The New Republic of Texas?

It seems that in recent times, especially the last five years or so, absolute insanity has gripped a portion of the American People.  From the excesses of Tea-Party politics to the paranoid belief of some gun owners that requiring background checks for the purchase of such weapons would somehow result in the government seizing all of their guns, the web is increasingly abuzz with such bizarre and irrational ideas.  One that seems to be popping up frequently of late is the idea of secession from the United States, and it seems to have the most traction in Texas.

Some people in Texas seem to think that the state has a unique right to drop out of the U. S. whenever they want to, even though this idea is not supported by fact according to a number of Texas historical scholars.  The idea also makes no economic sense for the people of Texas.  Assuming for the moment that secession were allowed, the first result would be the closure and withdrawal of personnel and equipment from the many large U.S. military bases located in the state.  If Texas then wanted an army to protect itself from, say, Mexico, it would have to fund its army with revenues raised entirely within the borders of the “New Republic.”  Similarly, diplomatic relations with all the countries that the “Republic” wanted to business with would have to be established and embassies would have to be established with the appointment of ambassadors and staff (all paid for out of Texas revenues.)  And the list goes on.

So why is this even being talked about?  Is there something in the drinking water that is making people insane?  Is this all because a black man is President of the United States?

Many of the politicians from the southern states seem to be drinking from the same trough as the Texans.  I only hope a cure is found before the insanity becomes irreversible.

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About P. W. Fox

P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi where he attended high school and college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he has lived for the last 22 years. He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story writing contest at the age of nine. He began but later abandoned a science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State. In recent years he began a more deliberate and sustained writing effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces. Current projects include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.
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