Many citizens do not understand the procedure to actually secede. This is more of a way to express frustration than an actual attempt to secede.
As far as the other petitions on that site go, responses from the White House are typically to 'tell' us why our petitions will not be honored. It is basically a farce to even have the petition site when tptb don't abide by our wishes. It was a method to 'convince' citizens that the administration promotes transparency and let your voice be heard.
"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul
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