Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States “in order to form a more perfect union” through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot — a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.
— Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, responding to a petition to allow the State of Texas to secede from the union. Similar petitions were also filed advocating secession of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and five other states.