The White House has received approximately 700,000 signatures of Americans who wish their state to secede from the US. Signatures representing all fifty states have been logged, just a week after the first petition from Louisiana was started.
As of yesterday, the White House’s ‘We the People’ portal has reveals the 25,000 signature threshold has already been reached by Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The remaining states are quickly accumulating signatures at a rate that will push them over the threshold soon.
The most common reason given for the requests remains issues about the state of the union. There are currently in excess of 100 open petitions on the White House website, almost all of which cite the Revolution War-era doctrines of the Declaration of Independence as sufficient means to support separation.
Texas has already passed the 100,000 signature mark, which still remains less than one percent of the total state population. The Texas petition states,
'The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights,'
Specifically addressed are issues concerning the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).
Bob Smiley, of The Daily Caller, published an interview that reflects on the Texas petition, stating that the demands for secession are not being taken seriously, but that could change,
'No doubt Texas’s desire to break free is a source of amusement inside a White House that has mastered the art of belittling the opinions of its challengers, but there is one not-so-small problem here: Texas could pull it off. Texas currently sits on one-quarter of the nation’s oil reserves and one-third of the nation’s natural gas reserves. Even more, fully 95 percent of the country receives its oil and gas courtesy of pipelines that originate within Texas. This is what one might call leverage.'
Smiley also brought the fast-growing Texas economy into the picture, as well as the state's history of following through with secession threats when under the rule of Mexico, and their alliance with the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a statement through his press secretary rejecting the petition, as has Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and a spokesperson from the Alabama Governor's office.
It should be noted that 700,000 signatures is also less than one percent of the total population of the United States