Should Texas go solo?
A number of Texas citizens have decided the state should go solo and secede from the United States of America. In 1836, Texas broke away from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas and was its own country. In 1845, it asked to be annexed into the United States, and became the 28th state.On Nov. 9, 2012, just shortly after the election, many Texans wanted to reverse that. A petition was created at petitions.whitehouse.gov that says, “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.” 25,000 signatures were necessary in order for the Obama Administration to review the petition, and so far the petition has gone above the minimum with 65,351 electronic signatures as of Tuesday.“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.Not only did Texas file a petition, but states also signing the same petitions include the following: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming. What makes this really interesting is that several of the petitions come from states that went for President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election. After asking BNH Facebook readers, some were very vocal on the subject:Margaret Herba Engler said “I sure hope they do, along with the other states. It would show the voice of the people not the voice of the government. We are asked every four years to go out and vote, but our votes don’t count. Let the people be heard I say.”Richard Ball stated, “We had an election and the people voted and chose a President, get over it and move on. I think it is a stupid idea and will only divide our country more. I really don’t want to have to get a passport just to visit my mom in Texas.”Abye Brown Hunt said “It means we would move back to Texas! We are tired of the liberal ideas here in Colorado.”Melanie Haney said, “I don’t appreciate the few people that signed this petition making fools and a mockery of the rest of us. The U.S would pull the troops from Texas, no more funding for interstate highways, no more funding for welfare, the list goes in. Talk about tax hikes for all Texans to pay for it! And you complain about where the tax dollars go now? It will never happen.”Tiffany Earle said, “I hope it happens. I’m tired of paying for people on welfare. And he only got back in office cause people want free handouts. I would sign it.”Darren Herod stated, “ I’m a proud Texan. I wish people would truly understand that separating from the US would be a big mistake.” Tiffany Martinez stated, “This is stupid! Do these people know how far in debt Texas is already? Then we will have to build a military... How many of them are willing to be part of that? What about natural disaster aid? There was a reason Perry didn’t make the Republican nominee. All these ignorant people think this is going to fix our problem but it’s going to do nothing but destroy us and we will pay way more taxes. Obama is only in office four years get over it!”M’Liss Jun Lambert said, “People on welfare can get a job and stop relying on government money. It seems like people’s biggest issue with this is whether or not they will still get welfare. That’s not even a portion of what matters for Texas to succeed!”Patricia Acosta said, “This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen! Whatever happened to being an American, a patriotic American!? This will only cause bigger problems in our state and country. Grow up people and get over it. GOD BLESS AMERICA!”Kandy Meadows Kershner stated, “All I know is if it does happen we will be moving back to Texas and from what I saw the president the people voted for did not win. The electoral votes were what counted.”Matt Stroud said, “I think that regardless of what happens whether Texas secedes or not the next four years are going to be tough.”David Clark said, “I don’t think it will happen, but with as many of the other states petitioning the same thing, it kinda shows that something is seriously wrong with our federal government. When this country started our founding fathers wanted strong state government compared to the federal, because they were tired of being a part of a monarchy, which is not the way government is today. Now our federal government is bailing out corporations and mandating healthcare? Starting to look remarkably like socialism.”And Sean Blankenship stated, “It reminds me why I’m working so hard to leave Texas, and move to a more open minded state.”So what Will the fate of Texas be? All we can do is wait and see.