They have had enough.
Texas Republicans are considering seceding the state from the U.S. and are pushing for a referendum.
After the three-day Republican Party of Texas convention, one of the priorities that emerged was Texans being able to vote on the issue in 2023.
A section called “State Sovereignty” states, “Pursuant to Article 1, Section 1, of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Therefore, federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas should be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified.”
The platform then states: “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”
Continuing in a different section on state governance, the platform states the desire of Lone Star State Republicans to have Texas’ legislature — in its next session — pass a bill that would require a referendum “in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”
Texas has a history of independence. The state first seceded from Mexico in 1836 before becoming a U.S. state nine years later in 1845.
At the start of the Civil War, the state seceded from the Union before being readmitted to the U.S. five years after the war ended.
Yet Texas may face some hiccups if it were to try to follow through with a secession because after the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution made no provisions for states to secede, something codified by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Texas v. White in 1869 that confirmed the states cannot unilaterally secede from the Union.