Secession from the union is unlikely, but more than two-dozen states have petitioned the White House for their independence. Arizona is among them.
“The citizens of the great state of Arizona have the right to stand for their principles,” the petition states. “That man is granted unalienable rights, which are not the dispensations of the government, but find their beginnings in God and come from God alone. These are the principles that our forefathers stood for, the principles upon which our Constitution is based, and those in which we firmly place our belief and resolve.”
More than 14, 000 people had signed the Arizona petition as of Tuesday, reported The Arizona Republic.
“There’s stuff about adding states, but there’s nothing that suggests you can leave once you join. If anyone is serious about this, it’s the lunatic fringe,” said Paul Bender, ASU constitutional law professor.
Gov. Jan Brewer says she doesn’t buy the movement.
“ . . . I believe, the states make up the best country in the whole wide world, and that’s the United States of America,” she said.