Houston Chronicle Texas Gov. Rick Perry has previously made comments suggesting he would consider withdrawing from the U.S.
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Texas secession petition grows on White House website
By Jana Kasperkevic | November 12, 2012 | Updated: November 13, 2012 12:44pm
WASHINGTON – When the White House promised that any online petition getting more than 25,000 signatures would get a thorough review and an official response, officials probably weren’t thinking about requests for secession.
But on Monday – less than a week after President Barack Obama‘s re-election – a petition on the White House website calling for Texas to secede from the union has received more than 35,000 signatures, far more than similar requests from other states.
The White House website states that “if a petition gets enough support,” which it defines as 25,000 signatures within 30 days, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.” Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, the petition passed that threshold.
The petition, created Friday, argues, “The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending.” It further claims that American citizens are suffering “blatant abuses of their rights,” pointing to the Transportation Security Administration and the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for indefinite detention of terror suspects.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has previously made comments suggesting he would consider withdrawing from the U.S.
“When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation,” Perry said in 2009. “And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.”