One of the more bizarre reactions to the re-election of President Barack Obama has been petitions sent to the White House "We the People" site requesting permission for states to secede from the Union, according to the Daily Caller.
Texans request permission to secede from the Union
The first petition to exceed 25,000 signatures, requiring an official White House response, has come from Texas, the Daily Caller states, with more than 75,000 signatures as of this writing. The petition, in part, cites the federal government's inability to restrain domestic and foreign spending, as well as "blatant abuses" of citizens' rights inflicted by the TSA and the NDAA. The petition notes that Texas would be the 15th largest economy in the world if it were a republic again and that it has managed, unlike the United States, to balance its own budget. The petition does not make mention of the expense a hypothetical Republic of Texas would bear for the creation of a military, border patrol, and foreign service.
Gov. Rick Perry weighs in on the secession issue
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has issued a statement to the effect that he does not stand behind the effort to take Texas out of the Union, according to the Dallas Morning News. In an April 15, 2009, speech, according to the Associated Press, Perry hinted, with perhaps tongue fully planted in cheek, that Texans might want to secede from the Union, even though he personally would oppose it.
Other states petition for permission to secede
The Daily Caller notes that a number of other states have petitions at the We the People cite seeking permission to secede from the Union. These states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Besides Texas, only Louisiana has passed the 25,000 signature threshold as of this writing.
Practical consequences nil
The Houston Chronicle suggests that except as a creative form of political protest, the secession petitions do not have any practical consequence. The piece quotes David Cole, a political science professor, as reminding one and all that secession was tried before, just over 150 years ago. It did not end well for all concerned.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network .
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