Will Austin Become 'Liberty Central' or 'Little Washington?'

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The Texas Nationalist
Movement is working hard to sell secession to its fellow Texans.
And some state here in the not good ol' US is eventually going to
succeed at seceding. But there are a lot of very complicated issues
facing any state that will have to be settled in advance.

Texas has as
good a chance at secession success as any…maybe even better. They
have a long tradition of independence, having fought for that independence
from Mexico in 1836. But in reality, Texas was only a nation for
nine years! They lost their minds in 1845 and assumed their place
in American statehood. They've been a subservient state for 164
years. But at least they WERE a nation before becoming a state.
Everyone makes mistakes. Forgive them.

So Texas could
have the chance of becoming a new nation. But will Austin, the state
capitol, become a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world, or
simply a smaller version of Washington DC?

24.6 million
people live in Texas. Let's estimate that half are registered voters.
If the Nationalists can get a referendum for secession on a state-wide
ballot someday, then about 6.2 million Texans will have to vote
"Yes" for secession. That's a pretty tall order. Not impossible,
but daunting.

But that's
when the work begins.

The leaders
of New Texas will need a brain trust of legal minds, economists
and policy strategists that can assist them as they take their first
steps into a very new world. I recommend to those New Texas leaders
that they put The Mises Institute on their speed dial. The Mises
Institute is a liberty-promoting, free market think tank in Auburn,
Alabama. The faculty and staff are the most cutting-edge thinkers
on earth today.

Listed below
are just 20 of the issues that Texans would have to settle in order
to build a new nation.

1. A formal
Declaration of Independence and Secession would have to be written
and ratified, likely by the legislature and signed by the Governor.
A date for presenting that document to someone like the sitting
US President would have to be chosen.

2. The actual
form of the new government must be chosen. Will it be a Constitutional
Republic…a Parliament…what? Remember that this is a new constitution
for a single nation, not a confederacy of nations. The new constitution
doesn't need to be articles of confederation, but should be more
like the Virginia Constitution of 1776 or the Swiss canton system.

3. Will all
the existing politicians in Texas have to stand for election in
the new government? The present legislators in Austin may be infected
with statism and opponents of sovereignty. I nominate Ron Paul as
the first President of New Texas.

4. Monetary
policy is the keystone of the new nation. All commerce, and the
very existence of New Texas hangs on this one issue. But if Texas
decides to adopt any monetary policy other than 100% gold dollar,
it will have swallowed the poison pill of Keynesianism before its
life even begins. No government in the history of mankind has devalued
its money and survived. Not One.

4. Courts system – Will the new Texas begin with a clean slate, or will it adopt
the corrupt American court precedents existing today? You can predict
that entrenched interests in the legal system will attempt to tie
up the secession in court forever. Where will Texas find judges
that are pro-secession? Will Texans allow themselves to be drawn
into Federal legal battles when the US should have no jurisdiction
in secession?

5. What method
of tax collection will the new nation choose? Any income tax will
likely foment yet another revolution.

6. There are
a lot of Federal lands and military bases in Texas. Will the new
nation buy them from Washington or simply confiscate them? And why
should the New Texas national government presume that it should
own the former Federal lands and bases? Should they not be sold
to private parties?

7. The new
Texas will have to create an immigration policy. Not only is there
the existing problem with the Texas/Mexican border, but hundreds
of thousands of Americans will want to relocate to Texas to take
part in the birth of the new nation.

8. Millions
of Texans presently receive Social Security benefits of some sort.
What will happen to their benefits after secession? Will Washington
cut them off in retaliation? Will Texas assume that obligation?

9. Privatization
of state services – will Texas try to set up new bureaucracies to
deliver mail, collect the taxes, etc? The free market always performs
better than government, and no compelling reason can be made for
government service.

9. Law Enforcement
is already entrenched in every niche and corner of Texas. Will the
new Texas continue with the failed War on Drugs, or recognize that
drugs are morally equal to alcohol and lift its prohibition?

10. What will
the New Texas do about a military? Will it embrace a national militia
like Switzerland, or establish Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines?

11. Foreign
policy issues will involve border states and other sovereign nations.
Will New Texas make the same foreign policy blunders that Washington
loves to make?

12. Will New
Texas assume the liability of a Medicare/Medicaid system?

13. Will New
Texas protect religious liberty and eschew religious subsidy? After
all, there is no practical reason that religious organizations and
churches should enjoy tax-free status at the expense of the rest
of the population. This issue will be decided as New Texas forms
tax policy.

14. Insurance
makes the world go around. New Texas will need the wisdom of Solomon
in its Department of Insurance to properly regulate insurance companies.

15. Securities
law must be enacted. But copying the corrupt FTC and SEC won't work.

16. How many
of the existing US Cabinet offices will find a place in the New
Texas government? New Texas would probably run fine without most
of the unconstitutional bureaucracies operating in Washington today.
Copying Washington won't work.

17. Texas is
a microcosm of all the environmental issues facing America today.
The "greenies" will fight hard to continue some of the
dumb environmental laws in New Texas. They have money and they are

18. New Texas
will have to make an early decision on public education. Will New
Texas continue the failed policies of the federal Department of
Education and the deathgrip of the teacher's unions?

19. Texas
has great colleges and universities. What will happen to them when
Federal money dries up? More importantly, will Texas football teams
be thrown out of American football conferences and the BCS? God
help us.

20. New Texas
will need an intelligent Energy policy which embraces nuclear energy,
oil and gas, and alternative sources. Texas must throw off the American
regulations that prohibit new nuclear power plants. 100% of the
electricity for New Texas should come from nuclear power.

New Texas has
the real chance to become the freest place on earth. But it won't
achieve that status if it simply becomes Washington West. The reason
for secession is Washington and statism. The men and women crafting
a New Texas must keep their vision of liberty in our lifetimes always
before them as they do their holy work.

Letters That Can Change History.

3, 2009

D. Longcore [send him
] owns www.InsuranceQuoteHQ.com
in Marietta, Georgia. He is married to “his redhead” Julie, and
has three wonderful children, and three even more wonderful grandchildren.

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