Linda sent this to me and it made me give a rousing rebel war whoop when I finished it and just received her permission to go to the presses. We have a gentle disagreement on secession because I happen to think Lincoln lied and the states came before the Union. I also think that secession is a natural right which is confirmed by the death and birth cycle of acknowledged states and not so acknowledged nations (see the Basque territory in NE Spain as an example of the latter). I am really looking forward to the Supremes invoking the Supremacy clause of the Federal government and watching the respective states which have not succumbed to the temptations of Mordor to grab a pair and hail out “HELL NO!”. We are in interesting times and Linda just made it more so. -BB
A small legal cog finally clicked forward and the Governor will be obliged by court order to call a special session of the 81st Legislature (the current one) to put forth a Resolution calling for an up/down vote on becoming a state or restoring the de facto soverignty of the Republic of Texas. The issue will be whether to maintain the socialistic status quo by seeking an amendment to the US Constitution to annex Texas legally as a state, or to take a giant leap backwards in time to become an independent nation stripped completely of the barnacles of the Nanny State. The problem if Texas reaches that point will be pure Benjamin Franklin: “We have given you a Republic–if you can keep it.”
This isn’t some fuzzy, romantic ideal of the old West complete with saloons, spittoons, and gunfights at high noon. It is a matter of philosophy, ethics, and what sort of government individual citizens believe to be the most beneficial for themselves, their families, and their land. The issue is still the Founding Fathers’ objections to King George and his far less intrusive offenses against the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. I doubt that any of us view what is going on in Washington as a “representative republic.” It is an oligarchy of 436 plus their entrenched courts and bureaucracies, all arrayed against our goal of individual responsibility and autonomy. To put it very simply, indeed, the goal is the same as it was in 1775, to prevent onerous taxation, interference in peaceful commerce, and hampering our ability to be responsible for our own actions. It is also the same war our forefathers were forced into in 1860 because we strove to defend ourselves against big government, heavy taxes and tariffs, and punishing and hampering the many for the benefit of the few.Texas can’t “secede” because we are not, have never been, and cannot become a “state” of the Union without an amendment to the US Constitution which does not allow annexing other nations at present–which must mean that any schemes for a Pan-American Union must also be illegal. The law is on our side, and if you insist you can read a 57-page treaty to that effect. I am talking about legal action in this century, not dreams of the ante bellum South. Nations deal with each other by treaty. The current flag of Texas does not fly at the same height as the US flag because we “were” a nation or to advertise the nearly defunct amusement park in Dallas. The flags fly at equal height because we are a separate nation, albeit occupied for over 140 years.
You know what the “political” map of Texas looks like: the Blue holds the big cities and a big hunk along the border overrun by illegal aliens. The rest is solidly red. We in Texas have our own distinct culture, and it isn’t just the hicks in the sticks who can see the benefits of becoming the last truly free nation on earth. Let me hasten to add that there is no question of dispossessing legal residents of Hispanic or any other descent; they and their ancestors and we and ours have been friends and neighbors for a very long time and regard each other with affection and admiration.
We can win this one, and if we do it will benefit all of you in those “united” states, all 49 of which have rattled sabers legislatively over the tenth amendment recently. I’m a gentle soul, and I do not thrill to the idea of watering the tree of liberty with blood. I’m in favor of picking up our toys and going home–or, more precisely, insisting the invaders get back over on their sides of our borders, per the order of a Federal Judge in 2004 for the Feds to “cease and desist hostilities against the land and people of Texas.” I expect the electorate to administer a stunning black eye to the Obamacrats nationwide in November, which is certainly a good start, but a salutary lesson that those of us who can are more than ready to walk away from a political system that punishes productivity and rewards idleness and corruption would make future protests against socialism more effective.Many states have secessionists movements in addition to reminding the Feds of the Tenth Amendment. What makes Texas special in this area is not just our legal standing but that if we free ourselves from the yoke of Washington we revert instantly to our 1836 Constitution. That document has been “modernized” very slightly–and carefully legally–to include universal sufferage, but other than that the Convention very wisely left it alone. It is short, simple, and grants us virtually a complete new beginning by virtue of all the things which are not in it. Some parts are a little amusing, such as the President’s salary of $10,000/year and a mansion, and the delightful provision that the Legislature cannot raise salaries for themselves while in office–for 90 days every other year unless a special session is called. Given the thought that our first President might well be someone like Dr. Ron Paul or Chuck Norris, I think whoever runs and wins can afford to support himself and his family. One of our goals is to return to having citizen statesmen and legislatures, not professionals who use their tenure to feather their nests very handsomely and reward those who make large campaign donations.Our Legislature only meets in alternate years because we Texans have never wanted a bunch of “professionals” passing laws constantly. Have you ever asked yourself, “Just when will we have ‘enough’ laws?” Life among independent, competent, decent people who take responsibility for their actions doesn’t really require many laws–and those few are sufficient to deter the violent and criminal. How very unfashionable of me to say that the Ten Commandments cover civil behavior pretty well. Don’t do murder, steal, or lie to injure another, and we’ll add don’t rape or commit arson and “if you broke it, you bought it.” Does your barber need a license (which is forbidden under the US Constitution!) No…because if he gives you a bad haircut you won’t return and you will tell your friends. Besides that, your hair will grow back in a couple of weeks. Instead of hampering all members profession by requiring a license, you could call the BBB. Licenses are legalized restraint of trade far more than they are to protect the populace. Their purpose is to make it difficult to enter a guild, extracting large fees along the way.
If we are successful, the day we have concurrence from the preponderance of voters over 100 taxes will disappear instantly, along with several million pages of regulations (all of which punish individuals and small businessmen for the benefit of those who can pay for lobbyists), and a delightful number of bureaucracies will cease to exist. I imagine those who make their living around Lake Buchanan would be pleased to see the Colorado River Authority disappear; that agency’s decision to lower the lake twenty feet or so for the benefit of friends in Austin wiped out the tourist industry which was dependent upon being able to launch boats to give tours and guide fishermen. The bed and breakfast operations are dead in the lack of water. The local grocer has gone out of business…at what point do the putative “needs” or moneymaking schemes of some justify destroying the livelihood and investments of others? I’m such a purist (or whacko, depending upon your view) that I’m not in favor of eminent domain. I don’t think that the desires of the state outweigh private property rights, period–and in the case of Lake Buchanan, the residents weren’t even paid for the damage. I’m still snarling because forty years ago the county stole several acres in order to straighten a country road. Yes, they “paid” us for it, their price, their choice, but the bottom line is that they took what was ours without any means of redress possible. We didn’t want their money; we wanted to retain our land. If that seems petty, how would you feel if the government decided that it was “necessary” for reasons of state to bribe OPEC with nubile blondes and confiscated your daughter, paying you $20,000? Obviously, your daughter isn’t for sale! Or, I certainly hope she isn’t.What difference would it make in your life if you paid no income tax, no property tax (both clearly illegal under the US Constitution, by the way), no alcohol or tobacco taxes, no SS tax (also forbidden), no school taxes, no gasoline taxes, no sales taxes, and no licensing fees? It would at least double your actual income and would provide funds for a dignified retirement or to start or expand your business, obviously.
“But Mrs. Traynham! How would the government function without all that revenue?” On a much smaller scale. Most of what government does is not in our best interests and is a very inefficient means of providing services only some would agree are important or even legal. One of the glories of the 1836 Constitution is that it makes no provision for the programs which keep us increasingly broke. “Entitlements?” Nonsense. Charity is the purview of individuals, families, churches, and organizations promulgated for that purpose, not a rightful affair of government. Using the Preamble to your Constitution to justify robbing a lot of us at gunpoint for the benefit of those who do not work or oppress us is in the interest of no one except expanding, dictatorial government–particularly not “families” which have been supported by funds extorted from strangers for six or seven generations. We are willing to trust our kind hearts to assist those who are both needy and deserving and expect the same result Tommy Thompson had when he halted welfare in his state: the leeches will go where the pickings are easy. The rest of us think that we’re part of “the general welfare” and will thrive best if left alone and in possession of what we earn.Education eats enormous sums and has produced declining benefits for over 75 years. See my “Educating the Masses” at www.whiskeyandgunpowder.com for a simple, sensible, cost-effective plan which satisfies the clause in our Constitution that we must have “a plan” to educate the children. Private schools are first choice with all those who can pay the fees–and knocking out income tax alone will pay for a lot of schooling. Private schools must deliver superior education or find themselves without students; public schools have always produced lower standards and higher price tags. Homeschooling, on-line schooling (yes, that is already available for at least grades 3-12), current and new private academies to offer lab courses, music, and sports to augment home schooling, and availability of classes on public TV and on line will provide a wealth of superior choices for far less money. What about neighborhood schools? By all means, if neighbors want one, they can pay teachers, utilities, and maintenance and buy textbooks; they’ll be able to afford it. There is no reason whatsoever why you should be obliged to pay for the schooling of your neighbor’s children; if you are, why stop at high school? Why shouldn’t you be forced to send them to Yale and Sophie Newcomb, as well? Why are you not responsible for funding medical school or law school? Obama’s working on it.
Every free market solution is superior to the current public school system in every way. We have a brouhaha going because of a proposal to delete the following from history text books: George Washington, Daniel Boone, Viet Nam, and several other trifles of little historical value. I have volunteered to serve as the first (and basically only) Director of Education at a dollar a year. Tax free, of course. The value of the first dollar I will ever have made that no government anywhere lays claim to any portion of is incredible. It will be mine, by right. We will begin with the standards and basic texts of over sixty years ago for the on-line and on TV portions. Each great lecture will only have to be recorded once; the Napoleonic wars haven’t changed, and neither have the Carthaginian ones or the value of pi. Length prohibits discussion now of how we will restore the illiteracy rate to below 5%, as it was in the Forties, but the project is quite do-able. Having a complete, comprehensive course of instruction in phonetics available on the ‘net and on the education channel will make it possible for adult illiterates to learn at home if they wish.There is no freedom when your income and your property are under the control of others. My ranch is not really mine at present because I hold it only so long as I pay taxes. Your income is not yours, and you know it. Even if you have no mortgage on your home it really belongs to the County Assessor/Tax Collector who charges you high rent. Your mortgage–even after it is paid–almost certainly lists you as the “tenant,” not the “owner.” There is no limit to how many taxes can be levied or how high they can be raised unless the government is forbidden to do so. The goal of those working towards restoring the Republic is that the sole “business” tax will be a 15% tax on foreign corporations–including those headquartered in the USA. There will be a tax of 10% for two years on those seeking citizenship. During those two years applicants are expected to support themselves completely and keep out of trouble. After that, they have full citizenship. Invaders of any nationality will be returned to the most appropriate border and thrust over or dropped in, as appropriate. I could write several articles on the abuses and expenses of wide open borders.
Texas will be the 9th richest nation in the world immediately if we succeed, and our future is bright; we won’t have to rape our countrymen to provide services that are neither needed nor wanted and which are not authorized under our Constitution. We will be rid of innumerable destructive, expensive bureaucracies. For example, the USDA sends me a bulletin every month. It does not function as County Agents did long ago providing information. Instead of helpful advice it contains lists of things I am not allowed to do, such as plant peanuts for a cover crop to feed my livestock and enrich the soil when it is plowed under. WHY am I not allowed to buy seed or plant peanuts? Restraint of trade, brought about by large-scale peanut farmers who can afford lobbyists, even though I have no intention of manufacturing peanut butter. It should be obvious to the meanest intelligence that planting nitrogen-fixing legumes does not present a hazard of any sort to man, beast, or our land but increases yield and nutritional value. If I want to plant peanuts I am obliged to purchase a permit from a large grower, and never mind that I do not intend to make my own peanut butter! I will settle for field peas; nobody thought to outlaw those.
I am now forbidden to clear land for agricultural use without an expensive, lengthy (timewise) ”environmental impact statement.” My family and I have been caring for our land for over sixty years and have true interest in preventing erosion, depletion of the topsoil, and silting up of our man-made lakes. The government hasn’t been planting coastal bermuda one sprig at a time, contouring the land, keeping mesquite down, building wildly expensive fences, letting the King’s deer and wild hogs eat and tear up our pastures, or paying for those pricey, back ache producing projects. Our fair land is littered with collapsing farmhouses of yesteryear, the families who once worked the land having been driven away by artificially high prices, floods of taxes, ”subsidies” that never apply to to me or anyone I know, and devastating taxation. Our Constitution does not have inheritance taxes. It does not authorize funds to mandate or forbid crops or to leave land idle. (Good farmers and ranchers rotate and fertilize as a matter of course. These standards have evolved over a couple of hundred years and are described in leases as “good management practices.” For one example, fertilizing every acre at least once every three years.) Our Constitution does not permit keeping the price of butter high by governmental decree for the benefit of gigantic national dairies. (If you have never seen one of those cow gulags, don’t go look. The cows are dejected, listless, and have had their tails docked short for the convenience of milking machines, and never mind that the cattle can’t swish away flies. They trudge drearily from feeders across dusty ground to be milked and back, unlike our cows who roam freely in lush pastures and join the guard donkey gleefully in chasing away coyotes before coming up for their evening snack while we check their health and well-being.)
Our Constitution does not demand destroying 30% of our corn crop by sacrificing it on the altar of the sacred planet, being turned into ethanol. Ethanol requires more energy to produce than it delivers and is very deleterious to internal combustion engines and assorted plastic and rubber bits. No nation that burns food for fuel can survive.
The Feds and their cohorts on lower levels have taken our money, our freedom, control of our children’s (mis)education, and are intruding more and more into our daily lives and our business ventures. The Feds not only do not see me as an asset to my community raising food to feed our nation and export, they are doing their dismayingly excellent best to put me out of business. Is the world a better, safer place because our local slaughter house owner took one look at the provisions of the Food “Safety” Act now before Congress and shut down his business except for deer season? He is barely making ends meet now, between the regulations and the requirement to have an FDA inspector on the premises at all times. When he eliminated the slaughter house he could not stock his wonderful butcher shop any more, and has been reduced to the frozen food locker segment of his business. The Reedfields have been successful, admired leaders in this community for many decades, and they cared more about producing superior cuts of meat in scrupulously sanitary conditions than the government does. Ed’s Butcher’s Block is still holding on; other than his, there isn’t a slaughter house or private butcher shop within a hundred miles and our only choice locally will be “imported” meat carried by Walmart and large grocery chains.
The new regulations are so harsh that no small-timer will ever be able to get a dairy license again–by design. Lily, Borden, and others can buy legislation to protect them from my small herd of dairy goats. It will be a crime to sell or transport raw milk (which is far safer and more nutritious) following this legislation. If I cannot sell milk without a capital outlay of at least $150,000, what is the point of raising goats? Even at $16/gallon retail, we would never recoup the cost of three buildings in order to keep a herd of about a dozen milkers, and we don’t want so many goats we don’t know their names. We don’t want a vast, impersonal full-time operation; we want no more goats than we can enjoy and the hands can care for easily. No, I can’t turn the milk into delicious cheese even if I go to the considerable expense of erecting a separate “commercial kitchen” because I do not have a dairy license. All I will be allowed to do with any we do not consume is feed it to pigs, goats, dogs, and chickens. It is a beautiful example of deliberate government waste.
The legislation will make it a crime to process meat that we have grown even for our own use. I will have precisely three choices: I can regard the herd of handsome Black Dexter cattle as expensive pasture art, I can sell some, perhaps, if anyone else is misguided enough to want to go into the cattle business, or I can take the pittance offered by buyers from the big meat-packing firms who will be delighted to acquire my pastured beef at scrub prices. Last fall the average loss at the Ft. Worth Stockyards was $150 a head. You didn’t see that reflected in lower prices at Kroger’s, Albertson’s, and H.E.B.
The same bill will force us to use nothing but genetically-altered seeds from Monsanto! They, too, have lots of money and Rep. Rosa DeLauro to introduce legislation to please her husband. Research shows that GM foods are definitely hazardous to our health; far worse, the seeds produced are sterile. Do we really want the government determining who will be allowed to raise which crops every year? Can you imagine Thomas Jefferson–or Jefferson Davis, or Sam Houston–submitting tamely if told his cook could not wring a chicken’s neck, remove its feathers, eviscerate it, and serve it fried to a gorgeous golden brown for supper? Would Benjamin Franklin have agreed that heirloom seeds, which always reproduce and are sometimes from strains developed a couple of hundred years ago and cherished ever since, are a hazard that must not be permitted? Davy Crockett didn’t worry about an FDA seal of approval when he went hunting.You bet this has to do with reasons to support the restoration of the Republic of Texas! We all know what happens when monopolies are formed. It really isn’t safe to let Agribiz and the Feds have a stranglehold on food production. During “the” Depression there was no Agribiz, and 5.1 million farmers managed to keep 125,000,000 people fed. Today there are only 2.1 million family farms and the population is on the order of 330 M. If we are not allowed to use–under threat of very severe penalties–heritage seeds that breed true instead of the sterile ones Monsanto turns out, and we cannot earn enough raising cattle, goats, sheep, hogs, and chickens to support ourselves, the food on your table will be at the less than tender mercies of Archer Daniel Midlands, Sanderson Farms, Congress, and perhaps Cass Sunstein. With “just in time” inventory there is a three-day supply of food in cities, a little more in small towns because of less-frequent shipments. Executive Order 11921 allows armed thugs from FEMA and Homeland Security to confiscate anything the band desires from all of us in the name of the “greater good.” What are your plans for if the big trucks stop rolling, grocery store shelves are empty, your personal supplies have been confiscated, and the Food Police insist upon putting an RFID chip in every last chicken, cow, pig, and rabbit to be certain ranchers are not consuming them or selling them on the black market?
There is always a black market whenever goods are regulated and “managed” by Statists. How many of us deal with craigslist.com, which is not a black market, because we can buy used goods without paying taxes on them? A little historical research will reveal that many of the shortages and most of the rationing were created artificially in order to maintain a sense of urgency about Mr. Roosevelt’s war. How much more efficiently government will be able to control the populace when it has its talons hooked cruely into the very means of producing and distributing food.
The violence along our Southern borders is the direct result of attempting to wage war on abstractions and deliberate policies which induce others to enter our land illegally. It is not possible to stop drug use short of executing every person found with any, but attempting to do so has led to “gang” wars at near Battalion strength. It has become commonplace for Sheriffs to be indicted for cooperating with drug dealers. The answer is obvious–and no, I do not use “recreational” drugs unless you want to count the glass of red wine I am sipping and the menthol cigarette I am smoking–and there are those who do consider those “drugs,” just as they do my vitamin supplements: call off the war, and cease any sort of medical or financial assistance to those who wish to take their chances. America has the largest per capita prison population in the world, and half of the prisoners are there on drug charges. The excuse given is that the state is “responsible” for the medical bills of those who choose to chance frying their brains or ingesting contaminated cocaine. Not in our Constitution, it isn’t.
Our Constitution never heard of the EPA, unions, the fraduluent issue of “separation of church and state,” “hostile work environments,” political correctness, and hundreds of other destructive mechanisms. It certainly does not permit extorting taxes to support those who do not work. How many of those on welfare are quite capable of holding signs for roadworkers, a job that pays a ludicrous thirty dollars an hour? How many are quite strong enough to clean office buildings and schools? Most of them. The first rule promulgated in America was “If you don’t work you don’t eat.” It has been an inescapable condition of existence throughout most of the world for most of recorded history. No one is entitled to “free” food, medical care, housing, computers, “walking around money,” education, and so forth. Only the Republic of Texas offers the necessary scalpal to sever the roots of parasites from our personal tree of liberty. In one blow we can destroy the entitlement mentality. If it isn’t in the Constitution, it won’t exist in the new Republic of Texas.
Explaining why restoring the Republic is vital to ensure that there is one last free market nation in the world and how that will improve your lives as well as ours is a complex undertaking, so I beg your patience as I write additional articles explaining how in every area the best solution to a problem is “Restore the Republic.” If we succeed we will serve as a warning to Statists everywhere that Americans who do not benefit directly from the dole or government paychecks are fed up with laboring under increasingly heavy loads to support the idle and the obstructive. So long as it is humanly possible I will answer all enquiries left at www.thetexasring.com, so do write with any questions you have or arguments on how every last law and regulation is to your benefit and advantageous to Americans in general. We don’t believe it. We think we’ll do just fine with common sense and the 1836 Constitution. Our advantage is that we have valid legal grounds to claim our independence. We think separation can be achieved without a shot fired. I even think that our success will frighten the governments strangling you into backing off a bit.
Texas is a beautiful land with seven geographical districts (something to suit every taste in climate and scenery), stretching 750 miles from side to side and top to bottom. At present. We’ll be accepting applications for citizenship, and there is room for those of good character who support themselves and abide by our few laws. Next time we will consider the ramifications of a thriving Republic of Texas with its own private electric grid, oil fields, great universities, and agriculture of every type in terms of how we would fare in the aftermath of the dollar crashing or widespread “civil unrest” for political, economic, religious, or ethnic causes. Our Constitution allows us to pump oil as we please…and we have a Supreme Court decision agreeing that our rights to under sea drilling exist out to the 200 mile limit, per international agreement. That is one more small indication that the Feds have always known that we remain a separate nation. Louisiana and the other gulf states do not have the same right accorded them.
One last, quick reassurance: Social Security pension checks are contracts between the Feds and individuals; that will continue. We’re still working out fair restitution for those who are under fifty, but just not having to pay the SS and Medicare bite out of your paycheck and receiving your employer’s matching “contribution” that he would pay you directly if he weren’t obliged to hand it to Timmy Geithner will do much for those who wish to take care of their own futures. Erasing just those would give you a 15%/year increase in salary–tax free. That would be yours to invest or sock away for your old age immediately. When I was a girl having to live on a Social Security check was regarded as shameful, as a sign of a wasted life. My first paycheck was for almost exactly $220 on a salary of $225. A quick and relatively clean conversion to relative purchasing power is to multiply by ten. If you make $2250/month, do you take home $2200? What a stupid question. No, your taxes are definitely not 2%, and in the early Sixties Texas had never heard of a sales tax, either. Fifteen per cent. of $2250 is $337.50/month, a calculation those of us educated in the Forties and Fifties can do in our heads. It is $4050/year that you could spend on good private schools, to reduce your mortgage, or invest for your future of you were a citizen of a restored Republic of Texas. Of course you could not put it in an IRA! That money would be yours and no present or future government would have any right to tax it. Of course this is about money as well as about restored freedoms and the return of the American dream. When the government has its tentacles in your pocket constantly you have no freedom.