These secession petitions popping up on the We The People, whitehouse.gov site are an interesting phenomena. Currently there are 68 petitions with every state represented… some more than once. In fact there are 41 petitions from 25 red states and 36 from 26 blue states.
Democrat leaning California, Illinois, New Mexico and New York have two each while Ohio and Virginia three. Republican Alaska, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Utah each have two while Georgia and Missouri have raised three.
States with highest participation are North Dakota with 1.59%, Wyoming with 1.46%, and Montana at 1.27%... all red states. States with the fewest signatures as a percentage of population are Republican leaning Missouri at 0.023 and North Carolina at 0.020, with always blue California making a significantly inconsequential showing at 0.002%.
With over 110 thousand signatures, Texas surpasses all other states by a factor of three and is actually the most popular petition on the White House site. Funny thing is that two Texas cities have raise petitions to secede from Texas yet remain part of the U.S.A. One of these cities, Austin, raised more than double the signatures by population than Texas raised as a state.
Lots of questions as to the validity of these petitions. How many duplicate signatures? How many spoof signatures from people thinking the idea is ludicrous? How many signed by folks not from that particular state and how many of them voted on multiple petitions?
To my mind all of this is hate-centered garbage and the sarcastic response to perceived stupidity. It should feel right at home alongside the 9/11 truthers, chem-trail conspiracy theorists and homeopothists.