Talk of secession has reemerged following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in four key states.
Breitbart reports that Allen West, the chair of the Texas GOP, recently put forth for consideration the idea that “law-abiding states” ought to secede to “form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
That’s an idea
West suggested the idea in a statement that he released following the Supreme Court’s decision.
“The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressman, has decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law, resulting in damaging effects on other states that abide by the law, while the guilty state suffers no consequences,” West wrote.
The guilty states here would be those states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – that were alleged in the Texas lawsuit to have violated their own election laws and thus the Constitution.
The “other states that abide by the law” would be those states like Texas who, to go along with West’s line of reasoning, followed the law to their own detriment, since Democrat Joe Biden, unless something dramatic happens, is set to be named the next president of the United States.
“[The Supreme Court’s] decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable,” West continued. “This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of our constitutional republic.”
West concluded by suggesting that “perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
It’s not the first time secession has been brought up in recent years.
But, it is a bit unusual to hear secession talk coming from a Republican. That’s because it is usually the Democrats who voice such ideas.
We all probably have lost count of how many times California has threatened to secede.
But, there is a key difference here: West didn’t suggest secession because he doesn’t like the Constitution – he loves the Constitution. Rather, West suggested secession because the Constitution isn’t being followed and because he wants to be part of a country where it is followed.
Whether or not it is a good idea is up for debate. But, it goes to show that America has become so polarized that such an idea once again is fathomable.