Originally Posted by El Guapo
Texas was the Republic of Texas before becoming a part of the Union. I'm sure the colonies were not allowed to split off from the British Empire either. I don't think it'll happen, but maybe (just maybe) the talk of it occuring will be a nice little motivational slap to ALL politicians to let them know that things are not right with this country.
The colonies splitting off was considered REBELLION and treason.
Also, the states that seceded were called Rebels. As to whether there is any legal ground to secede, the SCOTUS ruled that secession is not legal after the civil war ended, but that was a political expediency. I don't know if the full population of a state voting to secede in a timed staged sequence could be considered to meet the States and US constitution, since almost all state constitutions reserve the right to thorw off any form of government when it does not meet the test of protecting and serving the people. And there is no direct mention of secession in any part of the US constitution.
I know that the state legislature of any state voting to secede without a general election would be frowned on by the US government, as rebellion.
And in checking, Texas does not
have any clause or statement reserving the right to secede in it's constitution. It does have a clause that it can divide itself into 5 separate states. ( this was due to the free state -slave state problem when it was annexed, and the fact that part of Texas is north of the Mason Dixon line)