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Can Texas Afford to Become Independent?

Can Texas Afford to Become Independent?
If you waited until getting married or having children until you could afford it, you may have never made such choices. When you look at whether or not you can afford a life change before you make it, there is a good chance that your priorities are messed up. There are many life changes that involve making the change and then figuring how to make ends meet afterwards. Choosing Texas Independence is one of those kind of choices. If you wait until the money is there, the likelihood is that some new economic program, new tax, or new social welfare policy will drain the funds. In considering Texas Independence, the affordability is one of those items that will be worked out. The Union will do everything it can to have you living in fear and thinking that Texas can not make it on its own. The Union wants to keep us dependent on them. They do not want Texans to realize the economic power that we have. They do not want to loose the cash cow that Texas is to them. Instead, they have many Texans living in fear thinking that we will not be able to afford roads, national defense, large building projects or world-class universities. Fear is the main tool that keeps you and many other Texans dependent on staying in the Union. Instead of fearing whether Texas can afford it, reversing the question gets closer to the truth. Can the United States afford Texas becoming Independent? The United States would loose $2.7 trillion in Taxes annually, access to 1/3 of their petroleum, along with some of their largest port facilities, air transportation facilities and trade. The truth is that the Union is afraid of us leaving. They would go into an economic decline with Texas leaving. They would loose valuable resources that they can not afford to loose. They need us more than we need them. Like an over controlling parent, they use threats and fear to keep you under their thumb. Many Texans fear that independence would bring financial ruin. Independence will bring financial hardship, yet on the United States, not Texas. Let me explain the math to you. According to figures from The Economist, this is how it plays out. Texas, both citizens and business paid in $2,738,600,000,000. That amounts to $2,738 Billion. $2,738...

If a People Cannot Secede, They Are Not Free...

If a People Cannot Secede, They Are Not Free
Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election or perhaps something deeper? Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures. Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn’t hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union. Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States? Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War. On the contrary, the principles of self-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding. Clearly, Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825 he concluded that states “should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left are the dissolution of our union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.” Keep in mind that the first and third paragraph of the Declaration of Independence expressly contemplate the dissolution of a political union when the underlying government becomes tyrannical. Do we have a government without limitation of powers yet? The federal government kept the union together through violence and force in the Civil War, but did might really make right? Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some thought it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots. There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents. That is what our revolutionary war was all about and today, our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform. In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo. If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties, and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it. Consider the ballot measures that passed in Colorado and Washington state regarding marijuana laws. The people in those states have clearly indicated that they are ready to try something different where drug policy is concerned,...

The American Tradition of Secession

The American Tradition of Secession
“Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession.” ~ Ron Paul Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably apoplectic when Ron Paul recently stated on his House Web site that secession is “a deeply American principle.” Congressman Paul was alluding to the fact that all fifty states have sent secession petitions to the White House. Typical of the media response was a snotty remark by one Robert Schlesinger, the son of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who is the “managing editor of opinion” of the soon-to-go-out-of-business U.S. News. Ron Paul is “deeply wrong,” he moaned, calling the congressman a “crank” and predicting that he “will soon be forgotten.” Robert Schlesinger’s bad manners are matched by his utter ignorance of American history. Ron Paul was most certainly correct when he said that America “was born through secession.” The Revolutionary War was a war of secession from the British empire. As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, our Declaration of Secession from the British Empire, governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and whenever that consent is withdrawn, it is the right and duty of the people to “alter or abolish” that government and “to institute a new government.” How else could one possibly interpret the following passage from the Declaration but a declaration of secession or separation from Great Britain?: “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 . . .” (emphasis in original). In his first inaugural address Jefferson advocated attempts at persuasion, as opposed to a Lincolnian waging of total war of terrorism on American citizens who sought disunion: “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union . . . let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it.” In a January 29, 1804 letter to a Dr. Joseph Priestly, who had inquired about the prospect of the New England Federalists seceding from the union, as they were...

President Davis’ Thanksgiving Proclamation...

President Davis’ Thanksgiving Proclamation
A THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION, 1861 “WHEREAS, it hath pleased Almighty God, the Sovereign Disposer of events, to protect and defend us hitherto in our conflicts with our enemies as to be unto them a shield. And whereas, with grateful thanks we recognize His hand and acknowledge that not unto us, but unto Him, belongeth the victory, and in humble dependence upon His almighty strength, and trusting in the justness of our purpose, we appeal to Him that He may set at naught the efforts of our enemies, and humble them to confusion and shame. Now therefore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, in view of impending conflict, do hereby set apart Friday, the 15th day of November, as a day of national humiliation and prayer, and do hereby invite the reverend clergy and the people of these Confederate States to repair on that day to their homes and usual places of public worship, and to implore blessing of Almighty God upon our people, that he may give us victory over our enemies, preserve our homes and altars from pollution, and secure to us the restoration of peace and prosperity. Given under hand and seal of the Confederate States at Richmond, this the 31st day of October, year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty one. By the President, JEFFERSON...

A Little Texas Humor

A Little Texas Humor
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