Waco, Tx — More than 76-thousand people believe Texas should no longer be a part of the U.S. But, their petition to the White House is ruffling a lot of feathers.
"I cannot think of anything less patriotic than saying, we didn't win the election. So, we want to take our state out of the country," said McLennan County Democratic Party Treasurer David Schleicher.
Governor Rick Perry announced Tuesday that he doesn't support the secession petition. And, the Democratic Party of McLennan County explains that they feel the issue has less to do with opposition to the president's policies, like Obamacare and spending, and more to do with his race.
"I do have to wonder if part of it is because we have an African-American president. You know, the last time this came up in a big way was the Civil War," said Schleicher.
However, Republican Party Chairman, Ralph Patterson, says nothing could be further from the truth.
"It's never been about race with me. It's always been about, what do you believe? And, what are you willing to do to further those goals?" said Patterson.
Patterson argues that Obama's policies are not setting the country up for long-term success, but he also believes succession is not the right direction for Texas or the country.
"Men have fallen and died for this country, and for us to give up after one bad election is not the American way," said Patterson.
Citizens, like Guns R Us owner Gary Hammond, understand the intent of the petition. However, he says he will not personally sign it.
"Something needs to get their attention. The election didn't," said Hammond.
While the petition has more than the 25-thousand signatures required for the Obama administration to respond, the likeliness of succession, we're told, is highly unlikely.
"The threat of succession would be much more serious, were it to appear on a ballot in a presidential election," said Baylor Political Science Professor, Matthew Brogdon.
Brogdon says the document would have to have government support, not just citizen signatures to take action.