As petitions by state residents wanting to secede from the United States pour in, so do petitions in opposition of those who want to withdraw from the Union, some going so far as calling for loss of citizenship and deportation.
On Friday, Texan residents filed a petition on the White House website We the People. The petition states:
"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."
As of this publication, the petition has 82,671 signatures. Petitions require 25,000 signatures in order to receive a response from the White House. A spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The Dallas Morning News:
“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.”
Since Friday, 34 additional state citizens have filed petitions requesting to secede from the United States. A petition filed by Louisiana currently has 29,309 signatures.
Those who are fed up with the secession craze have begun to file their own petitions.
A petition filed yesterday by Joshua L. from Birmingham, AL calls for the deportation of everyone who signed their name to a secession petition. It currently had nearly 6,900 signatures.
Thus far 879 people from Austin, TX have put their names to a petition entitled Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States. The petition states:
"Austin Texas continues to suffer difficulties stemming from the lack of civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon the city by less liberally minded Texans. It is entirely feasible for Austin to operate as its own state, within the United States, in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede. It is important for Austin to remain in the union as 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.
We would also like to annex Dublin Texas, Lockhart Texas, & Shiner Texas."
The Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Thempetition, which was also filed yesterday, was the creation of Escondido, California's Douglas H. It asked the President to "sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported."
Both Facebook and Twitter are buzzing about the petition craze. Melissa Haislip tweeted:
"The idea of #secession brings to mind a child that packs up his toys and stomps home when his friend refuses to play his game."
A tweet from Juan Verde said:
@whitehouse Texas #secession shame on you all. You spit in the face of every fallen HERO this Nation has ever had. No shame no honor.
Others on Twitter saying the call for secession is "treasonous", "ridiculous" and "absolutely insane". Some are insinuating Mexico will invade the state of Texas, with one telling Texans who signed the petition to "enjoy being the newest state in Mexico".
One Facebook user posted:
"There is talk of the secession of certain states from the nation, of a required rebellion of the people, of a revolution based wholly on 'I didn't get my way' cloaked with 'It's not God's way!" A taking of God's name in vain, and His people who are called to be peacemakers."
As the secession petitions appear to gain steam, the negative reactions to the idea does as well. One person on Facebook said if you ignore them, they will go away. If the petition for deportation succeeds, that just may be the case.