As SCOTUS Dismisses Texas Case, Talk of TEXIT Rises Again!!!
Posted by Steve Turley ● Dec 14, 2020 9:08:26 PM
Within minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the state of Texas’ lawsuit over the 2020 presidential election, the leader of the Republican Party Allen West released a statement that turned several heads: “The Supreme Court, in tossing the Texas lawsuit that was joined by seventeen states and 106 US congressman, have decreed that a state can take unconstitutional actions and violate its own election law…. Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
While Allen has since walked back from the notion that his statement advocated secession, the outrage many conservatives feel towards the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Texas case, along with the sense of betrayal towards Republican legislatures in swing states seemingly refusing to fight for Trump, has reignited talk of ‘Texit’. Even before the Supreme Court’s decision, Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann filed a bill that would allow Texans to vote on Texas independence. Biedermann wrote: “The federal government is out of control and does not represent the values of Texans. That is why I am committing to file legislation this session that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation.” Biedermann is hardly alone; the official platform of the Texas Republican Party includes the right of the Lone Star State to secede from the Union.
Not surprisingly, the renewed calls for secession have been met with ridicule from the likes of the New York Times and other increasingly brazen ultra-leftist media outlets, mocking what they consider the absurd nostalgia for a renewed Republic of Texas. But a bit of modesty might suit our globalist elites better. After all, scoffing jeers also greeted Nigel Farage back in the late 1990s when he first announced to the European Parliament that he would not rest until Britain left the European Union. Something far deeper is at work behind secessionist sentiments than the mere disappointment over a court decision.
Over the last three decades, the world has been increasingly characterized by populations turning toward culture, nationalism, secessionism, balkanization, and social fission. Since 1991 and the fall of the Soviet Union, over 35 nations have been added to the world map. From Lithuania to Bosnia to Chechnya, Rwanda and Barundi, from South Sudan to Slovenia to Scotland, and most recently Catalonia, populations have been turning increasingly inward for civic and cultural identity. And as we see in movements such as Texit, Calexit, and the Second Vermont Republic, we should not imagine that our nation is immune from these secessionist tendencies.
Scholars such as Sam Huntington and Stjepan Meštrović have argued that such national and cultural balkanization is the consequence of the collapse of modernity, the notion that rationality, particularly scientific rationality, is the one true way of understanding reality for all people, times, and places. For decades, apologists for modernity envisioned scientific rationalism and its globalist spawn as the one true political, economic, and cultural system for all populations throughout the globe. However, this view, so dominant in the twentieth century, has collapsed philosophically in the hearts and minds of most Westerners, who have embraced what scholars refer to as a postmodernist conception of the world, one that values diversity, pluralism, and multiculturalism.
This move away from the modern to the postmodern is putting tremendous strain on the fault lines within nation-states, many of which assumed their current geographical and ethnic makeups during the modern period. Absent the modernist metanarrative, inevitably many nations are beginning to break up into smaller units or ethnocracies, like what we saw with the Balkans in the 1990s, or what Ukrainian, Scottish, and Kurdish nationalists have been advocating of late. These secessionist movements can be construed as a series of ruptures to the modernist globalist world order that pose serious threats to the existence of previous state-based partitions. The world is indeed entering a phase in which centripetal processes will dominate and all the rhetoric celebrating the climax of a one world globalist age is helpless in stopping this political fracturing.
Ironically, the globalist world is only hastening this increasing social and cultural fragmentation. Even though modernity has died in the hearts and minds of most Westerners, that has not stopped our Western elite from attempting to export modernity to the rest of the world in the form of globalism. In response, the dominant postmodern sentiments of populations are organizing into highly nationalist sentiments that reassert their common cultural identity as a mechanism of resistance against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its scoffing political class.
Thus, secession is fast becoming par for the course in a postmodern world. Far from being a mere impulsive reaction among right-wingers to corrupt electoral manipulation and improprieties, the cracks characterizing contemporary politics are newly formed faults accompanying the tectonic shift from modernity to postmodernity. This shift is ongoing and promises to only exacerbate bitter partisanships. Any attempt at a so-called ‘reset’ of globalist aspirations will do little more than inflame secessionist sentiments.
If Trump fails in his contestation of the election and Biden assumes office, Texit will be more popular than ever. Whatever nostalgia lingers in the imagination of native Texans will inevitably blaze anew in the face of continue liberal assaults. As the old modernist world order continues to break-up and recede to the ash heap of history, a revitalized Republic of Texas may indeed rise again.