The campaign to have Texas secede from the U.S. has been a long struggle with little to show for it so far beyond helping to torpedo Rick Perry's presidential hopes, and as it turned out Perry was entirely capable of doing that himself without any secessionist torpedoing.
But now -- just as it seems the effort has died -- an important new international ally has stepped forward.
Who is the latest friend of Texas secessionists? The government of Belarus, a country that was formerly part of the Soviet Union and one that is now known mostly for its brutal, dictatorial ways.
Those vicious methods have not stopped Belarussian leaders from recognizing a noble cause when they see it, however. Belarus has jumped firmly on Texas' secessionist bandwagon.
A lot of countries get dinged, such as Ireland, Norway, Spain and Sweden...and the United States. The report criticizes the US for a lack of gun control, for overzealous arrests during the Occupy Wall Street movement, and for the presidential campaign marginalizing candidates who were not Republicans or Democrats.
And then there's Texas.
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Belarus is outraged that the White House has ignored an internet petition on the issue.
In November, people in seven American federal states collected sufficient numbers of signatures necessary for a secession from the USA. The civil petitions have been posted on a White House website's special section, where people can leave their submissions or join those posted earlier. To begin dealing with a petition, the White House needs to receive at least 25 thousand signatures in 30 days. Once this requirement is met, an official response will be published on the website.
The Texas' petition gathered more than 125 thousand signatures. The petition points out that the US economic travails resulted from the Federal Government's failure to reform fiscal policies. In addition to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee have also collected the required numbers.
So far, the White House has not considered the civilian petitions, which can be regarded as violation of the right to self-determination.
Secessionists: Ain't it good to know someone's got your back?