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Obama second term sparks calls for secession

DENVER - More than 20 states, including Colorado, have filed petitions demanding secession
from the union following the re-election of Barack Obama.

The petition is calling for their local and state government officials to resist the unjust laws enacted by the federal government.

The Obama administration set up an online petition system following Obama's entry into the White House, in which citizens could implore the government to take a certain action.

The petition needs to reach at least 25,000 signatures to be considered, and it must do so within 30 days.

While various groups and concerned citizens have used the system to submit a variety of requests, none have regarded succession thus far, and it is likely that none have gained as much momentum.

The first petition was filed the day after the election by a Louisiana resident, then by a Texas citizen. As word began to spread about the petitions, others began filing as well, until at press time, citizens from 30 states had submitted petitions — growing substantially over the past two days.

Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Oklahoma and California all joined the list of petitions on Monday.

So far, the Texas petition has the most signatures, numbering well more than 50,000. Residents of any state can sign the petitions, and most signatures seem to be from all over the country.

The text of the petition states:

"The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government."

Reports state that the Obama administration can decline to respond to a request, and it remains to be seen whether any type of response or recognition will be given to the succession petitions.

Nonetheless, many consider the petitions to be a bold statement to the government that it is not pleased with how Barack Obama is running the nation.

7,000 people in Colorado have signed the petition.

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