Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Texas: If at first, it won't secede -
Having once been cruelly stationed in Texas for six weeks by the Air Force with only two sweaty fatigues, I concede that more than once I asked why we didn't give up the place to Santa Anna at the Alamo forever and get on with the work of building the rest of the nation that was free of red dust and 10-gallon hats.
But there are reasons why secession is a maddening trajectory for the Lone Star State, even if more than 80,000 spoilsports have reportedly signed petitions.
It might occur the very same year that the Houston Texans could finally wind up in the Super Bowl. In an independent Texas, the team would be denied any chance of playing in the NFL.
George W. Bush would not have been able to seek the presidency and win - twice. In those instances, secession would have been a plus for the other 49 states.
Just last week, the state was honored when Texas A&M knocked off Alabama, thought to be America's preeminent college football team. The Aggies would not have had that opportunity had they been a foreign team.
Finally, the Dallas Cowboys could no longer be designated as "America's Team". Secessionists, that's giving up too much of the state's ego to satisfy your revolutionary plans. Take several deep breaths, have a cookout at the Alamo, and then think it over some more.