Politics

Texas Goes Wild with 'Secession Fever'

| by Michael Allen

Texas has a new favorite bumper sticker, which has one word: 'Secede.'

Secession fever has taken over Texas, following Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election. 

Sales of bumper stickers reading 'Secede' one for $2, or three for $5, have increased at TexasSecede.com.

A man named Larry Scott Kilgore has announced that he was running for governor in 2014 and would legally change his name to Larry Secede Kilgore, reports the New York Times. His web site SecedeKilgore.com says: “Secession! All other issues can be dealt with later.”

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In East Texas, a Republican official sent out an e-mail newsletter saying it was time for Texas and Vermont to each “go her own way in peace” and sign a free-trade agreement among the states.

A petition calling for secession, filed by a Texas man on a White House Web site, has received tens of thousands of signatures.

The New York Times reports:

The online petitions — created on the We the People platform at petitions.whitehouse.gov — are required to receive 25,000 signatures in 30 days for the White House to respond. The Texas petition, created Nov. 9 by a man identified as Micah H. of Arlington, had received more than 116,000 signatures by Friday. It asks the Obama administration to “peacefully grant” the withdrawal of Texas, and describes doing so as “practically feasible,” given the state’s large economy.