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To Secede or Not Secede, That is the Question...


(SIOUX CITY, IA) People in all but one state are petitioning to break free from the country, but no secession has been granted. Although some states have gained momentum with signatures, Republican and Democratic state leaders agree the requests are impractical.

 Everyone we spoke with agree the petitions are filed by people who are upset with the election results, and are longing for simpler times. 

Dr. David Wiltse, Political Science Professor at Briar Cliff University says the states tried this once before and it didn't end well.

"This is still the land of opportunity, and so I think we need to treat it as such," says Sioux City Resident, Matthew Deriso.
For the last four years, the White House has made it easy for constituents to voice their opinion online, and if 25,000 people sign their digital John Hancock, the Administration will respond.

So far, people in seven states have reached that goal, and people in 42 other states are on their way, all requesting one thing: permission to secede from the U.S.A.

Dr. Wiltse says most people don't realize the how much the government helps them.
"You ask them on survey questions like, do you receive any benefit from the government, and even people that are on Social Security, Medicare and other federally funded programs that provide tangible benefits to them, they just don't see that as a government benefit," says Wiltse.
Not to mention, states depend on federal funding, and Wiltse says breaking free could sink their economy.
"All but, 10 or so states are net takers from the federal government," he says.
Texas has more than one hundred thousand signatures, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it's a recipe for disaster.
"If Texas wanted secede, it'd be a whole separate country by itself, but what would they do," Grassley asked. "Would they be able to afford a navy and a military?"
And let's not forget the City of Austin, Texas, where people there also petitioned to secede from the state of Texas, and re-join the U.S.A.

Wiltse says the movement is coming from people who are disappointed with the election results, but a democracy is no place for sore losers.
"Just because you lost an election doesn't really give you the grounds to ask for this kind of extreme, measure," say Wiltse.
"I really think its going to be better off if everyone just simmers down, cools down, and everybody be grownups and in two years, four years, everyone can have their say again," says Deriso.

When we asked Dr. Wiltse his opinion on the Administration's response the people of Texas and other states that reach that 25,000 signature goal.  He anticipates the Administration "will very politely say no."

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