WASHINGTON – At least 20 US states have filed petitions through the website of the White House to secede from the United States of America, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, www.examiner.com reported on Tuesday. After the re-election, several petitions surfaced requesting the Obama administration to peacefully grant the applied state to withdraw from the United States of America in order to create their own government. Louisiana was the first state to file a petition followed by Texas.States with secession-related petitions on the White House website include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.How would Old Glory look with 30 stars instead of 50? As far-fetched as it may sound, the White House might soon be forced by its own rules to examine the question.On November 7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White House’s website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede.If 25,000 people sign the petition by December 7, it will “require a response” from the Obama administration, according to published rules of the White House’s online “We the People” program. The Louisiana petition has collected more than 12,300 signatures in four days. A separate effort from Texas has 15,400 supporters.Similar petitions from 18 other states began arriving on November 9, bringing the total — for the moment — to 20. The White House website publicly displays petitions that have attracted at least 150 signers. “Michael E” from the New Orleans suburb of Slidell penned the initial proposal — the website doesn’t provide last names — in which he asked the Obama administration to “[p]eacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”His entire petition consisted of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” one portion read, “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.”“Micah H” from Arlington, Texas submitted the petition on behalf of the Lone Star State.“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending,” he wrote.Texas, he added, “maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world,” making it “practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.”What began as a pair of parallel stunts appears to have gathered steam. Other than Louisiana and Texas, states with secession-related petitions pending on the White House website now include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.Three states –Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina are each represented by two competing petitions.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 13-Nov-2012 here.