In all this recent hullabaloo about the secession petitions going around, one important fact keeps getting overlooked.
An article from WKRC quotes a University of Louisville political science professor who explained that these petitions aren’t uncommon. Similar petitions were filed following the 2004 and 2008 elections.
[Note: The article in the quoted link actually says it was the 2000 and 2008 elections. Neither article actually directly quotes – or even names – the professor they claim to be citing, so take that for what it’s worth.]
So, really, none of this is actually new. It seems to happen pretty much every election cycle. I bet if we looked back at 1996 and before, we’d see the same thing, but the internet has made it both more visible and caused more signatures to be collected.
So, basically, it’s not going to happen. Everyone can take a deep breath and relax now, it’s just the legacy media blowing a non-issue entirely out of proportion, yet again. Probably in an attempt to keep people distracted from the economy now that the elections are over.
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[Source: Yahoo! News blog post, retrieved 11/12/12]