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Petition for Texas Independence

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TYLER (KYTX) - Petitions from Texas and other states tonight are listed on a White House website  asking to break away from the United States. They started showing up after last week's election.

In more than two dozen states, from Kentucky to New York, people are petitioning for independence. The White House's "We the People" website is getting electronic signatures from tens of thousands of people.

Texas has more petition signatures than any other state. Johnny Johnson's is one of them.

"I signed one of the petitions online." says Johnson. "I don't think it's going to happen. I know what Rick Perry has said- 'we need to stay strong.' And, that's probably what's going to happen."

Others, like Mark Clark, don't know if it's a good idea.

"If we secede," says Clark, "then we're out from under the covering of the United States and the military, and that could be a big issue."

The website shows someone simply identified as Micah H. From Arlington created the Texas petition November 9th, arguing that Texas, with its balanced budget and large, stable economy can stand on its own.  Micah says doing so would protect Texans' standard of living.

"A person has a right to his own opinion. That's why we live in America." says Texas College history professor Dr. Bobby Stinson.

Stinson says regardless of what the White House says, secession would need Congressional approval.

"You have Republicans and Democrats, 535 up there, and you're not going to get the majority of people to even think about that." he says.

Dr. Stinson says even if Congress said yes, we'd face even bigger problems.

"What will we do? How will we fix our roads, our schools?"

Governor Rick Perry says while he understands the frustrations of Texans, he "believes in the greatness of our Union," and says "nothing should be done to change it."

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