Less than a week after President Obama´s reelection, an online petition calling for Texas to secede from the Union has gained enough signatures to prompt a response from the White House. The petition is posted on "We the People," the White House´s website for petitions. The White House has pledged to provide a formal response to all petitions that receive more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The Texas secession petition was posted on Nov. 9 and already has more than 27,000 signatures. People have posted similar petitions for dozens of other states to secede, but the Texas petition
All petitions at...https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions just click on "open petitions" and will see all 20 states (if not more by now) Texas: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-texas-withdraw-united-states-america-and-create-its-own-new-government/BmdWCP8B
Let´s see...we´ve got the oil, A&M, the military, the manufacturing to support the military, Galveston and Houston ports, Mexico, the land to farm...now...to get rid of all the Yankees and infiltrated muslims and socialist government sucking blacks then we´re signed up and ready to roll!
Number 13 consider yourself already in the gulag. I am there as well and with you. Worst governed state in the union from both sides of the aisle. Help free those of us in the gulag of illinois!! Total De rule going on 20 years and spinelss, token Republican resistance. And we lead the nation in convicted governors.
I love James Michener´s books. Well, most of them, Mexico was lousy.
I don´t like his agendas, but I like his stories.
All this by way of saying Texas was one of his best.
And, in Texas, he remarks on the fact that, when Texas joined the US, it retained the right to split into however many states. But one of the people in the in-book discussion remarks that Texas will never split into multiple states.
#16 I am open to any number of solutions as long as the federal government is reset back to the size/scope that it was originally intended.
So perhaps we should declare Texas to be a "sanctuary state" whose residents are not required to pay federal taxes, if they choose not to. The state will protect these people from the feds. Its akin to a sanctuary city where illegal immigrants are free to violate our immigration laws.
So I´ve posted about this before and stated secession wasn´t the answer. And to an extent, I still believe that. However, I support this fully.
The reason why is because nothing else will get Washington D.C.´s attention. Secession cuts off the money flow. I firmly believe we can remain united as a country. But for the time being we need to revert to ´These United States´ vice ´The United States´. In this way, Federal funding is kept under control. Individual States will force D.C. to respond in one of two ways:
1. Peacefully and diplomatically, which I hope and pray they will.
2. Violently. Which I hope and pray they won´t.
It is important to note that I am absolutely against any notion of another Constitutional Congress or drafting and/or adopting a new Constitution. There´s nothing wrong with the one we have, currently. We just have some folks who don´t think it applies to them. They´re wrong.
For those who disagree with the act of secession, read The Declaration of Independence. That explains it all. If you still can´t understand after reading it, then you never will understand.
I refer anyone who says that individual States have no right to secede to a document signed back in 1776, reading in part:
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature´s God entitle them,..."
Just as you would counsel a friend to leave a marriage with an abusive spouse, it is reasonable and perhaps now necessary to encourage your state government to break away from the abusive federal government. Their continued abuse of power and trampling of State Rights is not going to end and it´s time to break up the union.
I would urge Texans to visit: http://www.texasnationalist.com/
I don´t think these petitions will get a response from the Whitehouse but I signed the Texas one with my real name and address. With enough signatures, word will spread and Americans may start discussing these issues.
I´m real. I had ancestors in the first Texas war for indpendence (actually it was the 3rd or 4th declaration of Texas independence, but the first one that took! But who´s counting?) I sincerely can say that I am willing to give my life in the next one. We will not be subjegated again.
When my Great Grandfather joined the Union Army in 1862 the motivation was to preserve the Union. Nothing more nothing less. I feel we are being pushed into doing something rash. It is a deliberate move by the left wing radicals. My 32 years defending this nation have been wasted. I´ll go with Texas if they´ll have me.
Another problem with secession. Assume the democrats were to allow it under the assumption that then their socialist utopia would work. The States leaving would probably have to take a proportional share of the national debt as that was accumulated with at least their tacit approval.
#21, we already have that figured out. Five States, North Texas, South Texas, East Texas, West Texas, and Central Texas, all meeting at the Alamo, with the Alamo being our DC area, without all the politicians.
And as an added bonus, I think we would be the #16 best economy in the world. We already have the most hydrocarbon refinery capacity on the planet.
My entire family here in Oregon (those of us of a voting age) have signed Oregon´s petition to secede. It adds 22 more to that petition. This weekend my husband signed up for classes at threat dynamics. Until last Tuesday he never before felt the need to mess with my firearms. Even if we don´t secede- I may take my family north to the rez. I think this requires more prayer. God: heal this land.
Well let´s see...as soon as a State seceeds the ´revenge factor´ takes over. Next day the Feds will act to close up all fed facilities in that state, forbid that state selling anything to other American states, you know, basically take severe revenge out on them just to be mean and vindictive.
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