Barack Obama | News | Rick Perry | Texas

White House to Consider Petition Signed by 73,000 for Texas Secession from the U.S.; Rick Perry Takes Stand


A "We the People" petition for Texas to secede from the United States has gathered more than 73,000 signatures:

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 Houston Chronicle reports:

According to The White House, the petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days in order to be considered.

“If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response,” explains the website.

Dadt_perrySaid Governor Rick Perry about the petition:

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.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. LOL at the typo "it's" haha!

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Nov 13, 2012 1:40:40 PM

  2. This is the only petition that should be signed:

    Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America.

    Yes, it's legit. Please consider signing and let's send a message.

    Posted by: Marc C | Nov 13, 2012 1:48:55 PM

  3. @LIAMB,


    'OF COURSE IT WOULD BADLY HURT THE TEXAS ECONOMY...much of the Texas economy revolves around business with[in] in the U.S. It would lose A LOT of business. especially in white collar jobs in DFW, Houston, etc., unless it arranged some kind of sweat-heart deal with the U.S., which the U.S. wouldn't do. They would lose the vast bulk of the U.S. military associated with the state, which would be a MASSIVE blow to their economy. With Mexico on it's south flank, the U.S. basically almost surrounding it, it would be a big, fat sitting duck.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 13, 2012 1:20:52 PM



    Give it a rest, pal. You know I didn't condone racism, the KKK, or any of that sh*t. And I didn't condone secession.

    Posted by: Ratbastard | Nov 13, 2012 1:51:58 PM

  4. The white folks in Texas are terrified of the coming Mexican-American majority. By 2020, the state will probably be Democratic.

    Posted by: jht | Nov 13, 2012 2:00:51 PM

  5. Didn't all these problems start when a former Texas governor became President?

    Posted by: Billy | Nov 13, 2012 2:02:46 PM

  6. Keep the land. Deport the signatories.

    Posted by: Suck Seed. | Nov 13, 2012 2:02:51 PM

  7. Texas will be 'purple' or 'blue' in a decade. Then what will the secessionists do?

    Posted by: Mikemike | Nov 13, 2012 2:04:23 PM

  8. No, hold onto TX. In just a very few short years it will be a blue state if the dems succeed in getting a comprehensive immigration policy thru. Now we'll never convince MS or AL or GA or LA to be anything but racist assholes so let them go but keep TX. It's only a matter of time.

    Posted by: Jersey | Nov 13, 2012 2:04:26 PM

  9. As a Texan myself, I'd just like to point out that the signers of this petition represent roughly .3% of the Texas population. It's hardly an indicator of how the state feels. Yes, it's an interesting "news" story, but I wouldn't call it a "popular" view. Someday we'll learn from Fox News that focusing on the outliers, while entertaining, is hardly the same as reporting the facts.

    Posted by: Adam F | Nov 13, 2012 2:11:08 PM

  10. I nominate Ratbastard for "comment of the day".

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 13, 2012 2:13:14 PM

  11. It couldn't happen anyway, Peacefully? Impossible. We simply wont allow another country between Mexico and the US, either Mexico or the US would remove it. So a really strange suicide note when you think about it.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2012 2:14:09 PM

  12. With a population of over 26 million why would the federal government take the rantings of such a small percent of the population seriously?

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 13, 2012 2:16:14 PM

  13. If you ask me, Fox News and Right Wing talk radio have a lot to answer for. It wasn't enough for them to say "I disagree with Obama's political views and here's why," they used scare tactics to convince their audience Obama is a Muslim (if not Satanic) Communist who will kill your granny and out everyone else in camps.

    It was incredibly irresponsible because people who are scared will lash out, sometimes violently. Fox News viewers weren't the brightest bunch to begin with and now they're paranoid and unhinged. I suspect there will be some violence, perhaps against gay people, and it's a direct result of the lies and hyperbole the Right has been spreading for the last 4+ years.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 13, 2012 2:19:59 PM

  14. Texas has a wretched public safety net for its citizens, reminding one of the tales of Charles Dickens and the poorhouse. 25% of its population is without health insurance. Texas is an ever-increasing "haves and have not" society.

    Posted by: Drake | Nov 13, 2012 2:35:52 PM

  15. so lemme get this straight.... The Dixie Chicks are 'un-American anti-patriots" for condemning that folly of a war and being ashamed to be from the same State as G.W.....

    ...but all these people are True American Patriots because they dont' want to live in a country with a black President.

    yeah. right. got it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 13, 2012 2:37:59 PM

  16. CA has a bigger economy than TX. It also has better schools, infrastructure, and people actually want to live there. TX has nothing on CA. This will go nowhere though. Bunch of sour grapes.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Nov 13, 2012 2:39:01 PM

  17. The racism of yesteryear has come full circle in our county. The entire world embraced our choice of a black President four years ago and most nations of the world still support him. The fringe elements of Republican sect have crept through into the mainstream once again with conservative mouthpieces planting the seeds of hate. The only doubt lies here at home rooting from bigotry. Watch the white hands paint Obama in Blackface at

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Nov 13, 2012 2:42:12 PM

  18. @Derrick,

    "Give it a rest, pal. You know I didn't condone racism, the KKK, or any of that sh*t."


    you should have left Massachusettes as soon as Romney came home. You've contracted that damn romnesia he's been spreading around.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2012 2:54:13 PM

  19. This is asinine. A massive chunk of those signatures aren't even from Texas. A Constitutional amendment takes far far FAR more than this.

    Giving it press time is just giving sore losers exposures they DO NOT NEED.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 13, 2012 2:54:25 PM

  20. Let them go. But be sure the US recovers the investment it has made in Texas (particularly military and space).

    Can you imagine Texas trying to make it on its own? This would be the best reality TV show ever!

    This must happen.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 13, 2012 3:01:11 PM

  21. Seriously, maybe it's time to examine this issue closely. I don't see this country ever coming together willingly on issues that divide conservative and progressive America. Maybe it's time to split into two countries? Why should we let some uneducated southern hillbilly stand in the way of marriage equality in Ca., D.C., NY, or in any Blue state? Some states would be forced to come into the progressive union for the purpose of contiguous needs, but those residents could relocate to a red state of their choosing. Let them recede back to the stone age while the Union of Progressive states moves forward?

    Posted by: John Simpson | Nov 13, 2012 3:01:47 PM

  22. I think the signatures from outside Texas in favor of secession are more an indication of what those individuals think of Texas. After George W. Bush and Perry's candidacy, not to mention what Enron did to California's supply of electricity some years ago, I'm sorely tempted to vote for it too!

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 13, 2012 3:02:55 PM

  23. I find Perry's response hysterical. He himself, not that long ago, stirred up the "we will secede" pot (then a week or two later cried to the federal government that Texas wasn’t getting enough Flu vaccines). Now that he has the support from a lot of the people of Texas he cowardly pulls back. Oops!

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 13, 2012 3:09:19 PM

  24. When Gov. Perry first suggested TX secession, I wondered how they hell am I gonna mail postcards to my friends in the USA? Could the Republic of TX provide postal services at the same rate as USPS? I doubt it. And who is gonna maintain all the interstate highways passing through TX? We could do what Mitt suggested and privatize all that...right.

    Posted by: AlamoSpartan | Nov 13, 2012 3:15:49 PM


    Posted by: JAMES WILLIAMS | Nov 13, 2012 3:18:14 PM

  26. « | 1 2 3 4 »

Post a comment


« «New Pitbull - Christina Aguilera Track Samples Classic 'A-ha' Track 'Take On Me': LISTEN« «