Petitioning for Secession: A Case Study from Missouri

Secession … or, to be more precise, the filing of secession petitions … continues to attract attention, although I’d say it seems to be subsiding.

Not all of these petitions are going to the White House … and, truth be told, they shouldn’t. If secession’s an act by residents of a state looking for their state to secede, one would petition the governor or the state legislature. Such is the case in a petition presented by one Missouri secessionist blog.

Now, let’s look at the signature page, which as of this posting had a grand total of 44 signatures … kinda. That’s because several of our gallant secessionists (seven) preferred to remain anonymous.  Moreover, one Larry Reynolds has decided to sign multiple times (four).  Nor do we have any proof of residency from any of the signers (or proof that they are, in fact, real people, as the rapidly-multiplying Mr. Reynolds suggests).

Not exactly a groundswell.


11 thoughts on “Petitioning for Secession: A Case Study from Missouri

  1. wgdavis November 18, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Well at least there are more anonymous than there are Larry Reynolds.

    I would have to grant the blogger some props for at least going about things in a proper manner, laying out many of the various issues that would arise from secession, and then setting up the petition to the Governor of Missouri, not the President.

    Anonymous should not be permitted, however, as it really make a joke of the rest of the signatures, and cannot be counted anyway, as it counters the entire meaning of signing a petition. Duh!

  2. Pat Young November 19, 2012 / 7:35 am

    Obviously countries are sometimes created through secession. We can think of the cutting up of Yugoslavia into multiple countries, which is what the modern secessionists here seem to want to do. However, no one in Croatia who supported secession would have called himself a “Yugoslav patriot” or flown a Yugoslavian flag. Simply as a matter of consistency, our modern day secesh should follow that example.

  3. Bummer November 19, 2012 / 7:42 am

    Bummer thinks that some folks will doing anything to see their name in print. A cause to expound on. Another battle or war to fight. Even if these folks really did “have it together”, the government will just bury their complaint and them with it. I can’t believe that the neo-confederate’s paranoia allows them to publish their names, locations and URLs.


  4. Bob Pollock November 19, 2012 / 9:04 am

    Is that Thomas Hart Benton I hear rolling over in his grave?

  5. Mark November 19, 2012 / 10:38 am

    >> If secession’s an act by residents of a state looking for their state to secede, one would petition the governor or the state legislature.

    I’m amazed that people here have overlooked this fact. Those “signing” online petitions for secession on the administration’s We The People are confused about how our government works.

  6. Eric J. Wittenberg November 23, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    They’re a bunch of morons who are incapable of learning the lessons of history.

  7. Jarrett Clifton February 4, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Why wasn’t that Marxist Lincoln and his Bolshevik Generals able to prosecute our President, Jefferson Davis for his role in Secession ??? Because the US Supreme Court told them that their allegations had no Standing with the Court. Secession has always been Constitutional. Abraham Lincoln Springstein, committed Treason against the Constitution as the compact between independent sovereign countries which it joined together in a Confederated general government…Y’all might want to do a little more research before y’all start demonizing what y’all don’t fully understand. Jest a thought.

    • Brooks D. Simpson February 4, 2013 / 4:40 pm

      These are all wonderful questions, Jarrett, and I’m going to let the readers of this blog offer you some answers here.

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