Secession From the US? Look Who May Consider It

Secession From the US? A Texas County May Consider It

Secession From the US? A Texas County May Consider It

( – In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the union. The attempt to break away from the US was unsuccessful. Now, 161 years later, a county in the Lone Star State is considering making the move again.

On October 11, the Edwards County Commissioners released a resolution containing a list of complaints the county had against the federal government. The county asked state legislators to add a secession question to the ballot in 2023. Among the complaints the commissioners had was the US tax code, a refusal to pass term limits for members of Congress, the national debt, and political divisions.

There’s a longstanding belief Texas would be able to break away from the Union because of its own republic prior to the Civil War. However, it’s patently false. The Supreme Court case, Texas v. White, put the issue to bed after the war was over. The justices determined states could not unilaterally decide to leave the Union.

Further, in 2006, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative justices to ever sit on the high court, penned a letter stating, “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.”

In other words, even if the county commissioners were successful and got the resolution on the ballot, there is no legal way for Texas to secede, despite the popular myth.

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