KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some are calling it a necessary change, while others are calling it a drastic overreaction to the recent presidential election. But thousands of people in Kansas and Missouri have signed a petition to allow both states to withdraw from the United States.
“I thought it was time to take back the America that our forefathers had set out for us,” David Peters said. He is one of those thousands who signed the petition for Missouri and Texas.
Ironically, the petitions can be found on the White House website, which provides a place for citizens to start petitions, even if they call for the break-up of the United States.
It was the November 6th re-election of Barack Obama that convinced David Peters to sign a petition to allow Missouri to secede from the United States.
“I think Barack Obama has taken over our country and attempted to make it socialistic, and I don’t think that’s the direction our forefathers intended it to go in,” Peters said.
The last time states seceded, the Civil War happened. Still more than 25,000 people have signed petitions for Missouri, and more than 5,000 have signed a similar petition for Kansas.
Jason Barzee proves this is not an argument between political parties, he votes Republican.
“Obviously I’m not happy with the way the way the election turned out, but again, I’m going to support my President,” Barzee said.
He believes dividing isn’t the way to bring about change.
“This seems to happen every four years. There’s a group of people that wants to move to Canada, or they want to- they take these drastic measures,” he said. “I don’t see any need for it. I think it’s a drastic measure.”
Still thousands seem to think dividing is the way to come out on top.
“We need to do something and take action so we’re not a part of this Union as it sinks,” Peters said.
The White House website provides equal opportunity petitioning. There’s a petition to deport everyone who’s signed the petition for secession – it currently has about 10,500 signatures.
The governors of both Kansas and Missouri say they don’t support the call for state independence.