At least a portion of the population in every state in the nation believes theirs - or somebody else's - should secede from the United States.

Almost immediately following the announcement President Barack Obama won another four-year term in the Nov. 6 election, petitions started popping up on the White House website, petitions.whitehouse.gov.

The website gives "all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them."

Simply put, if you own a computer, or have access to one, you can petition for whatever your heart desires. 

I am considering a petition to have every Monday and Friday declared a national holiday.

"If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response."

Come on four-day weekends!

Thanks to "Micah H" in Arlington, the Lone Star State jumped on the secession bandwagon on Nov. 9. 

Indeed this is not the first time Texans have wanted to break free. Nor will it be the last. 

As of 12:45 p.m. Friday, the Texas petition had garnered 111,704 signatures - the most recent coming from signers in California, North Carolina and Florida. Thank you for signing for our rights.

The good news for those awaiting the official rebirth of the Republic, the state has more than surpassed the 25,000 signatures needed by Dec. 9. 

Now all we have to do is wait to see what the Obama administration has to say about the request.

Advocates in Maryland were 21,651 signatures away from their goal on Friday, and California had only gained a little more than 500 signatures. Perhaps some of the signers of the Texas petition can lend them a name or two.

Unfortunately for some, Gov. Rick Perry is reportedly against the idea. 

"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," a spokeswoman told the Dallas Morning News. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas."

If the governor at any point changes his mind, he might have to consider relocating the state capitol as it seems some in the city that is intent on keeping in weirdness are not willing to secede.

As of early Friday afternoon, more than 7,600 Austinites had signed a petition requesting that the White House allow the city to withdraw from Texas and remain a part on the United States.

And I thought redistricting was confusing. If all goes as these petitioners desire, winding boundaries will be drawn through the nation looking like an etch a sketcher on illicit drugs drew them. 

All of this brings me to my point. We don't need petitions to secede from the nation, all we need is a plane ticket out of the country. If you want to go to Mexico, you don't even need to pay for airfare.

In all of the nonsense, there may only be one petition that is making sense to me at this point - the one that calls for the stripping of citizenship from everyone who signed a petition to secede. Of course, thanks to the World Wide Web, we don't even know if the signers themselves are citizens of this great nation.

Which reminds me, in a time when we are all divided by the outcome of an election where the responsible among us cast ballots - and the rest griped about the outcome - let us remember these lines from The Liberty Song, written by John Dickinson in 1768.

"By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall."

And yes, I am aware those same worlds were a rallying cry for the Union, but more recently, post Sept. 11, 2001, Americans banded together and stood united.

This time, let's not wait for a national tragedy to bring us back together.