Dana Garrett sent me this video and we agree that he makes strong points.
The option of secession, while attacked by those with grand unitary government tendencies and recently exploited by an opportunistic Texas Governor (a bit of a redundancy, no?), is nonetheless a legitimate and valid means for a state ultimately to divorce itself completely from collectivist policies that have been dragging the Great Republic down increasingly dangerous paths of unchecked, highly-concentrated power.
Obviously secession would be an extreme measure under extreme circumstances, not easily accomplished by any state. But it should remain an option of last resort, as a real check on excess federal unitary power, especially in waging undeclared wars in the name of the United States, for example.
It is kind of interesting if people should begin thinking of our nation's name as what it means : The United States of America...a collection of constituent states united, rather than the federal-centric monolith that has become implicit in this term.
As I noted to Dana, the talk of secession in Texas puts them at least a couple of years behind a group of citizens in a state that couldn't be more culturally and politically different. Secession, or its threat, is hardly just a creature of "red" states.