A petition for Texas to secede has been launched on whitehouse.gov and has well over 60,000 (digital) signatures so far.

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The petition, submitted November 9, asks the Obama administration to:

Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

To sign the petition, visitors must enter a valid email address and enter their zip code.

The petition has more than surpassed the 25,000 mark, which is the number needed to draw comment from the Obama administration.

There are also petitions to secede on the site from Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Talk of Texas seceding from the union has been going on for years, but I have to admit I'm hearing more and more people say they embrace such an idea.

There are numerous sites dedicated to the cause including:

 

Texas Governor Rick Perry weighed in on the issue today through his press secretary, telling the Dallas Morning News:

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.

I do firmly believe that states have the right to secede if they feel their rights are being trampled on by the central government, however, like Governor Perry I do not feel that secession is the answer at this time. In my humble opinion, Texans should focus on being as independent as possible from the federal government by making sure the rainy day fund has adequate funds to cover emergencies and resisting the urge to ask for Washington's help when disasters hit the state, ask for fewer grants from the federal government, etc, etc. The less we ask from Washington the better.

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