For the record, if Americans really want to have reasoned, intelligible discourse on politics the words secession or secede should never reach the open air. The idea that a state can, by request or otherwise, separate itself from the rest of the country is the stuff of Civil War reenactments, those fictional scenarios where groups of people pretend for hours that the issue wasn't decided nearly 150 years ago. You would think that after electing the first African American to a second term as president, the country would have grown up enough to leave the antebellum south to the history textbooks and Margaret Mitchell, but in our way we keep it real until it's gone wrong. Not a full week after Barack Obama's reelection to the presidency, petitions from California to New York have surfaced, asking his administration to allow their state to separate and form a new government of its own. The number of states with open petitions and the volume of petitioners sheds light on the depth of America's political divide around its president, while proving that many Americans still aren't mature enough for a seat at the adult table.
So Who Wants To Leave?
According to WhiteHouse.gov's list of open petitions, requests for separation to form their own government and/or country have come from: Oregon, California, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Alaska and South Carolina. That's thirty one states total. The map below shows how many signatures each petition has thus far:
Based on results from the recent presidential race, the states whose electoral votes went Republican are shown in red and electoral voters that went Democrat are shown in blue. It comes as no surprise that there's an overwheliming number of red states with signers in the tens of thousands and counting. Texas, Louisiana and Georgia have more signers than every other Democratic state combined and if we count the total number of signers, Republican states come out with 279,073 versus 94,740 in Democratic states.
Both Oklahoma and Missouri actually have two petitions going at the same time! The petitions themselves read near-identically across the board asking the president to, "Peacefully grant the State of _____ to withdraw from The United States of America to form its own new government". If you click to read the details of the petitions, all cite the same passages from the Declaration of Independence as if to say, "we don't like this direction so instead of using the legally-based political tools at our disposal, we'll just leave instead".