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November 15, 2012

Slate: How Texas could mess with us

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DeLay intimated that the threat of sending eight newly minted, and almost certainly Republican, senators to Washington might be the key to getting this whole secession ball rolling. Referring directly to the language of the joint resolution, he said, "If we invoke it, the United States Senate would kick us out . . . because they're not going to allow 10 (sic) new Texas senators into the Senate. That's how you secede."

Is it a nutty idea? Sure. An un-American idea? Definitely. But for flag-waving patriots, a sizable number of whom have suddenly found themselves transformed into America-bashing cynics, it must seem like an idea whose time has finally, if sadly, come.

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Turrentine, a native Texan, is an editor at OnEarth magazine.

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