Once in a while, when the Libtards start up with stuff like this, I just have too much fun; this would be one of those times!
Former WashPost Defense Reporter Says Let’s Kick Texas Out of the USA!
The Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post offered a list of “Spring Cleaning” items, “things to toss out.” Some were light topics: Jonathan Capehart picked summer “Flip-flops.” But former Post defense reporter Thomas Ricks suggested we toss Texas out of the USA. “I’m just sick of ‘em and all their BS,” he proclaimed.
“For decades, Texans have been clamoring about leaving the Union. Letting the Lone Star State secede would set a bad precedent. (See the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.) But what about expelling it instead? There is promise in that.” It’s because they’re conservative:
After all, what has Texas given us? Without it, we might have avoided the presidents who gave us two of our longest and least necessary wars — Vietnam and Iraq — and John F. Kennedy might still be alive. [?]
We wouldn’t have the Dallas Cowboys, nor the right-wing oilmen the state seems to produce. Of course, we would also lose Gov. Rick Perry, who already is making the split easier with his talk of moving the roughly $1 billion in Texas gold reserves, now in a vault in New York, back into the state.
Then, strangely, he somehow equated Texas to communist East Germany:
Sure, there would be some problems. It would be harder to drive from New Orleans to Tucson. Perhaps we could hold on to the interstate highways through the former state — we built them, after all. They could be like the corridors for driving to West Berlin back in the days of the Soviet empire. Having Texas floating free could be destabilizing for Mexico — but we could probably build some fences to help handle that.
Texans have that Lone Star flag all set. I think they’re ready to fly solo and lonely once again. Let them go.
This, from the same guy who found “startling parallels” between George W. Bush and the King George of England that oppressed the American colonies.
PS: Jonah Goldberg was included in the Post roundup, and he suggested we toss out automatic tax withholding. SOURCE
Kick Texas OUT of the United States he says? Seriously?
Sir, you don’t have to KICK us anywhere, just let us leave with what is ours. Let us go in peace or we can leave you in pieces. Your call douchebag.
You dipsticks will be CRYING in less than 6 months, begging us to come back because you’re out of oil, gasoline, beef, fruit, veggies and a myriad of products that the USA has come to rely on Texas for.
The USA needs Texas a lot more than Texas needs the USA, and here’s why:
–Resources. Texas currently sits on one-quarter of the nation’s oil reserves and one-third of the nation’s natural gas reserves. Even more, fully 95% of the country receives its oil and gas courtesy of pipelines that originate within Texas. This is what one might call leverage.
–The Texas Economy. This is well documented but worth repeating. In the last decade, even with the Great Recession, Texas has expanded by one million jobs. One million. That’s more than every other state … combined. Because of its friendly business climate, Texas is home to more Fortune 500 companies than anywhere else. If Texas were its own country, it would have the thirteenth-highest GDP in the world, just behind Canada and Russia. Or think about it this way: For every dollar Texas taxpayers send to Washington, they currently get only about 80 cents back. Theoretically, they could transfer those funds to the state’s coffers and still give every Texan a 20 percent tax cut.
–Utilities. Texas is the only state with its own power grid. Developed over the course of the last 100 years, the Texas grid covers the majority of the state and is fully state controlled. Translation: Texans could rest assured that the federal government doesn’t have the power — literally — to turn off their lights.
–Defense. While no match for Uncle Sam’s firepower, Texas does have a significant defense presence, namely in the Texas State Guard (which answers only to the governor), the Texas National Guard, the Air Guard and the legendary Texas Rangers. Texas is also home to two of the nation’s largest military bases — Fort Hood and Fort Bliss — and being able to control those two installations is nothing to sniff at. But let’s not forget the firepower of the citizenry itself. There’s a reason burglars don’t waste their time in Texas.
–History. Texas has done this before. Twice, actually. First in 1836, when it seceded from Mexico and became an independent country. Second in 1861, when it joined the Confederacy. And while the South did lose the Civil War, it didn’t lose it in Texas. In fact, by the end of 1864, the North didn’t have one square foot of Texas soil under its control despite many attempts. Even a full month after Robert E. Lee surrendered at the Appomattox Court House, Texas was still fighting. Texans love their state and they love a fight. That is a lethal combination.
Additionally: Why Texas would flourish as an independent Republic
• Texas is the only state with its own independent power grid.
• Texas can grow more than enough food to feed itself (and trade with neighboring states).
• Texas is the energy empire of America, with massive resources of natural gas, petroleum, solar and wind. It contains some of the largest untapped oil reserves in North America.
• Texas has physical possession of America’s oil refineries. (Key strategic resource!)
• Texas has abundant technology and telecommunications. It is the “silicon valley” of the South.
• Texas has the basic infrastructure of a space program. The Apollo program, after all, was based out of Houston.
• Texas has a ready labor force.
• Texas has abundant natural resources, including water, soil, sunlight and seeds. There are 15 major rivers that run through Texas.
• Texas has manufacturing know-how and a “can-do” culture of practical people who know how to solve problems.
• Texas has multiple shipping ports and international airports, allowing high-volume international trade with other nations.
• Texas has the capability of defending itself against threat of invasion or military force. Tens of millions of firearms are already owned by well-skilled farmers, ranchers and military veterans. Any attempt to occupy Texas with a military force would be far worse than trying to occupy Afghanistan.
• Texas has a world-class university education system.
• Texas has a history of independence from tyranny. It’s part of the Texas DNA.
• Texas has diverse ecology, with 10 climatic regions, 14 soil regions, and 11 distinct ecological regions.
• Texas is a state with tremendous citizen pride. More than in any other state, Texans identify their state as a source of strength and independence.
• Texas citizens have a sense of ethics and morality that’s simply missing from many other areas (most notably the Northeastern USA). In Texas, people generally know the difference between right and wrong, and they typically seek to do the “right” thing.
So, go ahead Mr. Big Time Libtard writer Thomas Ricks, talk your *stuff*, because *stuff* is ALL you have, and if Texas ever DID leave, you wouldn’t even have *stuff*.