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From: "Ed Mann" <>
Subject: (OT) Re: County vs. Shire vs. State
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 18:22:13 -0400
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From: "John Steele Gordon" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: County vs. Shire vs. State
> 2) But can Congress undo an act of Statehood? If it's a one-way street for
> the states (as we decided at the cost of a million lives) is it not a
> one-way street for Congress as well?
I've always thought it curious that the great unpleasantness of the 1860's
was fought because the Union's position was that States couldn't secede;
however, after the fact, the southern states had to be readmitted.
> 3) What's to stop a future Congress from saying, "sorry, the proposed
> are not convenient in size as far as we're concerned"? I doubt the other
> senators would be too keen on the people of Texas deciding to have ten
> senators for themselves instead of two. Artfully enough drawn, it might
> add to their representation in the House as well, as each state would have
> to have at least one Congressman..
> 4) What does "hereafter" mean in the above? Does it mean at anytime in the
> future Texas so decides, or does it mean in a timely manner at the time of
> Texas's accession to the union and the matter is now moot? I would be
> inclined to read the above as meaning, "Texas will be admitted to the
> as a single state or as up to five states." It chose admission as one
> Case closed.
> I could think of half a dozen other questions, but I'll let some
> constitutional law professor do that. He gets paid for it. It's clear from
> the above, however, that the substantive power of Texas to divide into as
> many as five states anytime it feels like it is anything but open and
> It's a question that, should it ever arise in real life, would send
> of lawyers' children through college before it was resolved.
As you pointed out earlier, probably moot since no one would want to give up
the Alamo - or the Lone Star brewery, as far as that goes.
FWIW; AFAIK; IMHO; YMMV; yadda, yadda, yadda.
Regards, Ed Mann mailto:
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