A Montana tea party group has started a petition for Montana to secede from the United States, as reported by Montana Street Fighter yesterday.
The White House website “We the People” states that a petition that gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days will reviewed by the White House. You can view the petition here
. The site currently lists 37 petitions calling for different states to withdraw from the U.S.
Why do secessionists think separation is a good deal for the state? Is it the loss of $400 million
in federal highway funds? Throwing Great Falls into depression when Malmstrom Air Force Base closes down and stops providing $260 million per year
into the local economy? Or do these anti-government conservatives secretly relish the idea of setting up a new bureaucracy to handle passports, border control, and imports?
The petition provides some of the answers. Less than 10% of the signatories are from Montana. For the other 92%, the petition is saying, “See you later. We never wanted Montana as a United State anyway.”
When I looked at the list of secessionists, there were 619 Montanans out of 7,425 names. Another 1,679 left their address blank.
Here’s the other top states:
- Texas – 498
- Florida – 345
- Georgia – 282
- California – 256
- Alabama & Louisiana – 255 (tied)
Hundreds are signing the petition every hour, but here’s
the list I downloaded at 8:00 PM MST yesterday.
**UPDATE: November 22, 2012:
Thousands signed the petition in its first few days, but the number has leveled off somewhat. As of 9:00 am today, there are 13,406 names on the list, and 1,970 (15%) with Montana addresses. The updated list is available here