Once the state convention starts next month, it is likely that Texas Republicans will once again bring up the issue about whether Texas should secede from the United States. This is after at least 22 out of the 270 GOP conventions passed a resolution calling for secession from the U.S.
Ten counties reportedly confirmed to The Houston Chronicle that the resolution had passed at their conventions, but an official count is expected to come out in May. This means the Texas Nationalist Movement has been gaining ground since 2012, when they were only able to pass one secession item.
A party committee is reportedly going to introduce the resolutions at the upcoming GOP convention, which will take place on May 12-14 in Dallas. However, there are talks that secession will not be discussed at the convention.
— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) December 5, 2015
According to Texas Republicans, these resolutions calling for secession votes are just among the many various resolutions to be considered at the convention. However, it seems the advocates for secession are growing in number, and it may become too big for party officials to ignore.
“It’s cropped up in a major way just in this last year,” the chairman of the Republican Party of Harris County, Paul Simpson, recently told the Houston Chronicle.
A 2009 Rasmussen poll concluded that 1 in 3 Texans believe their state has the right to secede. However, 75 percent of voters would want to stay in the United States.
Does Texas really have the right to secede? The state won its freedom from Mexico in 1836. Before joining the United States, it was an independent country. In 1861, Texans called for secession and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war, the Supreme Court ruled that states do not have the right to secede and that any attempt to push for it will be “absolutely null.”
Texas Revolted Against the Central Government to Gain Independence
Even as time passed, the Texas secession movement refused to die. A new movement was formed, and the modern secession movement rose in the ’90s under the leadership of Richard Lance McLaren, who did not hesitate to use cruel methods to pursue his group’s agenda.
This paved the way for the formation of the Texas Nationalist Movement, which has been advocating for the state’s independence through a more political approach.
Today, the group says it has advocates in many counties in the Lone Star State, and its numbers have reached 200,000 across the state.
Then-Texas Governor Rick Perry hinted at a growing secession movement back in 2009. According to reports, the Texas Nationalist Movement claimed that its membership had shot up 400 percent and its web traffic had risen by 900 percent.
Rick Perry and President Obama’s reactions to what was likely another secession request from the state. pic.twitter.com/xWW7ojQEOP
— Jordan McGaughey (@mcgaugheyj) July 10, 2014
Nevertheless, most Republican leaders of the state are not happy with this. GOP Texas Chairman Tom Mechler even described the Texas Nationalist Movement as “unpatriotic” because calling for secession is unconstitutional.
The state’s Republican Party would also not want to part from the US, as they rely on federal funds to sufficiently run the financially-challenged state. However, the movement is becoming more persistent.
Just recently, the movement tried to get 75,000 signatures just to get a secession resolution on March’s GOP primary ballot. “If the federal government continues to disregard the constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”
— KTAL NBC 6 News (@NBC6News) April 16, 2016
Republican leaders have already rejected the idea in December. Instead of focusing on unrealistic ideas, the Banner State should be focusing more on the welfare of its impoverished citizens who are facing serious health problems. The Texas secession movement should take into consideration if they can take care of their people before dreaming of seceding from the U.S.
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