Texas could become an independent country. This is the wish of some members of the Republican Party of this state, the second most populous in the United States with 29.5 million citizens, who are calling for a referendum to decide their sovereignty. The truth is that Texas was already independent on two occasions throughout the 19th century, in 1836 and 1861, lasting nine years on both occasions, until its eventual reincorporation into the country.
Texas would join the international trend of claiming its own national identity, as has happened with Scotland, Flanders or Catalonia. The English newspaper The Independent reports that at the biennial convention of the Republican Party of Texas, held this June, the conservatives have asked for a bill to be approved so that this issue is voted on in the 2023 Texas elections, and so "reaffirm its status as an independent nation."
In 1869 the Supreme Court ruled on this claim in the case 'Texas vs. White', when the state was independent from the rest of the United States, and a year later it became part of the country again, definitively, after the Civil War. In 2006, Justice ruled again, when Justice Antonin Scalia defended that "if there was any constitutional problem resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secession", as reported by the aforementioned British newspaper.
This is not the only debate that the Texan Republicans opened. This delegation from the party of Trump, Bush and Reagan, known for being the most conservative and controversial of said formation, voted in favor of rejecting the result of the 2020 elections, thus supporting the thesis that Joe Biden is an "illegitimate president" .
They also defended the legality of guns and called for the repeal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and for homosexuality to be considered "an abnormal lifestyle choice": "We believe that there should be no granting of special legal rights or creation of a special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of the state of origin, “they defended, also according to The Independent.
The decisions made and voted on in these party events have no binding legal validity, and their objective is none other than directing the next electoral program and the Republican ideological discourse.