Cody D (his last name was not given) initiated the petition on Nov. 10, 2012, and as of Nov. 15, 9,689 have signed the signature campaign on the White House website, We the People.
At least 25,000 signatures are need by Dec. 10, 2012, for the White House to take action. 15,310 more are needed to reach that threshold.
No reason was given in the petition, which says: “We petition the Obama Administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Nevada to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
Residents from all 50 states have signed similar petitions, but the Republican governors of prominent states, such as Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida, said they are not seceding from the Union.
These states – and North Carolina – have met the 25,000-signature requirement.
However, ABC News reported that with the exception of Alabama, six of the seven states that received more than 25,000 signatures on petitions to cut ties with the federal government, received more than $10 million from the federal government in 2010.
Combined, those seven states – Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina – took more than 23 percent of all federal revenue allotted to the states that year, ABC News reported.
Throughout U.S. history, residents- and even states – have threatened to withdraw from the Union, usually in frustration to some federal laws or mandates.
But the “noise” die down after a while, and the Union has survived for more than 200 years.
In response to the wave of secession petitions, two counter-petitions have also been submitted, both intended to punish those who sign the withdrawal petition.
One such petition, which has garnered 21,599 signatures, larger than most of the secession petitions, will strip the citizenship and deport those who sign the petition.
The other, which got 13,687 signatures, will similarly kick out of the United States those who sign a secession petition.
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