After President Barack Obama's reelection, many states filed petitions to secede from the USA. New Mexico's petition continues to gather signatures, but it looks likely to fall short of its 25,000-signature goal.
New Mexico's petition to secede was filed on Nov. 12 by a "Gabriel V" living in New Braunfels, Texas. Since then, 5,322 people have signed it—a mere fraction of the 25,000 signature goal set for Dec. 12.
But people are still signing: Just yesterday (Dec. 6), 12 more people signed on to New Mexico's bid (well, really, Texas' bid for New Mexico) to drop out of the United States and form its own little nation.
Clearly, those recent signers have no idea how great it is here: Not a single one of them claimed to reside in New Mexico—which, as we all know, relies heavily on the federal government to fund programs like public education and Medicaid.
By SFR's count, approximately 552 of the total 5,322 signatures are by New Mexicans—roughly 10 percent of the total (or more, if you consider that more than 1,000 signers did not list their state of residence). Texas signers follow, totaling 317; Illinois and California are both in the lower 200s.
And here's an interesting tidbit: states that belonged to the confederacy during the Civil War had an average of 115 signers on New Mexico's secession petition, while union states had an average of 68. Guess that whole secession-war-bankruptcy thing was pretty fun after all.