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Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!"
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.
Originally posted by spec_ops_wannabe
...as it is technically a sovereign nation that decided to join up with the union.
Q: Doesn't the Texas Constitution reserve the right of Texas to secede? [BACK TO TOP]
A: No such provision is found in the current Texas Constitution(adopted in 1876) or the terms of annexation. However, it does state (in Article 1, Section 1) that "Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States..." (note that it does not state "...subject to the President of the United States..." or "...subject to the Congress of the United States..." or "...subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States...")
Neither the Texas Constitution, nor the Constitution of the united States, explicitly or implicitly disallows the secession of Texas (or any other "free and independent State") from the United States. Joining the "Union" was ever and always voluntary, rendering voluntary withdrawal an equally lawful and viable option (regardless of what any self-appointed academic, media, or government "experts"—including Abraham Lincoln himself—may have ever said).
Both the original (1836) and the current (1876) Texas Constitutions also state that "All political power is inherent in the people ... they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper."
Likewise, each of the united States is "united" with the others explicitly on the principle that "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" and "whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government" and "when a long train of abuses and usurpations...evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." 
Actually Yes it can...Texas is a "Free and Independent State" which is what we saw back in the Civil war...no where in the constitution does it state we can't....or any other "Free and Independent States"....
Neither the Texas Constitiution, nor the constitution of US explicitly or implicitly disallows the secession of Texas (or any other "Free and Independent State") from the US. Joining the Union was ever and always VOLUNTARY, rendering voluntary withdrawal an equally lawful and viable OPTION. Regardless of what any self-appointed academic, media, or government "EXPERTS" ---INCLUDING Abraham Lincoln himself--may have ever said!
If you want to Read More go to : www.texassecede.com...
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
WestPoint23, I actually agree with you!
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
I don't take Rick perry's ramblings too seriously.
Originally posted by falcon
Seriously there is nothing the state can do if someone secedes from the state...
Originally posted by IAF101
More significantly however, the United States Supreme court has already ruled on this matter in Texas V White that despite Texas being a soverign nation, it CANNOT secede from the Union. No state can.
[edit on 16-4-2009 by IAF101]