Secession From a Seccesionist State.

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.

Perry tells Federal Workers My Way or the Highway

During yesterday’s speech in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College, The Gov said something akin to dictatorship,  much like we have now here in Texas.

The Gov said “Having agencies of government that are there, are going to have individuals that are — understand my core philosophy, that government should do a few things.”  He continued “Having men and women who share my philosophy, and then giving that clear instruction to those agencies.   I don’t think you can fire federal bureaucrats, but you can reassign them — so reassign them to some really God-awful place.”

So what we are hearing is that one can no longer think for oneself.  You must blindly follow orders from above regardless of whether they are constitutionally legal or not.

It never ceases to amaze how Right Wingers and Teabaggers who claim they want to get the country back to following the Constitution are the ones who would really lead us into a Dictatorship which has no regard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

Perry is wishing he hadn’t written his “Fed Up” Manefesto.

Just goes to show you how brilliant The Gov is. Nine months ago he was strutting around, proud as a peacock, signing autographs, having the time of his life while promoting his manifesto “Fed Up” across the land to admiring Teabaggers. Just last Friday The Gov. was campaigning, railing against the very US government he wants to run while citing his manifesto “Fed Up” saying “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.” This weekend in Iowa some adoring tenther lobbed him this softball, “How would you fix the country’s rickety entitlement programs.” The Gov quickly replied “Have you read my book “Fed Up!”? Get a copy and read it.”

Ahhhh, but then the Sunday talking heads start spewing their nonsense and lo and behold most are aghast, aghast i say, to the positions The Gov takes on dismantling the United States. So as any good Republican when nailed on their true position does, The Gov trots out his mouthpiece who says, well he was just reflecting on the past and not the future. WTF??? The Gov. has long argued and spells out in detail in his manifesto that he thinks the federal government shouldn’t be able to tell him a 12 year old can’t work for $1.50 an hour for 50 hours a week. He has railed for years that Social Security and Medicare violate the Constitution. But now he starts a Texas Two Step Shuffle and has his mouthpiece come out and say “The governor wants to see the benefits for existing retirees and those close to Social Security be strongly protected. Beyond that, “he believes a full review and discussion of entitlement reforms need to be had, aimed at seeing that programs like Social Security and Medicare are fiscally responsible and sound.” Can’t anger the Old Folks now can we?

The best insight of his manifesto in my book though is his twisted position that the War of Northern Aggression/Civil War was the result of slaveholder activism in the 1850s. This he says was an example of big government federal overreach. He claims that Fugitive Slave Act completely ignored the human rights of the enslaved African-Americans of the south, but worse it violated the sovereignty of the Northern States. So in other words, slavery may be bad but violating another states sovereignty is worse? He writes “we can never know what would have happened in the absence of federal involvement.” Ah Ha, Peace and no war with just a slight cost, continued slavery.

Make one wonder what his next Texas Two Step waffle on his past positions will be.

Perry says Troops don’t respect President

Yesterday, while schmoozing for votes in Iowa, The Gov. told a crowd why he’s running for president saying “One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States. One Veterans group said “American troops are perfectly capable of disagreeing with the policies of a President and still holding respect for the office of Commander-in-Chief, for Rick Perry to suggest otherwise is nothing more than a below the belt smear against their professionalism.

Perry was asked if he would like to clarify or back down from his comments, he replied “If you polled the military, the active duty and veterans, and said “would you rather have a president of the United States that never served a day in the military or someone who is a veteran? They’ve going to say, I would venture, that they would like to have a veteran.”

When I was in the U.S. Army, it never concerned me and I would have to say I didn’t care whether or not the President was a veteran or not. I swore an oath to that I “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

But then again, The Gov, does not respect the United States of American and has said he thinks Texas should secede. I think his goal is to win the Presidency and dissolve the very Union he will swear to protect. Then knowing him he will not take the oath of office.

New life for the Texas’ TSA Anti-Groping Bill?

Reformed Baptist, Teabagger Representative David Simpson (R) – Longview, sees new life in his crusade against the Fascists in Washington.  Simpson is firm in his stance that the State has the right to disavow federal laws it disagrees with.  His bill HB 1937 which wold enforce legal proceedings against TSA agents who touched peoples private parts was shut down last week when the feds implied they would not allow any flights originating in Texas to come into the rest of the good ol’ USofA if the law was enacted.

At that time, Teabagger favorite, State Senator Dan Patrick (R) caved in and withdrew his bill saying that he would not cave in to heavy handed threats by the federal government. This led to shock jock Alex Jones to claim Lt. Governor Dewhurst killed the bill and a call for the villagers to grab their pitchforks and head to the Capitol.

Well now after a weekend in Hell, Dewhurst has written a letter to The Gov requesting him to call a Special Session and reconsider the bill. Simpson says that his legislation only requires the Fascist TSA agents to do their duty upholding the Fourth Amendment language pertaining to search and seizure in the Constitution.  He claims that the federal government wants to deprive the citizens of Texas of their constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution.  In an letter to Texas Legislators he uses the Teabagger adage of “If we do not stand for our citizens in the face of this deprivation of their personal rights and dignity, who will?”

Should be interesting to see if “The Gov.” wants a conflict with the Federal Government just as he prepares to throw his hat in the ring and announce that he wants to be the President, in charge of those same Feds.  Get the popcorn and stay tuned.

Secession Realities – Licenses to practice a trade or profession

After having to visit the doctor yesterday for what was diagnosed as food poisoning, I started thinking about a part of the proposed Texas Constitution regarding the doing away with any requirement of licensing to practice any profession one chooses. I always wanted to be a doctor and once Texas secedes I will be able to hang my shingle and start my practice.  Never mind that I have BA in History it’s the thought of the framers that education is meaningless any way and according to:
Article 2. Limits of Government
Section 7. Government shall never issue charters, licenses, certificates of competency, nor any form of recognition or registration for any organization or individual.According to the framers this means that you will be able to work without permission from government. You will not be issued nor required to have a government-furnished ID number, ie., Social Security Number. You will not need a need a license to practice your trade or profession.

Sounds pretty good until you really consider the possible ramifications this would most undoutbably lead to.

Consider my predicament from this weekend.  I was traveling on a couple of hour jaunt and decided to stop in a small town and get something to eat.  By the time I got home I was feeling kind of icky and by midnight downright sick.  Now according to the framers if I want to be a health inspector all I have to do is twitch my nose and kazam, I’m a Health Inspector.  I wonder if that was what lead me to my predicament but that’s another issue.  I don’t find the Health Inspection business to my liking so I decide I’m going to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.  All I have to do is find office space and some doctoring tools and then convince the uneducated populace that I can perform a double level spinal fusion.

One of the benefits of the new system is that since I don’t have to prove any competency to be a doctor, you can’t sue me if I accidentally paralyze your from the waist down.  I’m allowed to carry any type of weapon I deem fit so believe me I’ll be protected in case you come after me that way.  But say you do want to sue me and can find a lawyer, alot of politicians are out of work so I’m sure they will be hawking their services.  But for a better deal you can hire my brother who used to work in a wrecking yard and was an actor at a local theater.  He always wanted to be a lawyer but could not afford to go to college and was not smart enough to get any scholarships.  But he does have the gift of gab and that’s all a good lawyer needs, right?

But, in all seriousness, consider some real ramifications.  The Republic as we discussed earlier will have no public education and let’s say your community puts together a community school.  Joe Blow comes and interviews and seems very knowledgable and sincere in his desire to teach your children.  how are you to know tah hs is a convicted child molester who sees this as a golden opportunity. There is no way for you to check if he is an educator let alone a child molester.   The scenarios go on and on and get scarier and scarier.

And lastly be careful where you stop and get fried chicken.  It’s really was an unpleasant experience.

Secession Realities, Public to Private Ownership of Services – Education

The issue of the transfer and ownership of previously governmental managed entities to private holdings in the new Republic of Texas is quite interesting. As the proposed Constitution does away with all public entities such as Education, any and all Medical Service, Fire Protection, etc., many new opportunities are available for entrepreneurs. In our first article in this area let us look at Education.

The proposed Constitution of the New Republic of Texas provides that:

Article 5 – Transfer of Government Real Property
Section 2. Education Facilities
a. Any public property currently used as an education facility may be awarded to a voluntary organization of individuals interested in providing education services to Texans provided that at least fifty percent of the members of the organization were, within five years prior to Texas Freedom Day, themselves students or had children who were students of the education facility being awarded or were teachers in that facility. This property may be awarded for no fee provided that the owner or manager of the organization submits an affidavit that the organization has agreed to maintain the education facilities and use them as education facilities to provide education services to Texans at cost for at least ten years.
b. Any education facility for which no organization meeting the requirements of paragraph a is willing to accept responsibility shall be auctioned the same as any other property.

The idea as the framers point out is that “You will be able to control what your children learn. There will be no more government-run public schools which means there will no longer be any need for forced taxation to pay for them. And, since there will no longer be any government rules about what can and can’t be taught, you and your school can decide that. You can even decide to have daily prayers and Koran readings. Or not. You and your school decide. You can home school. If you want. You can form a teaching cooperative. If you want. You can send your children to private school. If you want. You will be in control.”

Ok, so now we have a government that is not allowed to issue currency and a population that has to pursue all transactions with gold. The owners, shall according to the same Article, Section 4. Part C. “be a sole proprietorships shall reorganize to a sole proprietorship or an organization based entirely on contract.” Therefore we will have a non-profit? entity providing this service. As the entity can only provide the service at cost for the first ten years, we must ask what is “at cost”? Does “at cost” provide for salaries of the owners, administrators, principals, maintenance crews, public relations officials, bus drivers, coaches, staff and oh yeah, teachers? Does it also include repayment of the cost of purchasing the school and all associated properties? The list as you can see goes on and on.

Now, how are the citizens who want their children educated afford to have their children educated. With no currency, most folks will be working the fields, fishing, ranching and guarding their property. Most will not have the time or experience to even begin to know how to educate their children.

The New Republic of Texas will quickly fall into the abyss of having an uneducated populace and thus a populace that is unable to compete on the world stage. But maybe just maybe this is what the framers true intent is. With an uneducated populace, the educated within it will be able to assert great control. They will be the rulers of the society. They will be the ones in position to exert their control over the uneducated masses.

The function of public education is to provide the means for the population to be educated with the tools necessary to benefit the society. Other than the safety and security of the citizenry, education is one of the most vital functions a government can provide. It is our opinion the so framers of the Constitution for the New Republic of Texas in their zeal to do away with all taxation, have failed to see the ramifications of this policy and would lead Texas to becoming the next Somalia.

Secession Realities – Education

Under the proposed Constitution for the new Republic of Texas the issue of education is interesting. The Constitution provides that you will be able to control what your children learn.

The delegates to the Constitutional Convention decided that “You will be able to control what your children learn. There will be no more government-run public schools which means there will no longer be any need for forced taxation to pay for them. And, since there will no longer be any government rules about what can and can’t be taught, you and your school can decide that. You can even decide to have daily prayers and Koran readings. Or not. You and your school decide. You can home school. If you want. You can form a teaching cooperative. If you want. You can send your children to private school. If you want. You will be in control.”

“Article 2. Section 11. Government shall never operate, own, control, nor fund any means of education not specifically related to performing the functions of government authorized by this constitution.”

It seems that with each article of this proposed constitution we review, the closer we see Texas becoming the next Somalia. Fortunately the constitution forbids the new government from issuing charters. At least they will not be allowed to issue Letters of Marque to Privateers.

It becomes clearer and clearer as we review this utopian dream the writers came up with as an instrument that any logical thinker will find a dangerous demise into the mid 19th Century. How is Texas going to educate the next generation of Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, etc. Not everyone has the ability and with no money most folks will be extremely busy just trying to meet the basic needs for survival.

It may be that the framers of the constitution have no fear of an uneducated populace and don’t think they will ever need a Doctor of Lawyer for the added “Section 7. Government shall never issue charters, licenses, certificates of competency, nor any form of recognition or registration for any organization or individual.”, which says you do not need a “certificate of competency”, i.e. Medical Degree, Law License, etc., to practice these professions. I have a bad feeling that Bubba who failed the ninth grade but has the gift of gab, will be the one telling someone they need their gall bladder removed and all they need to do is give him 10 ounces of gold.

Once again we feel taxation is not the problem and going to extremes and using secession as a tool to get out of paying taxes has consequences that will be hell to pay.

Seccession Realities – Taxation

All of the talk regarding the secession of Texas from the United States of America, with the exception of some out there zealots, assumes that the United States will wave a gracious goodbye and everything will be hunky dory. Yeah Right!

A Fundamental question that must be answered is what the United States of America’s reaction will truly be. There are scenarios upon scenarios that can be delved into. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the United States of America gets up and leaves. We would have to assume also that they would take with them all the national assets that are movable. Texas would not try and stop them because as we stated this is a peaceful secession. Texas will most likely resemble Mogadishu in a very short time once the Army of the United States leaves, again assuming they do so. We must look at how we maintain some semblance of law and order as the reason we hear over and over is that the national government has overstepped its bounds and leaving our children’s children burdened with debt that will have to be paid through higher and higher taxation.

The proponents of secession seek to do away with all forms of taxation, or so they lead you to believe. One suggested Constitution the so called “Texas Constitution of 2000” spells out that “You will be able to decide for yourself how to spend your money. All funding of government under Texas Constitution 2000 is voluntary. No more IRS. No more Form 1040. No more sales tax. No more property tax. ” and that “The new government is prohibited from issuing currency or causing currency to be issued. The new government is required to pay its obligations in gold. ” Now call me simple minded but with no currency there can be no government. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have more than a week or so worth of gold to provide sustenance for my family. It is a nice thought that the government will pay me any obligation it owes me in gold, but where does it get all this gold? According to the proposed Texas Constitution, “County Administrative Councils may raise funds by any method that is advertised as, and is in fact, strictly voluntary for all parties”. If I do not want to pay the tax levied on me now why would I volunteer to fund a new government? Since democracy started in the time of the ancient Greeks, there has been some type of taxation. Taxation is not the problem. The problem is the politicians who are entrusted with he wise expenditures of this tax for the safety and benefit of the people of the nation. With no taxation and no true source of income how will the new nation provide for the safety of the citizens of Texas? The Volunteer National Defense Force will guard the border and keep all them Okies from sneaking across the Red River for free? Oh and what about 10 or 12 million Mexicans who now have no I.C.E. to worry about? I’m sure the politicians of the new Republic will no doubt be much better and wiser than the ones we have presently elected and serving for free will look out for our best interests and not theirs.