Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:31 pm
Welcome to the first in our weekly Vintage Cafe series of interviews from the archive. Each week we are going to be re-visiting significant session with major artists. For this installment, we bring back our Black Keys session, recorded in December 2011 right before the release of El Camino.
<strong>Lone Star Nation:</strong> Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence the Lone Star flag would fly on its own.
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Driving around Texas, it's not uncommon to spot bumper stickers that tout the idea of an independent Longhorn nation.
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Today, all that marks the state line between Texas and Louisiana are welcome signs. After independence, those signs would most likely be replaced with the customs and immigration checkpoints that come with any border crossings.
It's a popular idea in Texas that the Lone Star State — once an independent republic — could break away and go it alone. A few years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted that if Washington didn't stop meddling in his state, independence might be an option. In his brief run for the White House, he insisted that nearly anything the feds do, the states — and Texas in particular — could do better.