Joe Bob Briggs

Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

Carroll D. Gregory, M.D., San Mateo, Calif.

Dear Doc:
Yep, you're right, I did go to the Spring Lake Schools out in the middle of godforsaken Texas Panhandle flat-earth prairie land, and my late daddy even taught a little Texas history in the high school there.

Here's the confusion, I think. When the Republic of Texas voted to join the United States in 1846, they reserved the right to go back to being independent if it didn't work out. When the Civil War broke out they didn't exercise that right, because that would have meant recognizing the government of the North, which they no longer cared for.

So they revolted when they could have simply bolted. Legally.
Now the question is: After the Civil War, why didn't they just insist on the original terms of the annexation, instead of letting the carpetbaggers come down and screw things up for the next 50 years?

(To discuss the meaning of life with Joe Bob, or to get his world-famous newsletter, write Joe Bob Briggs, P.O. Box 2002, Dallas, TX 75221. Joe Bob's fax number at his trailer house is always open: 214-985-7448. Joe Bob even hangs out on the Internet: 76702.

Copyright 1995 Joe Bob Briggs (Distributed by NYT Special Features/Syndication Sales)

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