(Batesville, MS) Cindy Nolan has heard the reports of voters in several states wanting to secede from the United States as a result of the Presidential Election, ”I really think it’s stupid”.
But voters in as many as 30 states have expressed interest in secession petitions filed with whitehouse.gov
As of Tuesday morning Texas had more than 64,000 signatures, which normally insures some kind of White House response.
Some voters believe such talk is dangerous ”Does that mean we’re gonna have another war? North and South, or what? I hope not, but you never know,” said Murray Bridges of Crowder, MS.
Conservative activists say such ideas are catching on with a growing number of people tired of directives from Washington with no local say.
They say their goal is a split much like Canada’s, one country but with a “soft” cultural and political divide between French and English.
The secession idea brings to mind what happened here in Batesville several years ago when Mayor Jerry Autrey was first elected.
Aldermen didn’t want to work with him at first, but now, everyone gets along fine.
All the Mid-South states are a part of the petitions, with Tennessee counting the most support so far.
”I really don’t agree with it. I think it’s just people acting rowdy for no reason. It’s just ridiculous,” said Nolan, who likens the secession movement to the outburst at Ole Miss on election night, made worse by social media and really not amounting to anything.
Bridges doesn’t think a majority of voters want to split from the United States, ”I don’t think we will. I think we’re gonna work it out some way.”
Either way, lots of people are waiting to hear President Obama’s response.