Secession has always been lawful in the United States. I don’t know how that could be a bad thing.

” That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. “ –From the Declaration of Independence

“We the delegates of the people of Virginia, duly elected in
pursuance of a recommendation from the General Assembly, and now
met in Convention, having fully and freely investigated and discussed
the proceedings of the Federal Convention, and being prepared as well
as the most deliberation hath enabled us to decide thereon, –Do in the
name and in behalf of the people of Virginia, declare and make known
that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the
people of the United States, may be resumed by them, whensoever the
same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression, and that every
power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”
–From the Virginia Convention, 1788


“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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