I hope that y'all don't split apart! Having more Senators will only further complicate the already divisive US political process and exacerbate the polarity in Washington politics.
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quote:The difference is that Texas right to subdivide was written into the Statehood process. I don't think that's true of any other states.
Technically true (and folks, it's five states, not six), but irrelevant as the Constitution expressly forbids such a splintering (Article IV, Section 3):
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The only way this will happen will be if Congress approves. And that is never going to happen. It isn't something Texas can just declare for itself.
The provisions for four new states, along with the state of Texas, were only relevant regarding the *territory*:
New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas and having sufficient population, may, hereafter by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the Federal Constitution; and such states as may be formed out of the territory lying south of thirty-six degrees thirty minutes north latitude, commonly known as the Missouri Compromise Line, shall be admitted into the Union, with or without slavery, as the people of each State, asking admission shall desire; and in such State or States as shall be formed out of said territory, north of said Missouri Compromise Line, slavery, or involuntary servitude (except for crime) shall be prohibited.
In short, the idea that the territory claimed by Texas would be split up into a bunch of states was only part of the slavery issue (California was just about to be adopted). Since that's gone (both the historical issue as well as slavery), there's no context for it other than Texas just wanting to split itself up.
Which, again, the Constitution forbids. You can't subdivide a state unless Congress agrees to it.
And that's never going to happen.
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