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It’s Time for a Showdown: Convention of States vs. Texas Independence

What’s it feel like to be slapped in the face? Just ask supporters of a vote on Texas independence who didn’t get invited to testify at a recent hearing of the state’s House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility.

The supposed purpose of the hearing was to discuss options to respond to overreach from the federal government. But, as evidenced by the invited witness list, it was really about putting an official legislative seal of approval on Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution.

The issues championed by the Texas Nationalist Movement seem complementary to supporters of a convention of states, but they are not. This is an internal battle, a domestic struggle, over the political and economic destiny of Texas. It is a battle between a half-baked solution from the political class and a solution sought by an overwhelming number of everyday Texans.

One solution calls for our destiny to be determined by a hazy group of political elites from other states invoking a never-before-used section of the U.S. Constitution. The other calls for the future of Texas to be determined by actual Texans using a fundamental right guaranteed in the Texas Constitution.

Let’s look at these issues side by side and determine which should be an actual priority for the Legislature.

Outside of the political class and Abbott’s book publicist, I don’t know of any Texan who understands what a convention of states would mean — and I couldn’t find die-hard supporters of such a convention with a hunting dog and a Ouija board. Longtime, politically engaged, grassroots activists have a difficult time grasping why the governor and other elected officials are carrying the banner for a convention of states, and they often come to the Texas Nationalist Movement for answers.

Yet outside of the political class, polling has shown that Texas independence has consistently been the choice of a majority of Republicans, near or greater than half of independent voters, and at or over one-third of Democrats. You can’t walk into any city or town in Texas and throw a rock without hitting someone who thinks that Texas should reclaim its independence from the unelected bureaucrats in Washington.

Forget about a convention of states for a moment. Instead, let’s examine the Republican convention this state held in May.

Article V additions to the Republican Party of Texas platform faced stiff opposition at every level, getting watered down or outright defeated in every subcommittee and getting trounced in the Temporary Platform Committee. Only after receiving reinforcements in the form of State Rep. Rick Miller — and with strong-arming from the governor’s office — did the Article V plank see a return to the platform.

On the other hand, a plank calling for a vote on Texas independence passed a Republican subcommittee with only one dissenting vote. It went on to pass the Temporary Platform Committee with a two-thirds majority. And, after the unprecedented replacement of Platform Committee members, the resolution was defeated in the Permanent Platform Committee by only two votes. The plank was reintroduced on the floor of the convention, debated, and then voted on. And, were it not from a controversial call from Chairman Tom Mechler, it stood a good chance of being added to the platform.

The Texas Nationalist Movement has over 305,000 pledged votes in favor of Texas independence with that number growing daily. Compare that to the 92,000 supporters of the Convention of States Project in Texas, according to testimony from state co-director Paul Hudson during the House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility hearing.

I know math can be difficult for those in the political class (especially when it comes to the budget), but in no universe should an organization with only 92,000 supporters be given preferential treatment over major issues of policy and governance while an organization with over 305,000 supporters is relegated to the sidelines.

I’m sure that it’s these numbers that frighten the political class. The thought of having their control placed in the hands of the people they purport to represent is probably scary to them. The fact that proponents of a Convention of States cannot stand up to a fraction of the scrutiny faced by Texas independence advocates is likely one of the reasons that they have refused a head-to-head debate with the Texas Nationalist Movement and never want to put us in the same room together.

The showdown is coming, and the outcome will determine the political and economic future of Texas.

Author:  Daniel Miller – President, Texas Nationalist Movement

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Nationalist Group Wants TX Secession on Primary Ballot

Texas already seceded once — in 1861, by popular vote in a statewide election.

But the Texas Nationalist Movement wants a repeat a century and a half later, and thinks the March GOP primary is the place to start.

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.

Even if the Texas Nationalist Movement gets enough signatures, such a vote would be little more than symbolic. Academics agree that Texas cannot secede from the United States, and point to a post-Civil War Supreme Court ruling, Texas v. White, as evidence.

But that hasn’t stopped the Republican Party of Texas from rolling its eyes at the secessionists. Texas GOP communications director Aaron Whitehead said the Republican party certainly doesn’t welcome outside groups trying to doctor the party ballot.

“Historically the executive committee of the Republican Party has chosen what goes on this,” Whitehead said, “and it’s party preference that it stays that way.”

The Texas Nationalist Movement, which hasn’t yet verified how many signatures it has, doesn’t buy the argument that the state can’t secede. Daniel Miller, the group’s president, points to the state Constitution, and in particular, the provision that gives Texans the right to “alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”

Miller said the group is going around the state party because past interactions with the GOP weren’t fruitful.

“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.”

Whitehead said there is zero relationship between the GOP and the secessionists, and added that his response to such a ballot proposal would be the same if it were “a resolution giving everybody a unicorn or a resolution for secession.”

If the Texas Nationalist Movement does get the signatures it needs, the Secretary of State’s office says it will be the first time a referendum from a citizen group is put on the Republicans’ statewide primary ballot. Miller acknowledges a majority vote for the referendum wouldn’t be binding, but hopes it would be enough evidence of support to get state leaders to take the issue seriously long-term.

“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 said.

The 2014 vote over Scottish independence from the United Kingdom failed.

Volunteers from the Texas Nationalist Movement are at work across the state, scurrying to get signatures. Miller is optimistic; he says the organization itself 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.”

Author:   – The Texas Tribune

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