All Our Messes Live in Texas
A petition asking the President to let Texas secede has over 70,000 signatures at the White House Web site (no word on how many of those signatures are non-Texans that wish Texas would simply “go already”). If Texas is willing to stand by its vote, and promise never come back, I’m okay with them leaving and I’ll sign it myself.
It would admittedly be a pity to see Austin go, but the rest of the state better hurry up and move. If I had to bet on Obama leading the country or Rick Perry, it’s a no-brainer. Sometimes people deserve to get what they ask for. Texas keeps talking about leave, so go already.
While they’re at it, take Dixie along for the ride. But again, there’s no coming back.
Looks like the Obama administration may have to respond to a petition seeking the green light for Texas to secede from the United States—one of 20 such requests filed on the official White House website since Election Day.
At the time of the writing of this post, the Texas secession petition had garnered 25,318 signatures—above the White House’s self-imposed rules for requiring a reply.
It has 71,025 signatures now.
As our beloved Andy Cobb notes in a video he did about Texas secession a while back, Texas isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our Texas learning?
Texas has routinely topped the national growth charts, but the Lone Star State’s biggest cities are behind the curve in an annual ranking of literacy rates.
Austin (tied with New York City at No. 22) was the only Texas city to crack the top third of the 75 cities ranked in the study of literacy resources by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University….
Plano (46) and Dallas (51) edged Fort Worth (54), which has seen its ranking decline from No. 45 since the study began in 2005.
Arlington has likewise dropped, from 57 in 2005 to 64 in 2011, and Houston from 53 to 60.
In the bottom 10 were San Antonio (66), El Paso (73) and Corpus Christi (74), just ahead of last-place Bakersfield, Calif.
- A $27 billion dollar budget deficit
- Texas ranks #4 in population living below the poverty line (17.2 %).
- Worst environmental record in the United States
- Ranks #1 in illiteracy
- Ranks #1 on the poorest gun regulations in the US and highest per capita gun murder rates in the US (The Brady campaign gives Texas a score of 6 out of 100 possible points.)
- Ranks #1 in the lowest high school graduation rate
- Ranks #1 with the highest interest rates “pay day” companies can charge
- Ranks #1 in those making below minimum wage
- Ranks # 1 (26.5%) who lack health insurance
- Ranks # 1 (20.3%) of children who lack health insurance
- Ranks # 1 in the highest per capita executions in the world
- Ranks #50 in $ spent for Medicaid for the poor and children
- Ranks 50th ( dead last ) in $ spent on its citizens
- Ranks #2 in the rate of food insecure children.
- Ranks 49th ( the 2nd lowest ) in Medicaid $ given to nursing homes
- Ranks #1 in teen repeat births
- Ranks #4 in teen pregnancy rate
- Ranks #3 in teen birth rate
- Ranks #2 with the highest home insurance rates
- Ranks 49th in $ funded for the mentally ill
- Ranks #1 with the highest overall pollution rate
- Ranks #4 in adults under correctional control
- Ranks #1 in adults under probation
At this point the miracle seems to be that Texas has survived this long.
ABC Denver reports that petitions for dozens of other states to leave the Union have also popped up on the White House Web site:
The petitions are for dozens of states including Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, California, Ohio, Delaware and many more.
The Last Time Texas Left Was to Defend the White Race
We’ve always said here on AMERICAblog that Republicans hate our country and our way of life. And yet again they’re showing their true stripes. Speaking of which, here’s what Texas had to say the last time it seceded:
“In all the non-slave-holding States, in violation of that good faith and comity which should exist between entirely distinct nations, the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party, now strong enough in numbers to control the affairs of each of those States, based upon the unnatural feeling feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery…the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color–a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law.”We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.
“That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both[ and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States.“