Residents Petition White House For Wisconsin To Secede From U.S.

On the official website of the White House is a tool to open a petition on any issue you feel needs addressing. At least some want to see Wisconsin leave the union. Is this really the best way to proceed?

It's no secret that Wisconsin is a divided house, politically. 

Since Republican Gov. Scott Walker's election in 2010, residents of the state have often been at odds. It's felt like constant upheaval, from the days of protests over Act 10, the budget repair bill that stripped represented public employees of their ability to bargain for salary and health benefits, to the recall efforts against state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, including the governor. 

When the presidential election hit, Wisconsin's tumultuous political climate ramped up, and brought us visit after visit from candidates in the weeks before Election Day. 

And when it came time to cast ballots, the state switched sides. 

Walker emerged victorious in June, garnering 1.3 million votes to Democrat Tom Barrett's 1.2 million—for a 53.1 to 46.3 percent victory. But in November, when the state turned out to vote for president, Republican Mitt Romney received 1.4 million votes to President Barack Obama's 1.6 million. The victory margin was the same, only reversed: Obama received 53 percent to Romney's 46 percent.

And for some of those on the losing side of thep presidential election, this appears to be just too much. There's an active petition filed with the White House asking for Wisconsin to be able to peacefully secede from the union. 

The Obama White House offers citizens the opportunity to file a petition on its official website. Several people have already opened petitions asking other people to join them in asking for a variety of issues to be considered by the administration.

Someone has asked Wisconsin be allowed to withdraw from the union and create its own government. Here's what the petition reads:

Peacefully allow the state of Wisconsin to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government

We the people of the state of WI wish to withdraw peacefully from the Union. We believe in our rights that were granted to us in the constitution our ancestors wrote, and we also believe that your administration is infringing on those rights. As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"


The petition has 6,492 signatures so far, and has a goal of 25,000, with a deadline of Dec. 11. If the 25,000 signature threshold is reached, the Administration will issue a response. To date, 82 petitions on a variety of issues like raw milk and food safety, online piracy and reforming the US Postal Service have received responses.


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Cindi Martin November 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Kind of irresponsible of you to leave out that only a fraction of the 6K are actually Wisconsin residents on the petition. You will see Texas residents lead the call for Wisconsin to secede...Of course, they have a lot of money invested in Walker.
Dirk A. November 16, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This petition and "I'm taking my ball and going home" mentality by this movement is lame, and that's the kindest word I can come up with at the moment. Note that I voted for Romney but am adult enough to live, without complaint, with the candidate of choice of the people.
mainstreet November 17, 2012 at 04:24 AM
"Note that I voted for Romney but am adult enough to live, without complaint, with the candidate of choice of the people." Really? You're not going to march on Washington, bang some drums, camp out, and otherwise act like a spoiled child? I agree - how adult. Besides, do not sign those petitions, its like an invitation for a knock on your door.......
Jerry Person November 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Anyone who signs must be charged with terrorism and get life in cuba with all the other alkita operatives. This is alkita in Wisconsin.
Jim November 21, 2012 at 05:07 AM
its the fastest way to get a petition signed. anybody thats a couch potato wont sign anybody that enjoys the freedoms our founding fathers fought for will sign. if you wanted a petition signed you would put it on the internet to get it signed the fastest and by the most people you could. the internet is the new newspaper every body reads it.
Chadwick November 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The GOP is racist? Wow; thanks forjudging half of our country as racists with no actual facts. First the Republicans are the rich folk who don't pay enough taxes, now the Republicans are to lazy to move to give up their Social Security and Medicare? I think the Republicans are your boogey man. You blame them for all your problems and the fact that you haven't accomplished anything in your life. The Republican party is about lower taxes, less government instrusion, and creating a fair environment for everyone; rich or poor. The libs on the other hand think you need the govt to make all of your decisions for you. How about just getting off your duff and accomplishing something today other than ranting on here?


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