Saturday, July 2, 2016

First Brexit, Then Texit

In the wake of the Brexit vote, resulting in the future withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union, the issue of Texas exiting the United States - Texit - is once again making waves.
Huzzah for Great Britain, a sovereign nation that saved its own sovereignty by the skin of its own teeth; a nation that, with the ongoing flood of illegal immigrants, was just a year or two away from losing the #Brexit vote, and with it their country forever. Power to the people!
If they can do it, why can't we Texans?
Just a few years ago, the idea of seceding from my beloved United States of America sounded preposterous, unthinkable, ridiculous, the stuff of tinfoil hats...

But in just a few years, so much has changed, and I don't think that change is within me. In just a few years, right here in my beloved U.S. of A., through the federal government, some state governments, and most especially the mainstream media and Supreme Court, what was once unthinkable is not only thinkable and a real threat, but in some cases actual reality.

Real Freedom is sovereignty, self-determination… the right of man to choose his or her own leaders and by extension the laws they live under. The primary job of a righteous government is to protect our freedoms -- the freedom for me to swing my fist in any way I please and to protect your right not to get hit by that fist. During the Obama-era, there has been a sea change in this thinking, and to say that it has been aided and abetted by an increasingly corrupt news media would be the understatement of all time.
Stop and think. Can you name one area ... one topic ... one issue ... one damn thing where we have more freedom now than we did eight years ago?

I didn't think so.
If you believe that I can do as I damn well please until it gets in the way of you doing what you damn well please, then you are an American. If you do not believe in imposing your morals and values on me, then you are an American.
And there aren't many of us left.

Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, it is technically illegal for Texas to secede. Neither the Texas Constitution, nor the Ordinance of the Convention of Texas (aka the Terms of Annexation) provides for the secession of Texas. However, one might argue for a "Texit Laboratory."
For the good of humanity, why not try an experiment where an American state is allowed to decouple itself completely from the federal government. Maybe we'll discover that despite its many flaws, the Left is correct and we are in fact better off with a centralized federal government.

But maybe we'll discover that without all the federal red tape and oversight and mandates that a smaller sovereignty is more dynamic and prosperous and free; that poverty and crime and unemployment will decrease, that the air and water will be cleaner, that people will be happier and freer.

And anyone who doesn't like #Texit is free to leave and move to America.
Sounds pretty damn good to me!


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Might make sense economically. A few years ago a company established in CA around 1932 moved from Fullerton, CA to Grand Prairie. The move cost them $500k. Their first year savings was $800k. I was doing some rep work for them at the time.

Bag Blog said...

I once wondered what it would take to have another civil war. And once again it is state's rights - freedom.

Randy said...

sign me up

Old NFO said...

State's rights... What a 'novel' concept... sigh

CenTexTim said...

WSF - Very business-friendly regulatory environment here, along with no state income tax. Our economic base is stable and diversified. Economically it makes a lot of sense.

As a sovereign country (2014), Texas would be the 12th largest economy in the world by GDP (ahead of South Korea and Australia). Texas has a gross state product of $1.648 trillion (2014) the second highest in the US... Texans' state and local tax burdens are among the lowest in the nation, 7th lowest nationally...

BB - I'm not advocating another civil war - no winners there. But I do like the idea of a 'democratic laboratory,' which was one of the ideas behind the founding of our country. Let each state try different approaches to common problems, and see which works best. Compare Houston, Dallas, Austin, etc. to Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C., etc. and I think the answer is clear.

Randy - You and me both!

NFO - state's rights are in the same category as dead white males - ancient and ignored.