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 Wednesday evening, more than 6,500 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:


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 petitioning to secede from the union? Is it an overreaction to the results of last week's presidential election results? Weigh in.

Joe George November 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
And who will run the new United Virginia Union? If the outcome of that "election" isn't what these petition writers want, will it become Northern VA and Southern VA? Have these people really thought this though or are they just still steamed?
Zakiya James November 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM
How dumb do we as Americans sound, smh. No wonder we're a laughing joke to other countries. I def agree with thw comment above, North vs South VA, because to the two are totally different.
Georgeanne November 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Virginian's aren't unhappy, 6500 idiots who live in Virginia are unhappy. So roughly 7.5M people in Virginia have not signed this stupid petition. Hopefully, these 6500 will denounce their U>S> citizenship and get the hell out of the US, since they don't like it here.
Nick Whitten November 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
How do you know the majority of these votes wont come out of North Virginia? Of course people are angry, taxes are about to get higher then ever, on Nov 7th thousands of people were laid off from jobs, and now this crap with the head of the CIA and top general in Afghan? That on top of the GSA, FEMA and Secret Service scandals (that everyone forgot), sorry but when it comes to this administration half the people in this country are wearing beer goggles.
Nick Whitten November 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM
By the way, love the allusion to Lincoln in this post, WHAT A JOKE!
Deborah Kelly November 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Nick, totally agree! 50.6% is not a mandate it mearly points out that half the country didn't want another four years of Obama and his complete mess of an Administration.
keta November 15, 2012 at 03:32 PM
People are crazy these days....who will run this new ”govt”
Kenneth Hudson November 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Unreal. There are other Countries out there you know. Just move.
boseamus November 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Leaving an IP address on PATCH is not the same as leaving an IP address on the White House website. Of course they didn't use their full name, just initials. Wink wink. Nod. Gawd.
KC November 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The results of this election have made it clear exactly who does and does not wish to live in the USA. I guess them moving to Russia, China, or Europe (you know, obvious examples of successful, "for the People" leadership) would take too much work. Egads! Can't have that now, can we? It's way more convenient to vote such a society into existence here where they already live. Sarcasm aside, I think "They" are going to dislike reaping what they have sewn. Ugh, what am I thinking??? I'm sure it will still be "all Bush's fault!"
George Beall November 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Great you lost an election and this is what makes you feel better.More teabagger my way or the highway. Well believe me you will lose this one too! Just leave We the people have spoken
Jane Touchet November 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Get over it folks....there were more of us voting for President Obama than for your guy. Plain and simple. I guess I should have signed a petition when George Bush won - twice.
Melinda Grimes November 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Do you think it's 1863? What is wrong with the people that want to secede? Just because your candidate lost, for obvious reasons, you feel the need to throw a "let's secede tandrum"? You are lucky you live in a democracy and you should respect the process and the office instead of being sore losers.
Lizzie M. Johnson November 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I want to know what part of virginia no longer want to be a part of the United States.Maybe we should have another election and vote all of you out that want to go and Virginia wouid be better off. If any one else agree we need to work on that.
Nick Whitten November 16, 2012 at 01:02 AM
George "we the people" is all of us, not just those who agree with the same concepts on the role if government in the lives if we the people. If we stopped belittling eachother and tried speaking with respect and fortitude I think our union would find strength and unity again. I would gladly give my life to preserve this union, but I am also willing to LISTEN without passing judgement and speak my opinion without ostrisizing or insulting those that may have differing beliefs. Lincoln helped heal the wounds of our civil war by promoting the belief that humility in victory is a better dressing for fresh wounds then open air gloating...I'm sorry but 4 years of "my way or the high way" from either party will result in further divide and possible failure of epic proportions. Let's start respecting the opposition and LISTENING to their concerns. We are the people and a nation divided against itself can not stand.
Deborah Kelly November 16, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Nick, you hit the nail on the head. A little less than HALF the country didn't want another four years of this Administration or this President - so if they don't want to listen to us then we will continue to be divided, and as you put it so well this serves no one.
Kev C. November 16, 2012 at 02:57 AM
This story is a non-story and not one worth reporting. This is crap. Who cares what these people think. At the end of the day the President won with the most votes and VA also speaker up. So this is irrelevant and stupid.
paul miller November 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
all i have to say to that is, oh how we miss the days of high unemployment, two undeclared wars and thousands of our young AMERICAN dieing or maimed, FEMA that didnt work, a stock market that plummeted below 6000............what gooood ol days HUH.
Suzanne Ballve November 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Without any federal funding at all btw, VA and all the other states that want to secede wouldn't be able to make it so honestly, this is just plain nonsense! We are a democracy and should be proud that we have the right to vote; many countries do not! I do believe in the freedom of speech but when it's retaliation tactics such as wanting to secede because Mitt Romney didn't win, then I do believe something is very wrong here. Other democrats also won in VA, including Tim Kaine and Gerry Connolly. Give it a rest people, and happy thanksgiving! =)
Jesus James Alvarez November 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
This is just an emotional response to the election results. I don't believe that most the people who signed this petition understand what it means to "secede" from the union. I understand that they are upset, but this is definitely not the way to react.
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