On the heels of President Barack Obama's re-election, residents
representing at least 27 states have filed petitions to secede from
the union. While such petitions are not uncommon, one Texan
maintains the nation is so divided citizens are looking at their
Only requiring a first name and a last initial, the petitions
have been submitted through the White House's We the
People website, which seeks to provide "all Americans a way to
engage their government on the issues that matter to them."
Daniel Miller, president of the Texas
Nationalist Movement, has battled for independence for 16 years
and says this most recent round of petitions is a logical process
of a gradual national decline.
"We're seeing the realization that the American Union is
terminally broken, that the fiscal situation is a 'Titanic moment'
-- that the election, regardless of who won president, the
fiscal calamity is sort of like electing a new captain when the
Titanic has already hit the iceberg and the deck chairs
are sliding off into the north Atlantic," Miller explains.
The White House promises to provide a response if a petition
receives 25,000 signatures within 30 days. At press time, the Texas petition has reached the threshold with
almost 100,000 signatures. Louisiana has reached the goal with more than
33,000, as have petitions from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Not far behind are those
from South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi -- and non-Southern states such as
Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.
Miller sees a growing resurgence of states claiming their
"This reaction of independence is something that's been
festering under the surface for quite some time," he asserts. "It
just took this particular realization that the Union was broken for
people to go out there and finally publically express it and rally
around it and organize to achieve it."
Another petition on the website calls for a
recount of the presidential election votes, saying that it "has
become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed."