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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Colorado secession petition has 21,900 signatures

By Allison Sherry
Denver Post

WASHINGTON — The desire to secede from the union is older than the United States itself — but technology has made the effort a lot easier.

Some 21,900 people have signed an online petition submitted to the White House "peacefully" asking the federal government to grant the state of Colorado permission to secede from the United States and create its own government.

It was started by "Lynette A." in Golden and has been signed by thousands of people using just one name all across the nation — not just the Centennial State — who have likely signed similar petitions for the two dozen or so other states that have submitted similarly worded requests.

"Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and institute new government," the petition says.

This form of rebellion isn't new. White House officials say every year people submit petitions for state secession
— they usually arrive around the time of a presidential election that undoubtedly a large percentage of the country is unhappy with.

Read more: Colorado secession petition has 21,900 signatures - The Denver Post
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