Texas Seceded 150 Years Ago Today: Five Reasons It Was a Great Idea

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Sam Houston said no to this
On this day 150 years ago, the Texas legislature voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.

Nowadays, of course, we have a governor who daydreams about the seceding, if not (necessarily) the Confederacy part.

So it makes sense to look at how things worked out for the Lone Star state. Five highlights:

5. No ruinous health-care reform or air-pollution legislation was adopted
Texans remained free to die from treatable diseases and pour any kind of crap into the rivers or air, just as it should be. Also, they were allowed to keep their slaves.

4. The borders were protected, dammit
Well, mostly at Galveston and Sabine Pass, and mostly from white Union solders, but still.

3. Sharia law was not established in Texas
But -- and it's a huge, huge, but -- the legislature met in a chamber that did not have "In God We Trust" emblazoned on its walls, a horrifying lapse that would not be rectified until Texans came to their senses and elected Dan Patrick to the state Senate. Would having "In God We Trust" mean Texas would have stayed in the Union? We'll never know.

2. We got rid of that damn Sam Houston as governor
The Raven was replaced by such notable men as Edward Clark, Francis Lubbock and Pendleton Murrah.

1. If we hadn't seceded, "Six Flags Over Texas" would be completely wrong
And "Five Flags" just doesn't sing. Historians are unsure whether secession was driven more by a desire to keep black people enslaved or to add just one more flag; the debate rages on.


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Nobody
Nobody

If I were president and Texas wanted to secede, I'd say "Have a nice day" and let them, and have the Army Corps of Engineers build a fence and checkpoints. Then, as Texas is starved of Federal aid and they impliment Republican policies, Teabaggerstan will collapse and resemble a third world country. Next drought, a famine ensues. Sorry, no food aid!

GlenW
GlenW

Love the picture, btw.

Boo
Boo

Vintom wrote: "'It stands for states' rights and personal freedoms, something that no one in this country knows anything about, anymore.' - It does not stand for personal freedoms. It stands for slavery. The Confederacy tried to keep the removal of personal freedoms for African-Americans. Is this honorable? No."Not all African-Americans. Free Blacks' right to own slaves themselves was also protected. The dirty secret is that many Blacks were not opposed to slavery at all. They were only opposed to being slaves themselves.

Boo
Boo

Texas can threaten little me with its greeting, "Don't Mess With Texas," but Texas got messed with real bad a while back.

Alexwukman
Alexwukman

Actually Galveston was abandoned and left to rot. The island was in chaos during the civil war. Once the Confederate government declared Galveston indefensible it degenerated into a Mad Max style free for all. Soldiers deserted, citizens rioted, rapes and assaults were common because there was absolutely no one to report them to. And every other day the Union Navy would shell the city. That doesn't include the plagues that swept through the city every six months or so. Galveston during the Civil War was a city that everyone forgot. Here's a starting link: http://nautarch.tamu.edu/proje...

Kickinitsince1987
Kickinitsince1987

....you're an idiot.....why the hell did this surface on digg....rhetorical

Givemebluecrystals
Givemebluecrystals

I just found this article on Digg.com. I'll stay anonymous because gotta watch out for the feds but I will gladly pick my guns and fight against a country I don't believe in anymore. You yanks are nothing but a bunch of liars and cheats anyways. As far as this place belonging to the Mexicans.... they can't run anything except themselves into the ground.

OnlyForward
OnlyForward

I say let Texas secede now. In fact lets not even ask, Kick them to the curb. Texas offers nothing to the other 49, NOTHING but dumb.

Old_chas
Old_chas

Didn't y'all steal that place from Mexico? Maybe it's time you give it back.

Not a red neck.
Not a red neck.

Yes please go. It would raise the intelligence of the whole nation by at least 15 points.

Crazyarlo
Crazyarlo

What's takin you so long this time? GIT!! LEAVE THE UNION! You won't be missed. PS you can keep the Cowboys.

Nate
Nate

This is a horrible article.

Spr222
Spr222

Please. Go.

-New England

Purdophocles
Purdophocles

I do and have always loved Texas. Texas has a uniquely vast amount of state pride that many youth are only exposed to in Beer and Truck commercials. It is a crying shame, that will not go unheard! But we are still Texas; savy as all get out, fighters, and nobody's fool. Texas will always SECEDE one way or another, at least I still think so today.

Alanlashsr
Alanlashsr

its interesting, the naacp can have there say but us white boys better shut up. well were not shutting up, national poor white kid foundation, there isent one is there, are there poor white kids? yep there are. they dont want folks rembering that we dont take shit from eanyone, we took out the comanchee and the mex's. dont let the white folk rember who and what we are and come from

N.B.F
N.B.F

I think if we'd known how bad it would be we'd just as soon picked our own cotton, just saying.

copa
copa

Geez, don't remind me of this shit. Oran Roberts ran an awful smear campaign that makes Beck/Palin look like amateurs, bringing down the honorable Sam Houston so that Roberts could become governor and get a whole bunch of Texans killed fighting in the wrong side of a dumb war.

And they named my kid's elementary schoo after this clown?

BigBrother
BigBrother

You think you're anonymous, Mr. Terrorist?

Katy
Katy

Apparently Texas DOES offer something, judging by the huge number of marauding Northern trolls who are commenting on this fairly old blog entry.

Y’all just go surfing websites of Southern local papers for people to insult? You’re WAY behind the curve, man. Insulting ARIZONA is the in thing this year.

Insulting Texas jumped the shark on January 20, 2009…

lcar
lcar

Texas never surrenderd to shit, if we were a country again we would be the 8th richest economy in the world, Yankee Scum

Vintom Lebowski
Vintom Lebowski

Alanlashsr: There are poor White kids foundations. They are "Appalachia" or "rural America" ones.

Connor Powers
Connor Powers

You're not shutting up... or paying attention in English class for that matter. Your terrible spellings speaks volumes of your stupidity.

real American patriot
real American patriot

try to succeed again and see what happens. The same thing that happened before, you got beat. Well at least not you, but who you come from. I fought for my country in two separate operations against our countries enemies. Will fight to keep it together from idiots like you.

EMFDYSI
EMFDYSI

"dont let the white folk rember who and what we are and come from"

From the sound of it, you couldn't possibly forget that stuff because it's standing in your way every day.

TTTWLAM
TTTWLAM

While we don't know anything about your socio-economic status, Alanlashsr, you've certainly proven that crippling illiteracy plagues the non-shit-taking-white-boy demographic.

"Rember who and what [you] are," indeed.

Katy
Katy

Why is it that all the commenters with such keen insights into race issues always post anonymously?

Katy
Katy

In Richard Connelly’s defense, he could not have foreseen that he’d have a 150-year old still upset about the Houston/Roberts campaign reading the article…

codeman
codeman

Very defensive Katy. Yes, many people are commenting on this old article, but you seem to still be creeping on it as well. That being said, I personally think anyone who would wear a confederate flag in this day and age is the epitome of stupid. "But it's not racist er nuthin' man, it just means I love the south because dey got dat der beer and tramp stamps on ladies." That's all fine and dandy mentally handicapped southern man, but the confederacy lost the war and was very harmful to the United States and challenged what made this country so great in the first place; freedom.

ribalding
ribalding

Wow. I didn't know Ralph Yarborough was still alive, either.

Vintom Lebowski
Vintom Lebowski

"It stands for states' rights and personal freedoms, something that no one in this country knows anything about, anymore. " - It does not stand for personal freedoms. It stands for slavery. The Confederacy tried to keep the removal of personal freedoms for African-Americans. Is this honorable? No.

Naja
Naja

I have no problem flying the Confederate flag. Not like ignorant people would know this, but 10% of CSA soldiers were Latino, including my ancestors who bravely fought in the CSA. Instead, people like you accept a watered-down version of history and don't bother to learn about what actually happened during the Civil War.

I'm a graduate student, so I don't have time to drink beer or have tramp stamps. Indeed, I am most likely more educated than you are.

"Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late. It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision."--Major General Patrick Cleburne

JRC
JRC

What's wrong with the Confederate flag? Nothing. It stands for states' rights and personal freedoms, something that no one in this country knows anything about, anymore. Today, it's all about the federal government making decisions for everyone, seemingly arbitrarily.

Perhaps some states seceding is exactly what we need around here, or, better yet, the imposition of a government that actually FOLLOWS the Constitution it was founded upon.

Katy
Katy

Yeah. Because I’m (apparently the only one) not commenting anonymously, all additions to the comment thread are going to my email.

But you’re right. Some of the comments by Southerners on this thread look as dumb as the comments by Northerners.

But I NEVER wear my confederate flag clothes in public. And I only bought the damn things because I erroneously believed they were “Dukes of Hazzard” Underoos…

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