No, Texas Can’t Secede, but it can Legally Split into Five States


    1080px-Flag_of_Texas.svgLately, it seems like after nearly every major event – whether it’s a national election or a country choosing to exit an international union on the other side of the planet, the conversation eventually gets linked to a centuries old dream of many to see the State of Texas once again restored to her glorious status of yesteryear as being an independent Republic.

    Following the #Brexit vote, the hashtag #Texit immediately began trending in some social media circles, prompting a renewed rallying cry from the Lone Star faithful who have been calling for Texas’ secession for decades.

    Despite garnering over 100,000 signatures to a petition posted to back in 2013 – requesting that the state be allowed to peacefully secede from the Union – the stark reality is this: An independent Texas is probably more of a pipe dream than anything.  There’s little chance that today’ Federal government would ever stand for the peaceful breakup of the Union and should a second Civil War ever occur… Well, I just don’t think that the Texas National Guard would fair too well against the most powerful military in human history… Sorry Texas.

    Interestingly, however, the major proponents [almost all of which are conservative] of #Texit seem to be overlooking one major and totally possible way to control the nation’s politics unlike ever before – break up Texas into five smaller states.

    The Constitution of the United States plainly outlines the rules regarding the admittance of new states into the Union.

    Article IV Section 3 of The United States Constitution states “New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.”

    Therefore, the only two things required to break the State of Texas into five American states, expanding the flag to 54 stars, is approval from Congress as well as the Texas legislature.

    But here’s where it get’s interesting. In 1845, when the United States Congress voted to authorize Texas admission into the Union, the law that statutorily permitted a provision which authorized the former Republic to be split into four additional states:

    “New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas and having sufficient population, may, hereafter by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the Federal Constitution…” — Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States
    Approved March 1, 1845

    Because of this provision, a very great case can be made that Congress has already “pre-approved” up to four additional states to be admitted into the Union, upon approval from the Texas legislature and because the Lincoln Government contended throughout the Civil War that the State of Texas (or any other CSA state) had not every truly seceded from the United States, a case can be made that the Congressional act is still valid.

    Just imagine if one of the most conservative states in the Union chose to gerrymander its borders, dividing itself into five equal parts.  Though Waco has a reputation for being “Wacko” and Austin is as progressive of a city you will ever visit, if the leaders under the Texas Capitol dome worked the borders properly, we could see as many as ten additional Republican senators and an electoral college map that would leave Democratic strategists scratching their noggins for decades to come.  After all, despite what some bloggers and internet memes may contend, the electoral college does not give larger states too much power, but rather the smaller ones – the voters of Wyoming and Montana have far more of a say in determining the nation’s next leader than the individual voters of California and modern-day Texas.

    Fortunately for the Dems’ top campaign managers, the scenario I just laid out will never come to a reality — mostly because Texas are… well… Texans!  When they should be looking at how much power they would create for themselves by dividing their state, they are instead doing the total opposite – chasing a dream that will never become a reality.

    If you want a conservative national government, drop the hashtag #Brexit and replace it with #BreakTex

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