Valley man starts effort for Arizona to secede from U.S.
November 15, 2012
CBS5 reported on the local petition for Arizona to secede from the United States and what that might mean if such an effort were successful:
Bill Hart, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU said the petition is nothing more than a way for people to protest what they believe is the wrong direction the country is headed.
"It's clearly a form of political protest, presumably because of the results of the presidential election and the still poor state of the economy," said Hart.
However, he said many of the people who signed the petition may not realize how important the federal government is in their livelihood."If we seceded, we would presumably be without the help of the U.S. Border Patrol and The Department of Homeland Security. (We would be without) military sensors and overflights that we have now, so it might not be wise for Arizona. It might be better for Iowa or someplace else where you are surrounded by other states," explained Hart.