Gov. Perry says Texas May Secede from Union – Observations

By | June 4, 2010

Texas FlagI was reading an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times entitled Gov. Perry: Texas may secede from union over Obama spending and I thought I would comment on the prospects of Texas seceded from the union, in response to some of the commentors on the article.

Some interesting observations and facts about whether Texas would be able to secede from the Union:

During the civil war, Texas was actually winning. It was the Confederacy that surrendered. If Texas had declared independence, as Sam Houston urged, instead of joining the Confederacy, Texas may have won, even though the Confederacy lost. Texas actually won the last battle of the civil war against the union, after the Confederacy surrendered, because it did not know the war was over.

Every state has a military (or state militia), and retains its military powers, even to this day. After WWI, the federal government offered a deal to the states. The federal government would help fund the state militias in exchange for being able to call the state militias into service when needed, in addition to the state being able to call it into service when needed. The National Guard system you see today is actually state militias operated under this arrangement. Like another poster mentioned, they are technically and legally state military forces, not federal. If Texas would secede from the union, they would no doubt keep their state military, the Texas National Guard, and the Texas State Guard, which already exist.

If Texas were an independent country, it would rank economically somewhere around Canada and India in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and ranks higher than Mexico, Russia and Australia. Texas is an economic powerhouse, so it definitely can survive independently economically.

Speaking of economics, more tax money flows out Texas to support other states, than is returned to Texas. Essentially Texas is subsidizing other states. So Texas would actually benefit from leaving the union, since more tax dollars would stay in Texas.

Texas pretty much does what it wants anyway, since it does not depend on federal funds like many other states do. It’s glad to take federal funds, of course, but it does not need it to survive. Even if it stays in the union, it can and will assert its will when it needs to.

Also, most people have forgotten what was taught in U.S. History class. The United States is a union of sovereign states, with most domestic laws being state laws, not federal laws. And that is by design. The federal government was designed to deal with international and interstate issues, but not issues within the states themselves. The original states (former colonies) were all independent states with their own military, currencies, laws and customs. This is so the California Republic and all the other states can pass laws that are appropriate for their own citizens.

The fact that there is a division of power between the states and federal government is probably one of the only things keeping this country a democracy. If the states get out of line, the federal government will step in and protect people’s rights, just as they did when states violated people’s civil rights. On the other hand, the states will also step in and prevent the federal government from getting out of line as well, by refusing to implement draconian laws. Federalism works because the states and federal government are in a constant power struggle, which helps prevent one or the other from becoming a dictatorship. If you don’t think that can happen, remember, Hitler was elected.

Just some things to think about.

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