It’s no secret that I am a proponent of secession. Specifically that I believe that States have a right to dissolve their partnership with the federal leviathan. More importantly, I would love to see my state of Texas separate from the Union all on its own.

So, I find it interesting that a Northern Liberal has written a book. According to Mr. Thompson, a veteran travel writer who toured the American South, a degree of mutual enmity between Northerners and Southerners continues to be a source of cultural tension and political gridlock. We remain divided even a 150 years after the War of Northern Aggression. In his new book, Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto For Southern Secession Thompson argues that it may be time for a divorce – to shake hands and go our separate ways.

I haven’t read the book, nor do I plan to, but I have read excerpts, reviews, and author interviews.  From what I summarize, this book basically portrays us Southerners as fat, uneducated, racist, snake handling Christians whom the North would be better off without.  Somewhere amongst the satire, there is the message that we are 2 different peoples, with different ideology and we would be better off without each other.

But I do find it refreshing to see another point of view and for the topic of secession coming to the table.  Another interesting point is what Mr. Thompson would do with Texas.

Even though Texas was part of the original Confederacy, it’s always been an all-around pain in the neck to categorize. They’ve never really been much of a team player, let’s face it. In my breakdown of the South I did not include Texas as a Southern state. I completely acknowledge there’s a lot of room for argument there, and that’s probably the easiest point in my book to argue against. I could argue both sides of it myself. In the end I decided that Texas would stay with the North in large part for economic reason. Texas is really one of the economic anchors of this country.

Fat chance Mr. Thompson.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m off to have a light meal.  You know – the lunch portion of a Chicken Fried Steak.  I’ll probably accompany that with some Garlic Cheese Grits and Watermelon and a Shiner Bock. Cooked by an obese black women, served to me by an illegal Mexican.  Yes, that just happened.

Tim Bleeker
SOLMC – Founding Father