Constitution History Politics

Could Texas Vote to Secede in 2016?

In addition to elected officials, the 2016 Republican primary ballot in Texas may also include a question as to whether or not the State of Texas should secede from the Union.

The Texas Tribune reports:

The Nederland-based Texas independence group is circulating a petition aimed at getting a non-binding vote onto the GOP primary ballot over whether “the state of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

Their goal? 75,000 signatures from registered voters by Dec. 1 — more than the 66,894 the Texas Secretary of State’s office says the group needs to get the language on the ballot.

While many ivory tower and liberal-minded people believe that secession is illegitimate and that no state can secede, our founders would have disagreed and demonstrated that they could secede in the War for Independence.

While the War of Northern Aggression did include secession, it did not prove that secession was not a natural right of the states, especially in light of the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

I have often said that the states would be better off by dismantling Washington and coming together under something similar to the Articles of Confederation. Think of the debt we would leave behind. Think of the federal tyranny (TSA, EPA, FBI, NSA, ATF) that would immediately disappear under a dissolution of the federal government. Think of the really limited government and how close representatives would be to the people with the sovereignty of states reaffirmed.

Texas SecedeOf course, Republican Party heads are not happy about this issue at all.

Texas GOP communications director Aaron Whitehead said, “Historically the executive committee of the Republican Party has chosen what goes on this (the ballot), and it’s party preference that it stays that way.”

Ah, yes, party preference. But what would the founders say about such an assertion?

John Adams rightly said, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

Get that Mr. Whitehead? Adams is the same man who said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Yet, Adams was one that called the two-party system America is currently being strangled by “the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

Daniel Miller, president of The Texas Nationalist Movement, points out the the Texas State Constitution provides the people of Texas the right to “”alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”

According to Miller, interactions with the GOP have been “fruitless.”

“We have had our hand slapped,” Miller said. “We have been rebuffed, and not just us as an organization, but essentially anyone in any position inside the party that has advocated for this position has been rebuffed.”

“The end game for us is to have a binding referendum on Texas independence, much like the people of Scotland had in November of last year,” Miller added.

While Scotland’s referendum failed, Miller is more optimistic. He claims the organization has over 200,000 members.

“Texas and Washington, D.C. are on very different paths, and the people of Texas obviously recognize that,” he said. “… The Texas Nationalist Movement message has been one not of reaction to grievance but one of a future we can build as an independent nation.”

Following the re-election of Marxist Barack Hussein Obama, petitions from individuals across all 50 states sought secession as a rightful remedy to federal tyranny, with Texas spearheading the campaign.

Secession is both historically right, as well as biblically based. I honestly don’t know what it will take for states to stand and declare that the federal government has broken the Constitution in such a fashion that our founders would have been literally up in arms over the matter over 150 years ago. Personally, I’m wishing the Texas Nationalist Movement well in their endeavors.

 

from Freedom Outpost

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Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, husband to his wife, father of 10, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. Tim is also an affiliate for the brand new Joshua Mark 5 AR/AK hybrid semi-automatic rifle.

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