An online petition that calls for the State of Texas to withdraw
from the U.S. and create its own government has reached the required signature
threshold to receive an official response from The White House. The implication of this development is that the state has got
the required signatures to be able to force the White House to rule that it is
allowed to quit the union of the United States and form its own government.
The petition asks the Obama administration to “peacefully grant
the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its
own new government.”
as “Micah H.” from Arlington, Texas, has surpassed 34,000 signatures.
says that the condition of Texas’ budget and economy make it “practically
feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union.”
support are reviewed by White House members of staff and “sent to the
appropriate policy experts.” To be searchable on WhiteHouse.gov in the first
place, petitions currently need to get 150 signatures within 30 days. To get an
official response, petitions need 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and
Tennessee. However, unlike the petition from Texas, none of these states had
reached the 25,000-signature threshold to get an official White House response
as at the time of filing this report.
1866 proclamation signed by then President Andrew Johnson clearly spelled out
that no state had the right to leave the union: “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”