That is rocking, gun-loving hunter Ted Nugent standing next to the current governor of Texas, Rick Perry.
Rick Perry is known in these parts as Governor Good Hair. Due to the ethic that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, with his hair being thought, by many, to be the only good thing about the man.
A few days ago I blogged about an ad about Rick Perry that Billy Mitchell had placed in FW Weekly.
This was about the same time that Rick Perry announced that Texas was suing the Environmental Protection Agency because the EPA would like Texas to quit putting so many nasty toxins into the atmosphere and the water.
Months ago Rick Perry brought up the idea of Texas seceding from the Union again. Apparently there are some in Texas who don't believe Texas is bound to the Union by the same ties as the rest of the state, due to some technicality from the early days when Texas transitioned from being an independent republic to merging with the United States.
The idea of Texas no longer being in the Union had me pondering if this would be a good thing or a bad thing.
How would America be different if Texas seceded in 1959, for instance?
Well, Lyndon B. Johnson would not have been a U.S. Senator or John F. Kennedy's vice-president.
JFK would not have been in Dallas on November 23, 1963. JFK likely would have served 2 full terms. We might have avoided the Vietnam Quagmire.
Race relations might have more rapidly improved, with none of the rioting of the 60s.
Without the shock of the JFK assassination and Vietnam, the 60s might not have become such a turbulent, revolutionary time.
Had JFK served out 2 terms it is highly unlikely Richard Nixon would have become President in 1968.
So, without Texas in the Union, we would not have gone through Watergate.
Without Texas the quote, "Houston, we've got a problem," would never have been uttered.
Without Texas in the Union there would have been no President George W. Bush.
Without Texas the 9/11 attacks may still have occurred, but it is unlikely we would have managed to come up with another President who would have led us into invading and occupying Iraq.
Without Texas being able to give America George W. Bush, I'm guessing the American and World economy would be in a lot better place in 2010.
I must back up in time a bit. Did George W.'s dad run as a Texan? Or from Maine? I don't remember. I'm thinking George Bush, the 1st, did do some good things for America that might have turned out differently had someone else been President. Like how Bush, the 1st, handled the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, how he handled the collapse of communism. George, the 1st, seems like such a wise man compared to his smirking offspring.
I'm sure if I pondered it longer I could think of other ways America would be different if Texas had seceded in 1959, but right now I draw a blank.
Oh. I just thought of another. If Texas were not in the Union, the EPA would have nothing to do with Texas.
Imagine a Texas with no Federal Regulating. Yikes!