Some want N.C. to secede ... again

More than 21,000 sign petition to create a new government
Nov. 13, 2012 @ 06:40 PM

In the wake of the General Election, there are petitions from about 20 states on the White House's website requesting secession from the country.

North Carolina is among the states, with more than 21,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening. A petition needs 25,000 signatures to be considered as policy.

While last names are not used on the petition, many of the signatures are from Union County, including Monroe, Indian Trail, Waxhaw and Marshville.

To petition asks the Obama administration to "peacefully grant the State of North Carolina to withdraw from the United States and create its own NEW government." 

The petition goes on to quote from the Declaration of Independence. 

Though he understands the frustration, John Steward, chairman of the Union County Republican Party, does not find this kind of reaction to be productive. 

"I understand the frustration," Steward said. "However, seceding is not the answer."

Steward said the answer is to get a better candidate, run a better campaign and to "beat them in the battle for ideals."

Steward noted that of the two paths presented, the country seems to be taking the path that many conservatives disagree with.

"If those concerned would step back and look at the big picture, the Republican Party had a great election statewide and locally," Steward said. "So there are ways to kind of put the brakes on the federal government."

Steward is not aware of anyone he knows who has signed the petition. 

"It's nothing that the Republican Party is pushing or associated with in any way," Steward said.  

The last election saw more Republican governors come to power, Steward said. 

"The states are starting to stand back up for state rights," Stewart said. "(There are) ways to make the federal government take a different approach."  

"While it's easy to get emotional, if you look at it, it's not quite as bleak as some people tend to believe," Steward said. "There is hope." 

The North Carolina budget comprises funding from the federal government across many departments. More notably, North Carolina received $3.92 billion from the federal government as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.