Louisiana, Texas Get Enough Signatures to Request Secession, Get Response from President
Petitions on Whitehouse.gov to secede from the US have gained enough support to warrant a response from the president
As reported yesterday by Loop21 and other outlets, angry and churlish citizens from 21 states, who have no political power whatsoever, filed petitions at WhiteHouse.gov for their states to be granted permission to leave the United States. Petitioners got one month to get a requisite 25,000 signatures for the president to consider the request and respond.
Well, two states have done it. In fact, as of press time today the petition for Texas to leave the union has garnered more than three times the necessary number and is quickly approaching 80,000.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, no stranger to threats to secede from the union, made a statement through his press secretary addressing the petition:
"Gov. 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, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government."
Louisiana, the first state to file the online petition on the White House's website, has also reached the required number of signatures, currently just over 29,000.
The White House is expected to issue some sort of response, though no one has said what that will be.
“The White House doesn’t get into the substance of the responses before they’re issued," an unnamed White House official told the Dallas Morning News today.
This should be interesting.