The Texas Republican Party voted over the weekend to publicly support the idea of the Lone Star State seceding from the United States, according to Newsweek.
The platform states that Texas Republicans want the state Legislature to pass a bill in its next session “requiring a referendum in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”
What the Texas GOP neglected to mention (or is too historically ignorant to realize) is that states cannot secede from the union, which was the cause of the Civil War. The Founding Fathers did not provide an “escape clause” for states that change their minds and want to go their separate way.
All of this led to a spirited discussion on Tuesday’s “The View,” with co-host Whoopi Goldberg warning Texans that if they leave, the rest of the country may just decide to build a wall around them and let them fend for themselves:
“It was like — look. You know if you leave, they’re going to build a wall around you. And then you really going to have problems with your grid. You’re going have problems with all the stuff that you’ve been having problems with, what are you talking about? What are you doing? What is happening?”
Co-host Sonny Hostin noted:
“I’ve said often, what is the Republican Party platform? They don’t run on solutions necessarily. They run on problems, they block a lot of the Biden administration’s legislation trying to solve our problems like inflation, trying to solve our gas price problems, trying to solve the baby formula problems. They vote against all of those bills.”
But Hostin was far from finished excoriating Texas Republicans and the GOP in general, adding:
“Now we know what the platform is, they said they would officially declare that homosexuality is abnormal. Banned the teaching of sex education, abolish all abortions, they flatly declared that there’s no validation of transgender identity. They rebuke Sen. John Cornyn for pursuing this bipartisan gun safety. That’s basically the Republican platform and if that’s what you’re supportive of them you vote Republican. If you’re interested in the Affordable Care Act, in universal pre-K, if you’re interested in lowering inflation, health care, elder care, you vote Democrat.”