Now All 50 States on Secession Bandwagon
And more from the group leading Texas' charge
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 12:16 PM CST

(Newser) – An online Texas petition to secede from the union is nearing 100,000 votes now, giving the group leading the charge its 15 minutes. Politico interviews Texas Nationalist Movement leader Daniel Miller:

  • On Obama: Election Day "was a catalyzing moment," but this isn't just about the president. "This cake has been baking for a long time—it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”
  • On Gandhi: Luckily, there won't be a civil war, or even violent protests. “We walk in the same vein as Gandhi and those guys."
  • On heading mainstream: “For the longest time, this was what people would classify as a fringe issue. It was relegated to the back rooms in the cafés. But in 2008, 2009—the tail end of the Bush administration and start of Obama’s—what you saw was kind of interesting. This issue went to being part of the political discourse."

The Daily Caller, meanwhile, reports that similar petitions from 50 states are now up on the White House website, and six others besides Texas have reached the 25,000-signature threshold to warrant an automatic review by the administration. (They are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee, for the record.)

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Nov 16, 2012 11:31 AM CST
Here's an assignment, open book, and you can use your computers. Give a serious analysis to the subject of slavery in America, concentrating on a complete list of slavery's pros and cons, with a one paragraph (minimum) discussion of each entry on the list. Those assignments turned in with foul language and name-calling will be given no credit. You may begin now.
Nov 15, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Cool. Let's have a national divorce. Then the gay states can marry each other and form a new union.
Nov 15, 2012 1:24 PM CST
If at first you don't secede, try, try again. I have always wondered what North America would be like if the Southern states had successfully seceded back in the 1860's. We all would probably be getting along fine as neighbors (like the US and Canada) and each country would have their somewhat different laws and policies. Hmmm.