Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Don't Mess With Texas!

Texas is an interesting state.  Today they executed a death sentence on a Mexican citizen, in spite of the fact, as it turns out, that he was denied one (at least) of his rights under the U.S. Constitution, which states that " ... all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

The right which this Mexican citizen was denied concerns a foreign treaty, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, for what that's worth, and states that all foreign nationals have the right to "counsel with their consul."  ;  )

Texas, Governor Rick Perry in particular, feels that in Texas they do whatever they want; the federal government can't dictate to them, foreign governments sure as hell can't.  Perry, at times, when his poll numbers are dropping I suppose, will trot out the old secession talk.  So I started thinking about that.

Suppose we said, you want out?  OK, you're out.  Texas, you are now a foreign country, to us.  And keep your damn "citizens" out of our country!  Then we build a wall.  A nice high one.  And we put some signs up, No Texans Allowed!  We require any Texan that wishes to travel in the U.S. to get a passport.  If any Texan wishes to move to the U.S. he must go through a lengthy and somewhat arbitrary approval process.  If any Texan is found in the U.S. and cannot produce the necessary passport or proof of citizenship, or some sort of "work permit" he is to be immediately tossed into a jail, which will be run by a warden who hates Texans.  He'll get to appear before a judge and explain himself.  Eventually. 

Think that's what he has in mind?