The governor of Texas recently spoke approvingly of the possibility of seceding.
Frankly, my dears (and admittedly, I may be showing my Yankee roots here), if I were President Obama, and the governor clearly asserted secession or independence, I would take just the opposite tack of Republican Lincoln—if for no other reason than the element of surprise.
The first thing I’d do is federalize the Texas National Guard and Reserves, and then (unlike Fort Sumter in 1861) order them and all other U.S. military forces in Texas to redeploy, with all their armaments, to states bordering Texas. (Some reservists or their commanders might resist, but considering how these true American patriots have repeatedly deployed to [serious] conflict duty in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last eight years with almost total unanimity, I have no doubt that nearly all would obey their orders.)
The next step I’d take is to remove all U.S. Border Patrol personnel and equipment, again to the borders surrounding Texas. As well, [withdraw] all other federal employees (including judicial, postal service and other Homeland Security personnel) who want to keep their jobs, along with whatever equipage and provisions that could also be removed.
Let the governor and the Texas Rangers (intrepid though the Rangers are) hold back the “Mexican hordes” (as the governor’s supporters might call them), and subdue the murderous drug cartels along the Rio Grande etc. (Sound like the Alamo?)
Next, of course, I’d cut off not just stimulus funds, but all remaining civilian funding to the former state of Texas. That, as for any state, currently includes extensive monies for local and state police forces, education, interstate and local highways and infrastructure, state health and medical services, unemployment insurance, FDIC bank-account insurance, Federal Reserve support for banks themselves, federal mortgage facilities and subsidies, arms and military-supply manufacturing contracts within the state, farm (including ranch) subsidies etc.
For those to whom the implications of all this are not obvious, I suggest that they go back and re-study American history. I’m sure these implications are understood by President Obama, but [perhaps] not to his extreme right-wing opponents.
Abraham Lincoln may have saved the Union from the divisiveness of slavery. But 60-some years later, Republican Herbert Hoover accelerated the 1920s economic anarchy (similar to recent times) into the Great Depression. That forced Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal to forge needed, pervasive rescue programs for the American economy, and then, extraordinarily extensive security measures [assuring] U.S. predominance in Depression-driven World War II.
And, for better or for worse, those fundamental changes ensured that—forever after—the American states would be so interdependent for their economies and security, and thus so interwoven [with] their federal government, that Roosevelt had thereby preserved the Republic (of the U.S., not Texas), for all practicality and for all posterity, from any other possible cause of its dissolution.
— Wayne Bastedo