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God Bless Texas.

Actor Chuck Norris has his eyes on the presidency, but not the White House. Norris wrote that he would be interested in becoming the president of Texas, if the state were ever to secede from the Union.

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The man’s crazy, but who are we to question the motives of Bearded Justice? Haha!

I’ve often wondered about what it would be like if we were to secede from the Union. I am by no means promoting the idea, just y’know, what if? Could be fun! The Texas Constitution does state that “All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.” So what if Texas was to become one nation under God instead of one state? There’s a great and somewhat tongue-in-cheek email that I get every once in a while as a forward that has a list of reasons why Texas could thrive as an independent country. Here’s some thoughts along those lines…

• Texas’ 2008 GDP was $1.066 billion (source). If we were our own country, we would have been #15 on the list of the world’s highest GDPs. That’s pretty darn good for 2008, considering the way the economy was heading last year.
• Thanks to the oil and gas sector, we’re sitting on an $11 billion budget surplus from last year. Uh-huh. BILLION.
• 85% of Texas has its own power grid. A small part of Western Texas gets its juice from the Western Interconnection, and a few folks in the north and east are hooked into the Eastern Interconnection. But you know we wouldn’t leave those poor folks behind. 😉
• NASA. Space will be pwned by Texas. That right there is reason enough. LOL
• Gulf Coast refineries and ports are the source of about 50% of the fuel and crude used in the eastern half of the U.S., and that’s not even counting the oil we get on our own land.
• Said oil, if we were to keep it for ourselves, would keep us gassed up for the next 300 years. Though I dunno how well that would work out for us, considering how much money it makes us. 🙂
• We have over 65% of the defense industry right here on Texas soil. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, and Vought Aircraft are all located here. Imagine if we ran that on our own.
• The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled. And it would be aaaaall ours. Haha!

Just a few points there. I didn’t even cover the world-renowned hospitals, computer chip manufacturing, agriculture, and our totally awesome colleges and universities.

And don’t forget border security, which is becoming an even more serious problem right now because of the increase in Mexican drug cartel warfare that’s starting to spill into Texas. Let’s face it, that’s just shameful. We shouldn’t even have this problem in the first place. When Kinky Friedman ran for governor, he proposed we pay 5 Mexican Generals $1 million a year to control illegal immigration. For every illegal that slips through, we deduct $10,000. Sounds like a heckuvan incentive to control the mess, if you ask me. You prob’ly wouldn’t even need the Border Patrol as it is right now (though it wouldn’t hurt to keep it around).

Seems like we’ve got some perfectly valid points to say adios to the U.S. of A. … The real question, however, is SHOULD we? Well, your guess is as good as mine. Seems like there is a slowly increasing number of people who believe we should, especially as the Obama Administration has started its antics. Is the increasing call to secede a knee-jerk reaction to all the new crap we’re having to deal with now that Bush has left office? To an extent, I would say so.

BUT, is it wrong to react in such a way? Heck no. We’re Texans, dadgummit. We are set in our ways, my friends, and we don’t take crap from anyone. 🙂

In other news, my last two midterms were pretty rough, but I think I did all right. My brain has pretty much checked out for Spring Break, so I’m just sitting around work waiting for the rest of me to be able to do the same thing. Haha!

Currently listening to: “You Are So Good To Me” by Third Day

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HAI THERE

HAI THERE

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  1. Anthony Sava
    March 12, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Another reason is that Texas has no income tax, imposing a small one on the second largest state population would augment anything lost from Federal Highway funds.

    This would be the right time to do it, too. Any other President would send the full force of the United States Military against us, but that Yankee in DC would just try to talk us out of it.

    Texan First, American Second.

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