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Lone Star Reds: The Secessionist Tempest From Texas

| December 4, 2012

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Wrapped a little too tight. (Ray Bodden)

By Jim Hightower

Once again, there’s a tempest brewing in the national tea pot. We’re talking secession.

Well, some of us are. Actually, very few are — and some of them aren’t too tightly wrapped.

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There’s now a secession drive in a mess of red states, but it started right here in my crazy state of Texas, when someone identifying himself only as ”Micah H” posted a petition on the White House website shortly after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Expressing exasperation with Obama’s policies, Micah demanded that we Texans be allowed to decamp from the Union and become our own, separate nation.

Bam! Micah’s petition exploded in the blogosphere, drawing raucous applause and huzzahs. Naturally, most of the cheering came from out-of-staters, delighted with the thought that Texas and its notoriously nutty, right-wing political leaders might leave.

In case that nuttiness factor was in doubt, a GOP official in Southeast Texas rushed out to demonstrate the intellectual depth of the secessionist sentiment by militantly declaring: ”We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity. In due time,” he added, ”the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.”

By “maggots,” he meant Obama supporters, but I guess you knew that.

Many in the national media have expressed shock and alarm that Micah’s online petition has drawn some 118,000 digital signatures. But, get a grip — let’s remember that there are more than 26 million Texans, including 3.5 million Obama voters. So, sorry America, but Texas isn’t going anywhere. And, even if it did, Austin has already filed a counter-petition to then secede from Texas and operate as its own state.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Distributed via OtherWords.

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25 Responses for “Lone Star Reds: The Secessionist Tempest From Texas”

  1. Dorothea says:

    @Stevie and Anonymous

    Get real, the Heritage Foundation is just NOT a reliable source of information.

    Gingrich was not exonerated. Read this Pants on Fire article from Politifact:

    You can find American made products if you look. Target offers a number of kitchen products made in the USA, including cast iron cookware and glass storage jars.

    If your house get carried away in the next hurricane, call the Beast. But you would get better results if you call the government.


  2. Stevie says:

    “If your house get carried away in the next hurricane, call the Beast. But you would get better results if you call the government. ”

    Right……go to Statten Island and see how they like the treatment. I have lived through dozens of hurricanes, and lived my whole life without ever needing any government assistance. I take care of myself because I know how to. The only way I could not take care of myself is if the government prevented me from doing so. I would be glad to teach any one how to take care of themselves and be productive satisfied citizens.

    History is a matter of fact. The sequence of tax increases and decreases is there to prove my point. If you have a news release that shows a different sequence, then by all means put it up here for us to read. Thank you for the discussion.


  3. Dorothea says:


    Good luck in all your endeavors and may you never need assistance. May you stay healthy and self-reliant, and in your old age, die quickly lest you wither away slowly.


  4. notasenior says:

    People who are advocating secession should be arrested and tried as traitors!


  5. wouldlovetosee secession says:

    I would love for Texas to succeed at secession. This would be a great lesson because you Texans think you pay so much in taxes but you really don’t realize how much the federal government pumps into your state economy. So go ahead and form your own nation. You wouldn’t be able to stand one month. If you think taxes are high now wait until you are on your own. Love it when you don’t think things ask the way through and just run your mouths.


  6. Stevie says:

    “President Clinton raised taxes and the economy prospered, leaving the next president, George Bush with a surplus. Bush promptly squandered the surplus and obliterated the economy by lowering taxes, while fighting two wars and instituting a prescription drug plan, all unfunded. ”

    The surplus was squandered due to entitlement spending that increases each year without any appropriations from Congress. This is the same problem we have today that is not being addressed by either party or the current President. This is the primary reason States that have controlled their spending want to leave the union because they don’t want to pay for that which they don’t support. I say stay and fight cause they won’t let you go peacefully anyway.

    George Bush and his Republican Congress were total failures as responsible stewards of our fiscal policy. The reality is, George wasn’t King and he didn’t do this damage alone, he had plenty of help from both sides of the aisle.

    The value of the dollar soared from 1994 until 2001 when the Towers were struck and has since plummeted to even lower levels today. If nothing is done soon there will be riots and starvation in our country when the dollar is no longer accepted as currency to buy commodities. Is this what you all really want?


  7. confidential says:

    Stevie, Bill Clinton’s surplus was wasted in the false claimed WMD war that Bush started in Iraq!
    The dollar will not be accepted if your buddies in Congress and the Senate keep manipulating raising the budget ceiling…while they approved it twice with not questions asked for Bush!


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