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White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state  participation

Posted By David Martosko, The Daily Caller

Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House  to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states  have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama  administration.

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on  69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily  Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online  petition system.

A petition from Vermont, where talk of secession is a regular feature of  political life, was the final entry.

Petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina,  Tennessee and Texas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the  number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of  online proposals.

The Texas petition leads all others by a wide margin. Shortly before 9:00  a.m. EST Wednesday, it had attracted 94,700 signatures. But a spokesperson for  Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday afternoon that he does not support the idea of his  state striking out on its own.

“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,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.

A backlash Monday night saw requests filed with the White House to strip  citizenship rights from Americans who signed petitions to help states  secede.

And in a similar nose-thumbing aimed at Texas’ conservative majority,  progressives from the liberal state capital of Austin responded Monday with a  petition to secede from their state if Texas as a whole should decide to leave  the Union.

Late Tuesday a second group of Texans, this one from Houston, lodged their  own White House petition. Secession-minded Texans, they wrote, “are mentally  deficient and [we] do not want them representing us. We would like more  education in our state to eradicate their disease.”

Houstonian “Kimberly F” — The White House does not provide last names — submitted the petition. She told TheDC in an email that ”[w]e need both sides  presented, or we all look like a bunch of fools.”