Petition signer says he doesn't want Tennessee to secede

Secession petition signer says he doesn't want Tennessee to secede

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"I don't want to see Tennessee secede at all. I think that all 50 states should stay together, I think that we should be a united front, but we're not. We have a president that divides," said Roane County Tea Party member Ron Harwell explained. "I don't want to see Tennessee secede at all. I think that all 50 states should stay together, I think that we should be a united front, but we're not. We have a president that divides," said Roane County Tea Party member Ron Harwell explained.
There are now petitions from people in all 50 states to secede from the United States. There are now petitions from people in all 50 states to secede from the United States.
"I think it's a great place and America is a great country and we need to work within it," Roane County Tea Party member Chuck Smith added. "I think it's a great place and America is a great country and we need to work within it," Roane County Tea Party member Chuck Smith added.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - There are now petitions from people in all 50 states to secede from the United States.

Ron Harwell is a member of the Roane County Tea Party. He said he has signed the online petition, but that it's more about change than leaving the United States.

"I don't want to see Tennessee secede at all. I think that all 50 states should stay together, I think that we should be a united front, but we're not. We have a president that divides," Harwell explained.

Fellow Roane County Tea Party member Chuck Smith agrees that the petitions are about change, but said he won't sign one.

"I've seen them but just thought it was an exercise in futility maybe. Not that I would ever want Tennessee to secede anyway. I think it's a great place and America is a great country and we need to work within it," Smith added.
 
Many agree the petitions are to show just how frustrated they are.

"I certainly understand the frustration of the citizens. Four more years of the same is certainly not going to solve any the problems, and so leaving the nation is not the answer, but working within it is," reiterated Smith.

But times are different than when states seceded 151 years ago, and the reasons behind the attempted secession are completely different.

"This was a debate about the economy and frustrations over the pace of economic recovery. Sure, there were lots of major discussions and arguments about the relationship of the federal and the state governments. But, the stakes today are nothing like they were in 1860 or '61," explained Maryville College history professor Dr. Aaron Astor.

Still, petitioners want to see a change in federal government.

"It's about seeing this country come back to where we were when we originated with the constitution the Declaration and the Bill of Rights. That's what we need to be focusing on," Harwell stated.

Gov. Bill Haslam is also chiming in about the petition. He said, "I don't think that's a valid option for Tennessee. I don't think we'll be seceding."

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