Texas Officials Planning to Make State a “Stand-Alone Island Nation” if United States “Falls Apart”

barry-smithermanIt’s one thing when a few radical individuals store canned food in a basement in preparation for nuclear fallout — it’s quite another when an entire state is preparing for a nation to collapse.

Well, according to a Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, Texas is preparing for the end of the United States.

No, this isn’t a joke.

According to Barry Smitherman, Texas has made great strides to prepare for life after the United States “falls apart.”

This isn’t secession he’s talking about, it’s “independence.”

Smitherman said:

“Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system,”

In other words, Texas has made an effort to be it’s own nation-state—of sorts.

I guess we should ignore the massive amount of federal dollars Texas receives — something Mr. Smitherman apparently isn’t aware of.  I guess he only watches Fox News.

I mean, it’s perfectly logical for an entire state to make plans for the United States “falling apart.”

Following these comments, you’d expect Republicans to distance themselves from such radical talk.  Especially when you consider the fact that Mr. Smitherman’s comments simply don’t make any sense.

Well, if you expected that, you’d be wrong.

Fellow Republican David Bellow agreed with the comments.  In fact, he elaborated on them:

We are not talking about pushing for Texas secession.  We are just talking about being prepared for anything that might happen if the very volatile and unstable federal government falls apart.  This means being prepared for even the possibility of Texas secession, independence, surviving on our own, etc.

I am not advocating for Texas to become enemies with America or turn our backs on America, and neither is Smitherman, but there is a very real possibility that the U.S. will fall apart and crumble over things like MASSIVE debt.  What will we do if the U.S. falls apart? Do we have a plan for Texans to survive on our own? Are we capable of surviving on our own? The State of Texas should not wait until the U.S. fails to simply be prepared and be capable of surviving IF the U.S. fails.

First, if the U.S. fails Texas fails.  It’s part of the United States.  Second, what the hell is wrong with these people?

Imagine if you had a neighbor who hoarded massive amounts of food, water and equipment for the “end of the United States,” would you socialize with that person?

I know I wouldn’t.

But people are actually voting for these individuals.

These are Republicans in the state of Texas admitting that, in the legislature, there are people prepping Texas just in case the United States “falls apart.”

And if you think this “plan” is limited to fringe Republicans, I promise you it’s not.  While lower-level Republicans might be able to get away with saying this, mainly because few people know them, going by Rick Perry’s past “secession” comments it’s obvious bigger names in Texas really believe the United States is headed for collapse — and Texas can survive without the federal government.

The fact that anyone would actually even believe this shows signs of mental instability and insanity.

But the sad party is, when someone says something as asinine as this, thousands (if not millions) of Republicans in Texas probably stand up and cheer.

Because they’re absolutely clueless.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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