Petitions to secede from the Union that individuals have been submitting via the White House Web site "raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union," Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) wrote Monday. 

"Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn't hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union," Paul wrote on his congressional Web site Monday

Since President Obama was reelected this month, the White House has received secession petitions from various states. Under the “We the People” program,  the White House will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days. As Paul noted, the Texas secession movement crossed the threshold for comment

Paul, the former presidential candidate who is retiring at the end of the current Congress, called secession "a deeply American principle."

"This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those 'traitors' became our country's greatest patriots," he wrote. 

Paul concluded: "If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government, they cannot truly be considered free."