Texas wants to secede. And it’s not 1861. Somehow, the Lone Star State has found itself a way to legitimately ask to be separated from the other 49 states of America.
Republican officials in Texas, which Mitt Romney won by 1.3 million votes, are trying to find ways to move on after Obama’s reelection, and secession seems to be their only solution.
A petition for secession filed by a Texas man on petitions.white.house.gov had received 160,000 signatures by last Friday—only 25,000 are needed for a White House response. Other states such as Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee have filed their own petitions, but have not nearly reached the number’s of Texas’ bid.
Such talk of secession seems to have spurred a severe response of Texas Nationalism, a movement that wants the state to become a completely independent nation like it attempted in the 1830s and 1840s.
Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, said in a New York Times article that “the fundamental cultural differences between Texas and other parts of the United States may be best addressed by an amicable divorce, a peaceful separation.”
Some Texan officials are really taking such ideas of dividing from the Union to heart. Larry Scott Kilgore, a Republican candidate for governor in 2014, has said that he will legally change his name to “Larry Secede Kilgore.” Despite his rather outlandish promise, he has not signed the petition because he believes the state doesn’t need permission to leave.
However, Texas governor Rick Perry is sensitive to the voice of the succession movement, but will not sign the petition. On his behalf a press secretary said, “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.”
Thankfully, Perry has not decided to simply leave the United States because he preferred a different presidential candidate to win.