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Should Texas Really Secede From The United States? [POLL]

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Soon after the Presidential election some 95,000 Texans signed a petition requesting that Texas be allowed to peacefully secede from the United States.The petition can be found on White House website called “We the People,” which was started in September 2011 to allow citizens to create petitions on topics of their choosing. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures, the website promises that “it will be reviewed by White House staff and receive an official response.”

No joke guys.

You might remember in 2009, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a “round about” comment that Texans were not happy with Washington, and that could lead residents of his state to seek independence from the union.

Here’s Texas Governor Rick Perry’s quote on the subject:

“There’s a lot of different scenarios,” Perry said. “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

According to ABC News.com, Texas has no power to leave the United States, but it may have an option no other state does. In a resolution that Texas passed authorizing the U.S. to annex its territory, it spelled out exactly how Texas could be divided into as many as five separate territories. Each one, the agreement read, would be “entitled to admission” as a new U.S. state. ( Here’s an interesting fact if Texas were to divide into five states – Texas have ten United State senators instead of two.)

Rick Perry toyed with the idea of secession in 2009, telling the Associated Press:

“We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

There are 17 other states who have have similar petitions to the Texas secession request on the “We the People” website including New Jersey, New York, Montana, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon and Michigan.

So what do you Texans think?

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