Seventy-seven thousand seven hundred and thirty-two people have signed the petition created by a citizen of Texas to secede from the union.
The petition, posted on the White House website, lays out the signatories' reasons for seeking to separate from the United States and form its own independent government:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
At the time of writing this article, individuals from 33 states have filed similar petitions calling for secession.
The “We, the People” program includes a “create a petition” tab on the White House website. The explanation of the site claims that "if a petition gets enough support," — more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days — the "White House staff will review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response." The Houston Chronicle reported that “shortly after 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, the [Texas] petition passed that threshold.”
Since that report, Louisiana’s petition has also crossed the 25,000 signature threshold.
Regardless, President Obama has made no statement regarding the crescendo of calls to bust up the union.
Although Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2009 said “one of the deals” made at the time Texas entered the union was that the Lone Star State could leave at any time, a spokeswoman for the former GOP presidential candidate repudiates that position and declares the governor’s preference for union.
In a statement released to the Dallas Morning News, spokeswoman Catherine Frazier wrote:
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Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a former constitutional attorney and professor of American government. He travels the country speaking on issues of states rights, nullification, and the surveillance state.