Secession, y’all: Why Texas can pull it off

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When Thomas Dunne published Don’t Mess with Travis in May — my comedic political novel about a freewheeling Texas governor who becomes fed up with a Constitution-stomping president and decides to secede — I knew I had landed on something relevant. I didn’t know it was this relevant.

As of writing, the Texas petition to peacefully “withdraw” from the United States via the White House’s open petition webpage is up to 62,481 signatures, on its way to tripling the required names needed to trigger a response from the Obama administration. No doubt Texas’s desire to break free is a source of amusement inside a White House that has mastered the art of belittling the opinions of its challengers, but there is one not-so-small problem here: Texas could pull it off.

Here’s why:

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Jonathon Dunne is an Irish college student who has been waiting on a green card for nine years. He is pursuing a degree in International Relations and dreams of moving to America to work in politics and follow his "American Dream." He has strong ties to the Republican Party and the Conservative movement and his aunt worked in Ronald Reagan campaigns in Florida in the '80s. Favorite Reagan quote: "It can be done" and he hopes Conservatives follow Reagan in "appealing to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidences rather than your doubts". Follow Jonathon on Twitter @JonathonDunne13.
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