Should Texas ‘Secede’? Governor Rick Perry Says No [POLL]
Though I don't live in Texas anymore, all I hear about via social media and news outlets is that thousands of citizens from Texas have signed a petition for the Lone Star State to secede from the Union and form their own government.
"There's a lot of different scenarios," CNN reported Perry as saying. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."
The petition for succession has gathered over 80,000 names (only 25,000 were needed for the request to get to President Obama), according to KHOU news in Houston.
Petitioner Micah H. wrote the "We the People" program of the White House and asked that President Obama and his administration allow the great state of Texas to leave peacefully.
Bruce Baker of the Examiner wrote:
The authors of the Texas petition to secede from the United States believe the granting of the request by the Obama administration would protect Texans "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."
Texas is not the only state asking to secede - 30 states have now filed a petition of their own, and it's not all Republican states. You can see the full list here.