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Fact or fable...Texas can secede from the U.S.

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Could frustrations really get big enough to suggest seceding from the United States? Could we secede, even if we wanted to?

Some say, "Yes," but after a quick Texas history lesson, we found, that's a notion easier said, than done.

"I think if we all push for it, we could do it," said Tonia Starkey.

"Texas is the only state that seems might be doing something right," said Antonio Barrera.

They're for it, but others have their doubts.

"If you start trying to separate the states from the Unites States, the government's going to step in and say, 'I have something to say about it,'" said Wayne Reed.

Thousands showed up to Thursday's tax day tea parties because they had something to say about their government. Here in Texas...

"We don't like to be bullied," said Starkey. "We don't like to be pushed around

"Might as well just separate," said Barrera.

...from the union?

"Well, it has happened," said Lonnie Glosson. "In February of 1861, Texas did leave the union...and that didn't work out so well."

Texas history is an everyday thing for Glosson. He teaches it to middle-schoolers.

"The U.S. Constitution doesn't really make it clear either way, whether you can, or you can't, and so it was decided by force of arms during the Civil War," said Glosson.

But, Mr. Glosson said one power is certain. In 1845 when Texas originally agreed to become a state for the first time, we also agreed to divide ourselves into five smaller states...if we wanted to. It is mainly because the territory was so big, then, and we're still big now.

"We fought a revolution, on our own, and for 10 years, we were a nation and defended out national borders against Mexico," said Glosson. "It's just that air of individuality that Texans have. We think we're special."

Past, present, and future...

"We may not see it in my generation, but I think it could happen," said Starkey.

"I don't see no problem with Texas," said Barrera. "Texas is doing alright...besides every other state."

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