As "secession fever" spreads in Texas, The New York Times
reports that Larry Scott Kilgore, a "perennial Republican candidate" from Arlington, announced he is running for governor in 2014, and that he would legally change his name to Larry Secede Kilgore. His Web page, secedekilgore.com
, declares: “Secession! All other issues can be dealt with later.”
Meanwhile, a Republican official from East Texas, Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, is circulating an e-mail newsletter that says it is time for "Texas and Vermont to each go her own way in peace."
According to The New York Times
, Morrison said in a statement, that he has received overwhelming support from conservative Texans. He said it is time for “people to appreciate that the fundamental cultural differences between Texas and other parts of the United States may be best addressed by an amicable divorce, a peaceful separation.”
Analysts say that talks about secession have shifted fully from the fringe to the center in Texan Republican circles, and that the state Republican leadership's "anti-Washington, pro-Texas-sovereignty" stance is receiving a boost.
While some Texans are not taking the call seriously, there is a growing number of Texans who are seriously proposing secession on the platform of Texas nationalism and are actively discussing the constitutional issues involved.
In the forefront of the secession movement is the Texas Nationalist Movement
and other groups that have for long been campaigning for the state to revert to the independent status it enjoyed in the 1830s and the 1840s.
reports that after the petition signatures surpassed the threshold, Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement
, said that President Barack Obama's reelection was a "catalyzing moment" in the struggle to withdraw Texas from the union. He said: “I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama. This cake has been baking for a long time — it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”
He added: “This is not a reaction to a person but to policy and what we see as a federal government that is so disconnected from its constituents and absolute no regard for what its purpose was.”
reports that the online petition for Texas secession was created by Micah H. from Arlington, after a petition from Louisiana. The petition
"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, theTSA, 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."
According to Digital Journal
, the petition received more than 25,000 signatures soon after it was submitted to the White House online petitions page
The New York Times
reports the petition had received more than 116,000 signatures by Friday.
A White House Official said that every petition that crosses the signature threshold will receive a response, but the spokesman did not state when the response will come.
reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry, denied allegations that he supports the secession petition. According to a Perry spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, Perry does not support the petition. She said, "Governor 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."
reports that Perry had previously made comments suggesting he would support a bid for secession. He said: "When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we're kind of thinking about that again."
Some Texans are arguing that the state of Texas does not need to ask Washington for permission to leave. According to The New York Times
, a group, the Republic of Texas
, says the state does not need to secede because it was never legally a part of the United States, having been illegally annexed by the federal government in 1845.
Kilgore supports this argument. He said: “Our economy is about 30 percent larger than that of Australia. Australia can survive on their own, and I don’t think we’ll have any problem at all surviving on our own in Texas.”