Originally Posted by Capvin
These are not States that are instituting these petitions, it is relatively a few individuals in the State. You might be interested to know that regarding the State of Texas it gets more from the Federal government then it pays in to the Federal government in taxes. To me it is a laughable joke that is a kneejerk (emphasis on jerk) reaction to the election and will blow away just as quickly as it started.
Behind every idea is a well intentioned motive. Ireally see no advantage to Texas suceding from the US other than a symbolic gesture but it does force the Federal government to address the issue and not ignore the states.
As for the rural urban divide it is that way in a lot of states we here are ruled by the portland metro area and get outvoted on issues all the time. Personally I think a lot of issues should never be voted on in a representative government...it is a piece meal approach to solving issues, one example is forestry related issues why does the state even employ foresters to manage the forests and then put management decisions up for a vote as if they were asking the peoplehow to manage the forests akin to asking them what they want for dinner, why have them?