Back in 1983, when I was in the Army, I spent a couple of months at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. Other than a Piper Cub or two, there were no aircraft at the base by the time I was stationed there. Its tarmac, runway, and hangars saw little use. Instead, the base housed a school for various military intel types, like yours truly, who were honing the skills they'd need to keep Americans, including Texans, safe from America's various enemies. While I've driven across Texas a couple of times, those months in early 1983 represent my only extended time in the state. My wife, however, grew up and attended college in Texas, and my daughter currently lives in Austin where she works in a liquor store. I love being able to tell people who ask how she's doing that "she works in a liquor store in Texas." Has a nice ring to it, don't you think? All of the above is by way of saying that my acquaintance with Texas and Texans, while not comprehensive, is beyond a mere nodding.
Lately, a number of Texans, including apparently their current governor, have got it in their tiny little minds that some American military exercises in the state are both pretense for and prelude to a federal government "takeover" of the state. Occasionally responsible national media outlets (yes, I purposely left out the comma between occasionally and responsible) have breathlessly reported these silly claims as if they aren't completely unhinged from reality. I've read a number of the aforementioned reports, and what I can't seem to get a handle on is what a "federal government takeover of Texas" actually looks like. I mean, isn't Texas already part of the United States? Isn't it bound by the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the land, like every other state? Hasn't that been true since it was annexed in 1845, nine years after its citizens overwhelmingly voted in favor of joining the United States? Isn't it already the location of some of America's largest military installations? Doesn't it receive more money from the United States Treasury than it contributes? Don't you have to be a citizen of the United States to vote in elections in Texas? Don't you have to pass through a controlled border, funded by federal tax dollars and manned by federal government employees, to get into Texas from Mexico? Can't you just walk or drive or fly in from any one of the other 49 states that make up the United States of America? Etc., etc., etc.
I'll be honest. From everything I've seen and read on this deal it sounds to me like the goobers who are worried that the federal government might "take over" Texas haven't really been paying attention for about the last 170 years. Or did I miss something?