Texas must stay in the U.S.A.
The White House has responded to a petition asking that Texas be allowed to break away from the country, saying the Founding Fathers who created the nation "did not provide a right to walk away from it."
More than 125,000 people signed the petition, which was created a few days after President Barack Obama won re-election.
"Democracy can be noisy and controversial," said a White House spokesman. "Free and open debate is what makes this country work. ... But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart."
The petition was created by Micah Hurd, a Texas National Guardsman and an engineering student at the University of Texas in Arlington.
In asking that Texas be allowed to leave the country, the petition cited the "economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending." It argued that given the size of Texas' economy and because the state has a balanced budget, it would be "practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union."
But The White House says that the writers of the U.S. Constitution addressed the need for policy change through elections, not secession.
Critical thinking challenge: Why is a bad idea for the federal government to allow states to secede if they want to?
Define these words: secession, feasible
- Posted on January 14, 2013