The word "Texas" has always been music to my ears. From the cowboy imagery to the amazing music to the conservative/libertarian politics, "Texas" has always meant freedom to me. But family ties have kept me in ill Illinois.
Today, I would like to use this space on this fine website to issue a simple, personal plea to the glorious state of Texas: Texas, please secede from the hopelessly sick United States of America and declare your own free and independent republic! This is admittedly an emotional plea, but I think it also makes logical sense.
A brutally honest assessment of the current national situation must conclude that the USA is essentially dead. The Twilight-Zone, horror-movie events of 2020—the irrational virus hysteria, the authoritarian crackdowns on freedom and liberty, the sheep-like compliance of much of the public, the purposeful destruction of the economy, the rise of the Far-Left fascists, the complicity of corporate America, the blatantly stolen election, the anti-constitutional rulings of the Supreme Court—it all adds up to the clear fact that the real America is gone. We all must face that fact.
But Texas, you are still here! You have a proud history of courageously standing up for individual freedom and liberty, and those ideas remain alive and well deep in the heart of Texas today. You can bring it all back—all the best of the real America, the America that lives by the Constitution, the America that boldly stands for freedom forever.
I know you can do it. But you have to do it soon—before it is too late. You have to act before the Machiavellian fascists sink their sharp claws into you and pervert you, the way they have apparently perverted Georgia and Arizona.
You did it before, in the 1830s. You can do it again. And you are stronger now than you were back then. You can make it work, and you can make it last this time. Maybe other like-minded states can join you, as suggested by Allen West, who said after the unconstitutional Supreme Court decision on the election: "Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the Constitution.”
That would be ideal. But you are Texas. You are a unique and special state. I think you could do it all by yourself if you have to. You are probably the only state with the guts to do it anyway, and the only state that could pull it off by itself. You have the resources, the creativity, the gumption, the spirit, and everything else you need to be your own country, and you have experience in being a real country. You should at least get the secession ball rolling now by immediately declaring yourself free and independent from the corrupt, unconstitutional, illegitimate (as of January 2021) federal government and from the Leftist, fascist, lawless states.
You know that you would be better off as an independent free nation, unattached to the sick "slave states"—the states like Illinois, New York, and California, where we have no representation, high taxation, and excessive rules and regulation—the states where the governments think of us as their property and treat us as their slaves.
Texas, you would surely be better off as an independent nation. But those of us in the slave states would also benefit from a free Texas. That's because a free Texas would stand as a beacon of hope for us—a promised land to which we could flee to live in a real free country again. Or at least a promised land where we could dream of fleeing, if we must stay bound to our slave state for the time being for whatever reason. We need you, Texas, to be a free nation, because you will then be that bright beacon of hope for all of us, no matter how horrible things get elsewhere.
You must be our hope, Texas. Hope is what we need right now more than anything else. I currently see no other possible source of this hope in this world, no other source but you.
"Texas is state of mind, Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word," John Steinbeck famously wrote in 1960 (the year I was born in Chicago). But he was wrong in the "every sense of the word" part, because Texas remains legally bound to the United States. Thus, Texas gets stuck living with the consequences of the damaging, unconstitutional, lawless actions of the rest of the country, as noted by Allen West.
It is time for Texas to officially break that bond and literally become "a nation in every sense of the word." Whatever actions are needed to break that bond must be swiftly taken. I will do whatever I can to help. I want to know that I have a free Texas to ultimately flee to, an independent Texas that will forever stand on its own laws, a real nation that cannot be perverted by the Leftist authoritarian mobsters who have ruined the rest of America. I'm imagining a free Texas led by a President Ted Cruz or Allen West or Louie Gohmert or Dan Crenshaw or Ken Paxton… There are a lot of brains and talent to make a national Texas government work. All that is needed now is the firm determination to act.
So, Texas, I plead with you again: Please secede. Do it soon. You may have a difficult struggle at first, but I believe that you will ultimately prevail, and you will go on to reach new heights after the struggle ends in your favor. And you will then give the rest of us the hope we desperately need.
I have lost all faith in the United States of America. I am ready to renounce any allegiance to it and its illegitimate government. But I need a new nation to pledge my allegiance to. I have strong faith in you, Texas. And I would love to pledge my allegiance to you, to you as a new free nation.
It is time to abandon the shackles of the hopelessly corrupt and decadent United States, and it is high time to get back to the basics of freedom and liberty with a shining new Republic of Texas!
As I've said, Texas has always been music to my ears. Allow me to offer a playlist of several songs from a few of my favorite musical Texans for your inspiration, edification, and enjoyment:
Luckenbach, Texas (Waylon Jennings)
Heart of Texas (Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings)
Gettin' By (Jerry Jeff Walker)
There's a Little Bit of Everything in Texas (Ernest Tubb)
Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
La Grange (ZZ Top)
Space Cowboy (Steve Miller)
Honky-Tonk (Clarence Gatemouth Brown)
Lone Star Rag (Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys)
God bless Texas!
A. J. Smuskiewicz can be reached at: email@example.com.