I did something Thursday and Friday I'd never done before. I attended my state Republican convention as a delegate.
I readily admit to voting in GOP primaries and financially supporting GOP candidates. I've held fundraisers (some in my home) for GOP candidates in state and local races. I will say, however, I don't find myself feeling very Republican over the last 15 years or so. My feelings on that are irrelevant for this post, as are my reasons for wanting to attend this past convention as a delegate.
But I would like to discuss an initiative we voted on at the convention as it is a prime topic for Texas preppers: whether Texans should get to vote on whether to secede from the United States.
While it may sound funny, there are a number of Texans who would like the option to do just that. And there are a number of people outside of Texas that would be happy to see us go.
Delegates to this weekend's convention were asked to vote on amending the official party platform calling for a state referendum on whether Texas should secede from the Union. (I voted against the amendment, which failed to pass.)
Friends, secession is not a good idea. I think we need to be discussing why it isn't, among the preparedness community, so that we can channel our efforts into something that will actually work.
Setting aside the legality of secession for purposes of this discussion (and admittedly, this is a big set aside), we should look at the practical and logistical challenges that even a peaceful secession would create.
In short, those advocating secession will likely be unhappy with the resulting government.
I don't say that as a statist who believes Washington should be running our lives. I'm a strong proponent of federalism and the 10th Amendment. I suspect I can out libertarian most of you reading this. But I'm also a pragmatist, and I realize that even peaceful secession is not the panacea that liberty proponents think it is.
So how do we fix what ails us? How do we fix Washington?
The answers are simple, but the work is hard.
Secession will not fix what ails us. Finding solutions and personally getting involved in the process will.
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