As I expected once the BREXIT announcement came along, the crazies, especially in Texas, have come forward with their secessionist plans again. These idiots, known as the Texas Nationalist Movement has already sent a text to the Governor demanding that he place a secessionist referendum on the ballot in 2018.
Now, I could go into all kinds of arguments about why this is basically illegal. For one, we already fought a Civil War over the issue. Even giving in for a minute to the Southern Argument that the war was fought over “states rights”. Problem was the only “state’s rights” the South was willing to fight over was slavery.
We can even mention that in the late 1800s the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “no state has the right to unilaterally secede from the Union.” The crazies in Texas claim they have the right even though the Supreme Court, which was very southern at the time, says they don’t because “it is in the State Constitution”. I don’t even know for sure if that is true. But, even if it was true, once Texas joined the union, their state constitution became subordinate to the U.S. Constitution.
But, as I said, I am not going to argue about the legality of the planned move. Instead, I am going to point out a few facts that Texans need to consider should they decide to try to defy the U.S. Constitution. One of the biggest claims from Texans is that they have a very large economy that can support itself. But, does it really?
Let us consider for just one moment that Texas wants to leave the Union. Let us also assume that the U.S. Government decides not to “invade” and take the state back from traitors. Instead, let’s examine just what such a move would mean to Texas.
First off, every U.S. agency would have to cease operations in Texas. That includes the FAA, so every airport air traffic control station and every air traffic control radar station in Texas would have to be shut down. That means the U.S. could not allow air travel to Texas until they instituted their own air traffic control system. Without such a system air travel into or through Texas would be hazardous at best.
It also includes agencies like DEA, ICE, Customs, National Weather Service, NASA, Department of Homeland Security (including the U.S. Coast Guard which is responsible for thing like search and rescue and drug interdiction), the FBI, and DOD. DOD ending operations in Texas would be one of the most traumatic for them. DOD would have to close all of their bases in Texas since it would no longer be U.S. soil. On top of that, Texas would have to fund its own army. The National Guard would lose all of its money when DOD pulled out.
National Guard Units across the country are funded by DOD. DOD pays for all of the equipment, training, pay, benefits, transportation, etc. for the operation of the National Guard. If Texas was no longer a state, it would lose that funding for good. There are also several military bases in Texas. They would all have to be closed down causing tremendous economic disaster for the surrounding communities.
That also means that all National Guard equipment – weapons, ammunition, planes, tanks, trucks, troop carriers, etc., would have to be withdrawn from Texas. DOD paid for all of that equipment not the State of Texas.
NASA would be forced to leave as well, taking thousands of good paying jobs with it. It would also take with it all of the research knowledge that is required to keep NASA flying. Texas would have to provide for its own border patrol. It would have to provide for all of the law enforcement that governments agencies like ICE, DEA, and the FBI provide.
Texas gets most of its revenue from oil. However, if Texas was its own country, the U.S. would be forced to shut off the spigots of the oil pipelines to Texas refineries until a formal trade agreement was reached between the two “countries”. It would also have to shut off the spigots to natural gas and water that Texas gets from other states until trade agreements were in place.
Further, it would be forced to shut down food exports to Texas until formal trade agreements were put in place. Since Texas would be their own country, we would no longer be able to provide these services anymore without trade agreements. The problem facing Texas with all of this is that if they were “invaded” by the Mexican hordes who want to take “their country” back, they would get no support from the U.S. without a mutual defense agreement.
The Department of Transportation would have to cut off all funds for the building, repair and maintenance of all roads in Texas. They would have to fund all future road construction by themselves. Not a small sum of money.
No one would be allowed to fly from Texas into the U.S. without going through “international airports” because Texans would be required to pass through customs. That means all flights to airports without customs offices would have to be shut down permanently. That would add to the cost of air travel for Texans since they would have to fly to say New Orleans and then on to Baton Rouge.
Until agreements on a whole host of issues were put into place, Texans would be required to obtain a visa in order to visit the U.S, and vice versa. Which brings us to another point of contention. What do you do with people who were born in Texas now living in what would then be the U.S. and what would happen to U.S. citizens who are living in Texas?
One solution would be that anyone who was born in Texas and lives in the U.S. would have two choices. First, they could go to the nearest Immigration Office and denounce their Texas citizenship and take an oath of citizenship for the U.S. This could be allowed for up to 90 to 180 days after Texas left the union. Their other choice would be to return to Texas. If they wish to return to the U.S. they would be required to go through the same immigration process as any other foreigner. Anyone who refuses to do either would be considered an undocumented immigrant subject to deportation.
I suppose the same would be true for anyone who was NOT born in Texas but lives there. They would probably be given the same choices, especially taking Texas’ stance on undocumented immigrants for the past several decades. Then we have to look at members of the U.S. military as well. Anyone who was born in Texas would face similar problems as civilians. They would either have to denounce their Texas citizenship or leave the military and the country.
Now we come to the heart of the problem. Since Texas would be an independent country, anyone receiving Social Security checks or Social Security Disability checks would be immediately cut off. Since they are not U.S. citizens anymore, we cannot continue to make those payments. As Ted Cruz says, “if you are not a citizen of the U.S. you don’t deserve any benefits from the U.S.” Additionally, everyone on Medicare or Medicaid would lose their benefits as well. Medicaid is funded mostly by the U.S. Government so that money would have to be turned off. Medicare is not accepted outside our country’s boundaries, so no one in Texas would be able to use it. Thus all payments would stop.
I didn’t even mention things like no more Federal Disaster money when hurricanes hit the state. Nor, the end of the Pell Grants for college students. Nor federal money for public schools. This list goes on and on. Does the Texas Nationalists really believe they can overcome these economic shortcomings?
Any state contemplating secession after BREXIT has a lot of things to consider. The UK is its own country. As a member of the EU it never lost it national identity. It already has infrastructure and defense in place. It already has taxes in place. It is not like it was dependent upon the EU for any of the medical or pension or other benefits their citizens get. A state that wants to “leave” doesn’t have that in place. It is dependent upon the U.S. whether they like to admit it or not.
With that in mind, this points out the absolute absurdity of anyone contemplating secession in today’s world. The economy in Texas would be crushed if they were stupid enough to try to “leave” the U.S. It would take decades if not a complete century for them to possibly recover. Do they really believe that all of the U.S. companies would stay in Texas if the economy collapses? Do they really believe that Uncle Sam would come to their rescue?
The morons who are calling for secession need to be confronted with these simple facts. If people in Texas are as smart as I give them credit for, they would easily understand the folly of any talk of secession. They would simply shut the nuts up! But, they did elect Rick Perry as their Governor. You remember, the same Rick Perry who thought secession was a real possibility and then decided to run for President of the U.S.
But look on the bright side. If Texas were to “leave”, Ted Cruz could become its first President. It wouldn’t be the same as President of the U.S. but at least he would gain a title of President. We would then be able to watch his policies destroy Texas instead of the U.S.