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What a thrilling fantasy it must also be, for all those disgruntled Republicans and severely disgruntled right wing conservatives, shaking off their post-election depression by marching in the army of secessionist petitioners, citizens so disenchanted with the federal government and the ideas and feelings of the rest of the nation that they no longer want their state to be one of the United States.


An impressive selection of Davy Crockett hats at FurHatMan.com by screen shot by Jesse Sublett

It's particularly sad for the Texas petitioners who find inspiration in the mistaken idea that Texas was not only an independent nation, but a powerful, glorious one. In fact, the nine years of Texas independence were no great shakes. Yes, the Republic of Texas  received official recognition from a handful of nations. There was a French Legation in Austin and a Texas Embassy in Britain (which actually did not officially recognize Texas, but the Texas Embassy did serve a useful purpose later in life, first as the headquarters of the White Star Line and later, a Tex-Mex cantina called The Texas Embassy.  We even had our own toy navy. Wealth? Not so much. Texas was overburdened with debt, and being accepted to the Union in 1845 was the best thing that ever happened to us. In fact, annexation was the cherished goal of Sam Houston.

In fact, Houston was heartbroken over the vote to secede from the Union in 1861. He made an impassion plea to the secession convention, trying desperately to inject some reason into the debate, but to no avail. He retired to his home in Huntsville, heartbroken.

As an Austinite, I've always been immensely proud of the fact that this part of the state, Travis County, voted against secession. And we are still in the liberal Democrat column today, a bold blue marble in a sea of red Republicanism.

And so, as this parade of knuckleheads follows Texas down this rutted path, I can't help being reminded of the fantasy play of snot-nosed young boys in Texas in the 1960s. We thought war and revolution was glorious, but hell, we thought bubble gum cards were glorious, too.


Mars Attacks bubble gum cards by Jesse Sublett

I worry what will happen. If these petitioners don't cool it with their pseudo-Confederacy schemes they might  give Civil War reenactors a bad name.

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Unidentified cavalry soldier in Confederate uniform and Valley Rangers, 10th Virginia Infantry Regiment hat, w double barrel shotgun, Newt's Head Collage by Library of Congress, Lililjenquist Collection, public domain
 

When it comes down to it, the petitions aren't very impressive, either. The one from Texas, for example:

We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's [SIC] citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

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The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's [SIC] citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

So, a big complaint here is that the US has failed to "reform domestic and foreign spending." But is this an objection to financial aid to the poor, student loans and protecting the environment, or wasteful expenditures such as subsidies to oil companies, tax breaks for billionaires, that sort of thing? If one is to believe the claim that the federal government is a bloated bully with its satanic hooves upon our backs, wouldn't one expect a beefier list of "blatant abusers" than "NDAA, the TSA, etc."?

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a arguably a nasty piece of work, as it includes provisions like the one allowing the federal government to indefinitely detain domestic terrorism suspects. Naming the Transportation Safety Agency (TSA), however, I suspect was done to placate some of the uptight elderly Tea Party members who think that only swarthy air travelers in Bedouin robes should be groped and body scanned at security check-points.

Then there's the last part: "Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union""

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Jesse Sublett is a regular contributor to OpEdNews.com. An author, ghost writer and musician in Austin, Texas, he has published crime novels, eBooks, true crime, memoir, essays and journalism. His work has appeared in New York Times, Texas Monthly, (more...)
 

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