Petitions for secession filed from Louisiana and Texas [on the White House petition site] have already received well over 10,000 signatures. Per the website's own rules, petitions that garner 25,000 signatures or more within 30 days require a response from the Obama administration.The Texas petition has well exceeded 25,000 signatures, which means the White House has to respond.
Then there was this:
"In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat,” [Texas Senator-elect Ted Cruz] said. “If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.'"That's true. As I wrote in May:
Out of Laredo's 24,788 students, just 81 are Anglo. In Houston, just 8 percent of public schoolchildren are white, and that number is 5 percent in Dallas. In Fort Bend, 40 percent of kids were white in 2000. Today, it's 19 percent. Lubbok went from 42 percent to 28 percent.Latinos are brown, and they're young, and if there's one thing Republicans can't deal with right now, it's young and brown. The only saving grace for Texas Anglos is that those Latinos are really young. But that won't last forever. Those kids grow up.
In the entire state, 43.1 percent of public schoolchildren were Anglo in 2000, compared to just 30.5 percent. And if Republicans are hoping that those are undocumented immigrants, turns out that just 5.4 percent of Texans lack the proper paperwork. Yes, that's a serious number—1.2 million—but it won't save them in the long term.
So Texans conservatives (you know, those "patriots") want to secede. I say, sure! Go for it! Take your Texas, and your two Republican senators, and your 24-12 House delegation (with its +12 boost for the Republican majority) and play at being an independent country for a few years. Maybe a decade.
And then you can all come back once Latinos have taken over the joint to help deliver even bigger Blue majorities.
Sound like a deal?
In the alternative, you can remain a part of America, respect this thing called "democracy," and brace yourself like you've never braced yourself. Because Texas is going to look like California some day. And that day is coming up fast.