Well, the British have decided to leave the European Union. I suspect that had I lived in Britain, I would have voted leave, but I can’t be sure.
My concern here is the impact this will have on the United States, and, more specifically, Texas. There are people here (and elsewhere) talking about “Texit.” I know, I know, people say, this is not serious, don’t worry. Or, they tell me, jokingly, that they wouldn’t mind at all if Texas seceded (a curious view for Americans, or people who admire Union soldiers bravery and sacrifice in the Civil War, or Abraham Lincoln, to take). Take a listen here, or here, for a contrary view.
But consider this scenario: Hilary Clinton wins election in November and the Trump voters come to the conclusion that their “country” is gone and they’ll never it get it back. What would stand in the way of bringing secession – now with the example of “Brexit” and perhaps Scottish secession from the United Kingdom – up again at the next Texas GOP convention (I’ll leave aside the assumption that “Brexit” will be a disaster for Britain)? Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz wants to be President of the United States, and I believe he is well-positioned to be the nominee of the Republican Party in 2020, should Donald Trump lose (in fact, I predict he will be the nominee). But, Senator Cruz’s political prospects surely cannot be served well by being the leader of a party (in Texas) that wants to leave the United States. So, if you don’t want Texas to secede (and really, do you want that?), it may be that your best bet is to inform Senator Cruz of your opinion and ask him to repudiate this movement.