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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 Tuesday, more than 1,000 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 signing on to the idea of seceding from the union? Is it an overreaction to the results of last week's presidential election results? Weigh in.

Debra Duncan November 18, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Not at all...Romney had no plan and not a clue on how to lead the country. Did you not see the debate????? Be for real. You hate having a black president so bad, that you would elect someone like that for president. People get real and stop the under cover racism!!!
Sally Spangler November 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I am a Virginian. As a member/resident/in this state since 1796 according to my family's presence in what is now Page County, is any of the above persons do not wish to be Virginians, they certainly have my permission, for what it is worth to return to the state they left when they came to Virginia! None of you are tied to this state, simply GO HOME. You will be happier there. You will be able to support your home state with your thinking and actions.
Isle D Belle November 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Sally, your post made me smile. Thanks. How fascinating that you have traced your family back that far. I've only been here about 13 years, but I kind of like it here and am not interested in seceding, so I think I will stay, if that's OK with you.
Julia Ellegood Pfaff November 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Well said. All sides need to start listen to each other. Right now we are like the "7 Blind Men and the Elephant." We are convinced that what we sense is "THE TRUTH" but we fail to understand this it only part. We need to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Julia Ellegood Pfaff November 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
William, I don't doubt that there is waste in our federal budget, or state or local budgets or personal budgets, but I don't believe it is nearly as large as people want to make it out to be. Unfortunately for a Presidential campaign which claimed to be about the role of the government we really had no discussion of this. Have you ever used the tax calculator which gives you an estimate of where your tax dollars are going. Here is a link to the one on the White House website. http://www.whitehouse.gov/2011-taxreceipt I agree with you that Congress is very derelict in its duty, which is why I am citizen leader with No Labels (Nolabels.org) which is a multipartisan group working to make our government actually do its job. We have bills in both the House and Senate: No Budget No Pay. I realize this has no chance of passing in this Congress and we will need to reintroduce the bills in January.

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