Brad Messer Commentary
Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Can Texas Divide Into Five States?

Is it true that the *agreement annexing Texas to the United States allows us to divide into five different states?

Yep.

The wording of the 1845 Resolution is stiff, but understandable:

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.

In addition, Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution specifically allows forming new states by dividing existing states.

So it's true. Texas can divide whenever we feel like it. Something that can be divided is called divisible. Something that cannot be divided is indivisible.

So why does the Texas Pledge of Allegiance claim we are indivisible?

That simply is not true.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

 


*Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States
Approved March 1, 1845

 

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