Although I am certainly both, I would say I am an American before I would say I am a Texan.
I am a part of a union and thus I believe in working to solve a national crisis rather than "running away" from it.
After reading the statements of Gov. Rick Perry and some of my fellow Texans, I must say I feel rather confused. Secede? These are chants from either frustrated extremists or ignorant protesters.
It is difficult to believe that among the 21st century conflicts that our generation faces - such as the mad dash for alternative energy - that piracy would still be a problem.
But when a nation such as Somalia exists practically without a government, anything is possible. On Sunday, Navy Seals saved Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates after President Barack Obama authorized lethal force if Phillips looked to be in imminent danger. It was an order that was praised by many and criticized by few.