Local Officials Weigh in on Arkansas Petition to Leave U.S.

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People in 40 states, including Arkansas, are gathering signatures for a petition to leave the U.S. and form their own government. As of Tuesday night, around 18,000 people had signed the online petition.

The online petition on the White House's website quotes the founding fathers in declaration of independence.

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

‘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.’

‘…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…’”

The buzz has many talking, including veterans at Post 27 American Legion in Fayetteville.

"That's not going to happen. It will never be," said Tom Lacy, post commander.

Lacy, an Army Vietnam Veteran, said he doesn't agree with the idea.

"I just can't believe that someone would actually do something like that or some state could think that they can actually get along by themselves," Lacy said.

Democratic consultant Will Watson said unity is the solution.

"Hopefully we can find solutions that don't just draw from Democrat or Republican values but draw from common sense America values," Watson said. "That way we can move the country forward and not be focused on dividing each other."

Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republic Party of Arkansas, agrees that division isn't the answer to the dissatisfaction with the Obama administration.

"How do we save America in the world's market without just saying 'let's leave.' But I think people have the right to do that (sign a petition). I don't know how serious of a position that is," Webb said.

Veterans such as Tom Lacy said that whether veterans agree with the petition or not, those who created it are making their voices heard.

"If you think about it that's why vets have been going to war for this country for 200 years, to make sure that if you have to gripe, you can gripe openly about it," Lacy said.

According to the White House's website, 25,000 signatures are needed by December 10th in order for a presidential committee to consider the measure. Other states with similar petitions include Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee.