After the United Kingdom voted to escape the yoke of the European Union (EU), it didn’t take long for Texas wacko birds to also want to fly the coop.
What had been dubbed “Brexit” (British exit from the EU) has now given rise to “Texit,” the Lone Star State’s long fascination to secede from the United States.
Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, said, “The vast majority of the laws, rules and regulations that affect the people of Texas are created by the political class or unelected bureaucrats in Washington.”
Unfortunately for Miller and his band of secessionists, the UK’s relationship with the EU is not the same as Texas’ status as a state within the United States. When the Confederacy (of which Texas was a part) surrendered at Appomattox in 1865, the idea of secession was also defeated. The Union’s victory set a precedent that states could not legally secede.
“This is a myth,” insists Miller. “ Texas does not need permission from the federal government to conduct a referendum and exit the union. The United States Constitution is silent on the matter which, through the 10th Amendment, reserves that power to the people of Texas.”
The fact that secession is a non-starter has not stopped Texas Republican Party delegates from recently debating whether or not to add secessionist language to the party’s platform.
The Texas Nationalist Movement has formally called on the Texas governor to support a similar up or down vote for Texans, akin to the UK’s. The office of Gov. Greg Abbott has yet to comment.
While a great number of Americans would be more than happy to give Texas back its independence, it is clear the only way for such a split to happen would be, not through the ballot box, but through armed insurrection.
Ironically, the secessionists would have to resort to “second amendment remedies” granted in a constitution they refuse to be bound by.