By SHELBY ZUK, Guest Columnist

When it’s an election year we all know that some people are going to be happy with the winner and others not so much.

However, this year’s election has come down to people wanting to secede from the United States of America.
Since the re-election of President Barack Obama, people in over 30 states have filed papers to secede from the Union.

To officially have your secession papers looked at and filed for petition, residents must acquire 25,000 signatures within 30 days and then submit them for review. This task may seem like a little daunting, but one man in Texas submitted papers with 60,000 signatures for review last Tuesday morning.

However, Texas is not the only state that has citizens that are upset with President Obama’s re-election. Other states such as Alabama, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, Ohio and even here in Michigan have had residents submit these papers asking to secede from the Union.

There also has been retaliation from citizens on the other side of the platform as well. Some residents in the states with people threatening to secede have filed petitions against those who sign the secession papers. They would like the people adding their signatures to the lists to have their citizenship striped and exiled.

However, it doesn’t seem like we have to worry about the United States splitting into pieces anytime soon. Governor Rick Perry of Texas says that there is no worry about Texas seceding from the Union.

Whether we know it or not, this isn’t the first time people have wanted some of the states to secede from the Union. There have been plenty of instances in the past where citizens haven’t been happy with various things, but ultimately never carried through with the petitions and threats.

So whether you were happy with the re-election of President Obama, or you were hoping for Governor Mitt Romney to win, it doesn’t look like we have to worry about reaching back into the past and splitting the United States.