Online petition would have Texas secede from US

By Vignesh Ramachandran

An online petition that calls for the state to Texas to withdraw from the U.S. and create its own government on Monday reached the required signature threshold to receive an official response from The White House.

The petition on WhiteHouse.gov asks the Obama administration to "peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government." The petition had surpassed 34,000 signatures as of Monday evening. It was created by a person self-identified only as "Micah H." from Arlington, Texas.

The petition cites the nation's economic woes as an issue and says that the condition of Texas' budget and economy make it "practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union."

Online petitions on WhiteHouse.gov that get sufficient support are reviewed by White House staff and "sent to the appropriate policy experts." To be searchable on WhiteHouse.gov in the first place, petitions currently need to get 150 signatures within 30 days. To get an official response, petitions need 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

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Similar petitions from other states have also been filed including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. However, unlike the petition from Texas, none of these states had reached the 25,000-signature threshold to get an official White House response as of Monday evening.

According to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, a 1866 proclamation signed by then-President Andrew Johnson clearly spelled out that no state had the right to leave the union:

"...It is the manifest determination of the American people that no State, of its own will, has a right or power to go out of or separate itself from, or be separated from the American Union; and that, therefore, each State ought to remain and constitute an integral part of the United States..."

The flurry of petitions are likely just the consequence of voters unhappy with last week's presidential election results. University of Texas at Austin Assistant Professor Jason Casellas told NBC News that's likely the case in Texas, where 57 percent of the state population's vote went for Republican Mitt Romney.

Catherine Frazier, press secretary for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, told NBC News Monday that the governor "believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it."

"But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government," Frazier said in a statement. "Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper."

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  1. After we cessede, the next order of business is to tar and feather Perry, and run him out of town on a rail.

  2. From a proud Patrotic 6th generation Texan/10th generation white anglo saxon American to my fellow Texans and Americans
    Good luck to all you folks with this petition thing given that :
    1) Even though nearly 100,000 folks (barely 1/2 of 1% of Texas' registered voters) have signed it, that's a minisule amount.
    2) Gov. Perry and the Texas leg don't really support it, and even if they did and tried to secede through a special legislative
    convention (e.g. a Constitutional covention) that is illegal.
    3) SCOTUS has already addressed this issue in 1869,
    4) There is no provision in the Texas Constitution now or in the past that allows secession (no special deal was made with the US to allow Texas to back out if statehood didn't work out way back THEN OR NOW)
    5) This White House website where all these pro and con petitions are being put up serves merely as a "suggestion box" or "gripe session" website. Posting a greivance here means zip. Previously folks posted petitions here for the govt to comeclean on UFOs, ancient aliens, etc. or to request changes to names of National Parks, bridges, or geographic areas. The belief that the govt or WH will even respond at all, much less in any meaningful way to a request to allow such a serious request is at best naive. The only way too legally address such disattisfaction with the way things are going in our form of democracy ( I know...it's really a representative republic) is use your vote, which millions did in a valid election.
    6) Finally I hope folks used an assumed name to sign the petition (Why you ask?: an obscure post I came across on the web regarding the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America, supporters of which ardently believe the CSA still exists in a state of suspended state of animation (yes that's what I said) and EMPHATICALLY warns
    people to not sign any of these state petitions for fear of IDed signers being singled out by whatever powers that be for who knows what purpose. Yeah I know that this is kinda tin foil hat, conspiracy stuff but whose to say such advice is not waranted given the times we live in.

  3. I have no problem letting Texas secede. I hope they do. That way, when Texas does something provocative we real Americans can invade them and wipe their scum off the face of the Earth. We can target all their right wing gay hating churches with our drone strikes. We can then give that worthless piece of land back to Mexico and forget that Texas ever happened

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