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Texas — just say “oui”

16 April 2009

Stace Medellín (Dos Centavos) quotes  his historically challenged (and seditious) Governor as saying:

“Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that,”

Now, Rick Perry is amongst the anti-American voices supporting secession.…

Texas secessionists at "Tea-bagger" event, screenshot from Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

Texas secessionists at "Tea-bagger" event, screenshot from Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

Just FYI, on Perry’s 1845 statement, Texas came into the union with the ability to divide into five states, not withdraw. After seceding during the Civil War, Texas was allowed to re-enter the union after ratifying the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment banned slavery in the United States and any territory subject to its jurisdiction.

UPDATED: Texas v White, a U.S. Supreme Court case decided in 1869, said Texas cannot secede.

What these neo-Texians seem to forget is that Mexico allowed a few of the illegal aliens from Tennessee to stay if they became Catholic and gave up their slaves. They broke both rules, thus, they were bombed out of the Alamo–only after careful thought by Mexican soldiers who didn’t really feel like shooting at a Church, which the Alamo was. Again, all Mexico was doing was enforcing its immigration laws once the Texians failed to live by the rule of law.

While I agree that “Gov. Good-Hair” is a moron (or, moran, as the right-wingers like to say), maybe the United States should allow Texas to secede…. though, of course, that would leave the Texans — who pay no income tax now — having to figure out how to pay for their own defense and security, not to mention making up the budget deficit they’ll face when the Johnson Space Center moves to Mississippi.  Maybe they can borrow money from Mexico.  And, of course, it would be much easier for the United States to build a fence across Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, than along the existing Texas international border, the Rio Grande River/Rio Bravo.

It would certainly give the United States and Mexico less reason to complain about each other.   The United States could stop fretting over “violence spilling over from Mexico” and start worrying about it spilling over from Texas, and the Mexican gangsters, whose murder and mayhem is bottled up on the United States frontier would hae somewhere to expand without annoying the two major trading partners overmuch.

And getting Mexico to accept an independent Texas might not be all that difficult.  General Santa Ana’s foreign minister,   Lucas Alamán, who saw — correctly as it turned out — that U.S. annexation would be problematic for Mexico,  suggested in 1845 that his government recognize the Texas Republic on one simple condition… that Texas NOT support annexation by the United States, but become a French dependency.

Actually, that makes sense.  The Texans and the French both think their cuisine is the best in the world… both belive their own version of their native language is the only proper form of the language… that the rest of the world is interested in whatever it is they do… and they both think it’s perfectly normal to  proudly celebrate their military defeat by the Mexican Army —  le Bataille de Camerone and its dead heroes, Danjo, Milan, Morzski and the rest are quite the equals of the Battle of the Alamo‘s  Travis, Bowie, Crockett, et. al.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Dan Herzer permalink
    16 April 2009 2:14 pm

    Frankly, Mexico has a lot to answer for regarding Texas; had they done a better job of holding onto that area of the world then the Bushes would have been…

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