Friday, April 17, 2009

Is Independence the Future of Texas?

Of all the American states, only two have ever been fully independent nations: the Kingdom of Hawaii, land grabbed and stolen by US business interests and Texas, which, after being an independent republic, joined the US willingly, or at least that is the official line. There are quite a few who debate the willingly part, but that, dear reader, is for another story.

Texas is an independent land that has always taken its own way, even while cobbled to the rest of the Union, a Union it tried to leave in 1861 but was forced back into in 1865. As a whole, if independent, Texas would be the 10th largest world economy, with its manufacturing base second only to California. Everything Texas has and would take with her is everything that DC has to loose and could not live without.

Texas, with a land mass of some 700,000 square km, and with a population of 24.3 million, it is home to three of America's top 20 cities. It is the center of the American beef, sheep and goat industries, as well as the biggest US producer of cotton and sugar and also grows a larger portion of the cereal crops. It has 5 billion barrels of proven oil reserve and produces 1/4th of the US natural gas, as well as being the main uranium mines and nuclear weapons production sites.

The biggest US oil refinery is also in Texas, where petroleum is refined into every product that mankind uses from it. Houston Texas, not only the 3rd largest American city and one of America's major ports, is also home to the gas/oil industry of North America. Texas industry as a whole is home to such world heavy weights as North American Aviation, General Dynamic, Bell Aircraft, Dell, Texas Instruments, EDS, AT&T and NASA.

Obviously, to lose all that, America would be crippled for decades if not generations and the Empire that is DC, would more then likely then shortly loose control of the rest of the Old Confederacy and maybe much more.

But what is the mood in Texas?

In a word: angry. They are angry at the open borders, the non-stop flow of illegal aliens, of drugs, gangs and violence. They are angry at high federal taxes, high federal debt and a One Party Two Branch imperial system that never changes for the better, never listens and only dictates their lives. It is a testament to Texas that for 20 years it has reelected Congressman Ron Paul, a man who has stood up to the Empire but unfortunately, as one of a tiny minority, has always been brushed aside.

But the anger really started to boil with the out and out Marxism that is now flowing freely out of DC unto the rest of the Empire, Marxism that has already but the next three, maybe four generations of Texans into endless debt slavery. Marxism that has pushed to cap the gas/oil industry that much of the state relies on and has talked about giving citizenship to the illegal aliens and generous welfare to keep them quite.

Much of this anger boiled over a couple of days ago, on what Americans call Tax Day, the day when all their wage taxes are due in to the central government. Protest rallies, ignored at best and ridiculed at worst by the oligarch owned press, sprang up through out the America. Hundreds of rallies with thousands of protesters, but only in Texas did they take on the tones of succession, the word that can not be spoken.

Texas governor Rick Perry gave a fiery speech to a large crowd in the Texas capital, Austin, at a rally whose name said it all: "Don't Mess with Texas." With sings like "Don't Tread on Me" around him, he said "We will not stand our pockets being picked, our children's future being mortgaged, our rights being taken away." In response, the crowd yelled "Secede!".

It is symbolic that the rally was held at the Alamo, the battle, in which all the defenders were killed, that launched the Texas war for independence and was the rallying cry for the Texans. At the same rally, a locally famous radio commentator, Rick Green, declared "We are firing the first shots of the 2nd American revolution, right here in Texas!"

Later, Perry told reporters that if Texas gets anymore frustrated, it will fully consider the move towards succession, as he decryed the tyranny of DC taking away the rights of the states of America.

What just 2 years ago, would have been considered fringe declarations and would have destroyed a political career, will more then likely now, get Perry reelected.

The response of the Imperial media of the American oligarchs es was to state that Perry is insane, a lunatic and needs to shut up and disappear. Thus the cares and concerns of Texas weigh as much as the opinion of the popularly elected and soon to be reelected governor.

The Americans are in for a long, hot and troubled summer and Texas may have taken the first steps to escape this insanity.


Matthew Saroff said...

First, let me note that both Texas and Hawaii are conquered nations in which the treaties no longer have force, Texas was conquered during the Civil War, and Hawaii thereafter.

This invalidates the treaty.

Second, the treaty did not have the right to secession anyway.

Third, having lived in Texas, let me now say that were the state to leave the Union, I would be cheering, apart from the precedent.

The public culture of Texas is DEEPLY flawed, with ideas such as the right for rich people to profit from the public coffers, and the idea that innocence should not be a defense against execution coming to mind.

If they want to go, I would be golf clapping, and telling them not to let the door hit their ass on the way out.

As to the mood of Texas, it's more accurately described as, "Increasingly Hispanic, with the white bigots freaking about the demographic transition."

For a good insight into Texas politics and culture, I suggest that you read the writings of the late, and much missed Molly Ivins.

Stanislav said...

with ideas such as the right for rich people to profit from the public coffers,And this is different from the general US culture how? Taft, Telf, AIG transfer of funds to the banks from its bailout? List goes on for a long run.

"Increasingly Hispanic, with the white bigots freaking about the demographic transition."First, many hispanics have lived in Texas for 300+ years and from the several I have spoken with, all backed the idea of independence...and as for many of the Mexican arrivals, they want out of the Union also, but back to Mexico.

As for 18-25% pro secession, that is a very large percentage and can easily double while the DC crowd in America steal everything they can.

OB said...

Great article. To the first comment from Saroff... wow... you sound bitter. His comment is typical of the venom that's coming from from the marxists that you discuss in another post.

The only point that he traveled back to earth on was that Texas can't legally secede. But there are a couple of options that Texans are considering such as the right to separate into five states to increase representation in the house and senate as well as proposing a constitutional convention to push forward amendments to reinforce state sovereignty.

Daeg said...

The right of Texans to resume independence as a separate nation has been included in every Texas constitution except the military constitution forced upon as at the end of the War for Southern Independence. The present constitution of Texas is explicit in upholding this right:

the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.

longtex said...

Gracias, Comrade Saroff, we Texians appreciate your good wishes for our exit from your even more deeply flawed so-called "Union", and hope to hear your applause as we leave. Good riddance to you, and let us both hope that you never return.

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Paul W said...


Here's a Samuel Adams quote which seems to describe Mr. Saroff quite well:

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

I have been a Texan for the last 8 or so years, a refugee from the dark and fascist Peoples Republik of New Jersey. My grandfather ran from Russia at the end of the Civil War, and I learned bitter lessons about the wages of Socialism and Communism, courtesy of his experiences and those of his siblings who could not get out. I was privileged to meet his younger brother in the mid-'90s, then an 87-year-old man, and the stories he and his children told of the "Workers' Paradise" were horrific. Saroff can keep that crap, we Texans don't want it and won't tolerate it.

I have found most Texans to be direct and honest people, people who (unlike the effete, elitist snobs of the Upper West Side and the self-absorbed, group-thinking anarchists in Greenwich Village) treat people decently, expect to keep the fruits of their honest labor, and don't mind when another achieves success because of their own hard work and smarts. They are intolerant of those who would take what doesn't belong to them, and those who would interfere with the private lives and activities of others. But taking others' property and interfering with privacy and basic rights is all that the Chicago Maoist seems interested in doing.

Let's see how it turns out. Let's see if the community organizer has the mettle to deal with us fiercely independent Texans.
By the way, Mat Rodina forgot a couple of things: First, Texas pays more in taxes than it receives (yes, despite the President of the preceding 8 years having been a Texan - I daresay that Illinois will not be in such a position under Maobama); second, we Texans have somewhere between 2 and 3 firearms per adult (I know, its not a lot, but there are a lot of us) - that's well upwards of 30 million guns, and we know how to use them. Let's see someone try to cram anything down our throats that we don't want to swallow.

JCincy said...

I find it interesting this argument that Texas (or any other state) cannot legally break away from the Union. This stands in great contrast to the U.S. Declaration of Independence which states:

"Men... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights... 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."

DaleS said...

It is amazing that the hopeless situation that the US is currently in is so well captured by a Russian; a Russian who dislikes the US and who obviously still holds the grudge that was instilled into him by growing up in a communist society. I understand his dislike of us though, it is understandable since both the US and Russia brainwashed their citizens in believing the other countries citizens were evil godless creatures that were intent on destroying everything they believed in. In fact it wasn't the citizens, but the governments.

I do not see Texas leaving the Union as a realistic future, but the seeds of rebellion are here today as they were in the 1860's; the federal gov't is trying to take away states rights, which is what the Civil War was fought over anyway; slavery was a side line to the war that few southerners cared about. It it were to happen today the country would be split with the middle states joining the CSA, while the northeast would join California, Michigan, Illinois and Southern Florida.

The problem now is that the federal gov't is so much more powerful than it was in the 1860's and an armed rebellion inside America's borders today would be almost impossible; It is an interesting thought though, especially since the majority of military might is in the former CSA. Ft. Benning (home of the infantry, airborne, sniper school, rangers, soon to be armor and more), Ft. Hood (largest land base in the US military), Ft. Bragg (home of the Special Warfare Center and the 82nd Airborne), Ft. Campbell (101st AirMobile), Ft. Rucker (Home of Army Aviation), Ft. Gordon (Home of Army Communications), Ft. Stewart (24th Mech) and that is just the ones I could name off the top of my head. There are also many Air Force and Naval installations throughout the CSA.

Karen Aguilar said...

California also had a short period of independence - I believe 23 days. Great piece - I was at a tea party that day - we need more.

subscriptionblocker said... you really have any idea how mindless and headline obsessed our national media has become? You see some news feed from a few politician blowhards in Austin...and extrapolate that into succession?

Mr. Stanislav, try to avoid this drivel. It will rot your brain. I speak from experience :)

Real Texas citizens are just trying to figure out how to feed their kids another week as thousands of jobs disappear. Our own ideology doesn't permit us to belief the "fault" can be anything but our this can lead to much misery.

Don't know what real direction our grumpiness will take....but some of what you're seeing is something akin to a primal scream. That's what happens when you just can't figure out your next move.

Karen Aguilar said...

Dear Matt,

I re-read this post and feel the need to clarify something. Loose is the opposite of tight. Lose is the opposite of gain. Think of loose - noose. That helps me. Hope this helps you. I enjoy your blogs.

PS - don't feel bad, most americans get the two words mixed up all the time.