South Dakota among states' petitions to secede from U.S. followi - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

South Dakota among states' petitions to secede from U.S. following the election

Posted: Updated:

South Dakota is among the 39-member list of petitions of states looking to secede from the United States following the 2012 election.

The open petitions list on the White House's We the People website allows citizens to gather and build support for the petitions. Petitions on the site are only publicly searchable after receiving 150 signatures.

While they haven't caused any mass uproar, these petitions have drawn attention among several bloggers and news sites across the World Wide Web. On Tuesday "secede" was one of Google's top trends.

As of 9 am Tuesday, South Dakota's petition to secede had 726 signatures—however, only 35 signatures were actually from South Dakotans.  

South Dakota's petition was created November 11. It states:

Peacefully grant the State of South Dakota withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."

An account must be registered with WhiteHouse.gov in order to vote or create a petition. It also appears that anyone can create a petition. Johnny F (no location given) circulated a petition on South Dakota's behalf.

It is unclear if these petitions to secede pack any political punch, but they are starting to gather a following. Louisiana and Texas were the first petitions to emerge, and they have gathered more than 27,000 and 67,000 signatures, respectively.

However, potential petitions signers should be aware of another appeal gathering support. Douglas H., of California, organized a petition to "strip the citizenship from everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them."

  • Owning Your Outdoors: Tree Care

    Owning Your Outdoors: Tree Care

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:36:12 GMT
    Doug says that the natural crown line of a tree should be easy to identify.Doug says that the natural crown line of a tree should be easy to identify.
    There are a number of reasons to prune and crown trees. Trees can grow to close to buildings, power lines or sidewalks and become a hazard. Trees can also be crowned and pruned to make them cosmetically more appealing.More >>
    There are a number of reasons to prune and crown trees. Trees can grow to close to buildings, power lines or sidewalks and become a hazard. Trees can also be crowned and pruned to make them cosmetically more appealing.More >>
  • Sioux Falls picks talent for events center opening

    Sioux Falls picks talent for events center opening

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:27:30 GMT
    Sioux Falls is selecting local musicians and entertainers to perform during the opening of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.More >>
    Sioux Falls is selecting local musicians and entertainers to perform during the opening of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.More >>
  • Michael Myers intends to sue Secretary of State Jason Gant

    Michael Myers intends to sue Secretary of State Jason Gant

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:36:04 GMT
    One of South Dakota's candidates for gov. is suing the secretary of state. Independent Michael Myers says Jason Gant is defying the Constitution by blocking his lt. gov. change. One of South Dakota's candidates for gov. is suing the secretary of state. Independent Michael Myers says Jason Gant is defying the Constitution by blocking his lt. gov. change.
    One of South Dakota's candidates for gov. is suing the secretary of state. Independent Michael Myers says Jason Gant is defying the Constitution by blocking his lt. gov. change. More >>
    One of South Dakota's candidates for gov. is suing the secretary of state. Independent Michael Myers says Jason Gant is defying the Constitution by blocking his lt. gov. change. More >>
  • Avera Medical Minute AHH: Rebuilding hearts, rebuilding lives

    Avera Medical Minute AHH: Rebuilding hearts, rebuilding lives

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:45:09 GMT
    Every survivor will tell you, they never saw it coming. For most people, heart attacks are a serious wake up call to get their life and health on track. So, how do you do that? To those who want and need it, the Avera Heart Hospital is helping rebuild hearts and encourage healthy living.More >>
    Every survivor will tell you, they never saw it coming. For most people, heart attacks are a serious wake up call to get their life and health on track. So, how do you do that? To those who want and need it, the Avera Heart Hospital is helping rebuild hearts and encourage healthy living.
    More >>
  • Potential changes to speed up city ordinance process

    Potential changes to speed up city ordinance process

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:43:03 GMT
    It's no secret Van Eps Park is causing problems. Minnehaha County just put up a fence to separate the park from the neighboring parking lot.More >>
    It's no secret Van Eps Park is causing problems. Minnehaha County just put up a fence to separate the park from the neighboring parking lot.More >>
  • Body of 'apparent stowaway' found in U.S. Air Force plane that traversed Africa

    Body of 'apparent stowaway' found in U.S. Air Force plane that traversed Africa

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:06:17 GMT
    The body of an "apparent stowaway" was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that traveled around Africa before returning to an American base in Germany, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.More >>
    The body of an "apparent stowaway" was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that traveled around Africa before returning to an American base in Germany, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.More >>
  • Ebola fears hit close to home

    Ebola fears hit close to home

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:05:15 GMT
    Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters' birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.More >>
    Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters' birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.More >>
  • Jury awards Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case

    Jury awards Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:03:15 GMT
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.More >>
    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.