Texas Independence – How Quickly Can An Idea Gain Acceptance?

December 9, 2009

It was only February of this year that I attended the first Houston Tea Party, which garnered a paltry turnout of 300-400 people in a city of millions.  I then attended the Tax Day Tea Party at the Alamo in April, the crowd for which was later numbered at around 10,000 participants.  And then, a mere 5 months after that, I would make the expensive trip to D.C. to march on Washington with over a million of my fellow Americans.

This is how quickly a movement can gain momentum, and it is why I hold out hope for an eventual broad acceptance of the idea of Texas Independence as an option against a federal government that no longer resembles the Republic of our founding.

It is only a matter of time before more and more Texans face the sad fact that we will not be able to stop what is happening in Washington.  That is not to say we should stop trying to defeat the Progressive Marxists that have taken over the country – – we must continue the fight for America, as she is certainly worth it.

However, it is time to multi-task.  Texans need to begin preparing ourselves to fight this enemy on a state level, as it looks like we will lose the war at a national level.  In fact, the United States may be too far gone.  We, the producers, are now outnumbered by the looters and the only area of the U.S. economy growing at a rapid clip is the government sector.  Who’s your Daddy?  The State is.

So please, my fellow Texans, let’s educate ourselves on Texas Independence and steps we can take short of secession to strengthen our state sovereignty.  For those of you who would also like to begin building our emergency life raft, the Texas Nationalist Movement is hosting the first annual Texas Independence Conference in San Antonio in March of next year.  Here is the link if you would like to learn more…

http://www.texasnationalist.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=216&Itemid=161


Thoughts On Texas Independence And A Peaceful Secession – Part I

November 23, 2009

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.


George Will: Fighting A Coercion Clause

November 19, 2009

Instead of just listing it on the blog roll, I wanted to specifically point out a fantastic column by George Will this week.  This may be how the states will fight Obamacare.
http://townhall.com/columnists/GeorgeWill/2009/11/19/fighting_a_coercion_clause?page=1


Judge Napolitano On Texas Secession

November 19, 2009

Texas: It’s Like A Whole Other Country (We Secede, And It Can Be)

November 13, 2009

I began researching for this post with the intent of addressing any doubts people might have about whether Texas could go it alone.  Well brother, you can stop doubting.  Even I was surprised at our state’s accomplishments and began to wonder why we have allowed ourselves to be the red-headed stepchild for so long.  texasflag

Clearly, the issue is not whether Texas needs the United States in order to survive.  We do not.  The issue is that the United States needs Texas, could not afford to let her go and would fight to keep her.  But we will deal with that later.

For now, let me ask and answer some questions which illustrate clearly that unlike any other state (except maybe AK and CA), Texas is self-reliant enough to go it alone.

Did you know that Texas has a population of over 24 million people?  This is higher than the population of Australia and dozens of other countries.

Did you know that the Texas economy is the 15th largest in the world?  We are the largest exporter of goods in the U.S., currently grossing more than $100 billion a year in trade with other nations.  Our Port of Houston ship channel is the sixth largest sea port in the world, and the largest international commerce port in America.

Did you know that Texas has enough oil and gas to supply ourselves with energy for the next few centuries?  In fact, Texas is the number one producer of oil and gas, refined products and chemicals in the nation.  Our state has the largest amount of oil reserves and we discover more all the time.  We supply over one-third of America’s natural gas.  Something you may not know is that Texas is a leader in alternative energy sources, producing the most wind power of any state in the union.

Did you know that the Texas electric power grid is self-sustaining?  The electric power industry in Texas has the highest generating capacity in the U.S.  We are the only state with our own power grid and enjoy one of the best functioning electric markets in the world.  Texas ranks fifth in the nation for coal production and first for lignite coal, the one most commonly used in electric generation plants.

Did you know that Texas is easily capable of feeding and clothing her population from resources within our own state?  Texas happens to be the most productive agricultural state with the most farms both in number and acreage than any state in America.  Texas also leads the nation in number of cattle, which typically exceeds 16 million head. We are also the nation’s largest cotton producer.

Somewhat less well know is the fact that we have a huge grain industry, producing over $2.7 billion in corn, wheat and grain sorghum every year, which helps to keep our livestock industry thriving.

Not only is our state the largest sheep producer in the nation, we have a sizeable poultry industry, ranking sixth in broiler production, and seventh for eggs.  We also rank 15th in the nation in pork production, with hog farms dispersed throughout the state.  The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to our state’s citrus producers where we grow oranges and grapefruits.  And finally, we have an open buffet of seafood available to us from the gulf.

Did you know that Texans receive some of the best medical care on the planet?  The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical center in the world and home to The University of Texas Health Science Center which trains thousands of medical students and residents for the health care industry.  Texas is home to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a global leader in cancer research and treatment.  Baylor College of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in the nation.  Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the U.S.  We also have some of the best burn and trauma units in the world.

Did you know that the term “Don’t Mess With Texas” really speaks to the fact that our defense and aeronautic/aerospace industries are some of the largest in the world?  The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to a large number of defense contractors, including Bell Helicopter, DynCorp, AECOM, Lockheed Martin and others.  The DFW Airport is the second largest in the U.S., and the fourth largest in the world.  Four major airlines are headquartered out of Texas.  And oh yeah, we also have NASA.

The United States military has some of its largest facilities in our state, not only for the Army, but also for the Air Force and Navy.  Texas has the largest membership in the Army National Guard, and we are known specifically for our exceptional aviators.  And just in case someone needs another reason not to mess with Texas, I just read that Texans possess over 20% of America’s guns.

Did you know that the shit-kicking rednecks in Texas actually rank second nationwide in the technology industry?  We have the second highest number of high-tech workers and high tech companies in the U.S.  We also rank second in engineering services, communication services and semiconductor manufacturing employment.  But when it comes to high-tech employment gains, we are the highest in the nation, surpassing California.  Austin is known as Silicon Hills and North Dallas is known as the Telcom Corridor.  Just a few of the tech companies that call Texas home are Dell, Compaq, EDS, and Texas Instruments.

Did you know that Texas is home to some of the best and brightest industry and business leaders in the country?  Texas boasts more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state in the union.  There are over 35 billionaires currently residing in our state.

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So you see, Texas is quite capable of going it alone.  In fact, Texas has for years been what is called a “donor state”, meaning Texas gives more money to the federal government than it receives back.

The issue Texas Conservatives need to think about is how best to achieve independence before our healthy and thriving economy is pulled down by a bloated and flailing federal government.  Moreover, Liberal states all over this nation are going belly-up and who do you think will be called upon to foot the bill?


The Legality of Texas Secession, And Why It Simply Wouldn’t Matter

November 11, 2009

Just try to type “Texas Secession” into your search engine and see how many snarky liberal publications will pop up deriding “the rednecks” for even considering such a possibility.  There is nothing more irritating than seeing a Liberal quote the U.S. Constitution to suit their own ends, when we know they blatantly disregard it when it does not.

Dripping with condescension, the Progressives patiently explain why Texas cannot legally secede from the union.  They point out that despite the myth to the contrary, our constitution does not give us the legal right to secede from the United States (this is true).  They further explain that this issue was clarified by a Supreme Court case, Texas vs. White in 1869 (also true).

As usual, the Liberals are missing the ever-loving point.  If Texans ever got to the place where we were ready to leave the union, we would be found to be in violation of U.S. law no matter the strength of our legal argument.  But by our very actions, we would be stating that U.S. law no longer had authority over our people.  We would be declaring ourselves free from an oppressive and corrupt federal government that no longer honored the very Constitution it was trying to wield against us.  During the American Revolution, do you think we were overly concerned about our violation of British law?

And that question takes us to the nut of the issue: semantics.  It all comes down to the use of the word “secession” versus the word “revolution”, and the legal consequences of proposing each.  Moreover. the word “secession” implies a peaceful, passive, and defensive action, which is how most of us see ourselves on the issue.  The word “revolution” is far more aggressive and brings to mind bloodshed and war, which nobody wants.

The most important question liberty-minded Texans need to ask is how to achieve a peaceful secession, and that is something I plan to write more about in the future.

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Just a side note to those of you who might find this interesting – – while reading legal arguments regarding Texas secession, I came across this little tidbit:

Texas does reserve the right to subdivide itself into five separate states, meaning we could go from two Texas senators to ten Texas senators, overnight.  It has been argued (by Tom DeLay no less) that because Congress would never allow such a thing to happen, they would be forced to nullify the Texas annexation treaty.  A back door to legal secession?


Congressman Ron Paul on Secession

November 9, 2009