ETX residents weigh in on talk of Texas secession | News
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV)-
Thousands of Americans are petitioning for their respective states to withdraw from the United States of America.
More than two dozen petitions have been submitted to the White House's official petition website. The state with the most signatures is Texas.
The petition, drafted by a Northeast Texas man, requests that the U.S. government peacefully grant the State of Texas the freedom to withdraw from the U.S. and create its own new government.
It's an idea many East Texans seem to be on-board with.
"The way the country is going right now, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea," said one woman shopping in Tyler.
"It's just time for a change. We're being told what to do and when to do it, and it's just time we should do our own thing," said a Tyler man.
Men and women living in Tyler, Jacksonville and Mt. Pleasant have all signed the petition, but plenty of others think there is a whole lot left to be considered.
"We don't have a military or anything like that. No, I don't think it's good," said a man leaving the French Quarter Shopping Center in Tyler with his wife.
One man who fought for this county said he'd lose a lot if Texas severed its ties.
"I get all of my benefits from the Veteran's Administration.... hospitalizations, eyes, all of that good stuff," he said.
Texas' history makes it a state unlike the rest.
"Texas has this history of being a separate nation that only Texas-- and I think Vermont have. It's part of our political culture, but it's not really legal reality, because, in fact, we joined the Union under the terms everybody else did," said Stephen F. Austin State University Political Science Professor Ken Collier.
Collier said this will all pass.
"After every election, you hear something like this. People want to secede. People want to move to Canada, or whatever. But, in the end, they step back and reflect and they understand how much they love their country and how much they would give up if they moved away," said Collier.
Others pose the idea that Texas needs the U.S. just as much as the U.S. needs Texas.
"They talk about givers and takers, but everybody is a giver and everybody is also a taker. They just don't consider themselves one or the other," said a Tyler woman.
At least 35 other states have signed petitions to withdraw from the United States. Texas has the most signatures with more than 80,000. Louisiana has the second most, with more than 30,000.
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