TEXAS (CNN) — Texas is one of nearly two dozen states with a petition drive to secede from the U.S. Supporters are unhappy with the federal government. However, it’s an effort that’s likely to fail, even in Texas.
It was a very emotional election. There’s no secret that the opposition to President Obama was always very emotional and deep.
So deep, tens of thousands of people are logging on to the White House website, to sign a petition to secede from the union.
The petition, filed by someone identified as Micah H. in Arlington, Texas states the economy is suffering because of the Obama administration’s neglect of domestic and foreign spending. It says since Texas balances its 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 its citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties.”
People from at least 15 states from New Jersey to Oregon have asked for secession.
Observers say it’s all because of the polarizing and relatively close election.
“It does express a certain amount of grievance, real or imagined, in what’s going on,”
There’s just one problem with asking for secession: it’s not going to happen!
However, for Texans, there is a perception the former Republic of Texas will always have the right to secede if it doesn’t like Washington’s policy.
“We’ve even heard this in relatively recent times from our governor, and the answer is no, that’s not true. The annexation agreement gave Texas the right to divide into as many as five states, but it did not give, it said nothing about secession,” college history professor Gregg Cantrell said.
The White House says it reviews all petitions on its website with more than 25,000 signatures and responds to them, as well.