15 April 2009

Governor Perry Says Texas Could Secede

From the Associated Press:

(Texas Governor) Perry called his supporters patriots. Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.

"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."

He said when Texas entered the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could pull out. . .


Story here.

**Update: "Thirty-one percent (31%) of Texas voters say that their state has the right to secede from the United States and form an independent country." Story here.


Greg Rowe said...

I have studied Texas history for the better part of my adult life and it is the subject I teach; therefore, the documents I cite here I have studied extensively.

Yes, the Joint Resolution of 1845 admitting Texas into the Union did grant Texas the right to divide itself into up to five states, but Gov. Perry, as much as I admire him for his opinions regarding the Tenth Amendment, is wrong. Neither the Joint Resolution nor the state's Constitution of 1845 included a provision for Texas secession. While Gov. Perry's belief is shared by many Texans and may have been some sort of "gentlemen's agreement," there is no documentary evidence, that I have found, that includes this provision in writing.

Under the present situation, as it is defined by the conditions of readmission during Reconstruction and the Constitutions of 1866 and 1876 (Democrats rewote the state constitution after returning to power in 1875; neither constitution contains a provision for secession), I believe Texas would be as hard-pressed as any other state to defend secession today.

Greg Rowe said...

Incidentally, I just checked the story. As of 6:09 p.m. CDT, the portion of the story where Gov. Perry made the comments regarding the 1845 situation has been removed.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

He made a similar statement earlier, but half-jokingly. He appears quite serious here.

I agree with you, secession would most assuredly, under present conditions, be impossible. However, as students of history, we all know how radically and quickly things can change. Americans seem to believe nothing like a Soviet style break up could occur here (again). If history teaches one anything, it is this: no nation is immune from division and we should expect the unexpected.

Who knows what good or ill the future may hold for us.

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