TEXAS NATIONALISTS: HCR 77 A BIG STEP FOR TEXAS INDEPENDENCE
NEDERLAND — A bill filed by a state legislator to reaffirm Texas’ intent to defend its state sovereignty raises for the first time the potential of defending that sovereignty by leaving the Union.
On March 7, State Representative James White (R-Woodville) filed House Concurrent Resolution 77. The resolution effectively spells out a defense of state sovereignty under both the U.S. and Texas constitutions and echoes almost word-for-word the resolution that members of the Texas Nationalist Movement have been lobbying for introduction since January.
“The question was recently asked by the mass media if the Texas Nationalist Movement is becoming a political force,” Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller said in a message e-mailed to group members. “Members of the Texas Nationalist Movement and the general public will recognize the text of this legislation as a virtual duplicate of the legislation proposed by the TNM to the 82nd Legislature and hand delivered to members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate and the Lieutenant Governor on the opening day of the 83rd session of the Legislature.”
Miller said the group had wanted a call for a non-binding referendum on independence and was “disappointed” that language calling for such a vote was not included in the measure introduced by White, but TNM is fully supportive of the resolution nonetheless.
“While we in the Texas Nationalist Movement are disappointed that the legislators have declined at this time to give the people of Texas a measurable voice on the issue of independence in accordance with Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution, we are pleased that this legislation was filed,” he said.
Miller said the language introduced by White is important in that it serves as a platform for further movement toward independence.
“Although this seems to be merely another resolution, this legislation is quite different than any filed before on this particular issue,” Miller said. “In addition to the usual citations of Federal government overreach, this is the first sovereignty legislation that contains an explicit mention of the Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution which contains the phrase ‘(the) perpetuity of the Union depend(s) upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.’
“This is also the first piece of sovereignty legislation that contains an acknowledgement of the right of the people to ‘reform, alter or abolish their form of government’ as stated in Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution,” he added. “The inclusion of these two provisions is extremely important to the Texas Nationalist Movement as we move forward and represents an interim victory for the people of Texas.”
Miller said his movement will throw its weight into supporting the measure, and encouraged other Texans to do the same.
“We encourage everyone to contact their respective State Representatives and State Senators to demand that they support HCR 77 beginning on March 12,” Miller said. “Further, we encourage the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor to publicly support the passage of this piece of legislation. Not only does it make sense for Texas, it is required by their oath of office.”
Text of White’s HCR 77:
The text of the bill is as follows:
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 the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reaffirm the state’s sovereignty under the Texas Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.
PDF copy of TNM’s proposal: http://www.texnat.org/independence-referendum-bill.pdf
Texas Nationalist Movement Homepage: http://www.texasnationalist.com
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