Allen West, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to toss out Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to overturn the election outcomes in the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan by proposing that Texas and like-minded states secede from the Union.
Austin, TX, Release: December 11, 2020. For Immediate Release
Below is Chairman Allen West’s statement regarding the decision by the Supreme Court to dismiss Texas’ constitutionally legitimate and critical lawsuit.
“The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressman, has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law. Resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences. This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable. This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic. Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
The Texas GOP will always stand for the Constitution and for the rule of law even while others don’t.
What a wacko proposal. Add to that West’s unintelligible interpretation of the US Constitution.
Although the constitution does not mention anything about states seceding, the 1868 decision by the Supreme Court in Texas v. White made it quite clear that Texas is precluded from seceding.
The Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. White that Texas could not secede from the Union. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase wrote: “When Texas became one of the United States, she entered into an indissoluble relation. 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.”
In other words, Texas would have to revolt against the US or have the consent of the other states in order to secede. A revolution would be put down quickly by the armed forces of the US, and the states are not about to let Texas secede.
But let’s say that Texas could secede. If it did so, it would exist as a prosperous nation with its diversified agronomy, a growing tech industry and a petro-chemical industry that neither Joe Biden nor Kamala Harris could dismantle. However, as an independent nation, Texas would have little standing diplomatically and militarily. And the same is true for a confederation of Texas and like-minded states, but such a confederation would diminish the standing of the US among the world’s nations.
AOC refers to such a confederation as “A confederacy of dunces.” While I have strongly disagreed with everything the socialist congresswoman has said, in this instance I think AOC has hit the nail squarely on its head.
Texas escaped a blue wave in the 2020 presidential election. Fortunately the hatred for Trump was not enough to turn Texas into a Democratic stronghold. But unless the Texas GOP gets its act together we might not be as fortunate in 2024.
The Texas GOP needs a leader who does not come up with a wacko proposal like seceding from the Union. I strongly suspect that the vast majority of Texans are opposed to Allen West’s proposal.
The Texas Republican Party needs to advocate proposals that will appeal to the majority of Texans. Allen West does not appear to be the leader who will do that.