Members of the Texas Nationalist Movement are preparing to do battle inside next week’s convention of the Republican Party of Texas and there is one big elephant in the room – a vote on Texas independence.
A resolution calling for a vote on Texas independence has made its way from the precinct conventions and should be making an appearance on the floor of the convention.
Cary Wise, Executive Director of the Texas Nationalist Movement, says that the issue of the referendum will not be going away anytime soon.
“This is part of a relentless effort to force the issue of an up or down vote on Texas independence. And we are proud of the work that the TNM has done to hold the politicians feet to the fire.”
Wise is referring to the TNM’s non-stop efforts to pressure the Texas Legislature on the issue of independence including the resolution that became HCR 77 in the last legislative session.
Citing the Research 2000 poll that showed half of Republicans and 40% of independents believed that Texas would be better off as an independent nation, Wise says the message is clear. “They will give us the vote or they will be replaced. That is the message that we are bringing to the 2014 Republican convention.”
Below is the text of the resolution.
WHEREAS, The Republic of Texas existed as an independent nation for nine years, and when it accepted admission to the Union in 1845, it remained a free and independent state subject only to the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress has passed laws requiring Texas to make expenditures that are unfunded by the federal government, which is a violation of the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; moreover, the federal government has caused the intentional devaluation of its currency through its reckless spending and borrowing, and this threatens the economic stability of Texas; and
WHEREAS, The United States government has allowed the use of its authority, credit, and goodwill for the benefit of private and foreign concerns in violation of its own constitution; in addition, its repeated failure to guard the border between Texas and Mexico has forced the state to spend vast sums in order to protect its citizens; and WHEREAS, The federal government has further implemented thousands of laws, mandates, and agencies in violation of the United States Constitution and of the sovereignty of the State of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Section 1, Article I, Texas Constitution, states that “the perpetuity of the Union depend[s] upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States”; Section 2, Article I, declares, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient”; now,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we urge the state of Texas to hold a plebiscite asking the people of Texas to decide on whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.