As Your Attorney I'd Advise...
If you just so happen to be a signer of a petition or are thinking about signing one, here's a few things to keep in mind.
- The president will never allow your state to leave the Union.
- Neither he nor Congress have the legal authority to sever your state from the rest of the nation
- The Supreme Court already ruled that states cannot secede from the United States
- The Declaration of Independence is a philosophical treatise, not a law
- The Civil War is over, African Americans are people, can vote, use the same water fountains, and be elected president, especially with scores of good ideas for improving the country and a J.D. from Harvard Law.
What's most disturbing about this isn't the number of people who signed or even the states petitions have come from, it's the fact that nearly 375,000 Americans (and counting) think that the best choice for their future is leaving their country altogether. Forget about that nice, legal vehicle of political expression called voting or the fact that the current administration is on the last four year term it can ever serve. No let's just leave the nation. After all that really worked out well for those eleven states 150 years ago who left the union and experienced four years of war, starvation, riots and hyper-inflation.
Secession isn't a political statement, it's a temper tantrum. If you're that disappointed or infuriated at the way the election panned out there are thousands of ways to get your views across. You can join a PAC or go work at Goldman Sachs and donate your egregious bonus to the candidate you think best represents your issues. What you shouldn't do is complain to the president that because you don't like him or his policies, you want his permission to leave the country he's there to lead. Disagreement is perfectly fine, even legally protected, but to think that divorce from the union is an option, much less a good option, is just juvenile. Silly rabbits, secession is for kids, because real adults vote.