Should Texas secede from the union? | The Tylt
With all of the furor surrounding Brexit, the UK's recent vote to leave the European Union, some Lone Star State residents have re-upped their campaign for Texas to secede from the United States, dubbing it "Texit."
Putting aside whether or not it actually could happen, should it!?!?
Immediately after the Brexit vote, the Houston Chronicle reported that "#Texit started trending on Twitter ... Withdrawal from the U.S. would restore local sovereignty, advocates say." For a brief time Texas was its own nation before becoming a state in the union. Since then, there has been no shortage of groups such as the Texas Republic and the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) which have advocated for secession.
Brexit has only given them new fuel for their argument:
"It is now important for Texas to look to #Brexit as an inspiration and an example that Texans can also take control of our destiny," said Daniel Miller, leader of the Texas Nationalist Movement on Friday. "It is time for Texans to rally with us and fight for the right to become a self-governing nation.”
The idea is so embedded in the cultural conscience that Vox even explained the Brexit vote in terms of Texas leaving United States.
However, Texas benefits hugely from free trade with the other American states, as well as being open to migration from other American states. And secession from the Union is, at best, extremely questionable from a legal perspective. In the words of the late and very conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, "If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede."
More than 261,000 people have signed the TNM's petition, however. And there is a growing group who say that Texas is only burdened by the US federal government.
Should Texit really happen? What do you think?
Should Texas secede from the union?