A group of Tennesseans is so unhappy with the results of last week’s general election that they want out.
Out of the country, that is.
Among recent petitions filed on the White House website isone collecting thousands of signatures in support of the Volunteer State seceding from the Union and forming its own, independent government.
As of Monday morning, the petition had gathered more than 3,800 signatures since its creation Nov. 10.
Several of the signatures are not signed on behalf of Tennesseans.
“Peacefully grant the state of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own, NEW government,” the petition’stitle reads.
The petition is one of several supporting the secession of states that has formed since Election Day. Under the White House’s We the People Program, the White House has agreed to respond to any petition that collects 25,000 signatures or more within 30 days.
According to a Washington Post report, petitions have been filed seeking secession efforts for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The report also includes a quote from former 3rd District Rep. Zach Wamp, who in 2010 made a remark that suggested states would be forced to consider secession if they were unsatisfied with government.
Anyone older than 13 can create a petition for any cause they wish to champion.