The last time Texas tried to secede

Since the far-right conservatives controlling the Republican party want to now talk about leaving America altogether – an intrinsically un-American and anti-American suggestion at its core – it seemed only appropriate that we re-examine the last time these people chose to leave the Union.

Let’s start with Texas, since its governor is so proud of their right to secede (a right, by the way, that Texas apparently does not have – they just lie to their people and claim it’s true, a lot like the far-right everywhere). Here’s what Texas had to say the last time it seceded:

“unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery…the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color–a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law.”

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

“That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both[ and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States.

Putting aside the fact that the last time Texas tried this trick, it didn’t go so well. Their racist rhetoric back then sure sounds an awful lot like the religious right’s, and the Republican party’s, current arguments against granting civil rights to gay Americans.

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