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So Texas has officially put secession on the table.

Now the Republican leader of Texas joins the Republican leader of Alaska and a host of other conservative (Republican) leaders who support what the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, said was illegal. What should we make of all this?  What should we do about Texas?

Well, let me give you a hint:

"This is John Galt speaking."

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John Galt, of course, is the hero of every living Republican. He is the man who, in Atlas Shrugged, realizes there are two classes in America: the rich and those who live parasitically off the rich. These "looters" take what the steely-eyed individualists produce and mock them in the process. Galt realizes that Capitalism, which follows the law of supply and demand, can never fulfill its true destiny so long as there are those who demand what others supply. So he and his Aryan friends quietly withdraw from the world to a paradise where the producers only produce, don't use, and leave the looters to realize, too late, how much they need the mastery of the elite.

So if the Republicans of Texas and elsewhere are so disaffected that they wish to secede, why wait? There is no need for the Texas Legislature to pass a secession ordinance. There is no need for Texas to do anything at all. The United States government itself can simply stop, today - this minute - providing its unwanted federal presence to Texas. If Texas thinks the federal government is too big, too burdensome, too oppressive - why we can just leave the state.

In the dead of night, the federal government pulls up its stakes and slinks away in defeat.

Imagine it Texas: You can wake up tomorrow and find not a trace of the federal government in your lives. U.S. courthouses will be closed; military bases shuttered; all federal offices closed. What a time for celebration: Republicans, Libertarians and Conservatives alike will dance in front of the Alamo and wave the Texas flag of independence.

But what happens when the motor stops spinning? In the new, independent Texas, citizens will soon start getting medical bills for aging parents  - and there will be no medicare money to pay them. There will be no Social Security to pad out meager fixed incomes. Tornados and wildfires may destroy property, but there will be no federal loan programs to help Texans start anew. Texans who hate federal taxes will discover that absence of federal government doesn't mean the end to taxes. Instead they will find taxes are much higher since state revenues are no longer subsidized by the 49 states of the United States.

Then will come the terrorists and thugs of all types pouring across the border, with only the Texas Rangers and Sheriff Billy Jack to stop them - until, of course, they reach the borders of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana, states that will have the protection Texans found oppressive and all the benefits of the Union Texas opted out of.

Texas, don't mess with U.S.  This is John Galt speaking.

Originally posted to GarySeven on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 11:44 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  let em go (4+ / 0-)

    george bush can be their king

  •  Strawman for 100, Alex. nt. (6+ / 0-)

    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. ~Homer

    by BFSkinner on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 11:49:23 AM PDT

  •  What to do about GarySeven? (9+ / 0-)

    Just what do we do about the umpteenth + 1 Texas bashing diarist who thinks he's cuter/funnier/cleverer than the umpteen who went before him?

    "People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it." Ogden Nash (on universal health care?)

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 11:52:04 AM PDT

  •  A wingnut minority, not a Texas, problem. (6+ / 0-)

    Governor Goodhair won with less than 40% of the vote against 3 opponents, only one of whom was a (weak) D candidate.  The other 2 were put-up jobs to divide the oppostion (sorry Kink-sters but your clown ran as a clown).  The Texas House is within 1 vote of being tied and dumped its TomDelay-Speaker.  Only Gerrymandering has kept Texas Repuke dominated.  Given the haste with which Repukes seem intent on alienating hispanic voters, I expect that won't help much longer.

  •  leave 'em alone & they'll come home (0+ / 0-)

    wagging their panhandle behind them.

    "Michele Bachmann is like the demi glace of wingnuttia." - Chris Hayes, Countdown, 2/18/09

    by rasbobbo on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 12:08:00 PM PDT

  •  and yet again (8+ / 0-)

    What possible constructive purpose does all the Texas bashing serve? You do realize that there are quite a few of us here on DK, right? It has already been mentioned that Perry won with a minority of the vote, but you should also know that many here pay little attention to the race for governor, since that is not a powerful position here. Joke candidates like Kinky Friedman do better than they would in a state where the governor actually does stuff.

    And here's my list of great Texans that you should be really proud of/greatful to: Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan (whose statue is being unveiled at the University of Texas not this Friday but next), Jim Mattox, Bill Moyers, Dan Rather, Jake Pickle, Ralph Yarborogh, Jim Hightower, Walter Cronkite, Henry B Gonzales (who introduced several resolutions to impeach Reagan), Lady Bird Johnson - who was an environmentalist long, long before it was cool...... There are numerous other Texans who have made positive contributions to the world but here's my contribution for the day - quit yer whinin', get down here & help us!

  •  I don't find secession shocking (0+ / 0-)

    I do think those who don't want to be a part of the Union should be able to leave it, otherwise it's not a free country any longer, once the ways out are barred, it's a major disagreement I have with Abe Lincoln.

    All the services you mentioned could easily be provided by the Texas state government, and as for Social Security, since the people paid into that, the federal government would still be on the hook, just like for social security payments to seniors living abroad. The federal government really does very little for us, when you start thinking about it. I just don't see armies of terrorists and thugs pouring across the undefended border, that's more of a Bush/Cheney wet dream than reality.

    Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

    by Marcion on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

  •  For eight years the world hated Americans... (4+ / 0-)

    because of George Bush.  Are you suggesting we tar all Texans with hatred because their governor is an asshole?  Rick Perry, as they say in the Lone Star State, is all hat and no cattle.  This site, just this week, paid waaaay too much attention to radicals with the endless teabagging diaries.  Please folks, please, let's not do it again slamming a has-been.

  •  It may sound crazy and we did fight... (1+ / 0-)
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    Marcion

    ...a civil war to decide the issue, but since Texas gets back less tax money than it sends to the Federal government (as does my State of Illinois), and since they would not need the full blown military that our empire requires, they would probably be better off financially as an independent country.

  •  One of your points has merit (0+ / 0-)

    Probably the biggest benefit for Texas if it were to break away is that its citizens wouldn't be forced to pay for Social Security and Mediaid anymore.  For some reason you think that the people of Texas would not like no payroll taxes.

    In reality, everyone in Texas that has a job would instantly make much more money thus removing the need for Social Security and Mediaid in the first place as they can easily save for their own retirement.  Furthermore, we already know Social Security is extremely bankrubt but if Texas left, their share of that massive burden would vanish once again to their huge benefit.

    The downside of course would be that they lose America's military protection and court system.  They could easily replace the court as they would already have the infrastructure but the military protection would be impossible to duplicate.

    I can see positives and negatives for them.  The positive being that they would rid themselves of wasteful entitlement programs.  The negative would be no military and a lack of a federal justice system.

  •  Texas (1+ / 0-)
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    ticket punch

    Just in case some of you missed it, every major city in Texas - except Fort Worth - went for Obama.  Dallas County is no longer trending Democratic, it is Democratic.  Austin is a liberal stronghold - as much as 15:1 in the Obama v McCain yard sign count.

    Perry is an idiot who barely won against 3 opponents.  And the state pols that stood beside him?  Red, red, red districts.

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