More than just a State of Mind

I have often heard that "Texas is not just a state, it's also a state of mind." There is an almost palpable attitude that people have here, and I sensed it almost immediately when I arrived in October of 1997. The state motto is "Friendship", and Tejas is a Native American word for "Friend". There is also a tangible sense of pride that Texans - me included - have for their native home. There isn't another state in the union that flys the state flag as often, or more proudly than Texas does.

In years past I have openly stated my goal of "saving the United States", however I doubt that is even possible anymore. And, as I continue to get older, I realize that I have to scale back my goals and expectations if I have any chance of achieving them before I become "food for worms", as Shakespeare might say. Therefore, my revised plan is to save Texas. If I'm lucky, that may save the United States, and even other parts of the world, by providing a good example.

It is time for us to talk seriously about secession. Not IF, but WHEN. Let me be the first to inform you that Texas will no longer be part of the union of states.

Believe it or not, most Texans want it. Or at least they are not opposed to it. Admittedly, I think many Texans are worried that secession is illegal, or at best, very improbable. I now consider it my job to convince my fellow Texans that it is not only legal, but completely moral, very desirable, and easier to achieve than most people realize.

Let's dispel the rumor here and now that "the Civil War proves that states are not allowed to secede from the Union". Utter nonsense! Have you ever heard of the Declaration of Independence? Do you LIKE the Declaration of Independence? I hope so, because it is explicitly a declaration of our secession with England.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved;
-Declaration of Independence, 1776

Read that again! If you don't understand it, call me and I'll 'splain it to you.

If you're not from Texas, you've probably never heard of the Alamo. It was an important battle just four days after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. We successfully separated ourselves from the country we had previously been a part of. The word for that is... wait for it... secession!

In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.

Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is therefore submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazardous but unavoidable step now taken, of severing our political connection with the Mexican people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth.
-Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836

Now let's move on to the PROs and CONs of Texas becoming an independent nation, as it was from 1836 to 1845.

PRO: Texas is in the process of building a despository so we can take physical possession of our gold, rather than storing it with the New York Federal Reserve. This almost instantly removes Texans from the invisible theft of federal inflation.
PRO: The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Texas would be the 10th largest in the world if Texas were to secede.
PRO: Hard working people from 49 other states will pack their bags and move to Texas. Our GDP will probably improve to #5 in just a few, short years.
PRO! Lazy progressives and socialists will flee from Texas and return to New York, California, and Illinois (where they belong) when they discover that the government teat has dried up, and they now have to actually work for a living.
PRO: Texas already has an independent electrical grid, so our lights will not go out without federal assistance.

???: I thought that Texans pay more in federal taxes than comes back to the state in benefits, but it turns out this is no longer true. If Texas is a drain on the national economy, secession would be a PRO for the rest of the country. On the other hand, we wouldn't require continued funding for federal soldiers, so those in the military would have to leave Texas or find other (more productive) work which would be an eventual PRO for Texas, too. (We're keeping Fort Hood, by the way! Either that or we'll charge the federal government rent like a Kentucky hotel during the Derby.) I admit I loved it when I read "the Lone Star State has independence in its DNA"

CON: We wouldn't be required to fly the American flag any more. Wait. That gives us another flagpole for the Texas flag! I guess that's in the PRO column, too.
CON: We wouldn't be allowed to pick between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in November. Oh, shit! This is in the PRO column, too!

God's honest truth? I can't think of a single thing that would cause me to hesitate to vote in favor of secession.

OK, but how likely is it that this pipe dream will become a reality? On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Texas Nationalist Movement sent this eMail to its members.

Supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement scored a major victory today when 2/3rds of the Texas Republican Platform Committee voted to place a call for a referendum on Texas independence on the party platform.

Members of the TNM who are delegates to the convention have been engaging the subcommittees since early on Monday advocating for the addition to the platform. Their testimony and visible support for the issue bore fruit today when the issue came before the full Platform Committee.

After some vigorous debate by the committee members and the failure of a motion to strike the resolution from the final report, 2/3rds of the committee voted to move the plank forward to a full vote of the delegates at the convention.

As I said earlier, it is not a question of IF Texas will secede, but rather WHEN we will get the job done. I encourage you to join the discussion by commenting on this newsletter. There are two things I want to know.
Are you IN TEXAS or NOT IN TEXAS, and do you
Your comments after that are welcome and eagerly encouraged!

 Secession needs to happen.

Secession needs to happen. Even though the state governments are tryannical just like the feds, they are at least on a smaller scale and closer geographically. GO TEXAS!  Show the sheeple how it's done. 

Secession of Texas or any other state

I really do hope Texas is successful in secession from the United States of America. I fear though that if the central banks believe there is any money (fiat or otherwise) to be lost if that action were to happen; they would probably try to pull another JFK assasination attempt in order to stop it. To them it's "just business". Nothing personal, they've proved it's no skin off their ass to murder anybody in the way of their making money!
Once Texas shows the way, several other states (North Dakota comes to mind first) are sure to follow suit. Unfortunately, I live in Californicated. A conservative Libertarian as myself, has seen socialism up close and personal. Even though Social Security is by definition (it's title says it all) socialist, I signed up for it back in 1972 without reservation because the Social Security Office explained to me that it was insurance for if I got injured and couldn't work anymore. I figured we all pay for auto insurance, health insurance, and life insurance; why not pay for retirement insurance as well?
After I was hit by a young lady that ran a stop sign (I was riding a motorcycle and she was driving a new Monte Carlo, guess who lost that battle?) I was fortunate enough to be able to continue driving 18 wheelers for another 10 years before the pain medicine became too powerful to allow me to be legally safe enough to drive. As the doctor's assistant said, "You're reactions are too slow to drive those big trucks while on the medication; and without the pain killers you're in so much pain that you won't be paying enough attention to drive safely". Well, there certainly wasn't any problem with it for the last 10 years, but that was until the manufacturers of oxycontin decided to change the coating on their slow release tablets. I had been happily paying $35 co-pay with Blue Cross/Blue Shield through the health insurance and then suddenly, without warning, my co-pay went up to just under $300. I was forced to change the medication to ms contin. A few short weeks later my employee number came up for a random drug screen! Now, mind you, I had been subjected to pre-employment and random drug screens for the past 10 years and everything was just fine but that ms contin showed up like the great flag of Texas and I was immediately called by a DOT doctor that sounded a little upset when he asked me "What the hell do you have morphine in your urine for?" I told him that it was prescribed to me by my doctor. He asked me for my prescription info and said he would call me back.
 It turned out that the doctor's office lied to cover their asses and left me out to dry. When you mentioned socialist states, you should have included Michigan. It turned out that my health got worse soon after and I couldn't drive truck hauling steel anyway.
Life is getting better for me though. I've recently started driving for Uber. I feel so much better about my life again. It has been very depressing for me the past eight years, not being able to drive trucks. In 2010 I was awarded 100% disability and because I was almost 55 years old, the employment specialist attending my hearing decided I was too old to be retrained for a more suitable job. The only problem is; how do I live on only $1,500 a month disability income? After paying my folks $600 per month for room and board, it's very hard to make ends meet. I hope Austin gets their stuff together and doesn't make it harder for people like me to make a living driving with Uber. I don't know why Uber is making such a big deal about finger printing along with the background check. I can't imagine there are that many people trying to commit fraud just to drive for Uber?
Anyway; I'm glad your health has improved since you've moved back to Texas, Michael. The pain injections and ablaision procedures are really helping to reduce my chronic pain in my neck and back. I'm on chemo to improve my health with RA. My deteriating disc disease, scoliosis, and muscle spasms are only going to get worse as I get older but at least I'm out making a living again. 
But, I just don't understand why a government as wonderful as ours would take away my health benefit first if I try to improve my lot in life by a couple hundred dollars a week. You would think it would be on my side and just cut back a little of my benefit check? No, it looks like the system is designed to pressure those of us on the government dole to just stay there. What a crock!
 I hope life continues to shine on you, Michael. Good luck with your Constitution classes. I learned a lot from them. On the up-side; I'm not a blind sheep up for slaughter, I'm up for what ever's going to happen, eyes wide open and ready to fight.

The Pledge

Would you then remove the word 'indivisible' from the Pledge?
Ed in AZ

[mjb: Yes, I would. "Indivisible" suggests that states are not allowed to secede, and I reject that position. I am actually promoting Texas secession as one of my current projects. Some people claim that "indivisible" only means that the states plan to staunchly defend each other, remaining loyal to the union by choice. I doubt that is the original intent, but if that is how people wish to interpret the pledge, I would hope to find a better word or phrase to express the idea without ambiguity.]

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