More than 30 thousand people sign petition to make Louisiana leave the US
POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:54pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 9:46am
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — A petition that would have louisiana secede from the United States is gaining popularity on the internet.
Now the online petition has a enough signatures to require the government to respond. So far, more than 30 thousand people signed that petition to make Louisiana it's own country.
Louisiana is the first of more than 30 states to sign up for a chance to become their own country.
"We would be our own little government," said Louisiana resident Sarah Smith."It will be crazy to have a bunch of LSU cajuns running their own governments."
"I think they are just trying to find ways to improve," said Louisiana resident Rebekah Williams. "I think it could be a good thing or a bad thing it's all what louisiana makes it. "
One day after the presidential election a Slidell man filed a petition asking the president to let Louisiana go, but many Louisianans say the petition was a way to vent.
"I think a lot of people want something different they don't want what they had for the last four years," said Smith.
"I think it could be a good thing set aside from other places that could be causing problems," said Williams.
The Obama administration created a program called "We the People" to allow voters to file petitions. If a petition reaches a certain number of signatures within a certain time frame, the administration will respond to the topic. so far texas and louisiana both met the requirement.
"What do you say, you know, the question of being able to secede from the union was decided in the 1860's and it's not open for discussion today," said LSU political communication professor Kirby Goidel.
Goidel says if the president gave the ok to secede it could cripple the state.
"What would we do next hurricane cycle," said Goidel. "The reality is we are dependent on federal government dollars for all sorts of different things."
Some Louisiana residents say the petition puts a bad light on the state.
"our president might get mad, He might get mad at us and try to make it harder on us in some way, " said Richard Bonnecaze.
Richard Bonnecaze lives in Louisiana. He says no matter how many people sign the petition he's not worried about losing his us citizenship.
"I think it will never happen," said Bonnecaze. "They had 27 thousand people sign, but you got four million people in Louisiana."
For a link to the petition click here.