The motto proclaimed by the Texas tourism website, the title of this blog post, may sharply become more than a slogan.
The day after the country chose President Obama as its leader for four more years, a petition to allow Texas to succeed from the union had been started, and has received well over four times the necessary signatures to warrant a response by the White House, collecting 116,000 signatures within 30 days, only needing 25,000.
Citing “fundamental differences” between the state of Texas the rest of the United States, elected officials and citizens of the state believe they would be better off happily divorced from the United States.
The idea of succession is not new in Texas, a state that some believe was illegally included in the United States in the first place. However, the idea of leaving the United States and forming their own country has shifted from the extreme fringes of the Republican Party to the center, causing much more real and outspoken talk about leaving the union.
“Secession! All other issues can be dealt with later” proclaims 2014 Governor candidate Larry Kilgore on his website secedekilgore.com, who has promised to legally change his middle name to SECEDE- in all capital letters- should he win the office.
Petitions to succeed in other states have been started since Election Day, but Texas has been the only state to collect enough signatures to illicit a White House response.
The idea of Texas leaving the Union is a metaphor for the polarization of the United States. An electoral base feels so strongly that the laws and policies of their nation so strongly differ from their own that they want to legally remove their state from the country. While succession seems quite unnecessary and extreme, public officials must hear the voices of Texans. The republican electorate in this country is not being represented, and in order to make that happen, the GOP must change their tune to secure a win in 2016.