Derrick Belcher, who started Alabama’s online secession movement, is angry because his topless car wash, Euro Details, was taken away by government regulations.
Belcher told AL.com: "The government ripped my business away, and now they’re choking America to death with rules and regulations."
However, it was not federal government regulations but rather local obscenity laws in Mobile, Alabama that closed his car wash in 2001, when President Bush was in office.
Oddly, Belcher did not call for secession when President Bush was in the White House. Rather, he waited 11 years later until President Obama was re-elected.
Belcher's secession petition has received more than 18,000 signatures. It is hosted on the ‘We the People’ page the White House website, along with about 30 other states' similar petitions.
Belcher, who works as a trucking manager in Chunchula, Alabama, told AL.com that the "government is taxing us to death," but failed to mention one tax that had been raised.
He said: "I don't want to live in Russia. I don't believe in socialism. America is supposed to be free."