ParanoiA Posted November 14, 2012 Share Posted November 14, 2012 Interesting story on a unique card Texas can play, out of the 1845 Annexation Agreement, that could possibly work. "[n]ew States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution." Put plainly, Texas agreed to join the union in 1845 on the condition that it be allowed to split itself into as many as five separate states whenever it wanted to, and contingent only on the approval of its own state legislature. So what does that mean? Well, Texas could field another 8 senators if they divided themselves into 5 states. That would tip the balance of power to republicans, maybe for perpetuity with that kind of edge, if one can assume Texas states would stay red. And according to Tom Delay: "If we invoke it, the United States Senate would kick us out ... because they're not going to allow 10 (sic) new Texas senators into the Senate. That's how you secede." That's 8 new senators, Tom, you already have 2. I'm quite sure most would dismiss Texas as redneck whiny brats, but I think that's oversimplifying and a bit flippant since this is an old streak of theirs. Thirsting for independence shouldn't be disparaged out of hand, after all, Americans thirsted for independence in 1776 and they were similarly dismissed as bratty children. Feel free to vent about that, but I was hoping not to get bogged down too much on that argument. I'm more interested in this: If Texas did secede, would you still want to be on good terms with them and trade and ally as friends? Do you think this division trick would even work for secession, or do you think the US congress would deny the request and accept 8 new senators? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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