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Manassas Park Residents Not Among Virginians Who've Signed 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 8,000 Virginians were behind a petition (created on Sunday) to secede. The petition is located on the White House Web site.

While 24 residents from neighboring Manassas had joined the petition as of 2 p.m. Thursday, no one from Manassas Park had signed.

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.

micky mouse November 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
If the Declaration of Independence and Constitution allows such a thing - why stop it? Unless this country is no longer what it used to be and the laws are there AGAINST THE PEOPLE!
Isaac Cohen November 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
The foundation for this “secession petition” is the basest of motives. Some people just cannot get over the fact that a black man is President of the United States AND leader of the free world. It’s roots are racism plain and simple. And it’s also another angry white guy initiative. McCain still cant get over losing the 08 election (his anger is palpable when he speaks on the Senate floor), and there are others like him who cant get passed 08, and they can’t get passed 2012.
Sasha Gerhard November 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Please don't make this about racism. It's about what is good for this country and the direction it is headed in. Obama's policies are geared toward more of a socialist government, not the democracy our founding Fathers established. It's evident in his health care program and his approach for our ailing economy. Secession? A bit drastic, yes, but people are tired of not being heard.
Vasquez2 November 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
You know, Isaac, your descent into racism everytime you disagree with someone it tired! It's not about "angry white or black" men...what is it with you Democrats? Is the racist card all you've got left in your pocket? Are you that intellectually and morally bankrupt? I'm hispanic, my spouse is black...we both worked for Herman Cain's campaign first (for those who don't remember....he's a black man...100%) I worked for him because I vehemently disagree with Obama's "vision" (putting it nicely) for this country. In short, his "vision" scares the HELL out of me and my family. His "vision" is not what my parent risked their lives to escape years ago. In fact, as my mother puts it, this is all "too familiar", the rhetoric, the same old lipstick on the same old pig, it's tragic. But I have to ask, since you're so "racially sensitive", Isaac...where was your "outrage in defense of the black man" when the media was trashing Herman Cain with trumped up charges of personal "indiscretions", charges that his wife and family knew were lies. Where was your faux sense of decency when the media unfairly trashed him? He was a great man, with a great track record and success story. In fact, where was the ACLU? Where was the NAACP? The Congressional Black Caucus? Where the hell were all these race defenders??? Or do .they only come out for Democrats!! So there you have it. It's really NOT about race, is it Isaac? Because you only defend black Democrats, not black Republicans. Hypocrites!
Duane Snodgrass November 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Let them leave if they don't like the United States. Nothing keeping them here. What a bunch of idiots.

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