Secession Petition Movement Swells Across the Country

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The number of citizens adding their names to petitions for states to secede from the union continues to grow.

Petitions from about 40 states have been submitted on the White House website "We the People."

Texas leads the way with more than 90,000 signatures. Only 25,0000 are required to trigger a response from the White House.

Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama have also registered enough votes to earn a White House reply.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has often expressed frustration with the federal government. He does not endorse the secession move by residents of his state, but he supports their right to free speech.

"People are free to do whatever people want to do. We got a great country," Perry said.

Experts say while there is no chance of a real secession, the sudden spike in secession talk is a valid sign that Americans are very concerned about the future.

University of North Florida Political Science Professor Dr. Michael Binder said he believes much of it is tied to economic fears.

"The economy is not growing as it typically does coming out of recessions," Binder said. "So there is a real economic hardship and people thought that getting Romney elected into office would start to turn things around."

Meanwhile, experts say the White House does not have the constitutional authority to allow states to secede.

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