I’m sure there are wackjobs living in many states who might wish to secede from the Union. However, only one state has qualified for an actual petition response from the Obama Administration and the White House (It only takes 25,000 signatures to qualify for a response). Members of the state of Texas have put together a petition asking to secede, mostly since the state’s finances are in better shape than that of the federal government.

As of this writing, the petition has garnered nearly 87,000 signatures, many of them from Texas residents (although a few signatures are from those living in other states). According to Politico, Obama’s election win may have contributed to the petition, but it was mostly put together due to members of the Texas community being unhappy with what they view as difficult current rules and money mishandling within the federal government. A petition was put together over at the White House’s “We the People” page so that members can sign a petition hoping to “peacefully” secede from the Union. The petition reads:
“The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”

It’s easy to see why certain factions might have grievances with the federal government and might support a foolhardy removal from the U.S. economy, but if we are looking at this practically, even Texas doesn’t have enough guns to stand on it’s own two feet. The petition is useless meddling, and beyond this, anyone who would rather avoid a problem in a country than try to change something from within is a coward. If a person is unhappy with the shape of his or her federal government, that human being is within every right to move from his or her land and try to set down roots, elsewhere, and good riddance. Countries are only built with great minds and hard work. You, or I, or the man living down the street may never exactly agree on what direction to go in, but that’s only because there is no perfect direction. Wasting your time and the government’s time on an audacious petition won’t ever change that.

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