Florida petition to withdraw from the US garners 25,000 signatures
Florida is one of a growing number of states where a movement is taking hold to secede from the union, in the wake of last week's election. Video by fox4now.comvideo
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Florida is one of a growing number of states where a movement is taking hold to secede from the union, in the wake of last week's election.
A petition on the White House's asks the state be granted the right to withdraw from the United States and start its own government was created by someone known only as Nicholas J.
And it's received the 25,000 signatures needed to qualify for a response from the President himself.
The signs of discontent continue spreading.
More and more US flags are being flown over Southwest Florida in a show of distress and mourning.
Even though Don Zehnder -- whom we introduced you to last week -- has since righted his flag, he can still empathize with the movement to secede.
"I think it was just a gesture to the administration... this is how we feel, you better start straighten things up," explains Zehnder.
"I think that's a farse,": says Susan Pollard.
She says her son, husband, brothers, father all served in the army to keep this the "United States" of America.
'If you can't live with the decisions that are made by our democracy then maybe you don't want to stay in this country. I just think it's a disgrace,' she adds.
FGCU Professor of Politics Peter Bergerson:
"From a political, practical, constitutional standpoint, it's not going to go any place," says Bergerson.
But who could the petition's creator -- Nicholas J. -- be?
"I think it's a smaller, splinter group of, perhaps, the tea party," says Bergerson.
...And at nearly 25-thousand strong...
"There's a portion of people who think the government's too large, or they dislike President Obama, or they dislike the outcome of the election." explains Bergerson.
There's no official process for secession.
And the civil war pretty much ended that question.
A better route , says Bergerson, would have been to petition lawmakers.
Four in Your Corner called the White House Office of Media Affairs but still no response.