Archive for August 2, 2012
Texas has always been different.
As Texans are fond of telling outsiders (even themselves), it’s the only part of the United States that was once a sovereign nation. That’s the basis for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism’s slogan, “It’s Like a Whole Other Country”. Texas insurgent forces won independence for Texas on the battlefield in 1835 and 1836. Texas was a Republic from 1836 until it joined the United States in 1845. Texas then seceded from the Union along with the other Confederate States of America in 1861, and rejoined the United States with the South’s defeat in 1865.
There is a general belief amongst most Texans that some sort of special “get out of the Union free” Easter Egg was implanted in the documents that joined Texas to the United States. However, not even the Texas Secede! website believes such a thing: “No such provision is found in the current Texas Constitution (adopted in 1876) or the terms of annexation.”
Texas established one more difference between itself and the rest of the Union on Tuesday: in an election cycle when the Tea Party has been declared dead and buried, Texans showed that, in Faulkner’s words, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” They advanced former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz as the Republican candidate in the general election, where he should cruise to an easy victory over Democratic nominee Paul Sadler. (more…)