While writing the previous article we came across the petitions from El Paso and Austin requesting secession from Texas. This brings up an interesting question. If States, such as Texas, believe secession from the Union is acceptable, is secession of an entity (city) within the State is acceptable?
Texas is an amalgamation of peoples, just like the rest of the United States. The peoples of cities like Austin and El Paso may not agree with the people in cities like Dallas and Houston. Should they then be allowed to be separate?
Then smaller towns and counties may wish to be separate entities since they don’t agree with their neighboring counties.
Could the people wanting secession get their wish and not get what they actually wanted?
There is nothing in the official annexation papers, or in any other documents for that matter, that provides or agrees to a path to secession. But and it is a big But. In the 1845 Annexation Agreement is a provision stating that “new States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution.”
Over the years the idea of separating into five states has been brought up, most recently by Tom Delay in 2009. Each time it has been thought of as to gain a political advantage, eight more senators from one or the other party.
But in these contentious times would this benefit one party over the other as much as in the past? In the past election the Republicans garnered 57% of the vote. So if we get four new states, would two be republican dominated states while two democrat dominated states and one up for grabs? Or would the powers that be gerrymander the states beyond recognition, much like current congressional district lines which would make it hard for kids to draw maps like they can now. Would there be an actual election to decide what area of the current Texas each new State would take? Would the Tea Baggers take a chance on the electorate giving three or possibly more States to the Enemy? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
All this talk of secession and we can whup all them yankees in a couple of weeks, oh wait that was 1861, has social media awash with “I signed the Petition to Secede” comments and tons of Likes.
Now since the old boy in Arlington, Tx. has gotten so popular with his White House petition asking to let the state leave the U.S., along comes a fellar from El Paso with a petition asking the White House to let El Paso secede from Texas. WTF??????
Okay, he claims that El Paso has little in common with the rest of Texas and that it’s demographics are more similar to New Mexico. El Paso is also proud to be part of the United States and wants no part of a state whom publicly contemplates secession from our great nation.”
And then the plot thickens. Now an Austin resident has filed a White House petition asking that the city be allowed to secede from Texas.
This fellar writes that “Austin Texas continues to suffer difficulties stemming from the lack of civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon the city by less liberally minded Texans,” the petition explains. “It is entirely feasible for Austin to operate as its own state, within the United States, in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede.
So now we have cities wanting to secede from the wacko’s who want to secede from the United States and operate as City States within the United States, kinda like Andorra or Monaco.
And what do these two cities have in common? Well, the Austin Petitioner writes that “It is important for Austin to remain in the union as to do so would protect it’s citizens standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers.” The El Paso petitioner writes that “El Paso has little in common with the rest of Texas.”
Are the folks in Texas beginning to come to their senses? Probably way too soon to tell but in 4 more years???
The Gov., AKA Rick Perry, has not given up on his Presidential ambitions even after taking a drubbing during the Grand Old Party’s “Who Can Get Farthest To The Right” Primary Debates. Prior to his run for the 2012 nomination, The Gov. gathering support, was vocal on occasion supporting the Tea Baggers call to Texas Secession. Back in early 2009 The Gov. was a star of the Tea Baggers, telling them at a rally that secession might be a good idea.
Now that The Gov. can taste the possibility of winning the nomination in 2016, he has become sensible, ahem, and says he does not think secession is a good idea. Reminds me of “Etch a Sketch Romney”.
The Dallas Morning News reported that when asked his office gave the following response
“Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government.”
I’m sure the Tea bagger partiers ain’t gonna be liking The Gov’s softer side.
Oh boy, here we go again. The Black Communist, Socialist, Nazi, Class Warfare Warrior, Barak Obama won the Presidency so the world is going to end as we know it. And now comes along one Peter Morrison, Treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party. Mr Morrison called for Texas to secede from the United States and the “maggots” who reelected President Barack Obama.
Morrison wrote “We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity. But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity. Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace,
sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.”
Morrison went on to write that “many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party most white people happen to vote for.”
As we know the Grand Old Party controls every statewide official and has big majorities in both State Houses. Both U.S. senators and 24 of 36 congressional seats are Republicans. Facebook is awash in calls for secession and anti-Obama sentiment. US Flags are being flown upside down. It will be interesting to see the natives get even more fired up. They now have a new hero in Mr. Morrison.
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
Reverend Rick Scarborough is preparing for his “40 Days to Save America” event, which is set to begin Sept. 28 and run through the election. The Reverend is calling on his followers to pray and fast in order to to get God to intervene in the presidential race.
Now along comes The Gov. to get in on the action. Earlier this week, The Gov. held a conference call with the evangelical leaders across the Bible Belt and shared his thoughts on the origins of the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.
The Gov has a unique take on the issue. “Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there that is driven is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena” Perry said during the call.
So, it was Satan and not the founders who brought about constitutional separation of church and state. According to The Gov. the separation of religious and civic institutions in the U.S. began in the 60’s. The Gov. went on with
“Somehow or another there’s this, ya know, steel wall, this iron curtain or whatever you want to call it between the church and people of faith and this separation of church and state is just false on its face. We have a biblical responsibility to be involved in the public arena proclaiming God’s truth.”
Can’t wait for the throngs of evangelical christiains intoning the masses to get God to kick Obama out and put Mittens in….
Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.
What has bothered me most with the Tea Bagger secessionist movement is that they follow the slogans and repeated over and over propaganda. The vote for measures that were intended to negatively affect them. They then brag and post on blogs and social media on how they are fighting for their freedom. These folks are so ate up with their propagandized patriotism that they can never admit they are being used. Back in the 70’s and early eighties the Republicans realized that they could use religion as a wedge and started the war against religion movement to bring the evangelicals to arms. Never mind that there was no war ongoing, but they were successful in convincing the masses in the south that there was one.
In the 2010 elections the Republicans again convinced this same demographic that they needed to fight the masses who were sponges, freeloading off the worker bees. The masses showed up as good puppets should with teabags hanging form their hats, spouting racist and anti-government rhetoric cleverly veiled by the puppet masters at
Freedom Works to sound as the workers being taken advantage of by freeloading democrats who were looking for handouts in the form of “entitlements”. Once again they did not see that they were the ones that in most cases they were railing against. How many senior citizens did we see with their teabags and anti Obama signs, shouting about the injustice of entitlements and the need to eliminate them. The entitlements they were protesting to end were medicare and social security, but they were too brainwashed to see it.
As it was comes around this tradition continues. Mitt Romney’s in a speech to wealthy donors at a $50,000 per plate luncheon dismissed 47% of the American with the statement “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what”. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government,
who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement and the government should give it to them, and they will vote for this president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax.
So Romney is saying 47% of the population is hopelessly dependent on government, unwilling to take responsibility and will vote for anyone who will give it to them. This is not only a naive view of almost half of the Americans in this great country it also denigrates the groups Romney is courting to win this election. Romney is saying that he doesn’t care about this other 47%. This group is the group protesting on his behalf against their own concerns. Just about all senior citizens, many who vote Republican fall in this group. Half of all these senior citizens don’t pay taxes as their income is so low. Veterans just done fighting in Afghanistan, who are trying to transition from military back to civilian life and getting veterans benefits fall in this group.
Isn’t it troubling that a person running to be the president of the United States writes off half the country. Worse yet when asked to clarify if this is truly his view, Romney just says that it was off the cuff and nor elegantly stated. He does not repute them, only says he wish he had said it better….
A U.S. court ruled against a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote. Texas, with it’s history of discriminatory voting laws against minorities is required under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to pre-clear any major changes in voting procedures.
The law that would have required Texans to present a photo ID at the polls before being allowed to vote. the court ruled the new law would disenfranchise African American and Latino voters. The court further stated that the ruling was not a ruling against jurisdictions from implementing photo ID laws but that Texas failed to demonstrate that its particular voter ID law lacks retrogressive effect.