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Tue November 13, 2012
Petitions Ask for Kentucky, Other States, to Secede
Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 12:32 pm
President Obama has been re-elected, a new Congress is taking shape and the American citizenry is ready to move on to tackle the various challenging issues before the nation.
Support is growing for an online petition for Kentucky’s secession from the U.S. The petition was posted just days after President Obama was re-elected last week. It’s logged with the Obama Administration’s We The People program. The White House promises it will respond to any petition that receives at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The online petition currently has more than 5,000 signatures, but does not require those signing the document to be residents of Kentucky, many of which are not.Murray State Political Science Professor Winfield Rose says secession could occur under a referendum vote but he says there is little chance of something like that happening.Although he sees no real outcome from the petition, Rose says the petition itself is a mark of how dissatisfied a group of Americans are with the current administration.“The whole thing is just bizarre," Rose said. For a state like Kentucky to talk about seceding from the Union is just absurdity on stilts."
Update: And the Atlantic Wire is asking, "Which State Wants Out of the U.S. Most?"
Update: Dewey Clayton, a political science professor at the University of Louisville, addresses for WFPL what would happen if Kentucky actually seceded from the Union.