Nearly 70,000 Hancocks have already signed a We the People petition urging the Obama administration to allow Texas to "withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," but the Lone Star State's governor Rick Perry is not among them.

"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," Catherine Frazier, Perry's press secretary, said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government."

Just as Perry, who himself once mulled a trial separation from the States, cannot ignore the secession calls of angry Texans, so too must the government now respond. The rules of its homebrewed petition system state that any petition with at least 25,000 signatures requires an official response from the administration.

Meanwhile, as the number of states petitioning the government for independence swells to 21, a new petition is starting to gain traction: One calling for the deportation of everyone who has signed any of the petitions to secede.

[H/T: Politico, Fark, photo via AP]