“It’s a form of acting out in which people are expressing deep antipathy toward the president and his policies and him as a person," he says, "and things like this do resonate among traditionalists in Texas who are very wrapped up in Texas history and a sense of Texas independence and a sense of Texas exceptionalism.”
Most of the petitions feature identical wording for each state, and ask the Obama administration to allow the states to create a new government that would operate independently of the United States. They cite what they perceive as the federal government’s failure to reduce spending and its unspecified attack on civil rights.
“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 [sic] 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,” reads the petition for Texas, which at time of writing had garnered 72,558 signatures, the most of any state. An individual in Arlington, Texas, created the petition on Nov. 9, three days after the presidential election.
According to the White House, petitions that are signed by at least 25,000 people are reviewed, and the White House will eventually e-mail a reply to every signatory. So far, that has not happened.