The Lone Star offering (the handiwork of an Arlington resident named “Micah H”) reads as follows:
We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
The petition’s been up since Friday, and when I first clicked on it at 8:30 this morning there were 16,848 signatures; eight minutes later that number had jumped by 100. (Update at 9:17 a.m.: Now, more than 17,300 have signed the petition.) Never mind that Texas can’t secede from the Union: As Gawker points out, should the petition reach the 25,000-signature threshold, well, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
Looking forward to that update.