Reviews | Texas GOP platform calls for secession? Good riddance.

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The Lone Star State doesn’t have the best record as a sovereign power. The Republic of Texas survived only 10 years between independence and annexation by the United States in 1845. Texas seceded in the Civil War – and, along with the rest of the Confederacy, was crushed.

But, as the saying goes: if at first you don’t secede, try, try again. The Texas GOP now wants the state to vote on the declaration of independence.

And the United States should let Texas go! Better yet, offer Texas a severance package that includes Oklahoma to soften secession – the sooner the better.

Over the weekend, as many Americans celebrated the 167th anniversary of Juneteenth (when Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas returned the order abolishing slavery), the Republican Party of Texas voted on a platform stating that federal laws it dislikes “should be ignored, opposed, denied and overturned.

The proposed platform (expected to pass when the votes are counted) adds, “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent with this- this.” He wants the secession referendum “in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reaffirm its status as an independent nation.”

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Of course, protections would have to be negotiated for Texas parties who wish to remain in Team Normal. Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and parts of South Texas would remain in the United States, and they will need guaranteed safe passage to New Orleans or Santa Fe, as well as regular airlifts of durable goods, accurate manuals and contraceptives.

But consider the benefits to the rest of the country: two fewer Republican senators, two dozen fewer Republican members in the House, annual savings of $83 billion in defense funds that Texas gets. And the best reason? The Texas GOP has so little respect for the Constitution that it calls for a “Convention of the States” to effectively rewrite it – and so little respect for the United States that it wishes to leave.

In place of democracy, the Republican Party, which enjoys one-party rule in Texas, effectively proposes a religious state. If you loved Crusader States and Muslim Caliphates, you’ll love Texas’ Confederate Theocracy.

The Texas GOP platform gives us a good idea of ​​what such a paradise would look like for Christian nationalists. Texas would officially declare that “homosexuality is an abnormal life choice”. It would redefine marriage as a “covenant only between a biological man and a biological woman” and it would “overrule” any court order to the contrary. (Gay Log Cabin Republicans were banned from setting up a booth at the convention.) This would fill schools with “prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments” but ban “the teaching of sex education.” It would abolish all abortions and require students to “inquire about the humanity of the unborn child”.

The Texas theocracy, which maintains that President Biden “was not legitimately elected”, would keep only traces of democracy. He wants the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be “repealed” and would rewrite the state constitution to give power to the minority by small rural (and white) counties. This would nullify the right of voters to elect senators and the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship.

The Texas theocracy would probably be broke; he wants to abolish the federal income tax, “Axe the property tax” and remove the estate tax and various business taxes. Yet he is planning a warmongering foreign policy! The platform argues that Texas is currently “under active invasion” and should take “all appropriate actions as the sovereign state determines necessary to defend itself.” He imagines the attacks of a “one world government, or the great reset” – a born on the Internet conspiracy belief – and proposes “the withdrawal of the current UN”. Theocracy would put the “savages” back in the West, abolishing minimum wages, environmental and banking regulations, and “red flag” laws or timeouts to prevent dangerous people from buying guns.

Above all, the Confederate theocracy of Texas would be defined by the thought police. It would penalize “woke corporations” and corporations that disagree with theocracy on abortion, race, trans rights, and the “inalienable right to refuse vaccination.”

Government programs would be stripped of “education involving race”. Evolution and climate change “must be taught as questionable scientific theories subject to change”. There would be a “complete repeal of hate crime laws”. The Texas revolution “will not be ‘reinvented'” in a way the theocracy finds “disrespectful”. Confederate monuments “will be protected”, “plaques honoring Confederate widows” restored and lessons on “the tyrannical history of socialism” required.

In their platform, Republicans in Texas invoked “God” or the “Creator” 18 times and “sovereignty” or sovereign power 24 times. And the word “democracy”? Only once – with reference to China.