Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pondering...

Ok, the Obamamessiah has said that he's bringing the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan ASAP. He's also said he'll create a national civil security force as powerful as the military. Is he planning on using those newly unemployed troops to fill the ranks of his new security force? Are these troops gonna be happy about being "drafted" into this new national police? What will become of these former troopers if they aren't shanghai'd into service and, as I've speculated before, that the national police will be filled with "previously underrepresented minorities"? I'm thinking that a bunch of folks comfortable with small arms handling and no jobs when the national economy is in the crapper is a very bad idea. Especially if one of the first edicts of the new administration is to ban further sales of "assault weapons" (NewSpeak of the Libs for "scary looking guns that are very suitable for hunting, defense, and militia service) especially when the full-auto military versions of these weapons are what the above unemployed soldiers are already familiar with!

I've been puzzling over how Texans would get fed up enough with the "new and improved" status quo, to finally throw in enough popular support for renewed Texas independence. The best scenario I can come up with, is that the new US administration stirs up too much trouble at once (bringing home the troops, driving up unemployment, which in a bad economy makes it worse; raising taxes to pay for the near-universal welfare because of the unemployment and bad economy), while things here in Texas aren't that bad (oil sales & exploration up, construction up, employment good) except where it's tied more directly into the US economy (Starbucks and Circuit City closing stores). Somebody called Texas Overnight just before signoff on Monday morning, to remark that the Republic of Texas folks (ok, the caller said "kooks") were a few years too early to have the popular support they needed, things are looking better now for the people of Texas to support the movement if things turn bad for the US. And another thing that would help is if things do turn for the worst, the Texas Independence group comes forward to say, "We have a better way, to stabilize the economy, to protect Texans and Texas from terrorism and international crime; we will be the lighthouse that the people of the US will look to, for assurance that things will get better; however, we must not allow ourselves to be dragged down with the US as she sinks from her own overburdened, bloated, leviathan-like military-industrial complex whatchamacallit." (Ok, my speaking skills petered out there, insert your own weighty, witticism.) If the people of Texas are convinced that returning to gold and silver for currency (or at least stopping free credit for everyone, especially the gubmint, which essentially invents money out of thin air every day!) will end the nearly out-of-control inflation and price swings; if they believe a smaller, unobtrusive government will preserve their retirements and health insurance instead of that monster in Wash., DC dipping into the "Social Security Trust Fund" to pay for every little pork project; if they think being Texas, Independent, will refresh their freedoms, instead of subservience to the US Federal Government which demands those freedoms be traded for security; then I believe the people will support it wholeheartedly. The Independence group has already planned these things out at a basic level, but is unable to begin anything since the officials in State and Federal govt. don't want to surrender their power, dismissing it as a "fringe anti-gubmint, militia nut movement", refusing to even allow any type of referendum vote on Texas independence, in spite of petitions showing adequate popular support, especially for that referendum.

BTW, you can listen to El Presidente and the VP of the Texas Nationalist Movement via Texas Independence Radio, live on Wednesdays at 9 PM Texas Standard Time (Central Time Zone) and by podcast if you miss the live show thru the Downloads area of the website. Since they've started this weekly program in the last month, they've discussed Texas and its relation to the US, with regards to the economy, the election, and everything else, and how we can again be independent, why we should be independent. Even without the Interim government, if Texas broke away tomorrow, we already have most of the systems in place to keep operating as we are, without the US gubmint's help! The DPS is a Texas-wide police force (altho they mainly operate along the highways and keep track of drivers' licenses); the Texas Rangers are our special investigation force, not just Chuck Norris kicking people (even tho some in Austin want to retire the group as redundant to the FBI); Texas Cable News is our own version of CNN Headline News; we can buy back Texas State Bank from Compass Bank (owned by Spaniards!).

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Blogger Kelly said...

Texas independence was something I got to think about recently because of another blog I read. It's written by a Puerto Rican woman who lives here in Texas. She came here because her job sent her here, and she's originally from the island. We got to talking about politics in her comments, and she was helping me understand the positions of legal status of Puerto Rico, and why people are so deeply emotionally invested in parties based on where they stand on the issue. One thing she mentioned is that Puerto Rico is not the United States... they have a seperate history, a different cultural, and that means the people have diffedrent ideas on what they expect from government. And these are things that run so deep they could easily mean statehood would not benefit either the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

That got me to thinking about our own history... how we ended up a state in the first place. And for the first time, I could understand fierce Puerto Rican pride more clearly. It's closely related to the pride that leads so many Texans to count themselves as Texans first, Americans second. And I think the reasons are similar, as well. Our history is not the history of the original 13 colonies, and our culture is not their culture. And maybe we didn't agree with everything being part of the United States meant as much as other states that joined did. Ten million dollars was a huge debt back then, though... we were stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I'm not saying I don't love my country. I'm saying maybe my ancestors made a decision that has further reaching consequences than they could have predicted.

3:04 AM, November 19, 2008  

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