Less than one week after President Obama won a second term in the White House, some Texans want out.
More than 101,000 people have signed a petition on the "We the People" section of the Obama Administration's website for Texas to "peacefully grant the state of Texas to withdraw" from the United States and create its own new government. 25,000 signatures are needed on any petition to warrant an official response from the White House.
"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."
The petition, filed by Micah H from Arlington, TX on Friday, is not the only one of its kind filed since Election Day. POLITICO reports there are close to two dozen filed, including ones from New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Oregon and the Carolinas. Gov. Perry's office sent a statement about the petition to the Dallas Morning News, stating the the governor "believes in the greatness of our Union," but also "shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government."