If your side lost the election, time to secede from the Union?
That will never happen, but people on the losing side of the presidential election are venting via a petition, on a White House website, to have their state secede from the Union. Petitioners in Texas lead the pack.
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Similar petitions are also posted on Change.org, but the number of supporters for each is minimal.Skip to next paragraph
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Besides Texas, other states represented in the secession drive are Louisiana, Utah, Ohio, West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, California, New York, Delaware, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Florida.
The secession furor on the White House site has been met with opponents who offer petitions of their own: “Strip the citizenship from everyone who signed a petition to secede and exile them" (1,796 signatures) and “Deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America) (2,347 signatures).
The high volume of signatories for the Texas petition prompted a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry (R) to say in a statement to the Dallas Morning News Monday that the governor does not support the drive.
“Governor Perry 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. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas,” said spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.
In April 2009, Perry raised the secession issue in a speech, saying, “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the Union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.… 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, who knows what may come of that.”