Barry Smitherman is the Texas State Railroad Commissioner and apparently Rick Perry’s choice as his successor. He was first appointed to his current position by Perry who had also appointed him to his position before that as the Chairman of the Texas Public Utilities Commision. He is now running for the GOP nomination for Attorney General, which is seen as a stepping stone to the Governorship, he is also beating the drum for the secession of Texas from the union, something which Rick Perry also called for though he has since tried to deny it since he didn’t actually use the word “secession”.
In an interview with WND, that right wing bastion of truth and honesty, he stated that Texas is situated well to secede and thrive as an independent nation. He said that Texas has it’s own electrical grid and sufficient energy resources to do just fine without the rest of the nation. He told WND:
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.
Since the Texas Railroad Commission no longer has anything to do with the railroads, his actual job as Railroad Commissioner is to oversee all of the state’s energy industry, including gas, oil and coal, and in that position he has done everything in his power to thwart the efforts of the EPA and the administration to protect the environment if it in any way might interfere with fossil fuel production. He has promised that if he is elected Attorney General he will not allow the President to interfere with the affairs of Texas.
Smitherman is much more vocal than his benefactor Perry who has always been very careful of the ways in which he calls for secession. Perry has said in the past that no one can show where he has called for the state to secede from the union. In fact he is right, he never used the word secession. What he actually said in 2009 was,
When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation, and one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.
In the strictest sense he did not call for secession, he never used the word, but it is really hard to make the case that the words he did use were not just another way of saying it.
Perhaps this can all be linked to the dumbing down of text books that Texas has been diligently working at for many years. It is possible that they have altered the history books to the point where people in the state have forgotten how it worked out the last time they decided that they could leave the union at any time. As the old warning goes, “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” and apparently a lot of people in Texas have forgotten not only history in general but even their own history.