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Questions About Texas Independence?

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Can Texas actually secede?

The definition of “secede” is as follows: “To withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.” Secession is a very general term to describe a wide range of processes to achieve autonomy and self-government within a political or social context. The question then, really, is there any path for Texas to achieve autonomy and self-government? The paths are endless.

Is secession legal?

It is not illegal to withdraw from membership in the Union as no law exists which makes it illegal nor could one exist and be congruent with the fundamental construction of the Union. Were secession of a state from the United States declared illegal it would so fundamentally alter the nature of the relationship of the states that the very act of doing so would serve to end the Union.

Does Texas have a secession clause in its annexation agreement?

No. There is no explicit clause in the Joint Resolution of Annexation stating that Texas has a special right of secession. It is an understood right given to all states when they joined the Union.

Weren’t there irregularities in the annexation of Texas?

Yes. Texas was a recognized foreign nation at the time of annexation. The proper constitutional procedure for dealing with foreign nations is by treaty. The treaty of annexation, ratified by the Senate of the Republic of Texas, was not ratified by the United States Senate. The United States Congress passed a Joint Resolution of Annexation which was offered to the Republic of Texas. It was accepted by the convention and put to a vote of the people of Texas. While assent to the

agreement is consistent with the laws and Constitution of the Republic of Texas, there are those who assert that the annexation of Texas was an unconstitutional act by the Federal Government. In addition, the Supreme Court’s dicta in Texas v. White regarding “indestructible states” and the lack of a severability clause in the agreement lead others to say that any enforcement of Texas v. White invalidates the annexation agreement altogether.

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January 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Change vs. Values

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Open your arms to change, but don’t give up your values.

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January 11, 2013 at 12:57 am

We will see a downgrade in the U.S credit rating in 2013

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A new downgrade in U.S. credit rating by S&P and perhaps Moody’s. This week Moody’s fired a warning shot to the U.S. Treasury, we believe if Moody’s plans to remain credible, they will need to downgrade the U.S. this year. Probably in the next 90 days during the debt ceiling crisis, if this happens, expect a massive shift to the precious metals as the world begins to acknowledge that the U.S. will have to print to keep interest rates artificially low.

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January 8, 2013 at 5:05 am

Recession in the U.S. to be official

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Recession in the U.S. to be official in 2013. We know that for many of you reading this, you are probably asking when did the 2007 recession end. Well officially according to National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession ended around June of 2009, even though for those of us living in reality, the recession never ended. Food stamp use continues to make new all time highs, with 1 million people added in the past 2 months, coincidentally the same amount of people who have dropped out of the workforce during the same time frame. Gallup’s polling information continues to give us a real unemployment number in the teens with it being steady at 20% when you include everyone who wants a full time job that doesn’t have one. With that said, even the mainstream media and economists will admit this year that the U.S. is in a new recession, perhaps even stating that it started in late 2012.

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January 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

China’s Economic bubble begins to deflate in 2013

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China Bubble begins to deflate, China currently has 65 million vacant units of real estate, these cities have been rightly dubbed, ghost cities. China has also been stockpiling commodities, this growth is now on edge due to China’s wage dilemma. If China allows wages to rise so that their citizens can begin to purchase a lifestyle of a middle class family, China may as a result lose jobs to lower wage countries like India and other parts of Asia. However, if China continues to keep wages low, they will basically be stuck building an empire that no one can afford to live in. To top it off, China has a long term demographics problem, probably the worst the world has ever seen due to China’s 1 child policy. China over the last generation has created a population of 4 grandparents, 2 parents, and 1 child. China in the next 20 years will have more old people than the entire U.S. population. As the world slows down, China will potentially see the worst of the downturn as jobs move out of China and demand for Chinese goods collapse in the West as those nations experience depressions and dramatically lower incomes from austerity.

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January 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hyper Grid-lock in D.C. is in store for 2013

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Hyper-gridlock in D.C. If you think the last few years have been ugly, wait until you live through 2013. Congress is in a non-election year and the President is in his final term, so both sides will be bolder than ever when it comes to drawing a line in the sand. Post-Fiscal Cliff deal the IMF and Moody’s have come out with statements, Moody’s saying, “Medium term actions may be needed to support Aaa” and the IMF says, “More remains to be done on U.S. public finances.” The odds of anything being done about our fiscal mess is probably pretty low, since the entire revenues of the U.S. pay for just our entitlements and interest on our debt. Borrowed money goes towards everything else in the Federal Government including the entire defense budget. Fixing the U.S. spending problem with the very people who advocate for more government and cherish their pet projects is probably impossible. Expect significant volatility during the debt ceiling increase and the new fiscal cliff deadline in 60 days, both these political talks will create excellent opportunities to trade as well as buy in on any big dips of companies you may be watching.

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January 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Disappointed in Paul Ryan

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I had a glimmer of hope late last summer when Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. Even though I voted for Gary Johnson (in OR Obama was a slam dunk), I felt that the GOP had finally woken up and were listening to the people. Well, last night Paul Ryan just kissed his 2016 Presidential run goodbye. I realized that I should not put the hopes of the country in a single DC insider, but rather in myself and in my like-minded followers. Thank you for be there for me and let’s move a mountain.