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Obama haters petition for Colorado to secede: More than 3,000 signatures at WhiteHouse.gov

There's been a lot of talk this election about how divided our country is -- and that was very clear in Colorado, where a roughly even split had two camps bashing each other -- sometimes on opposite sides of the street. Taking the divisiveness to a whole new level, voters angry with the outcome of the election have created a petition to the White House for Colorado to secede from the nation. It has close to 3,000 signatures.

The Colorado petition reads:

Peacefully grant the State of Colorado to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

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 petition was created on Saturday by Lynette A., of Golden and bears the same text as similar petitions in twenty other states posted on Whitehouse.gov since election day.

As of this writing, Colorado has 3,662 signatures, trailing behind Indiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana -- all of which created petitions before Colorado.

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Still, Colorado has gotten more support than a handful of blue and red states generating similar calls for secession, including New York, South Carolina, Michigan and Tennessee.

Continue to read more about the secession petition. A quick glance through the signatures on Colorado's petition show that many of them are not residents of Colorado. In the most recent thirty at this writing, only three of them are listed as residents of Colorado -- from Pueblo, Littleton and Denver.

The online petitioning platform dictates that the White House must respond if a petition reaches 25,000 signatures within thirty days. That means Colorado is about 14 percent of the way there. Louisiana, which appears to be the first petition created after election day, is currently more than half the way there, with 13,084 signatures.

The petitions, which don't mention Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, come just weeks after both candidates made commitments to bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle in their final pleas for votes.

If voters aren't satisfied with these petitions and still want to make their voices heard beyond the call for secession, there's always a other White House petition entitled "Recount the election!"

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