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Texas secession petition: Everything's big, including the talk

texasflag111312_opt.pngBY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One week ago today, President Barack Obama won a second chance to restore America. In those seven days, American businesses have announced layoffs, stocks have fallen, and more than 25 states have filed for secession from the United States including blue New Jersey.

While New Jersey and Texas don’t see eye-to-eye on professional football, they seem to be in agreement over this. But things are still bigger in Texas and they proved that again with 59,055 signatures on the White House website to secede from the union, according to the Examiner.com.

The Texas petition, written Friday, says, "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, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has taken a stand against secession, the Dallas Morning Star reports. Through his press secretary, Catherine Frazier, Perry says he "believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it."

She added, "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."

David Cole, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University Law School, told the Houston Chronicle, “I think it would take a civil war, frankly. If I'm not mistaken, this was tried once before."

While Cole and others might not be taking any of this seriously, there’s this to consider: no other state has as many as 25,000 signatures (the number needed for an official review and response by the White House) and a counter-petition garnered just three signatures as of Monday evening.

In addition to Texas and New Jersey, petitions from these states have also been filed: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

 

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