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."
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