Anytime they want
Bad times only
I don't know
On the other hand, you don't own other people, so should feel no sense of loss when they choose to exercise their right of self government. I get the impression that your bitter lashing out at those who wish to govern themselves is akin to the plantation owner lashing out against "his" people that wished to be free.
You don't own the people of Texas.
Think about what government is and what government does. It is simply a set of agreed upon rules the purpose of which is to ensure an orderly society. Personally, as a Pennsylvanian, I don't really care how the people of Texas manage their affairs. If they want to be part of the federation, fine. If not, fine. It really makes no difference to me, as long as we can all coexist peacefully.
On the other hand, history has shown that there are many people afflicted with the lust for power over others, the pathology that yearns for empire. These sorts of people are a dire threat to the American way of life, and their desire to turn entire cities and states into prison camps must be resisted at every turn, before every aspect of our lives is mandated, managed, and directed from an imperial Capitol a thousand miles away.
I do wonder why some folks continue to call themselves Americans when they obviously hate the nation.
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~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
Texas has the highest capacity for oil refining in the US, California and Louisiana combined to not equal Texas, and they are the next two highest on the list. With refineries operating already at 95% to 98%, the rest of the US has no reserve capability to offset the loss of Texas, result, immediate, severe shortage in the US.
Total energy production, Texas number 1, 11,915 Trillion BTUs, next is Wyoming at 10,337 Trillion BTUs and number 3 is La. at 7,302 Trillion BTUs, number 4 is West Verginia at 3,727 BTUs,http://22.214.171.124/state/state-ene...d=89&orderid=1, just look at the chart, no way the US survives without Texas or at least willing sales from Texas.
Texas is also number 2 for total agriculture and number one in some areas such as beef production, other than tobacco, it produces all agricultural products. While the loss of Texas in this area would have lesser affect than energy, the US cannot starve out Texas. Not to mention what the loss of fuels and fuel costs would do the rest of the US' agricultural system.
Simply put, the US needs Texas, but Texas does not need the US. And, as someone else suggested, if we take Arizona, Oklahoma and Louisiana with us, then the rest of the US would come begging us for scraps.
That is funny. You score points for wit. But in all seriousness Texas is part of the USA. I, and I expect other Americans, do not want to see America fall apart into little pieces of foreign soil because the separatist whim takes hold temporarily.Not a good analogy. A leper's body parts are his own, thus he can feel a sense of loss when they leave him.
If they do not like it here, I support their right to go somewhere else of their own free choice. They can participate in self government there.On the other hand, you don't own other people, so should feel no sense of loss when they choose to exercise their right of self government.
Now you overreached and failed. You should have stopped with the leper bit. Plantation owners kept people in chains and bondage and prevented them from leaving. No such thing is happening today. There is no Berlin Wall. There are no chains. The people of Texas are not in slavery or bondage and nobody is ordering them to make bricks without straw.I get the impression that your bitter lashing out at those who wish to govern themselves is akin to the plantation owner lashing out against "his" people that wished to be free.
You don't own the people of Texas.
I would point out to you that the individual people of Texas do not own Texas either and thus have no right to dispose of it as the temporary whim may hit a number of them.
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