Residents of Indiana, other states want to secede from USA
Thousands of Hoosiers want to secede from the United States, and they've filed an online petition with the White House.
Indiana is among 17 states whose residents have filed petitions to secede on the White House's website.
Indiana's petition has over 13,000 signatures.
This is the text:
Peacefully grant the State of Indiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."
Texas' petition has enough signatures that the White House actually has to consider it. The Lone Star state's petition has received more than 35,000 signatures.
The White House has promised that any online petition getting more than 25,000 signatures would get a thorough review and an official response. Officials probably weren't thinking about requests for secession, though.
Paraphrased, the petition states that Texas residents are tired of US economic difficulties stemming from a lack of spending reform. Indiana's petition has similar language.
Obama has not commented on the petition and there is no guarantee that he will. The terms of participation give the president some loopholes.
Indiana is among 17 other states that have filed similar petitions. The other states are: New Jersey, New York, Montana, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon and Michigan. Louisiana's petition had over 15,000 signatures, which was the largest number behind Texas.
It isn't the first time secession has come up. In 2009, Gov. Rick Perry implied that Texans might seek independence out of frustration with Washington, DC.