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Independence: the South’s only option

Independence: the South’s only option
How are things going for you, Mr. and Mrs. Southerner? You are being forced into a “health care” system—ObamaCare–designed to provide worse service for more money; you are being spied on by the NSA and told it is for your own security; you are being (or soon will be) monitored from the skies by domestic drones; you are being slowly and surely deprived of your rights to own firearms and defend yourselves; you are being demographically displaced by Third World aliens with the open aid and sanction of the DC government; you are being told that you are a vile “racist” if you don’t accept tolerance, diversity, and multiculturalism; you are being forced to give your tacit consent to the killing of millions of unborn children every year; you are being forced to accept homosexual “marriage” as normal; you are watching the faith of your Christian fathers be driven from the public square; you are being deprived of your wealth through inflation; you are being robbed blind by the cabal of international bankers; and you are being told that it is “patriotic” to send your sons and daughters off to fight wars against “enemies” who actually pose no threat to the USA. But hey, at least you still live in “the freest country in the world.” I haven’t heard much from old Lee “God Bless the USA” Greenwood lately, have you? But there is a man who got it right forty-something years ago and that was then-Alabama Governor George C. Wallace. He proclaimed that there was not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans. And in an indirect way, Wallace was telling us that looking to Washington, DC, was a futile exercise, especially for his naturally conservative fellow Southerners. Wait . . . you mean that a conservative GOP victory at the polls in 2014 and/or 2016 won’t turn all this around and make the USA right and whole again? No, Mr. and Mrs. Southerner, it won’t. In fact, most of the things being inflicted on you now (see list above) have been pushed by both major parties on the national level. If you are a “conservative,” as most Southerners claim to be, you have been fooled. But when you come to understand the nature of modern conservatism, it will all begin to make sense to...

Why Texas would be better off as a free republic....

Why Texas would be better off as a free republic.
Texas would be better off as a free republic in many ways. First, the taxes paid to the federal government by Texas would now be staying in Texas. In 2007, this amounted to $225,390,904,000. The most recent Texas State budget amounted to $182,000,000,000. By shifting the location to where these tax monies go, Texas could operate effectively on the monies currently paid in taxes to the federal government without increasing any taxes itself. The monies currently collected for Texas’s use could then be used to pay down debt and national defense. As a republic Texas could protect its own borders effectively and set up a sound immigration policy to replace the current federally-mandated one. Texas would also be free to deport illegal immigrants. A Lone Star republic would also be able to refuse services to illegal immigrants, which currently drains State resources to the tune of $4.3 billion annually. A refusal of services to illegal aliens and their families would force them into a track of seeking legal immigration status. Texas needs population growth. With Texas in control of immigration policy, the future of her demographic make-up could be managed in Austin rather than in Washington, DC. This means that the needs of Texas would take priorities over political paybacks to ungrateful nations whose children we school and immigrants we are forced to absorb under the US plan.  Presently, unfunded federal mandates cost Texas over $4 billion each year. This kind of burden hurts educational effectiveness and slows economic growth. In terms of national defense, Texas could provide the manpower to protect its national interests. Rather than having our sons and daughters fighting imperialistic wars, they would be kept in Texas to protect our sovereignty and borders.  With Texas as a free republic, there would not be obligations or treaties to protect other overseas nations unless Texans wanted there to be. By going independent, we would keep out of foreign entanglements and wars. Texas sons and daughters would not have to die in jungles and deserts around the world based on fuzzy foreign policy or defending a UN agenda. Regarding technology, the fighter airplane plants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other factories would provide Texas with state-of-the-art defensive capabilities, including combat vehicles, missiles, ships, and avionics. Presently 65% of the united States defense contractors are located in Texas....

REMARKS ON THE “LEGALITY OF SECESSION”...

REMARKS ON THE “LEGALITY OF SECESSION”
The following speech was deliver by Wes Riddle to a meeting of the John Birch Society on 21 February in Houston. Good Afternoon.  Thank you, Ken [Hoover] for the opportunity to speak. Immediately after President Obama won the General Election for President on November 6th last year, thousands of petitioners expressed a desire to secede from the Union in petitions sent to the White House website.  They represented every state in the Union.  States of Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas moreover, garnered more than 25,000 each in a single month, warranting automatic response from the White House according to its own website rules.  The Texas “We the People” petition received over 125,000 signatures, more than any other state. The White House response did not treat the sentiment particularly seriously, but rather politely called for national unity and encouraged everyone to participate fully in the political process. Of course, in Texas 125,000 out of 25 million people isn’t really that serious.  President Obama has the whole Republican Party on the ropes.  A handful of secessionists, from a political standpoint, hardly rise to a level of nuisance.  The Tea Party faction does that and is itself marginal.  Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party in Texas, said the secessionist movement has no political import—and so far he’s right.  Still, it is interesting theoretically to consider, whether the Union is or is supposed to be held together at root by force, or—and this seems more likely, through consent of the governed.  The fact that secession has short legs politically belies the more essential fact that secession is ultimately a political question. Bud Kennedy, a liberal writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram implied that secessionists must be from some other planet.  Nevertheless, a Flat Earth petition would be on shaky ground politically, because the theory on which its sentiment rests were erroneous.  A Creationists’ petition would rest on suspect theory, even if Darwin were not altogether provable.  Secessionists at least have the advantage of history; and ambiguity in constitutional language and theory; and regional interpretations with a substantial degree of integrity;—and then there are the words of the Declaration of Independence itself. Secessionists have no political base at the moment—’tis true, but their position theoretically is much stronger than that of extraterrestrial aliens.  It should come as...