Just try to type “Texas Secession” into your search engine and see how many snarky liberal publications will pop up deriding “the rednecks” for even considering such a possibility. There is nothing more irritating than seeing a Liberal quote the U.S. Constitution to suit their own ends, when we know they blatantly disregard it when it does not.
Dripping with condescension, the Progressives patiently explain why Texas cannot legally secede from the union. They point out that despite the myth to the contrary, our constitution does not give us the legal right to secede from the United States (this is true). They further explain that this issue was clarified by a Supreme Court case, Texas vs. White in 1869 (also true).
As usual, the Liberals are missing the ever-loving point. If Texans ever got to the place where we were ready to leave the union, we would be found to be in violation of U.S. law no matter the strength of our legal argument. But by our very actions, we would be stating that U.S. law no longer had authority over our people. We would be declaring ourselves free from an oppressive and corrupt federal government that no longer honored the very Constitution it was trying to wield against us. During the American Revolution, do you think we were overly concerned about our violation of British law?
And that question takes us to the nut of the issue: semantics. It all comes down to the use of the word “secession” versus the word “revolution”, and the legal consequences of proposing each. Moreover. the word “secession” implies a peaceful, passive, and defensive action, which is how most of us see ourselves on the issue. The word “revolution” is far more aggressive and brings to mind bloodshed and war, which nobody wants.
The most important question liberty-minded Texans need to ask is how to achieve a peaceful secession, and that is something I plan to write more about in the future.
Just a side note to those of you who might find this interesting – – while reading legal arguments regarding Texas secession, I came across this little tidbit:
Texas does reserve the right to subdivide itself into five separate states, meaning we could go from two Texas senators to ten Texas senators, overnight. It has been argued (by Tom DeLay no less) that because Congress would never allow such a thing to happen, they would be forced to nullify the Texas annexation treaty. A back door to legal secession?