I look forward to the day when states like TX make it lawful to defy the Federal government and swear to protect citizens from federal arrest or prosectuion.
The next “civil war” will involve lawyers and voters, not guns and militia.
If Obama is re-elected, I predict that TX, AZ and/or OK will get a referendum on the ballot about their independence from Federal authority in some way shape or form. It may only be a symbollic vote at first. But it will be the beginning of States reasserting their rights over a federal government that has become tyrannical.
I’m thinking about writing a book about what the next civil war will look like. I don’t believe it will resemble anything most picture from our past. But there will come a time when national guards and certain divisions of the military may need to swear allegiances (Ft. Hood?). At some point, the states will allow citizens to stop paying taxes to the fed as they raise taxes for their own state. The fed will stop sending money to those states. The thing is, there are many states that provide more tax revenue for the fed than they receive. Texas is one of them. Short of an armed take-over, if the citizens of TX come together in a majority, the Fed would be powerless to stop succession.
I wish I would have spell checked that.
It will involve guns because the government has no power without them.
Re: Independence from federal taxes:
Maybe this is the reason that the federal government has no interest in sealing the borders, or dealing with the flood of illegal aliens.
These would be people with no allegiance to Texas or Arizona, but to the federal government, especially if promised all sorts of goodies by the feds.
We've probably got 40 million guns down here (I'm low-balling that figure, as I don't know anyone with less then 4 or 5, and quite a number with more), and a history of telling others to stick their "authoritah" where the sun don't shine. So, to put none too fine a point on it, there isn't going to be any armed takeover of Texas by anyone other than its own citizens, should the need ever arise. It is quite simply impossible to do without destroying the infrastructure of the state, something that any would-be occupier would want to avoid...and even then, they'll be bled dry in the process.