Can Texas secede from the United States?
Interestingly, there is nothing in the Constitution to prevent it. There are provisions for adopting states and splitting states (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1) but when it comes to seceding states – NADA!
There are some who suggest that the issue was settled at Appomattox. In fact SCOTUS Justice Scalia has stated,
[The] answer is clear. If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.
And, on April 15, 1869, in Texas v White, the Supreme Court ” held the Union to be indestructable and, thus, not dissoluble by any act of a state, the government, or the people.”
So, in answer to whether Texas can secede – NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT!
However, never a group to let a little thing like reality get in their way, some tea potty Texans have decided that secession is an idea who’s time has come.
The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) is circulating a petition to put a referendum supporting secession on the March, 2016 primary ballot. There is also a resolution (HCR 77) being considered by the Texas legislature that would do the same thing.Then, last month, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) introduced TNM’s resolution for consideration by the SREC’s Resolutions Committee. As TNM President Dan Miller stated,
This allows the TNM to begin a dialogue with the RPT [Republican Party of Texas] to discuss, what we know, is the defining political issue for our time – Texas relationship with the Union and the independence of Texas.
Our organization does not exist solely to petition. We will use every opportunity to get and win a vote on Texas independence until the job is done.
Last Friday, (11/4/15) the secession resolution passed the committee, requiring a full party vote on Saturday. The measure, which is non-binding, would gauge the desire among state Republicans to secede.
If the federal government continues to disregard the constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation
- It would be a harmless measure, allowing voters to only register their opinion on secession.
- It would “get out the vote” among some Texas
The goal of these is to take a thermometer of how Texans feels about an issue, and what better issue for Texans to do that with?
- Since it was non-binding, it would be an unproductive way for Texans to register their dissatisfaction with the federal government.
- Those new voters that found their way to their polling place might be Trump Tramps, which wouldn’t help Cruz’s campaign.
As the “Star-Telegram” put it,
Why vote for a Texas Republican? They don’t even want to stay in the Union.
While Democrats put forth solutions that are going to improve the daily lives of Texas families, Republicans were considering whether or not to put an un-American, unpatriotic Texas secession proposal on their ballot.
At the very least the Republican party bosses still believe they are Americans. We’ll never know if their fringe primary base would have voted for secession. They didn’t get the opportunity.
What remains clear is that the Tea Party has taken over the Republican Party. Every hardworking Texan should be worried that fringe issues are now the hot topic in the same party that controls state government. Rest in Peace, GOP.
And, this being the 21st Century, there were a few twits tweeted, such as:
Guess @TexasGOP can’t make up their mind on if they want to secede or vote for @realDonaldTuump.