While growing up in the ’70s & ’80s in the South secession was a big topic. Even Charlie Daniels wrote a song about the South. But, with all the talk and speculation, there has never been anything done to move any states in that direction. There never was a political will within any state to walk away from America. Until now.
CBS 19 reports:
Could Texas secede from the union? It did it once before back in 1861 and now the Texas Nationalist Movement thinks it time to do it again. It thinks the March Republican Primary ballot is the place to start. Their goal is to get 75,000 thousand signatures from registered voters by December 1.
There are people seeking to get Texans talking about secession. And this is not just some redneck boys huddled around a campfire, these are organized, intelligent members of society. They have been working hard to convince people that secession is the best thing for Texas and Texans. There is even some in the Republican Party who have joined the movement.
Tanya Robertson, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee for Senate District 11, is promoting the idea and will be presenting her resolution to the resolutions committee in Austin, Texas, on December 4. This 12-member committee will decide if Texas seccession dies in this committee or goes to the next step in the process.
It is very unlikely that there will be the votes or even the support needed to get the resolution passed, but this is a step in the right direct for a movement that would have been laughed at eight years ago. The numbers are growing.
The Huston Chronicle reports:
Karl Voigtsberger, SREC member from senate district 8 near Fort Worth, said he is “fully supportive” of the resolution “just to find out where the majority of Texas Republican primary voters are on this topic.”
Several polls have explored that notion before. A 2009 Rasmussen survey found 18 percent of Texas would opt to secede, while seven percent were undecided.
In September 2014, Reuters reported “1 in 4 Americans are open to secession,” with the highest support for secession—34 percent–in the three-state Southwest region that includes Texas.
Reuters asked 9,000 people across the country, “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of American and the federal government?”
This is the most important question. What would the federal government do if a state or group of states attempted to leave the union, as the Chronicle pointed out and which the Supreme Court has ruled secession illegal? Thanks to the War Between the States, secession is going to be nearly impossible without bloodshed.
More importantly, we are faced with the fact that the United States could not withstand the loss of such a prosperous state. As of 2013, Texas was the 14th or 15th largest economy in the world. And some would add that if Texas were allowed to rule herself, she would rival the rest of the country.
But, it seems that there is not a large amount of support in the Republican Party for the movement.
Texas Republican State Party Chairman Tom Mechler was reported to say that he did not believe there was support within the State Republican Executive Committee to approve Robertson’s resolution.The Republican Party SREC committeewoman’s resolution, even if signed off by Texas state party officials, would be a non-binding vote and said not to compel the state to secede.
Though it is slow, there seems to be growth building. And though Obama and other Democrats promised this great coming together, we see that the very opposite has happened since his election.
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