Republican leaders dismiss secession petitions

    While some residents in nearly half the United States have expressed a desire to separate from what’s often deemed the greatest nation in the world, many Republicans are criticizing the move.

    “I don’t think that’s a valid option for Tennessee,” Governor Bill Haslam told The Tennessean. “I don’t think we’ll be seceding.”

    Tennessee is just one of the states whose residents are so disillusioned following the re-election of President Barack Obama, that they prefer to opt out, or secede, from the United States. Additional states include Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, New York, North Dakota, Montana, Georgia, Indiana, Oregon, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Michigan, according to CBS News.

    White House officials promised that any petition that reached the signature threshold, which is 25,000 people in 30 days, would be reviewed. Of the 20 states on the list, none have reached 25,000 yet, though CBS reports that Texas had over 22,000, Louisiana had over 15,000 and Arizona had over 14,000.

    Randall Miller, history professor at St. Joseph’s University, told that the petitions, which are located on the White House’s “We the People” website, are “very likely an expression of alienation and frustration.”

    Other experts agree, calling these petitions more of an expression of frustration than a viable call for political action.

    A representative for Alabama’s Republican governor said, “Governor Bentley believes in one nation under God. While there is frustration with the federal government, Governor Bentley believes that states can be great laboratories of change.”

    No state legislature has approved an ordinance of secession since North Carolina in 1861.

    —Jacob Rohn



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