The leader of the secession movement in Texas says that President Barack Obama’s reelection was a “catalyzing moment” for his organization’s efforts to quit the United States. “I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama,” Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller told POLITICO. “This cake has been baking for a long time — it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.” (Snip) GOP Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier commented
From time to time I´ve posted a link to the Texas Nationalist Movement in comments. I encourage fellow Texans and others who are believe in personal responsibility and freedom to spend some time exploring their site.
Just as with "Birthers" it is easy to scoff and make fun. However, there are Americans who strongly believe the Federal government has repeatedly overstepped its limited powers and cannot be reined. These people have been working for years to peacefully seek independence.
To paraphrase one of the posters in the article, it´s not "The Big Federal Government and States", it´s "The United States" and as freemen we do have a right to dissolve these bonds
Sorry #12. The precedent has been set by Lincoln, et al. We tried to peacefully secede but were defeated by the Northern Army. Everyone keeps getting it wrong; it was NOT a Civil War; we were NOT trying to take over the government; we were trying to leave. Unfortunately, we got entangled with that whole slavery issue which I think is repugnant.
I really and truly DON´T want to fight that old argument again; but it´s my firm belief that slavery was just an excuse not the reason.
The southern states had ceded the Union and it wasn´t until South Carolina fired on Ft Sumpter that the shooting war started. The attack on Sumpter was all the pretext that Lincoln needed. The so called "Civil War", War Between the States, the War of Northern Aggression was ultimately about preventing the South from going it alone. Slavery was an excuse employed later to gain the moral high ground.
Fair points made in #23, but King George III just kept right on taxing, and following that, sent troops. It took a long time in those days simply for the lack of technology. Today, we have King B.O. I giving no ground (already, and in spite of the campaign rhetoric) on new and higher taxes. This can move much faster. The counsel of patience is understood, but I ask "Wait for what? Until we´re taxed into poverty? Taxed out of our jobs, homes and freedoms?"
Likewise good points # 24. And I agree, things will happen much faster now because of technology. All I am saying is that while we have been through a fraudulent election, can we prove this to a nation that just "re-elected" someone that hates it?
Yes, we are running out of time. But just as the Tea Party rallies never provided the government with the "violence" excuse they so desparately desired (hence their own attempt at aggitation in OWS), we cannot be too hasty.
I have 31 year of martial arts training and experience. I have never thrown the first punch.
But I have always thrown the last.
Usually because my opponents have over extended themselves because of their aggression.
As I write this, the theme from The Outlaw Josey Wales is playing on my computer, in my opinion the greatest American Western. But what a sad time and tale (albeit fictional).
I would hope to be avoided again.
I fear most likely will not.
Let them be guilty of starting it.
Let us be strong enough to stand for righteousness and love of that which is bigger than each of us.
#20, the Civil War was absolutely about slavery. If you don´t believe me, read South Carolina´s Declaration of Secession. The only issue it mentioned was slavery and the threat that Lincoln´s election posed to it. If it was about something other than slavery, the SC legislators didn´t bother to mention it.
As for Texas, do they realize that if they secede, they will lose all of those military bases and all of those jobs? Just something to consider.
All states have the tenth amendment to limit the reach of the Federal government. Why aren´t they using it?
And to the ConCon people, be VERY careful what you wish for, that road runs both directions. You can´t just get what you want and stop any one else from getting what they want. Would be the perfect in for no term presidency, or dissolution of the 16th. Think long, think hard.
Second; as was said above, what happens to the Texas portion of the national debt? Think of it like a divorce, the spouse that didn´t run up the debts often has to pay 1/2 anyway. This might be sort of a red herring issue in that at least it could stop increasing
Three; Texas would need to close its borders. There are simply not enough jobs there to accommodate a rapid doubling of the population. This is especially true as manny of those moving there would bring their socialistic ideas with them
Four; many of the democrats might like this idea. It would mean that no Republican would ever have a chance to win a national election again because without the Texas EC votes California & New York control the rest of the nation
Yes, and let us not forget the seaports crucial to the country for imports, the oil reserves in Texas, the refineries in Texas, and all the states Texas supplies oil to. Texas is actually one of the only states that could survive, but not so sure how a good portion of the country would fare without Texas. They could pay their share of debt rather quickly just in oil sales and refinement to the US.
Aplogies for second post, but it really needed to be pointed out. Texas doesn´t need the country, the country needs Texas.
Texas can take it´s share of the debt, and if there is no agreement on SS and other benefits for it´s people that they are now entitled to just subtract that off the debt. Remember the 16 Trillion federal debt is only the beginning. The debt for promises, entitlements is much more 150 Trillion or so. Totally impossible - a fantasy yet there is is! Texas by itself can set up a sound currency and a lifeboat for the country. Just be sure to correct the main mistake and have a firm immigration policy and do not allow Texas to be flooded with spongers. Take a lesson from the Late Great USA and do not allow people to vote who can´t or won´t pay their way. It won´t be long till everyone will want to move there. Don´t allow Obama and his ilk to do it! A state must enforce it´s border if it is to survive. This should be obvious in the late great USA.
Civil War and separation, at this point, are inevitable. IT is just a matter of timing. The U.S. muddled for 20-30 years before the actual shooting war started in the Civil War. We are in the same muddled period now. Evil Emperor Obama and his lazy inner city black/brown/tan demographic food stamp army of takers and moochers are no match on the ground for Red Staters who can innovate, who work, who own guns, and know how to use them. I am preparing for the coming war - beware, it is coming.
When Texas got its independence from Mexico it was a sovereign republic for some time, if I remember my history correctly. When it joined this country I believe there was a proviso that it could leave the Union if it chose to do so, putting it in a category by itself as no other state joined under like circumstances. Correct me if I am wrong.
Of course, whether it is practical is another matter.
#27, those military bases here mean nothing in the big picture. Imagine the number of jobs created here were we out from underneath the jackboot of the EPA/DoEn/DoEd/DoAg/DoHHS/etc.? We would survive and thrive.
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
Congress´s top inquisitor subpoenaed the State Department on Thursday for documents detailing the inner workings of the independent board that probed the September attack in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans on the House Oversight panel have accused the Accountability Review Board (ARB) of seeking to protect former Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in its investigation, notably by declining to interview her. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he subpoenaed the department because he was being stonewalled. “After ignoring requests for months, the State Department has left no alternative but to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to our investigation,”
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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Wednesday that if across-the-board budget cuts were not lifted, the United States would have to reduce its global security objectives by trading away the size of its armed forces or its edge in technology as the Pentagon seeks to remain solvent. In a dire assessment of the financial challenges facing the military, Mr. Hagel said the political stalemate between the White House and Congress over a comprehensive deal for taxes and spending has required the Defense Department to plan for a range of cuts, since a deal to lift
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
“Well, I’m not going to catalogue...”-- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refusing to define what he and President Obama meant when talking about “phony scandals.” Carney, though, intimated that the targeting of political groups by the IRS and the doctored White House talking points on the Islamist raid on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya were “phony.” We now know that IRS honchos shared information about conservative groups with other agencies, using the vast data in the IRS databanks to help other federal officials make cases against conservatives. Now we need to know how much, how often and
A progressive group will coordinate with liberal activists to disrupt Republican town halls during the August recess, when lawmakers will face questions about Obamacare and comprehensive immigration reform. Americans United for Change, run by a former Democratic National Committee communications head, plans to send activists to Republican town halls in swing states and even red states to target lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "This is a new approach. The theory in the past has been to be stealth about the effort to confront members at town halls--but sometimes it´s been too stealth, and we haven’t generated enough activity,"
IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch to Obamacare: [Video] "Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee´s Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges," a congressman asked. "Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you´re tasked to enforce?" "I don´t want to speak for the NTEU, but I´ll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS,"
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) slammed Attorney General Eric Holder after an investigation by Goodlatte´s committee reported discrepancies between Holder´s congressional testimony and decision to approve a search warrant for emails from Fox News Correspondent James Rosen. "I find the lack of leadership at the Department of Justice extremely alarming," Goodlatte said in a statement on Wednesday. "The deceptive and misleading testimony of Attorney General Holder is unfortunately just the most recent example in a long list of scandals that have plagued the Department." The report released by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday said Holder´s testimony included
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