Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman -- a candidate for Attorney General -- says his state is actively preparing to operate as an independent nation if the United States "falls apart," The Blaze reported Saturday.
“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 system,” he told WND.
Smitherman also said Texas is “uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid.”
“This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission,” he added. “That’s why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can.”
He also told WND that Texas has “been very strong leading in the charge against the Obama administration.”
WND's John Griffing said a lot of officials address these kind of issues, but not the same way Smitherman does.
“One of the things I’ve focused on in the last 10 years of my public sector life is preparing Texas to be a prosperous and safe place to work, regardless of what happens outside our borders,” he said.
While Smitherman is being called a secessionist by liberals and detractors, it is important to note that he never used the word in the WND interview, nor does he appear to advocate secession as a matter of state policy -- only as one possibility in the event of an apocalyptic national catastrophe.
An article at Think Progress called WND a "right-wing birther hub" and reminded readers of the last time Texas seceded from the Union. Predictably, liberals crawled out of the woodwork to express their hatred of Texas and all things conservative.
"The thought of the U.S. without Texas is truly exhilarating," one person said.
"Good. If Texas secedes, the nation will be better and Texas can enjoy its sand and heat until the next hurricane hits the gulf, or the next firestorm, or the next tornado -- no help will be available. No federal money going to the state in subsidies. And best of all, we would be spared the likes of all-hat, no-cattle politicians like Perry, Cruz, Gohnmert, Paul, et.al," another person added.