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Texit: A Brilliant Idea
Viva La Republica De Texas
I love this idea, and couldn't imagine a better time for it. The idea that Texans want to secceed just when we really don't need them is brilliantly stupid. So I say let them do it. We've already got another state (or two) in the wings with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, so we won't have to change the flag, and, let's face it, who are the only people who really care about Texas? That's right. Texans. Any state dumb enough to elect Rick Perry as governor twice, after electing George W. Bush, twice, has earned and deserves the right become the first state loaded with right wing nut-jobs to jump ship and go it alone.
I am for this because, first and foremost, it would be the most fascinating social and political experiment ever undertaken. Imagine the inmates literally taking control of the insane asylum. That is what we are talking about here. To allow the conservatives their own virtual playground, where they could form the government they want, with all of the social, environmental, and international implications and no liberal opposition, would mean that we could catch a real glimpse into the Ayne Rand Utopia gone viral. The only real comparison in American history would be the Hippie communes that popped up in the 1960's and early 70's, and they were a disaster because of the reality of humanity. People, while they might be be like-minded, don't tend to get along very well when grouped together, mostly because they have different personal goals.
This is what will destroy The New Republic of Texas. Their own ideas.
Initially, A Texit would drive out many if not all of the Democratic base and a good deal of the hispanic population, as well as any other brown people foolish enough to stick around. That, of course, would be fine with the Texans. The next step would be to form a government, constitution, etc. and this is where it will get quite sticky. Who will be the first legislator to bring up taxes? You can't run a government without some form of taxation, but conservatives HATE taxes. That will be a great fight to watch. And then, they would have to address "entitlements" which some conservatives hate even more than taxes.
You want your Social Security? Ha...ha haha. NO WAY. Medicare? Heehee... are you kidding us?
You are on your own, folks, no handouts in The Great Country Of Texas. There will be no entitlements, no minimum wage, no overtime wages, no government oversight at all, in fact. You can forget about those pesky health inspectors controlling your food safety or regulations that prevent unsafe workplaces.
In short, Texas will have the power to disestablish all of the things that made America a great place to work, thanks, in a great part, to American Unions. You want sweatshops with underage children making next to nothing? Texas will be the place to go. You want to completely exploit and deplete your resources and destroy the air quality? You want local governments with no tax revenue to pick up garbage and fix roads? You want to build a multi-billion dollar wall that might keep out immigrants who have no desire to enter? Go for it. Whatever. Good Luck.
And... about that wall. Would they not only want to build it on the Mexican border, but extend it along the bordering states as well? After all, they can't have Illegal American Immigrant vermin just waltzing across their border either, fouling the Texan Purity. Yes, Texas would have to become the largest walled city ever built, with an economy built on the tried and true (and totally debunked) idea of "trickle down economics", where the people with lots of money supposedly spend it on the people who don't have money and then we all just get along and prosper. Right. Dream on.
An independant Texas, run by the modern American Conservative mindset, would be an unfathomable quagmire of nationalism, racism, mysogynism and many other isms I can't even think of. In short, it would breed a race of the true, white, male assholes that represent the core of the conservative movement who would take their "I got mine" attitude and stomp it into the faces of those who don't.
In conclusion, a Texit would create a nightmare, third-world environment and absolutely degrade the quality of life for everyone but the elite. And that is what some of you seem to want, and that is a dismal and pathetic shame.