While thousands of South Carolinians have signed a secession petition asking the White House to allow the state to peacefully leave the union following Election Day, Gov. Nikki Haley responded to the petition during a brief moment in a Wednesday news conference.
“Didn’t we try that once before,” the governor joked.
As the media contingent laughed, Haley composed herself and offered a better explanation of her position.
“I love this country. I’m going to fight for this country. I’m going to do everything I can for this country, and this country is going to be great,” said Haley.
Thousands of people have signed different petitions from different states asking the Obama Administration to allow them to leave the Union. The petitions, which quote the opening line of the Declaration of Independence, were recently posted.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
The petitioners are asking for a peaceful severance from the Union in order give the state the ability to form its own government as a sovereign state.
“It is, I think, a dramatic protest against the results of an election,” said Don Doyle, a history professor at the University of South Carolina. “If it’s only that, that’s just part of a democracy. Maybe people will decide that they’re not going to defend that protest to the death.”
In 2004, Cory Burnell believed the nation was so far off the proper path he wanted South Carolina to split from other states. The southern independence movement fizzled out. Secession isn’t all that strange, worldwide.
“Since the break up of the Soviet Union, you’ve seen dozens more, small nations enter the so-called family of nations and they are they can be de described not perhaps as secession but break away states,” said Doyle.
As mentioned earlier, South Carolina is not the only state to petition in the days following the election. Citizens from former members of the Confederate States, such as Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi have also asked for secession.
The very same petition from the state of Texas has already compiled over 60,000 signatures from all across the country.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, no stranger to secession talk himself, having invoked the potential of the Lone Star State to become its own nation in 2009, released a statement to the Dallas Morning News saying that he “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it.”
As for South Carolina Republicans, the state GOP released a statement of their own to say leaving the Union is not the best use of their energy.
“The South Carolina Republican Party honors the Constitutional right of free people to petition their government, but we believe that our energy is best spent in working to solve our nation’s toughest challenges,” said the statement.
While the sentiments seems strong, Doyle doesn’t believe this movement will turn to war.
“Lincoln felt strongly that this was a trial of democracy and that he could not afford to let any state secede because it would only be a matter of time until the next election, or the next piece of legislation,” said Doyle.