential election last week are signing petitions to secede from the union.

As of Wednesday evening, more than 6,500 Virginians were behind a petition (created on Sunday) to secede. The petition is located on the White House Web site.

If seceding from the union sounds like something that happened during the Civil War era, you're correct: Virginia seceded from the union April 17, 1861, after the Nov. 6, 1860 election of another president, Abraham Lincoln.

Virginia isn't alone. Residents in at least 30 states have started petitions to secede or break away from the United States. Texas, Louisiana and Florida have apparently gained the most signatures. The petitions reportedly need at least 25,000 signatures before they will be recognized by the president. Texas and Louisiana reportedly have more than that. No word from the White House.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an early GOP candidate for president, weighed in on the controversy Tuesday. "Gov. [Rick] Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," his press secretary Catherine Frazier wrote in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government."

The Virginia petition reads as follows:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Peacefully grant the State of Virginia to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

"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..."

What do you think about some Virginians petitioning to secede from the union? Is it an overreaction to the results of last week's presidential election results? Weigh in.

Kev C. November 16, 2012 at 02:57 AM
This story is a non-story and not one worth reporting. This is crap. Who cares what these people think. At the end of the day the President won with the most votes and VA also speaker up. So this is irrelevant and stupid.
paul miller November 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
all i have to say to that is, oh how we miss the days of high unemployment, two undeclared wars and thousands of our young AMERICAN dieing or maimed, FEMA that didnt work, a stock market that plummeted below 6000............what gooood ol days HUH.
Suzanne Ballve November 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Without any federal funding at all btw, VA and all the other states that want to secede wouldn't be able to make it so honestly, this is just plain nonsense! We are a democracy and should be proud that we have the right to vote; many countries do not! I do believe in the freedom of speech but when it's retaliation tactics such as wanting to secede because Mitt Romney didn't win, then I do believe something is very wrong here. Other democrats also won in VA, including Tim Kaine and Gerry Connolly. Give it a rest people, and happy thanksgiving! =)
Jesus James Alvarez November 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
This is just an emotional response to the election results. I don't believe that most the people who signed this petition understand what it means to "secede" from the union. I understand that they are upset, but this is definitely not the way to react.
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