I know I've joked about this, but joking is one thing. This is something else.
Texas State Representative Bryan Slayton has filed HB3596, the "Texas Independence Referendum Act" or TEXIT, which, if passed, would enable Texans to vote in the next general election whether Texas should seek to become an independent republic and secede once again from the Union. "The Texas Constitution is clear that all political power resides in the people," Slaton said. "After decades of continuous abuse of our rights and liberties by the federal government, it is time to let the people of Texas make their voices heard."
It's a popular idea, and a bill that has been suggested before. It's just amazing that we have to keep shooting this down.
First, despite what you may have heard, there is no special provision that gives Texas this ability. Some clause or provision that allows Texas because it once was an independent republic to return to that state. It doesn't exist, and likely never did. Further, there's no right to secede. If we do, it's defection against the United States, just as it was before.
A vote would not even work. The 1869 case Texas v. White determined that individual states could not secede from the United States, even if voted on by the people. "The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States." Again, if we vote, if we force a separation, it's defection.
Plus, recent events should show us that an independent Texas won't survive. The ERCOT energy crisis in the state in 2021 should show us that. That mess largely happened because the Texas grid remains isolated and not connected to the larger United States energy grid. Add to that the small fact of Texas needing to replace the $41.4 Billion that the national government spends in Texas. And many other entanglements that would have to be unwound.
This ridiculous self-determinism has fatal consequences.
So while it can be a funny joke, it's just that - a joke.
No TEXIT, no secession.
We Texans may think of ourselves as Texans first, and Americans second, but we're still Americans.