“Like a whole other country” … Literally

Apr 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

Jason McGill

Assistant Editor

Much has been made recently about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s comments at the tax day protests, suggesting that Texans may become so fed up with the federal government that they will want to secede from the union.  Of course, the Governor is careful to say that he doesn’t necessarily endorse such an idea himself.  It’s just something the citizens might come up with spontaneously, on their own, without any prompting from a Governor facing a primary challenge.  Nothing to do with that at all.

So now media is running with it, because… well, what would you expect them to do?  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay appeared on Hardball and actually outlined how Texas would go about seceding.  It would somehow split itself into five separate states and get itself kicked out of the union.

Interestingly, there has been some unintended input from Secretary of State Clinton’s office on Texas secession.  On April 8th, the State Department website listed the countries the Secretary had visited and the number of miles she traveled.  On this list, between the Netherlands and Mexico, was Texas.

Texas was the only state to appear on the list, which was titled, “Countries Visited and Mileage: 2009.”  It took about six days, but the State Department has since corrected the error.  However, you can see the original page via google cache.

Apparently the State Department took the Texas tourism slogan, “It’s like a whole other country,” literally.

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  1. Let Texas secede, then impose the same economic sanctions on them that we put on Iraq. Watch Mexico reclaim it’s annexed land.

  2. If at First You Don’t Secede ….