JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Earlier we told you about a move among some in more than 20 states, including Florida,to secede from the Union. Florida's petition, which has been placed on The White House web site, reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Peacefully grant the State of Florida to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
We the people of the great state of Florida, do see that in today's world the Federal Government has not led our citizens justly and with honor. We therefore as free men and women of our great state do believe that it is time to take matters upon ourselves to ensure our continued freedom, and to enact our own laws and hereby govern ourselves without the federal government's involvement in our internal matters from this day forward.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin: 1775
Created: Nov 10, 2012
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Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry is responding to the version of his state's petition.
Perry doesn't want his state to break away from the United States, according to his response to a secession petition posted on the White House website.
Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier sent a statement to The Dallas Morning News, following reports that there are have been dozens of similar petitions filed via the "We the People" program.
"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," Frazier's statement says. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas."
Petitions seeking secession for more than two dozen states have been filed on the White House website asking the Obama administration to "peacefully grant" these states withdrawal so they can create their own government.
The Texas petition was filed on Friday and had more than 70,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
To get a White House response, the rules of "We the People" states a petition must get 25,000 signatures within 30 days. It appears as though the Louisiana petition also meets that threshold and the Florida petition is getting there.
Some readers may recall the big uproar over Perry's comments following a Tea Party rally in 2009. It's been widely reported that Perry advocated secession, butFactcheck.org reported last year that is incorrect.
The Republican governor was expressing his frustration at the federal government in the 2009 interview with the Associated Press.
"There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it," Perry said in response to the AP's question about being associated with secession. "But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what may come out of that? But Texas is a very unique place and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."