Posted at: 11/14/2012 9:29 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 8:01 AM
By: Naomi Pescovitz
Since the election last week, the government website "We the People," has been flooded with hundreds of thousands of signatures on online petitions. Many are requests from individual states to "withdraw from the United States of America."
All 50 states, including Minnesota, have now filed petitions to secede. As of Wednesday night, Texas had the most signatures (104,507), and Vermont had the least (123). Minnesota had 4,083.
"There's no limit on what a petition could petition for. But this ain't happening," said Michael Paulsen, Law Professor at the University of St. Thomas and expert in constitutional law.
Paulsen says the question of secession was already settled - on the battlefield.
"When I speak of Grant vs. Lee, it's not like Roe vs. Wade. It's General Grant vs. General Lee, the claimed right of a state to secede was rejected by the Civil War," Paulsen said.
Still, the online petitions have garnered support in the form of hundreds of thousands of signatures.
"I think people who put their names on it are serious, and I think they believe in our country and they believe in our constitution, and they don't think that our government is standing up for our freedom," said Michael Puffer of the Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots.
When a petition reaches 25,000 signatures, the Administration says it will review the petition and issue a response.