Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Texas Republicans Just Voted To Debate Seceding From The United States

Posted by April Hamlin on 18 Apr 2016

A fringe movement that advocates for Texas seceding from the United States reports that 22 Republican district or county conventions in the Lone Star state successfully passed resolutions last month calling for a formal discussion of secession at the state convention in May.
Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler isn’t convinced that that many conventions had approved resolutions of secession and said he “would be very surprised” if that number was correct. The Houston Chronicle reached out to GOP officials from all of the counties listed, but only ten of the counties responded to say that yes, the resolutions had indeed been passed. It will most likely be May before the count is officially confirmed.
The pro-independence activist group, the Texas Nationalist Movement, which is responsible for pushing the issue forward, has come a long way since 2012 when only one county convention passed a secession resolution.
A party committee will consider the resolutions for debate on the floor of the Texas GOP convention, which is scheduled for May 12-14. Because of the number of independence resolutions, the odds are increased that it will be approved for debate.
But don’t get too excited yet, because even if the topic does make it to the floor for debate, the idea of secession is expected to be shot down rather quickly and will likely be little more than an awkward conversation. Although the number of counties that approved secession resolutions increased substantially from 2012, it is still only a small handful of the hundreds of counties in Texas.
Just in case you were wondering, the Supreme Court ruled that states do not have the right to secede way back in 1869. Naturally, secessionists argue that the laws of a country don’t really apply anymore once a state has declared independence. This would, however, force the federal government to respond. The last time a group of states got together and decided they were seceding from the Union it didn’t work out too well for them, which is something these present-day secessionists may want to consider.
There is so far no word on what the secession of Texas would mean for Donald Trump’s yuge wall.


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