If Obama wins: Will Texas secede from the union?

Could Texas once again become the Republic of Texas?

Without question, the Nov. 6 election will be a do-or-die, make-or-break, Rubicon-crossing event. If the presidential election goes one way, we get a “do-over.” We’ll be given the opportunity to take the first step on a long, arduous journey back to our political and economic roots. If it goes the other way, federalism and balance of power will continue to be edged out by an overreaching federal government and an imperial presidency. Socialism will have an unbreakable hold on the economy, and a centralized government, rather than a free market, will determine business’ winners and losers.

Last week, I got an email from a friend — a Texan. She indicated that should the election go the wrong way, we could expect the Lone Star State to secede from the union. She then went on to illustrate that Texas is essentially self-reliant. It has huge oil and gas reserves, with all the refineries it needs to process the crude. Texas also boasts aerospace and defense industries, world-class colleges and universities, huge cattle ranches and farmlands, and – well, you get the idea. Her conclusion was essentially, “You need us more than we need you.” And she was at least arguably right.

Of course, the email was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but it made me think. If push came to shove, could Texas secede from the union?

At a 2009 tax-day tea party demonstration, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested that although his state could legally secede, he cautioned against it: “There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it [the union]. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

Texas (like Hawaii) was an independent nation before joining the union. When it became our 28th state, it didn’t expressly agree to never leave. Also, the Texas Constitutionprovides that “Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States.” Although the U.S. Constitution doesn’t provide for secession, neither is it prohibited.

Of course, Texas isn’t the only place that’s threatened to secede. In 1982, Key West broached the subject (more as a joke than anything) after the U.S. Border Patrol set up a roadblock and checkpoint at the Keys’ entrance from the mainland. I love the Keys, but let’s face it — they don’t have nearly the self-sufficiency that Texas enjoys. When it comes to maintaining our creature comforts, crude oil trumps coconut oil any day of the week. And although I love key lime pie, a human being can only take so much steel drum music before going stark, raving mad.

I love this country. My eyes tend to mist when hearing the national anthem, and my voice sometimes breaks when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. So I can’t see myself ever renouncing my citizenship to move to the Republic of Texas. But then again, there’s nothing wrong with hedging one’s bets. So just in case, I’ve been practicing up on my drawl. I also made an appointment to be fitted for a pair of pointy-toed boots and a 10-gallon hat. You never know.

At Michele’s suggestion (below), I decided to add the following song. As she said, it’s really catchy — A true toe-tapper! Enjoy!

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