Allen West, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, conducts several interviews in which he imprecisely informs Texas that they may withdraw.
“This is something that was written into the Texas constitution,” the former congressman said on a radio broadcast in late December. “Or Texas was promised when we became part of the United States of America – if we voted and made up our minds, we could be our own republic again.”
However, experts say Texas cannot legally secede and leave the United States to become its own republic. The annexation resolution West refers to provisions according to which Texas could decide in the future to divide into five new states, not to separate from the USA.
The Republicans in Texas have recently called for a long secession if they don’t like something. After the Supreme Court dropped their bogus 2020 election lawsuit, Texas Republicans called for the secession. Texas Republicans threatened to leave the country if Trump lost in 2016. Former Governor Rick Perry urged Texas to leave the United States a decade ago.
Threatening Republicans to leave the United States is exactly what Republicans are doing in the state. It never seems to cross their minds that Texas would not do well on its own, or that leaving Texas would kill the Republican Party at the presidential level.
Allen West also believes that states don’t have to obey laws they dislike and that Republican-run states have the power to repeal federal laws.
The fact that Texas Republicans are looking to get out is a sign that things are getting much better for everyone else in the United States.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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