There are all manner of stories about states seceding from the union, or at least wanting to do so. Texas is one of them, and the list of names on the Texan petition has exceeded 80,000 in number. That’s A LOT of upset people.

 

There aren’t any provisions in the Constitution to allow for secession, but there are not provisions for many of the rights that the people and states count as their own, that are not detailed in the Constitution. The link is to the 9th Amendment.

 

Some would say the Civil War decided this [I used to be one], but, in reality, it decided that states cannot be allowed to rebel because the federal government is protecting the life and liberty of its citizens from the state.  If you want specifics on what was decided by this war from a brilliant mind, learn at the knee of Mises. I also just read that Justice Scalia said, “No way!,” but he also said the right to bear arms can be limited, so do with that info what you will.

 

Also, Texas is a bit different because we were a republic, a separate country, when we joined the union. Some dispute that we joined voluntarily, but I’ll leave that for another post.

 

For now, let’s take this looking at this as if each state COULD declare that they wished to secede and then do so.  The real question then is: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT?

 

As I saw it, several things could happen, and my original view was that nothing good would follow, simply by looking at military logistics.

IF the secession were successful, we would either 1. Be left to the Mexican warlords in full force, or, option 2, we would get retaken by the US govt and made into federal land and stripped of our Texas rights. For option 1, we would stand a chance, especially if all military members were called back to the country (again) of Texas. LOTS of military are from Texas and would have to be released from the US Military.

While pondering this, my brother, Mike Hernandez, who suggested this topic as a post, and I had a chat about it. Here are some of his points in response to my worries.

“I think we would be just fine. We have the ports, industry, oil, natural gas, transportation,uranium, tourists, computer industry, etc. The cartels I wouldn’t worry about them too much. I also think Texas would open the door for other states to follow our lead. I have heard noise about other states also wanting to secede. [Well, we have 27 working on it, so he’s right on this so far!] Do you really think Obama would want the world media to show Americans shooting Americans in open warfare? The U.S. has supported lots of other republics in seceding worldwide ( Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, the Russia republics come to mind). How could they deny Texas? It also kinda scares me. Kinda like suddenly becoming an orphan. Lol.”

About the media, I replied, “Our media would not report a thing. Just like now when everything is “just fine” along the border.” And, I stand by that statement.

 

I also would not put it past the US to reclaim us with force, nor the military members (enough of them) who don’t understand they don’t have to follow unlawful orders to just do whatever they are told to do, believing it absolves them of guilt. This is human nature.

 

Also, remember that just about every “democracy” we have helped to establish we have left to be taken over by tyrants in short order. And it’s different to egg on another country to rebel. At home? Different feelings.

 

To my ramblings, Mike thoughtfully responded.

Good points, I still think we would be okay as long as it was done slowly and with care so as not to come across as “rebels” going up against the U.S. O[bama] and most of the US don’t like Texas anyway. Hell they might help us pack.

While I believe that many in this beloved country of mine would love to help us pack up and ship out, so to speak, I believe that Obama (shoot, almost all politicians) would not let our resources go away that easily. We pay taxes like mad because so many people are flooding here year after year. And, taxes? Now, taxes from Texas ALL politicians like.

 

As to the question of whether or not we SHOULD secede…I’m not as inclined to brush off the idea so quickly anymore, but I’m also not ready to take up arms. I guess I find it interesting that so many are testing the waters with petitions and paperwork. Getting a feel for how it would go. I’ll not dismiss the idea outright, but I’d rather not have to think about it seriously. [Side note: I am not in the mood for a visit from the IRS right now, so putting my name on a public petition would not be on my “to do” list, at this point.]

 

Maybe if everyone gets more people to read my blog, and buy my book, people will understand the true nature of liberty – from a book with adorable illustration and straightforward explanations of history, and a blog with simple truths that seem to have been lost. If there were liberty, the union would be just a lovely place to live.