Texas history

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Some Texans wanted to secede because President Obama won the election. That sounds like the old routine of when you lose the game you get mad, take your ball and go home.

Secession is a serious matter. There is an old saying: "He who does not learn from history is condemned to repeat it." Secession was tried once and failed miserably.

My ancestors fought for the South and suffered greatly through the war years as well as through Reconstruction afterward. It irritates me greatly when some people use secession as a political football.

Texas was almost rejected from joining the Union because it was a slave-owning republic, its economy was in shambles, it owed millions in debt it couldn't pay and its circulating paper currency was worthless. The only thing that saved it from total economic collapse was being able to join the Union. Maybe those thinking they want to secede should rethink their decision.

-- Grady Smith,


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