Austin and Conroe, April 2 – The Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag is wrong. There’s no question about that. It doesn’t follow the law. It degrades the greatest State of all. You should – correctly – change the Pledge when you say it.
The “official” Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag follows:
“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one State under God, one and indivisible.”
Sorry, if you’re already offended. (The Golden Hammer is.) Here’s why.
The Texas Legislature wrongfully adopted the Texas Pledge, as it reads above, in 1933, although the wording was slightly different at that time. In 2007, the Legislature added, “one state under God,” which was entirely appropriate. As one might expect in these troubled times, an anti-God organization attempted to get an injunction to prevent the inclusion of the new phrase, but they lost their request for injunctive relief in a 2008 lawsuit. (Judge Wayne Mack should take heed.)
The problem is much older. In reality, the Great State of Texas is so great that Texas has the right, under the Treaty between Texas and the United States and under the Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States, which Congress wisely approved on March 1, 1845, to split into five states. The precise wording of the Joint Resolution, which one may find at the Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, Volume 5, pages 797 to 798, includes this provision:
“Third – 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…”
In other words, Texans have the right to split into five States. There would be great advantages to our doing so. First, we’d receive 8 additional United States Senators. Second, we’d receive 8 additional votes in the Electoral College for presidential and vice president elections. Third, we’d probably receive 1 or 2 additional members of Congress. Fourth, we could be in a separate state from the crazy liberals in Austin.
Admittedly, some anti-Texans have tried to argue that the State of Texas messed up its arrangement to allow division of itself when it claimed to secede from the Union on February 1, 1861. That’s a pretty hollow argument as well, thanks to a ruling in 1869 of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Texas versus White, where the Supreme Court held that, since the Constitution of the United States did not permit states to secede unilaterally, the secession ordinances were null, void, and of no legal effect.
Texas retains the right to divide into 5 states, because the 1845 Joint Resolution remains good law!
Therefore, you should join The Golden Hammer in being irked when you hear people say the wrong Texas Pledge.
Here’s the one and only truly correct Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag:
“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one State under God, one and DIVISIBLE.”
(Who would be the perfect person to oversee the boundaries of the division of the five States of Texas? Tom Delay, of course!)