One has often felt that we should invade and reconquer Texas for the United States. Given the events of the last few weeks, however, one now wonders why we should bother.
On April 2, 1865, Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, fell to Union forces. On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. Slightly more than two weeks later, on April 26, 1865, Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his Army of Tennessee to William Tecumseh Sherman. A little more than two weeks after that, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was captured by Union forces in Georgia. Though the last Confederate forces would not surrender for another two weeks, the American Civil War was at an end. And so, too, for all time, was decided the question of secession.
At least, so we thought. Until Barack Obama was re-elected President…and the whack jobs came out of the woodwork once more.
It isn’t actually the first time such a step has been contemplated. After the 2008 election, which first elected President Obama, Governor Rick Perry of Texas suggested…erroneously, actually…that, since Texas had been a republic, it had the right to leave the Union at its pleasure. He even suggested…sort of…that the election of President Obama might be the occasion for Texas to take such a step. Nothing came of if of course. But the idea was out there for others to pick up. And now others have.
In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, a number of petitions have been submitted for what is called “peaceable secession” from the Union. The largest number of these, unsurprisingly, come from the states of the old Confederacy and, of these, by far the largest number…more than 100,000…come from Texas. There were so many, in fact, that Governor Perry felt compelled to say that he really didn’t think secession was such a good idea.
But one has to wonder at those who do think it’s a good idea. Wracking one’s brain, one can think of no such petitions submitted after the elections of, say, Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush. What is it that sets President Obama apart? What is it that would make a significant number of his fellow citizens want, literally, to leave the country?
Could it possibly be the color of his skin?
It has recently been determined that more than 750,000 Americans died in the Civil War that put an end to secession for all time. One wonders why even one of our fellow citizens would want to dishonor the memories of these heroes by even suggesting that the cause they fought in was not truly legitimate.
Could racism in this country truly be that strong? It would appear so.