In my limited spare time, I have been attempting to educate myself on successful independence movements, and more specifically, those achieved through peaceful means with little or no armed conflict. Anyone who has given Texas independence a serious look will have rapidly come to the conclusion that timing is extremely important, and key to that is a readiness by Texans to see their opportunity when it appears, and then capitalize upon it.
We know from our own American Revolution (revolution actually being a misnomer as that was truly a secessionist movement) that timing can make the difference between success and failure. The British were not long removed from a costly war with France and that lasting fatigue redounded greatly in our favor. That said, our independence was hard fought, and part of the violence of our revolution can be attributed to the fact that secession was not seriously considered by the colonial leaders until the issue literally slapped them in the face.
As late as 1775, most of the major players in our American Revolution were horrified at the thought of war with their mother country and considered themselves proud subjects of the British crown. There were, of course, exceptions such as Samuel Adams and his Sons of Liberty, but for the most part, our Founding Fathers were ill prepared for the challenge before them and it is miraculous indeed that independence was achieved at all.
Contrast this with the more recent case of Latvia, which actually achieved independence through peaceful means months before the fall of the USSR, and may even have been a contributing factor. Their secession was accomplished through incremental, peaceful steps in a well-conceived plan by a very small group called Helsinki-86.
One of the first hurdles they had to cross was a mental one – – they had to make Latvians see that secession was not impossible, as the world powers (including the US) would have had them believe. Latvians had to see that an independent Latvia could be realized. Sound familiar?
I have found the overcoming of the “fear factor” and the “craziness factor” to be vital steps in successful independence movements. The “fear factor” being – – “How can we possibly survive on our own without the U.S.?” I have addressed the issue of Texas self reliance here, but even if Texas was not so perfectly positioned, that would not preclude independence. One need only look at countries like Japan, completely reliant upon foreign imports for survival, to see that the “fear factor” is something drilled into us through years of indoctrination by centralized governments worldwide, who’s very existence relies upon this perception.
The other hurdle we must overcome is the “craziness factor”, the idea that talk of Texas secession is limited to right wing nutjobs with rebel flags in their back window. As Mahatma Gandhi, father of Indian independence once said,
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
In the case of Latvia, the “craziness factor” was overcome through the building of Latvian national pride. Helsinki 86 began to stage protests on important dates in Latvian national history. Latvia and other Baltic states began what was later called a “Singing Revolution” because secession-minded groups would organize events where patriotic, uniting songs were played, reminding people of their ethnic heritage and instilling in them a renewed sense of national pride. These protests served as a reminder to the people that they were united by a common heritage and had a previous history of successful independence.
Again, it astounds me how far ahead Texas may be in this process and how little time it might take to overcome the “craziness factor”. Most Texans already harbor a strong sense of state pride — – surely our state flag flies over more homes and establishments, and is painted on the sides of more barns, than any other state in the union. We have a rich and strong cultural heritage treasured by millions of Texans.
It is likely that a large part of the “craziness factor” could be overcome by the continued exposure of Texans to the message of Texas independence. As you begin to see an idea espoused on thousands of bumper stickers, on roadside billboards, in radio advertising, and the like, even the craziest of concepts (and this one is not at all) can begin to seem commonplace. We need only look at the worldwide fraud that is global warming to see the truth in this.
These issues are just some of many that seem to factor into an ideal, peaceful secession. Frankly, I am only just beginning my education in this area. However, I will keep you, my fellow Conservatives, informed during this journey so you can begin to consider Texas independence as a viable option in a time when our federal leaders are rapidly removing all chances of escape from the collectivist nanny-state.