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Look Ma, I'm a Right-Wing Extremist!

Posted on 2009.04.15 at 18:50


ehowton at 2009-04-16 21:04 (UTC) (Link)
These questions are simply rhetorical, of course. The main argument I've heard against Texas secession is the prohibitive infrastructure cost we'd have to reimburse the Federal Government, but I have a little different perspective: No matter the cost, once we're out from under the thumb of Washington, we'd be flush with cash. Texas is an amazing self-sufficient State.

leonardii at 2009-04-22 17:14 (UTC) (Link)
Secession would never be allowed. Despite the fact that we were once our own country... we lost that right when were annexed into the Union in 1845. This was a primary spark that ignited the Mexican-American War.

So, what to do... what to do? The Constitution also stated that the powers not granted to the authority of the central government were reserved for the states and the people. We should have some higher degree of autonomous state power... but that era died after the Civil War. And also when the Feds started using the famous "Interstate Commerce" law to force states into submission by not allowing them to be eligible for federal funding for things such as highway maintenance.

Even California -- who has medical marijuana laws, the law is still considered illegal by the Federal Government. But there seems to be a stalemate on prosecution. The Feds are not interfering with California's decision in so many persecuting ways... but I believe time shall tell what will eventually happen. And there will be a fight on hand. Actually, I wish it would hurry up -- I'm anxious to see the outcome over this battle of the semi-legalization with marijuana.

I don't smoke, just because it's illegal. I would use the drug for back pain instead of narcotics in the non-smokeless form... what do they call that device... a "vaporizor?" Synthezied narcotics IMHO are more dangerous than a natural "herb" that grows worldwide. Besides, Amsterdam seems to be doing just fine with the legal/but not legal status of the drug.

It's crazy how the right wing has managed to use communist like propaganda to demonize the drug over the last several decades. But that is another discussion.

As for us -- Texans, right now we have the top listing of economic prosperity in the country. Jobs abound in cities like Odessa, Houston, Austin, and of course in our own Dallas area. No housing market crisis here -- they're continuing to build houses in the adjacent neighborhood just down the lane. They're not going up at at light speed, but there are several houses always being built simultaneously.

Just what exactly is Texas doing right that the rest of the country is doing wrong? That's my question.
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-22 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Let's not forget that Interstate Commerce played a key role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Texan leaders are representing their constituents interest, namely, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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