The Dallas Morning News quotes Governor Perry at the Austin Tea Party yesterday:
An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall — one of three tea parties he was attending across the state — that officials in Washington have abandoned the country’s founding principles of limited government. He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.
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. However, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas negotiated the power to divide into four additional states at some point if it wanted to but not the right to secede.
Texas did secede in 1861, but the North’s victory in the Civil War put an end to that.
Perry is running for re-election against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a fellow Republican. His anti-Washington remarks have become more strident the past few weeks as that 2010 race gets going and since Perry rejected $550 million in federal economic stimulus money slated to help Texas’ unemployment trust fund.
In an appearance at the Texas Capitol last week, Perry joined state lawmakers in pushing a resolution that supports states’ rights protected in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He said the federal government has become oppressive in its size and interference with states.
For her part, Hutchison issued a newspaper opinion piece Wednesday criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for spending on the stimulus bill and the $1 trillion appropriations bill.
Uh-huh. I’ll bet that newspaper opinion piece has Obama shaking is his damned boots, Kay. Yup — that’ll do it.
However, that line in the article that said when Texas entered the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could pull out got me thinking. So I went to Wikipedia and found these two articles. One is the U.S. Government resolution on annexing Texas; the other is the Texas Republic’s resolution endorsing annexation:
- Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States Approved March 1, 1845
- Ordinance of Annexation approved by the Texas Convention on July 4, 1845
They’re fairly quick reads — check them out yourself. As Wikipedia notes, there is nothing in either document that states Texas has the right to leave the Union if it wishes to.
It’s an urban legend, unfortunately.
Wikipedia also notes HERE that the Supreme Court upheld this later:
Texas v. White, United States Supreme Court in 1869. The Court held in a 5–3 decision that Texas had remained a state of the United States ever since it first joined the Union, despite its joining the Confederate States of America and its being under military rule at the time of the decision in the case. It further held that the Constitution did not permit states to secede from the United States, and that the ordinances of secession, and all the acts of the legislatures within seceding states intended to give effect to such ordinances, were “absolutely null”.was a significant case argued before the
However, the Court did leave a possible out for Texas or any state:
The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. There was no place for reconsideration, or revocation, except through revolution, or through consent of the States.
Remember this quote from Governor Perry?:
Perry told the crowd . . . that officials in Washington have abandoned the country’s founding principles of limited government. . .“But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.”
Tenth Amendment — remember? If Washington continues to seize owers not specifically delegated to it by the states — and that’s what they most assuredly are doing — a violation of the U.S. Constitution. And if the Constitution is no longer operative, there’s no longer a United States to secede from.
And Texas is theoretically independent again.
So Obama and the Libtards can keep doing their neo-fascist power-grabbing . . . and vilate the Constitution; or they can back off. Their Choice. But Texas does not intend to let them get away with it.
I love this state. I love this Republic.