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Petition ignites talk of Texas secession, but is it even possible?


A petition originating in North Texas has created quite a buzz for the state's option to secede from the United States.

The creator of the petition to "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government" posted it on the petition section of on Friday.

The creator claims to be from Arlington, and since posting the petition, it has digitally received more than 30,000 signatures by Monday afternoon. To sign the petition, a person must enter a valid e-mail address and zip code. The tens of thousands who have signed include Texans and non-Texans.

The petition states that 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," the petition states. "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."

Once a petition receives 25,000 signatures on the petition site, it warrants a response from the White House. So far, there has been no comment from the White House, and they could opt to not comment at all per rules on the petition site:

"To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."

This is not the first time talk of secession has come up in the Lone Star State. In 2009, speculation began as to whether Texas even could secede from the United States. 

The tale of Texas seceding whenever it wants -- may be a little harder to do than most think.

According to the Texas State Library and Archives, once Texas agreed to join the Union, the state never had the legal option of leaving. 

In a proclamation by President Andrew Johnson in 1866, it states:

"It is the manifest determination of the American people that no State, of its own will, has a right or power to go out of or separate itself from, or be separated from the American Union; and that, therefore, each State ought to remain and constitute an integral part of the United States."

Texas Governor Rick Perry who has been no stranger to secession talks, commented through a spokesperson on the 2012 issue.

"Gov. 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. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington's tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children's future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government."

- Catherine Frazier, Spokesperson for Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Texas is not the only state with a petition for secession on the site. Other states with petitions include (sorted by signature count at time of this article): Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and 14 others.

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