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Citizens petition to secede from US

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Citizens in 35 states - including Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas - have filed petitions to break away from the united States.  

Thousands are unhappy about the re-election of President Barack Obama, and they want out. They've signed online petitions submitted through The White House's "We The People" website, Which aims to give " all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them."

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If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the administration which will then respond. The threshold is 25,000 signatures in 30 days. Texas has well over that number. Tennessee is not far behind and 20 other states are closing in.

"Oh I think it's silly. I think we shouldn't," said Tommy Chavez, Texas resident. "I mean, we voted and that's the way it is."

"I think it's divided showing how divided the country that were in right now," added Alejandro Caceres, also from Texas. "Really don't want to work together, can't see other side of the argument."

Democratic consultant Jason Stanford says it can only lead to trouble.

"The last time a bunch of stupid hicks did this, we fought a Civil War," he said. "This is bad. No good can come of it. Eventually they will shut up and sit down."

While some say this is all just talk, others say it's actually built into the Constitution that our forefathers thought about this a long time ago.

"The states were before the Union the states were colonies and they agreed to join the Union," said Perry Short of Memphis. "So the states were pre-Union, so to me if the consent of the governed has to be considered the people are the states and if they decide they want to; break away and create their own nation. What's wrong with that? We could get along with the other country. But why not have small government? That is what everybody wants is smaller government. You see what big government has done? It's breaking this country - $16 trillion in debt. We're not going to get out of that."

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