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"
LIVE FREE OR DIE FIGHTING
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.