Citizens in over 30 states have so far started petitions at the White House "We the People" website seeking permission to secede from the Union. The number is more than double what we reported Monday morning. Two competing petitions seeking deportation and exile of everyone who signed the petitions have also appeared.
The states now include California, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Alaska, Ohio and Delaware. California, Ohio and Delaware voted for Obama in the recent election.
The White House web site is not the only place where such petitions are showing up.
"A massive number of petitions are currently circulating on Change.org, a website designed to call for action by the federal government or by private institutions on particular causes, calling for particular states to be granted permission to secede," The Blaze reported Monday.
The first petition was started by "Michael E" of Slidell, La., and asked permission for Louisiana to secede. That petition now has 26,488 signatures, more than the 25,000 required for White House action.
A petition for Texas now has over 61,000 signatures, far more than the number required for White House action.
In response, two petitions seeking retribution against those signing for secession have appeared.
"Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported," one petition says.
"Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America," says another.
"If this turns out to be more than the discontented murmurings of a single state, this story may get ugly," Mytheos Holt wrote at The Blaze.
The Petitions: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions