Secession Hot Topic In Wrightsville

10:33 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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President Barack Obama's reelection didn't sit well with many people who believed his Republican opponent would've done a better job improving the nation's economy.

So many of those unhappy people have sent state petitions to the White House asking that their states be granted a peaceful secession from the United States.

Almost 30,000 people have signed a Georgia's petition asking to secede. Dan Treadwell of Laurens County is one of those people.

Treadwell, a Navy veteran, met with reporters in Wrightsville to discuss his reasons for signing the Georgia petition.

"I consider myself an American. I consider myself a patriot," Treadwell said. "I just don't like Washington dictating, and they're obviously not paying attention to what a lot of people are saying."

Describing himself as "not really a Tea Party" person, Treadwell said he's highly concerned over the federal government's spendning habits. He said he doesn't believe the secession movement will be successful.

"But it may get the attention of the White House," Treadwell said.

At Nana's Kitchen across the street from the Johnson County Courthouse, some lunch patrons supported secession efforts.

"If we have to be under Obama for the next four years, I think it's a great idea," said Lisa Keyton who was having lunch with her husband, daughter and granddaugher.

"He's taken this country, it's a bad road," Keyton said. "I think if we were our own country, we could control that much better, and I'm all for it."

Kevin Brantley said a successful secession effort could lead to war.

"I think we're heading to another Civil War if that happens," Brantley said. "I really do."

That would be tough, Brantley said, because "I've got kids, you know. I hate to see us get involved in a war. But I think this country is in bad shape right now."

Jerry Lewis serves as president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Wrightsville. He said he's been following the situation and plans to join the petitioners.

"I plan on doing it as soon as I get to the bank," Lewis said.

But Rowena Veal isn't sold on the petition drive. She said Obama's reelection sickened her. But she doesn't think secession is the right move.

"It's like they said, 'united we stand, divided we fall.' And that's exactly what's going to happen if all your states start pulling away," Veal said. "Just because something is wrong, 'we'll I'm going to pull out, you know, forget y'all,' no, that's not going to accomplish anything."

In order to receive a response from President Obama, a petition must have at least 25,000 signatures. Georgia's petition has surpassed that by more than 3,000.

Dozens of other states have similar petitions on the White House website as well.

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