90,876. That’s how many people have signed Texas’ secession petition, as I write this article. I just got caught up in Conan’s monologue and when I refreshed the petition page, the count was at 91,064. This is serious. Visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ and you can read more about petitions. It only takes 25,000 signatures in 30 days to elicit a response from the Obama administration, and Texas’ petition has only been up for 5 days.
When I read about what Texas was doing, I took a look at the “open petitions” listed on the site. I scrolled through petition after petition – all stating the same thing, but listing different states. “Peacefully grant the state of — to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Since Obama’s re-election Tuesday, over 40 states have petitioned to secede, but Texas doesn’t appear to be messing around. Insert cliche about Texas being and doing things big, here.
91,846. Liberals (and probably most conservatives) are rolling their eyes and probably whispering that seceding is unpatriotic and impossible. Sure, it sounds crazy, but our current government is unrecognizable from the government established by our founding fathers. The White House is not meant to be THE authority. One of the major reasons our Constitution was put in place was so that we, as a people, would remain protected from everyone and everything – our enemies…and sometimes even ourselves. We do not answer to a man. We are the UNITED States – 50 individual states, joined together. The federal government is supposed to support the States, not force them to adhere to laws that take away their freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, etc.
According to the 10th amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
So, as far-fetched as it is to imagine America having a Texas-shaped hole in its heart, it’s not an impossibility.
Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has not supported the petition, urging Texas to support the Union, but signatures are piling up. 92,915. Texas GOP official, Peter Morrison called for an “amicable divorce” from the United States.
Our country has become so divided. Politics would be so much simpler if bright red states could paint their towns scarlet and blue states were free to blue themselves out. That seems like the perfect way of agreeing to disagree. Don’t you think so? If Republican states were to secede, what would become of our army? Would red states get out their handguns and form guerilla armies?
Do you think that Texas could break off? Do you think they should? Do you think half the country would try to move there? Check out this great article to learn more about secession and its history in our country.