R. Star wrote:
If the condescending attitudes displayed here towards states with a minority that want to secede is prevalent, no wonder there are people who want it. I wonder if anyone ever stopped to consider that for a moment.
But that's the common wisdom these days. Insult first, rationalize later, rarely justify.
I think the main reason for the "mockery" of these types is that they are the same kind of people as the liberals who threaten to move to Canada when a Republican wins. It is a childish tantrum. As has been pointed out, these are internet petitions and not appeals from the state legislature. They cannot be taken seriously until the actual government of the state, and not a bunch of whiners on the internet, formally request secession.