LITTLE ROCK, AR - Not even a week after President Obama issued that challenge to kick off his second term, people in twenty-two states -- including Arkansas -- have launched petitions to withdraw from the United States and form a new government.
On the online government site called "We the People, the creator cites the Declaration of Independence that says --in part -- whenever the government derives from the powers of the people, it's the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute a new government.
"It is unique. It's unusual. It is rather strange but strange in the sense that we don't think of secession after an election," said Art English, Ph.D., a political science professor at UALR.
Seventeen of the states voted for Mitt Romney for President. English said it's hard to tell if it's strictly Obama's policies or his race that led to this bold petition.
"I think people are very unhappy with the election and I feel that they're tax money will be going to a federal that will be insensitive to their needs," English said.
Breaking away from the government is nothing new for Arkansas. Remember, it was one of eleven states that broke away to form the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War.
A number of elections and issues have brought division since then, but nothing this drastic.
"There are plenty of opportunities to express your displeasure through your representatives, your votes in the future," English said.
And that next vote will be in 2014 -- the midterm elections.
A link to the site: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions
A link to the Arkansas petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-arkansas-withdraw-united-states-and-create-its-own-new-government/k6LhPsBX