There is a new campaign in response to the results of this year’s presidential election.
The movement includes residents in at least 22 states, including North Carolina, where people have petitioned the government to secede from the United States of America.
The petition, posted to the online White House petitions page, cites the Declaration of Independence stating that it is the right of the people to form a new government when the current one is not respecting the “consent of the governed.”
High Point University Assistance Political Science Professor Martin Kifer says the petition is unlikely to work.
“If we go back far enough it simply hasn’t ended well for states who have tried to do it,” he said, referring to previous examples of states trying to secede. “In a state that has had more than four million people vote in the election, what would the threshold have to be to actually have a state try to leave?”
You can view the North Carolina petition here. It currently has more than 9,000 signatures.
The petition, which has over 4,000 signatures, states:
“As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“…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 was created on November 9th.
Supporters of the petition have 30 days to reach a “goal” of 25,000 signatures. Activists in Texas have already surpassed their goal with more than 30,000 signatures.
Other states where residents are asking to be allowed to secede include Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, North Dakota, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Montana, Oregon and others.
Beth Jett (WHNT) contributed to this report.