This incident is worth thinking about:
Powerful Texas Republican Advocates for Seceding From the US
Scott Keys at Think Progress
Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, who is running to be the next state Attorney General, is preparing his state to secede from the United States and become an “independent nation.”
In an interview with WND, a right-wing birther hub, Smitherman argued that Texas not only has the capability to survive without the rest of the country, but is actively taking steps to prepare for that day. “Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation,” he declared. “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.”
“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.”
Smitherman said he feels Texas officials must do what they can to prepare the state.
“This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission.That’s why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can,” he said. … (continue reading here).
So the question posed on a progressive radio station yesterday was, What would Texas be like if it did secede from the Union? My first thought was that Smitherman was like the homeowner that didn’t need local government since he had finished paying off his car and his toilet always flushed. Also, I read fairly recently how much the state of Texas relies on Federal spending, especially with all the military installations and defense oriented industries throughout the state. Move them all to Oklahoma and leave Texas mesmerized by the magic of a flush toilet.
Read a more compressive discussion in Nation of Change or other similar internet news outlets like ThinkProgress.
A more nefarious thought: would Texas refuse to trade with other countries, like China? Would Russia seek to install missiles in Texas in exchange for burritos and chili? Would Moslems be prominently displayed on Wanted Posters? But there is one good thought I have about Texas seceding: doesn’t Theodore Anthony Nugent live in Texas now?