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Texas Secession Petition: Austin Resident Starts Petition To Secede From State To Protect Liberties

By Melissa Siegel on November 15, 2012 11:32 AM EST 0

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Texas residents are divided over a petition that calls for the state to secede from the Union. (Photo: Flickr / rcbodden)

Austin residents are not all happy about Texas' secession petition.

A new petition on the We the People website calls for Austin to secede from Texas if the state succeeds in its goal of becoming a sovereign nation. The petition, created by Austin resident Caleb M., had over 6,600 signatures as of Thursday morning.

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"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," the petition reads. "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."

At least one journalist in the city supports the initiative. Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle wrote a blog post calling for readers to sign the Austin petition.

"C'mon, people, we can do this!" he wrote. "It only takes 25,000 signatures and we have to get a formal response from the White House. Call all your friends! We know the rest of the US wants to keep us!" 

The original Texas secession petition, meanwhile, argues that the federal government is to blame for the continually poor economy.

"The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending," it reads. "The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc."

The NDAA is shorthand for the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the government to detain potential terrorists for an indefinite amount of time.

The Texas secession petition and other similar ones have grown in popularity in the week following President Barack Obama's reelection. According to the Daily Caller, 49 out of the 50 states have at least one secession petition on the website, with Vermont being the lone holdout. Texas' secession petition is by far the most popular, with over 100,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.

The Austin petition also asks to annex the towns of Dublin, Lockhart and Shiner. However, as the Daily Caller notes, none of these towns are anywhere near Austin. According to Google Maps, Dublin is about a three-hour drive from the state's capital city. Shiner, meanwhile, is around a two-hour drive, while Lockhart is the closest of the three but still about an hour away.

These Austin residents are not the only ones tired of this Texas secession plot. One petition on the website demands that the president strip citizenship from those supporting a secession petition. Another calls for those who sign a secession petition to be deported. These petitions have racked up over 11,000 and 4,500 signatures, respectively.

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