Texas Nationalists have a lot of support
Secession might not just be a crazy idea anymore. Over 56,000 people have signed a petition that would allow Texas to secede from the United States, and that number means the White House must review it (25,000 signatures are required to get an answer from Washington). Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement told Matt Patrick on Houston's Morning News he's just doing what our forefathers did.
“No one is going to refer to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as quitters,” Miller said. “By calling what we’re talking about here ‘quitting,’ they are saying that the Founding Fathers were quitters.”
Miller also says his movement has momentum, and now he’s got the signatures to back that up.
“They look at it as standing up for these principles that are absolutely going to go by the wayside,” Miller explained.
But not everyone agrees with Miller. Take, for example callers to Matt Patrick’s afternoon show on The 9-5-0.
“If we can survive Obama for four more years, we ought to stick it out and stay with the USA,” one caller said.
Another caller completely shot down the idea, saying that, “I think it’s kind of silly. In my opinion it’s just silly.”
But Miller has people on his side. One Texan said, “Let Obama know that I’m sharpening my bayonet. I’m down with Texas getting out.”
Another caller said the idea of secession could work.
“I don’t think there’s a lot out there that we don’t have that we’d have to get somewhere else,” caller ‘Chip’ explained.
But the powers that be in the state aren’t among the movement’s supporters. Governor Rick Perry is not on board. His press secretary, Catherine Frazier, said in an email to the Dallas Morning news that the Governor “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it."
Texas isn't alone in filing this petition. All told, around 30 states have filed, including Alabama, Arkansas, New York and New Jersey.
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