History repeating itself: States threaten to secede

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- More than 32 states, including Colorado, have officially filed petitions. As of Tuesday evening, Colorado has more than 17,000 signatures, including some from Grand Junction and Parachute. The petition needs 25,000 signatures in one month for the Obama administration to consider it.

"I saw it. I had nothing to do with starting the petition; I was someone who signed it," said Gary Swing, the former Green Party candidate for U.S. Congressional District One, which covers Denver and Arapahoe counties. "The right of self-determination and the right to secession is one of the fundamental political rights that people have; government is based on the consent of the governed."

Resident Sean Hunt has been a political activist since he was four years old.

"I'm a little leery about it, just because of the fact that it is on Whitehouse.org. Why would they be asking people about secession?" said Hunt.

And the whole idea of seceding from the union could create a political nightmare.

"Best case scenario: It's just a propaganda spin. Worst case scenario: Watch out for what you ask for, because they could be setting us up for a constitutional crisis, calling for a constitutional convention," warned Hunt.

Business owner Blake Brueggeman believes petitions have created a new, dark chapter in American politics.

"It used to be, 'OK, my candidate didn't win. Now let's move forward,'" said Brueggeman, owner of Integrity Auto Repair in Grand Junction.

And that chapter could be one where where attack ads on television and social media are the norm.

"I think the social media discussion, they get pretty heated; a lot of people tend to be a whole lot braver if they're behind a keyboard, and they're not face to face with someone. It gets pretty dirty," added Brueggeman.

But as for going to the extreme of seceding from the United States, many believe it's not the best way to have your voice heard.

"Realistically, it's never going to happen. Everybody knows it. The federal government is never going to let anyone secede," said Hunt.

Colorado started the petition Saturday, which means activists have until Dec. 10 to gather the 25,000 signatures. Colorado's petition has more than doubled in signatures in just one day. All this despite President Obama winning in the Centennial State by more than 100,000 votes, or 51 percent, to Governor Romney's 46 percent. So far, Texas is the only state with enough signatures for consideration, with more then 65,000. However, Texas Governor Rick Perry does not endorse the petition.

To read more about Colorado's petition, just click on the related link below.

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