How to Secede Without Leaving the Union or Forming a New State

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To our north is Wyoming.  We also to our south have the four corners, where Colorado meets New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah — several of which are already conservative states troubled only by the influx of illegals who have the potential to swing elections (and in fact, this has been the Democrat’s logistical playbook).

And then there’s always Texas — which while not contiguous — may just one day like having as part of its state a mountainous outpost filled with those who are largely self-sufficient and who cling to their guns and their religion when they’re being told they need to forget all that garbage and just embrace the new normal.

Why Texas might want that I can’t say for certain.  But then, new and fresh ideas tend to spring up when opportunity allows them room to grow.

This is an interesting notion. There is nothing that constitutionally says that the territory of a state must be contiguous. And I could easily see a Texas with outposts from coast to coast.

Imagine a Texas governor traveling around the country, not to cherry-pick local industries, but to offer annexation and safe haven to disgruntled liberty-minded conservatives?

Okay, sure, probably a pipe dream. If nothing else, though, it might be fodder for a fairly interesting SF novel. Maybe even the one I’ll be writing next.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


How to Secede Without Leaving the Union or Forming a New State — 2 Comments

  1. Interesting…

    Perhaps it would be well – as well as instructive – to recollect the origin of the State of West Virginia. It’s not spoken of that often nowadays – and those who think and speak ill of even harboring the very thought of secession either will deny this, or ignore it altogether – but West Virginia came into separate existence when Virginia had the utter audacity to secede in the run-up to the War Between The States (aka: the War Of Northern Aggression or the Second American Revolution [The One That Was Defeated]).

    West Virginia, in effect (if not in fact – I haven’t read up on this in some time)…seceded from Virginia.

    And the U.S. central government not only tolerated it after the fact, there’s some evidence that they actually encouraged it before the fact.

    West Virginians, it seems, were pro-Union, and strongly differed with the older, more-monied and somewhat more-conservative-minded “Tidewater” Virginians. So – when Virginia seceded, the West-end folks chose to not accept that as a Final Answer, even for the nonce…and proceeded to “partition” their end of the State off into a new State.

    Food for thought, perhaps?

  2. How about Maine, a part of Mass at the time of the Revolution, split off later. Proves a State need not be contiguous.

    Or the territories added later that were split and became separate States.

    If entities can be split down into States then they can be combined into States and as I noted above there is precedent for non-contiguous States.

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