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Gov. Perry dismisses Texas secession petition

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Talk about Texas seceding from the United States keeps growing as does the number of signatures on the White House's "We The People" website. Gov. Rick Perry has also weighed in on the issue.

Louisiana was actually the first state to create a secession petition after President Barack Obama's re-election a week ago, but Texas secessionists quickly took the idea and ran with it. More than 80,000 people have signed the Texas petition since Friday.

It asks President Obama to "peacefully grant" Texas the right to leave the U.S. because country continues to suffer economic difficulties from the federal government's spending. It adds Texas maintains a balanced budget and has the 15th largest economy in the world.

At least 36 states now have similar petitions, from California to New York. And on Tuesday night the Texas Nationalist Movement will host a meeting in Frisco to talk about the petition and its goals.

In 2009, Gov. Perry supported a State House resolution to secede and made comments at a rally alluding to an independent Texas.

But on Tuesday his spokesman said he "shares the frustration many Americans have with our federal government" but he "believes in the greatness of our union and nothing should be done to change it."

"People are free to do whatever people wanna do. We got a great country, and I full well expect us to get to focused on the work at hand which is keeping the economy strong in Texas," Perry later said.

President Obama might have to respond to the new secession movement because he promised to respond to any petition on the "We The People" website that garnered at least 25,000 signatures.

But given that there are also now petitions on the website calling for Austin to secede from the state and remain in the union and for anyone who signs the secession petitions to be deported, the Internet phenomena may not be taken seriously.

Texas officially seceded in 1861 to join the confederacy in the Civil War, but was annexed back after the war. Also, a militia group known as the Republic of Texas engaged the Texas Rangers in a weeklong standoff in 1997, then surrendered and went to prison.


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