I have often heard that "Texas is not just a state, it's also a state of mind." There is an almost palpable attitude that people have here, and I sensed it almost immediately when I arrived in October of 1997. The state motto is "Friendship", and Tejas is a Native American word for "Friend". There is also a tangible sense of pride that Texans - me included - have for their native home. There isn't another state in the union that flys the state flag as often, or more proudly than Texas does.
In years past I have openly stated my goal of "saving the United States", however I doubt that is even possible anymore. And, as I continue to get older, I realize that I have to scale back my goals and expectations if I have any chance of achieving them before I become "food for worms", as Shakespeare might say. Therefore, my revised plan is to save Texas. If I'm lucky, that may save the United States, and even other parts of the world, by providing a good example.
It is time for us to talk seriously about secession. Not IF, but WHEN. Let me be the first to inform you that Texas will no longer be part of the union of states.
Believe it or not, most Texans want it. Or at least they are not opposed to it. Admittedly, I think many Texans are worried that secession is illegal, or at best, very improbable. I now consider it my job to convince my fellow Texans that it is not only legal, but completely moral, very desirable, and easier to achieve than most people realize.
Let's dispel the rumor here and now that "the Civil War proves that states are not allowed to secede from the Union". Utter nonsense! Have you ever heard of the Declaration of Independence? Do you LIKE the Declaration of Independence? I hope so, because it is explicitly a declaration of our secession with England.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved;
-Declaration of Independence, 1776
Read that again! If you don't understand it, call me and I'll 'splain it to you.
If you're not from Texas, you've probably never heard of the Alamo. It was an important battle just four days after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. We successfully separated ourselves from the country we had previously been a part of. The word for that is... wait for it... secession!
In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.
Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is therefore submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazardous but unavoidable step now taken, of severing our political connection with the Mexican people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth.
-Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836
Now let's move on to the PROs and CONs of Texas becoming an independent nation, as it was from 1836 to 1845.
PRO: Texas is in the process of building a despository so we can take physical possession of our gold, rather than storing it with the New York Federal Reserve. This almost instantly removes Texans from the invisible theft of federal inflation.
PRO: The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Texas would be the 10th largest in the world if Texas were to secede.
PRO: Hard working people from 49 other states will pack their bags and move to Texas. Our GDP will probably improve to #5 in just a few, short years.
PRO! Lazy progressives and socialists will flee from Texas and return to New York, California, and Illinois (where they belong) when they discover that the government teat has dried up, and they now have to actually work for a living.
PRO: Texas already has an independent electrical grid, so our lights will not go out without federal assistance.
???: I thought that Texans pay more in federal taxes than comes back to the state in benefits, but it turns out this is no longer true. If Texas is a drain on the national economy, secession would be a PRO for the rest of the country. On the other hand, we wouldn't require continued funding for federal soldiers, so those in the military would have to leave Texas or find other (more productive) work which would be an eventual PRO for Texas, too. (We're keeping Fort Hood, by the way! Either that or we'll charge the federal government rent like a Kentucky hotel during the Derby.) I admit I loved it when I read "the Lone Star State has independence in its DNA"
CON: We wouldn't be required to fly the American flag any more. Wait. That gives us another flagpole for the Texas flag! I guess that's in the PRO column, too.
CON: We wouldn't be allowed to pick between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in November. Oh, shit! This is in the PRO column, too!
God's honest truth? I can't think of a single thing that would cause me to hesitate to vote in favor of secession.
OK, but how likely is it that this pipe dream will become a reality? On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Texas Nationalist Movement sent this eMail to its members.
Supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement scored a major victory today when 2/3rds of the Texas Republican Platform Committee voted to place a call for a referendum on Texas independence on the party platform.
Members of the TNM who are delegates to the convention have been engaging the subcommittees since early on Monday advocating for the addition to the platform. Their testimony and visible support for the issue bore fruit today when the issue came before the full Platform Committee.
After some vigorous debate by the committee members and the failure of a motion to strike the resolution from the final report, 2/3rds of the committee voted to move the plank forward to a full vote of the delegates at the convention.
As I said earlier, it is not a question of IF Texas will secede, but rather WHEN we will get the job done. I encourage you to join the discussion by commenting on this newsletter. There are two things I want to know.
Are you IN TEXAS or NOT IN TEXAS, and do you
FAVOR SECESSION or OPPOSE SECESSION.
Your comments after that are welcome and eagerly encouraged!