Petition to secede has more than 100,000 signatures

Published: Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:04 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On November 9, 2012 Micah H from Arlington, Texas created a petition on The White House website which said, "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."

It is part of a new initiative by The White House that allows people to go online and create a petition that President Obama has to address if it reaches 25,000 signatures by December 9. Currently the one created by Micah has 102,000 signatures and continues to grow.

"I think the future is going to get worse," said Lubbock resident Linda Solis.

She is not happy with the Federal Government and says she supports everyone who has signed the petition.

"You cannot depend on the government right now or anybody these days. You have to do your own responsibility and do your own because it's in danger now everywhere the economy is getting worse. I think it would be better off for Texas to be apart from it."

Another woman we talked to jokingly said that Texas didn't have a strong enough Navy to secede.

Lubbock resident Arlie Willis says Government spending is out of control, but wants certain programs to remain.

"I wouldn't have a college degree if it wasn't for the Indian schools, so that's a good program for the people. And the government should help people for the good of the nation, but I think there should be limitations."

State Representative Charles Perry says even though people like to talk about secession it can't happen.

"We gave up our right to secession at the end of the Civil War at Appomattox. We signed a deal that said we're all a union," Perry said.

However, he says Washington needs to take notice.

"If I'm sitting in DC and get a petition with over 100,000 names on it from 30 states that they want to be out of the union, you got to take it seriously," he said.

In response to the secession petition, Caleb M created his own petition on November 12 which said, "Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States."

That petition has almost 6,000 signatures.

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