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Texas Secession - Questions We Should All be Asking
November 14, 2012

Questions We Should All be Asking:

1) Under what set of circumstances would it be prudent for a state to actually consider secession and the forming of a new government?  Are we (Texas, America) anywhere near that point?

2) What are the specific grievances that the American people have against the Federal Government at this time?   

3) What are the negative ramifications of secession (war, economic instability, governmental uncertainty, prospect of potential post war rebuilding, etc.)?

4) What are the potential benefits of forming our own government (new freedoms, trust in those governing us, financial prosperity)?

5) With the vast differences of opinion in any given state how could any consensus be made?  Or would the ideas of the majority simply monopolize the new government and force the minority to subject or leave?

6) What would it take in Texas (or in any region or territory) for things to escalate from some random signatures on an online petition to anything that has substance or consequence?

  • There must be a clarification of the wrongs of the Federal Government that are understandable by the laymen.
  • There would need to be clear identification of the intentions and new political ideas that are being presented.
  • There must be clear leaders or spokesmen arise that people can look to for that communication.
  • There would then need to be a large percentage of the populous unify under those ideas.
  • Only at this point could a new petition with any hope of real response be presented.  This would effectively form a new political party with new ideas and purposes to then be reviewed and either admitted or denied a voice.
  • Once there was clear reason to believe that this voice was being denied then additional actions could ensue that further the purposes of this new party (like strategic thinking about how to form an independent nation).

7) Would all efforts be more effectual if the discussion was not about a state leaving the union but about a group of people who share common interests and ideas?  The plan being to identify the territory which these people would occupy later on in the discussion only after clear purposes had been cast.

8) Is all this worth it?  Are the principles which are being violated worth the effort which would be required to resolve them?  History has mostly left things be.  History also shows hours in which the people declared “yes” these principles are worth our lives.

I don't know that I have answers to most of these questions yet, but I'm interested to see where things go and who arises with the answers.

Brad Stroup
Director of The Prayer Room
Arlington Texas