Red State To Secede From US?

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas

( – Texas Republicans are asking for a referendum that would decide if the state is to secede from the U.S.

The reasons for this attempt to have Texans vote on whether they want to stay fall under one of the many measures the Texan GOP took during their convention.

Under a section in their plan called “State Sovereignty,” the platform reads: “Pursuant to Article 1, Section 1, of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Therefore, federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas should be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified. Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”

As part of the state government, there is also a section that says the Texas Republicans should pass a bill “requiring a referendum in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

While the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for States to secede, and a Supreme Court ruling in 1869 known as Texas v. White also stated that States cannot secede, in Texas the possibility of seceding remains strong in people’s minds.

This, in part, is because of the state’s history of independence as it first declared independence from Mexico in 1836 and did not become a U.S. State until nine years later. They also seceded from the Union in 1861 and re-entered following the end of the Civil War in 1870.

“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede,” wrote the late Justice Antonin Scalia.