Residents Petition White House For Wisconsin To Secede From U.S.

On the official website of the White House is a tool to open a petition on any issue you feel needs addressing. At least some want to see Wisconsin leave the union. Is this really the best way to proceed?

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"


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.

Craig November 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Bren: If you do not like what Fox has to say then please share what the other media outlets are saying about Benghazi????
Craig November 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Bren I posted a pic of them above. Just for you. ;)
robert heule November 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'm sure you secessionists and your Tea Party (mixed in with) allies wish that the U.S Supreme Court would throw out the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Be careful what you wish for, most of you couldn't pass the literacy test.
J. B. Schmidt November 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
@Robert Thank you for pointing out the depth of analytical thinking the left is capable of. Please explain how the Tea Party people commenting on this blog would fail a literacy test if they 1) read the article and other comments and 2) wrote a response. Most importantly, since your comment was written, if we were illiterate what was the point in writing your statement to us?
robert heule November 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Here's some more for you who have a malignant interpretation of the 10th Amendment. As you know, there are 9 Republican legislators who want to arrest federal employees who are helping our citizens with the Affordable Health Care Act. Why not legalize pot in defiance of federal law also. Oh by the way one of the 9, wants sexual groping by airport security to continue.
Craig November 18, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Save the few bucks you have for Obama's tax hikes effective 1/1/13!
J. B. Schmidt November 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
@Robert Can you post that as a mp3 for those of us in the Tea Party that are illiterate? Because as I'm sure you know, all illiterate Tea Party types focus on the Patch website as they fumble through the mess of letters on the internet.
robert heule November 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
@ J.B. You haven't denied your wish that the Voting Rights Act were thrown out.
J. B. Schmidt November 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
@Robert Just in case, I listened to the Christmas list I had recorded on my computer (since I am an illiterate Tea Party type) and I never asked for that to be repealed. I was able to locate the Texas GOP platform, which is what I am assuming you are referencing. The story was broke by MSNBC and they forgot 2 main points that some wishing to approach the situation analytically might have included. 1) MSNBC forgot to include the following statement that appeared directly prior to the repeal statement: "We support equal suffrage for all U.S. Citizens of voting age who are not felons. We oppose any identification of citizens by race, origin, or creed and oppose use of any such identification for purposes of creating voting districts." You can find it on page 5. http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/2012-Platform-Final.pdf?docID=3201 2) They also neglected to mention that Texas is one of 9 states (and a couple of random counties) that require preclearance from the DOJ prior to any changes to voting laws. As with most GOP platforms, it obviously comes down to this being a states rights issue and not racist.
Keith R. Deschler November 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Greg, I agree that at this time, secession is a side issue, and one that obscures other more important items that liberty minded folks need to support. Agree with both the issues you mention, although the first one has to be presented on a "personal ownership" basis. Who owns your life? And does the state have a right to tell you what you can put into your own body? This would also apply obviously to marijuana, and hopefully we get an amendment passed here to allow for legal pot for adult personal use(like Colorado). The second issue you mention is a matter of deregulating markets, and not using the law to prohibit private "home" brewers from selling their stuff at local shops.This is the kind of nanny state and corporate welfare restrictions on free enterprise that true conservatives and libertarians alike should champion. Better to focus on "nullification", which means that Wisconsin does not have to enforce laws that are a clear violation of their state sovereignty, as per the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. ObamaCare is clearly one of those laws., and should be dealt with on a state by state basis, not this "one size fits all" federal mandate mania.
Bob McBride November 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Dave Koven 10:09 am on Saturday, November 17, 2012 Rest easy, I'm not a pseudo-intellectual, I am a real intellectual. *********************** Indeed.
John J. O'Neill Sr. November 18, 2012 at 02:22 PM
This isn't a story and these kooks aren't worth a mention. The Republicans put forth a pro-rape, anti-contraception agenda that was rejected by the voters. The country will continue to slowly and steadily move forward.
J. B. Schmidt November 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
@ O'Neill Sr. Please provide documentation from the GOP platform that states it is pro-rape and anti-contraception. If you wish to mention a few wing-nuts making dumb comments, fine. Let me dig up lefty wing-nuts making stupid comments and say they represent the party platform.
Eric November 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Like all the ones at the Dem Convention that booed God for starters perhaps.
Walker November 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Using the words of wisdom from the rethugs to the recallers, "Get over it whiners, you lost."
morninmist November 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
At least one TeaGoper is getting a little bit of sense! @WiscJobsNow Rep Larson walking back support for arresting feds who come to Wisconsin to implement Obamacare http://bit.ly/UCNeBk ht @BloggingBlue
Keith Best November 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Now that the country has elected Barack Hussein Obama TWICE, I know something is wrong with it. Since the new normal seems to be 8% unemployment and a 1 to 2% GDP growth under Obama, I know America can and will do better. I am prepared to see that happen AFTER the next 4 years.
Greg November 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
" lawmakers told the Campaign for Liberty they would back legislation to declare the Affordable Care Act illegal and allow police to arrest federal officials who take steps to implement it in Wisconsin." It was only a survey! By the nut job Ron Paul. The biggest mistake was replying at all. http://www.campaignforliberty.org/surveys/wisconsin-state-legislative-candidates-2/ Lots of "L"s and "I"s replied with a "Y", no problem with them?
Lois Liebau-Templin November 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
There is a saying, United we stand, divided we fall. Do the people of this country want more of a disaster than the civil war? We are, foremost, and always, AMERICANS!!! We have heard of other states doing this, and it is sad that no one seems to have the courage to stay together, and fight this evil, if necessary.Where is, IN GOD WE TRUST? Have we forgotten that, too? Come on, America!!! Stand strong!!! Pray for our country!!! God has not left us alone. He is here, and waiting to hear from all of us.
Bucky November 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM
So what does Nuitari win ... the Big Banana ?
Kathy Appazeller November 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM
If you people that sign that petition want to secess from the union. I live in Wisconsin and you will have a fight on your hands as I am not leaving this state. You can go to Mexico or why don't you go to Iran.
Bren November 20, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Mr. Hoffa, I didn't vote for a guy who already had demonstrated anger management issues. You know me, always hoping for the best and brightest in office. Kloppenburg seemed like someone who would be professional to staff and colleagues. I also thought she would provide political balance. And I'm certain I would have been right on both counts.
Craig November 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Jeff Christensen November 20, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Keith - Playing the "Hussein" card? Did you run out of talking points that quickly? By the way, I didn't see your apology to everyone here for implying that America isn't the greatest country in the world.
mhazzard November 20, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Wisconsin can seceed and like a huge iceberg drift away and maybe all the frozen tea partiers will melt with it...
robert heule November 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Don't be surprised if the "nutty nine" introduce that type of legislation in the upcoming session.Rep. Larson of Colfax was smart enough to "jump off" the bill, but Rep Severson of Star Prarie wants to "stay" on and also wants to retain sexual groping by airport security personnel. The Robin Vos led Wisconsin Assembly may become known as the Wisconsin Psyco Chamber.
morninmist November 27, 2012 at 09:21 PM
More TeaGOP nuttery!! Sheryl Nuxoll, Idaho GOP State Senator, Tweets Out Bogus 'Last Chance' For A President Romney huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/she… #p2
morninmist November 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
MORE TeaGOP stupidity from the baggers! Tea Party leader Judson Phillips: Constitution FAIL! Not satisfied with the results of the 2012 presidential election, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has a “brilliant” idea on how to disregard the results of the presidential election and have the losing candidate, Republican Mitt Romney, installed as president. Is there a way to stop this? Yes, there is. And the best part – this is totally constitutional. The 12th Amendment of the Constitution as well as Article II of the Constitution govern the Electoral College. According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress. The only problem with Judson Phillips’ scheme is that it’s not actually based in reality – or the Constitution for that matter – as noted by Aaron Blake of the Washington Post. .... http://bloggingblue.com/2012/11/29/tea-party-leader-judson-phillips-constitution-fail/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
morninmist December 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Go ahead and secede. You will no longer be USA citizens! No voting for YOU! Meanwhile: chew on this one. Thanks Obama:-) New @commonwealthfnd state-by-state report finds #Obamacare saved consumers $1.5 billion in 2011 bit.ly/XqCDjL
Johnny Blade December 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Why do people think the 2nd amendment is about hunting?


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