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Texas Official Preparing for Independence
WND ^ | 09-01-2013 | John Griffing

Posted on 09/02/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT by flowergirl

Edited on 09/02/2013 3:34:57 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Barry Smitherman, head of the powerful Texas Railroad Commission, is making waves for his comments about economic collapse, energy policy and the future.

But donít a lot of officials address those same issues?

Yes, but not the same way Smitherman does.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: economy; secession; statesrights; texas; tryanny
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1 posted on 09/02/2013 3:29:39 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: flowergirl

Let me know if he needs any help.


2 posted on 09/02/2013 3:31:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: flowergirl
They better get on with it before demographics overwhelm them.

Talking about it for another 10-20 years will just mean it'll be too late by the time they get around to acting.

3 posted on 09/02/2013 3:35:19 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: flowergirl
TRC controls energy in the state. Texas is isolated from the national grid, mostly. We are energy independent.

/johnny

4 posted on 09/02/2013 3:36:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: flowergirl

From the article:

He talks about economic collapse as what will happen to the rest of the United States, not Texas. And he talks about energy policy as a way to make sure Texas commerce will continue, without the rest of the United States. And when he talks about the future, he focuses on Texas, because he believes there might not be the rest of the United States.

See a pattern?

“One of the things I’ve focused on in the last 10 years of my public sector life is preparing Texas to be a prosperous and safe place to work, regardless of what happens outside our borders,” he said.

“We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”


5 posted on 09/02/2013 3:39:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: flowergirl

How does he plan to achieve it?


6 posted on 09/02/2013 3:39:51 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: flowergirl

Frankly, I’d like to see California do it. Kick out the folks who don’t belong here, fix things so the Left will have to escape rather than live like decent conservatives, and get California back to what it should have been all along.


7 posted on 09/02/2013 3:40:11 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: ClaytonP

“They better get on with it before demographics overwhelm them.”

Won’t be long until Texas is purple. Then it is just a short jump to blue. No way they can stay red with the illegal influx, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and the other urban ghettos that are sure to arise. Enjoy it down there while you can. You are on the road to being California, New York, Mass and those other places no decent conservative wants to live in. Thinking I’m in a really bad mood today.


8 posted on 09/02/2013 3:40:56 PM PDT by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TBP
How does he plan to achieve it?

The rest of the world could fall off the map, and Texas is good for 'lectrickity since we're not really tied to the national electric grid.

That's been reality for a long time.

/johnny

9 posted on 09/02/2013 3:42:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: El Gato; Eaker; hocndoc; Squantos; SwinneySwitch; MeekOneGOP; weegee; EQAndyBuzz; 2ndDivisionVet; ..
Texas independence ping



10 posted on 09/02/2013 3:42:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: TBP

I sounds like it’ll happen on its own.


11 posted on 09/02/2013 3:42:21 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: animal172

Doesn’t always work that way, it won’t for Texas, in spite of any indications, I know,minority babies majority now and so on.


12 posted on 09/02/2013 3:42:45 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Windflier

Thanks for the ping!


13 posted on 09/02/2013 3:44:09 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting poll at the link.

Not quite sure who his competition will be but reps from his campaign are showing up at gatherings all over the state. Difficult for outsiders to understand the importance of the Railroad Commissioner in Texas - has nothing to do with railroads. Supported Barry in the past and at this point in time would certainly vote for him for AG.


14 posted on 09/02/2013 3:44:44 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: animal172
Thinking I’m in a really bad mood today.

Thanks for sharing your negativity.

Those of us here in Texas may not listen much to it, though. Faith in God can help.

/johnny

15 posted on 09/02/2013 3:44:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TBP

I am not sure how he plans to achieve it...was just glad to see there’s people in power thinking this way!


16 posted on 09/02/2013 3:46:41 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: Windflier

like to be on the Texas ping list please- thanks


17 posted on 09/02/2013 3:47:57 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: Grams A
Texas is a different sort of critter. You have to explain that the Governor can't pardon anyone without permission, the Lt. Governor holds real power in the state, and the RR Commissioner in Texas controls gas and 'lektrikity... ;)

/johnny

18 posted on 09/02/2013 3:48:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: flowergirl

Sound off on Texas preparing to become an independent state

Finally, someone understands just how much trouble the U.S. is actually in (46%, 492 Votes)

Every single U.S. state should be thinking this way (34%, 363 Votes)

Getting ready for independence now will only make seceding easier when the time comes (9%, 98 Votes)

It does make sense for state officials to look to the future of the people of their state (5%, 55 Votes)

If the U.S. falls, I know where I’m moving! (4%, 44 Votes)

Texas should consider helping the rest of the country instead of thinking about going alone (less than 1%, 6 Votes)

I can’t believe we’re at the point when states would ever consider this (less than 1%, 6 Votes)

It sounds like the foolish talk of secessionists (less than 1%, 4 Votes)

All the talk of a U.S. collapse is far too premature for that (less than 1%, 3 Votes)

Get a grip, it’s just one official talking about being prepared, that’s all (less than 1%, 3 Votes)

Other (less than 1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,076


19 posted on 09/02/2013 3:48:42 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: flowergirl
like to be on the Texas ping list please- thanks

Welcome to the list, flowergirl!

20 posted on 09/02/2013 3:53:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ClaytonP
They better get on with it before demographics overwhelm them.

The blacks and Hispanics in TX are far more conservative than they are in CA.

21 posted on 09/02/2013 3:54:18 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: flowergirl
Texas money proposal:

$100 bill: Stephen Austin
$50 bill: Sam Houston
$20 bill: George Washington
$10 bill: Tom Landry
$5 bill: LBJ
$1 bill: Dwight Eisenhower
.50 coin: Ann Richards

22 posted on 09/02/2013 3:59:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Windflier

Thanks for the ping!

If we have a vote...count me in as an “aye”.


23 posted on 09/02/2013 3:59:42 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Ma Richards doesn’t need to be on any money!! How about a bus token??


24 posted on 09/02/2013 4:05:25 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: flowergirl

Sounds good to me! :)


25 posted on 09/02/2013 4:05:39 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

No LBJ money either.. maybe we could have Lady Bird on one instead.


26 posted on 09/02/2013 4:06:49 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: flowergirl

For a long time, I thought that this would be terrible. Now, I wonder if I was wrong.


27 posted on 09/02/2013 4:08:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: berdie
If we have a vote...count me in as an “aye”.

I would hate to see things come to the point where we'd have to leave the union for our own self preservation, but if it indeed comes to that, I'm in.

My guess is that if Texas goes, several other red states will join us. That would hasten the collapse of the remaining blue union, who would soon come to us bearing a white flag of surrender (and hungry bellies).

28 posted on 09/02/2013 4:09:22 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If you’re going for a Texas theme on the currency, George Washington really doesn’t belong in there (and no disrespect intended to the General). William Travis or even Chester Nimitz should do nicely, though.


29 posted on 09/02/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
You can keep your suggestions. LBJ was the sorriest son of a bitch to ever walk the ground in Texas.

/johnny

30 posted on 09/02/2013 4:13:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

And that’s just on the state level. Then you have all the jurisdictional issues involving the split between cities and counties. And then there is the all powerful TXDOT. My son lives three miles from me but he is now in the city and I, thankfully, am still in the County for maybe three more years.

Remember when Perry was running for President and the MSM would begin talking about politics in Texas - they just didn’t have a clue.

Re the Lt. Governor - sure hope we can uproot Dewhurst. David Patterson - who is running against Dewhurst - strongly favors more green cards and work visas for illegals, as does Abbott who is running for Governor. Should prove interesting to say the least.

One of my current campaigns is to push for a NO vote on the State Amendment on the reverse mortgage issue. Sounds good on paper but, as with many other issues, Austin politicians failed to do due diligence and we are being asked to support an amendment of a program which is likely to undergo major changes in October if the Washington Senate ever gets around to voting on it.


31 posted on 09/02/2013 4:23:54 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: animal172

The first thing we need to do is send all the illegals back to Mexico, then close our borders. I love the idea of Texas being a sovereign nation again. we should never joined the union IMHO.

7th generation Texan, basil


32 posted on 09/02/2013 4:27:21 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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Dewhurst has to go. Who to replace him is a question. I'm sorta crossways with Patterson after his campaign refused to answer my questions.

/johnny

33 posted on 09/02/2013 4:28:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Windflier

I would hate to see things come to that as well. I don’t see separation as being a peaceful thing.

No doubt other red states would follow.

A balkanized country is not good. But doesn’t hurt to a “Plan B” in place...just in case. (Yep, I am a planner. Just in case plan A doesn’t pan out, I usually Plans A thru at least M in reserve. :))


34 posted on 09/02/2013 4:28:43 PM PDT by berdie
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To: basil
Hello stranger. Long time, no freep. Hope all is well with you and yours. Prayers where they are needed.

/johnny

35 posted on 09/02/2013 4:29:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

...this comment is a little off subject but not too much as it is about an asset that Texas has (close proximity to Mexico; you might say “swimming distance”) that will prove absolutely priceless as an independent country.

Namely, I was at the car wash in Central Texas today when I observed something worthy of a comment to my 37 year old son as we waited under a shade tree for the workers to finish my car. What I observed was approximately 20 Mexican guys cleaning and drying off all the Suv’s, Mercedes and BMW’s along with my Toyota Avalon. My comment to my son was “take a look at that picture, do you see any white guys out there working in the 100 degree plus heat?” “Do you see any blacks, women, trannys or homosexuals?” The answer was of course no. I closed with “so make no mistake, this Texas miracle economy we have would collapse OVERNIGHT without all those hundreds of thousands of Mexican laborers all over this great state doing the HARD work that whites and blacks won’t do”. And, as we all know, about half are legal and the other half not so much.

So, the ANSWER!!! Close that damn border air tight! Give them all bulletproof ID cards and a work permit and a conditional driving license with no access to government freebies available to full citizens. After that, they can apply for citizenship and become a citizen IN LINE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE WANTING INTO THE GREAT REPUBLIC OF TEXAS!

Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, I believe that Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana will want to JOIN with Texas when the day and time comes for a decision. A famous saying on this point is “the only thing that stays the same is that EVERYTHING changes”. The libs have outsmarted us and stolen the former USA from us and it is time for the funeral.


36 posted on 09/02/2013 4:34:08 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Grams A

What is going on with reverse mortgages?

I did a quick google and didn’t see anything.


37 posted on 09/02/2013 4:34:11 PM PDT by berdie
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To: JRandomFreeper; flowergirl

Couldn’t agree with you more about LBJ.

But Ladybird sure created some beautiful landscape with the wild flower program.

Could we put her on a penny or sumthin?


38 posted on 09/02/2013 4:38:58 PM PDT by berdie
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I don’t see separation as being a peaceful thing.

What would the blue states do - threaten to declare war on us if we didn't stay put? 600,000 Americans died the last time the feds tried to stop a secessionist movement. Americans don't have the stomach for such bloodshed and carnage today. Especially not on their own soil.

Besides, they don't have the manpower (or firepower) to stop the red states from going their own way, if that's what they're determined to do.

No, it would be a political (and economic) re-alignment. Nothing more.

39 posted on 09/02/2013 4:39:47 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If we can figure out how to cut Austin and Sheila’s district out, we’d be good to go.


40 posted on 09/02/2013 4:39:50 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: berdie
We're reminded of her every time we pull over to the side of the highway to answer a call of nature. That's enough for me.

Did I mention that I really don't like LBJ?

/johnny

41 posted on 09/02/2013 4:40:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cen-Tejas

You’re likely to get flamed for your very accurate observations on the Mexican work ethic, but you are absolutely right.

I’m strongly in favor of a strongly enforced guest worker program. These are good folks willing to work hard for minimum wage.

I like your ideas.


42 posted on 09/02/2013 4:42:45 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Cen-Tejas
“take a look at that picture, do you see any white guys out there working in the 100 degree plus heat?” “Do you see any blacks, women, trannys or homosexuals?” The answer was of course no.

My boys and I are natural born Americans who work every day in the Texas sun. There's still some of us out here.

43 posted on 09/02/2013 4:44:52 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: flowergirl

I am available for an internship.


44 posted on 09/02/2013 4:45:59 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: berdie
But Ladybird sure created some beautiful landscape with the wild flower program.

If she had paid for the program I might be impressed.

If I had a few hundred million dollars of someone elses money to spend I could make some pretty landscapes too.

45 posted on 09/02/2013 4:49:46 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hello right back—and how nice to hear from you. All is well with me, AFAIK, and if it isn’t, I hope nobody will tell me—LOL!

We’re just returning from a road trip to, of all places, Bolling AFB in DC. Hope to make it home tomorrow........


46 posted on 09/02/2013 4:50:12 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: flowergirl

I remember someone once asked Chuck Norris if he ever wanted to be president.

Chuck answered, “Yes! Of Texas!”


47 posted on 09/02/2013 4:51:08 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a chain of convenience stores.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

OKaaay..No penny for Ladybird.

But please don’t take it out on the bluebonnets. ;)

Your post gave me the best laugh of the day!


48 posted on 09/02/2013 4:51:09 PM PDT by berdie
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To: basil
I'm still around, causing trouble, since ATRW folded. Miss those days.

Travel blessings.

/johnny

49 posted on 09/02/2013 4:55:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: berdie
I like the flowers, too. But there were lots of good men that fought and died or fought and killed to make Texas happen. They deserve any space on any potential future currency that may or may not exist.

I'm a Texas boy, I wouldn't aim at a bluebonnet on purpose. ;)

/johnny

50 posted on 09/02/2013 4:59:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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