Secession petitions have now been filed in every single state in America, but only a few states have managed to get enough petitions to actually warrant a response from the White House. Leading the pack is the state of Texas, where even Republican governor Rick Perry has tossed out the idea of leaving the union. But when you really think about it, the United States might actually be better off without states like Texas and Alabama and Mississippi dragging us down to their level, and Mike Papantonio spoke with investigative journalist Rick Outzen recently about whether or not we should bid farewell to the south.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced