Texas secession petition signatures have grown so long that the matter has attracted the attention of Governor Rick Perry. The governor issues a statement on the matter via his press secretary, Catherine Frazier, according to the Dallas Morning News.
As of November 12, a total of 25,285 Texans signed the petition requesting peaceful secession from the United States. Signatures on petitions from other states have not done as well. Oklahoma’s secession petition had reportedly garnered just 755 names by Monday afternoon.
The statement uttered by Frazier reads:
“Governor 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.”
The Texas secession petition was posted to the White House website on Friday, according to the Huffington Post. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, it is the Obama administration’s policy that if a petition gathers at least 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the matter will be sent to the “appropriate policy experts” for review and an official response.
The Lone Star state’s request to leave the union reads:
“We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. 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 its 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.”