The Texas secession movement has caught on in at least 15 other states, according to the Houston Chronicle. A group of folks in Vermont want to join Canada, and multiple states from South Carolina to Alaska are reportedly prepared to “go it alone” if their respective movements garner enough steam to be considered for a vote.
Texas Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman said the Lone Star State is preparing to secede and become an “independent nation” if the United States “falls apart. Smitherman currently holds the Texas Railroad Commissioner post and made the Texas secession comment during an interview with WND.
Barry Smitherman had this to say about Texas seceding if the Republic fails:
“Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”
Smitherman is concerned about the economic stability in the United States and how the fiscal woes will impact the entire country. According to the Texas attorney general Republican candidate, the Lone Star State already possesses all the resources necessary to become an independent nation separate from the rest of America.
Smitherman also had this to say about Texas preparedness:
“We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”
The Texans willingness to go it alone as a new independent nation should not be taken as a lack of patriotism. Barry Smitherman appears to love both his country and his state and is planning and preparing to maintain order and quality of life in case an economic, man-made, or natural disaster out Texas in a situation where it needs to fend for itself. The attorney general hopeful also stated that he considers such a preparedness mindset part of his duty as a public official.The American Legislative Exchange Council reports that more Americans have been relocating to Texas than anywhere else due to the non-existent income taxes and job availability.
Many of the resources which Smitherman cites as readily available are likely due in large part, to the ongoing recruiting efforts by Governor Rick Perry. The Republican Texas Governor may not have been eloquent while at the podium during the 2012 presidential debates, but he most definitely knows how to successfully run a state. Texas boasts some of the best employment rates, lowest tax rates, highest incomes, low crime rates, and economic growth in the United States. The Lone Star State ranks at the top in many of the noted categories, among a host of others important to quality of life issues. In 2009, Governor Perry also made reference to the desire to seceded by some Texans due to their mounting dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C. politicians.
Governor Perry had this to say to reporters after Texas secession comments were uttered during several Tea Party rallies:
“We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”
As Governor Perry noted, Texans has always boasted an independent streak, and have also always held a strong states’ rights mindset. Federal government overreach is a thorn in the side of many Libertarians, Republicans, and conservatives. Whether or not Texas or any other state ever goes forward with formal secession plans, the burgeoning angst over how far America has strayed from its small government roots and the dictates of the Constitution will continue to mount until citizens stand up and say enough and push lawmakers to adhere to the government constraints laid out by our Founding Fathers.
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