Texas Nationalist Movement Responds To White House Petition Response
The White House's "official response" to an online petition seeking Texas independence illustrates definitively why Texans must pursue the course of self-determination, the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement says.
In his "official response to the official response," Miller said that President Barack Obama's administration "restates the opinion of other current and past world leaders such as Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashir Assad, Mao Zedong, Santa Anna and King George III who also believed that governments can and should deny the right of self-determination."
In an article posted to the Texas Nationalist Movement's public website, Miller said the administration shows a clear lack of understanding about the very Constitution it is supposed to adhere to and the very nature of the government established by the Founding Fathers.
"We can agree on one point," Miller said. "Democracy is 'noisy and controversial.' This is exactly why the Founders created a union of Republics instead of a democracy."
Miller said the administration, through spokesman Jon Carson, "represents yet another argument in favor of Texas independence."
"...they have couched their response with misinterpretations of the Constitution, a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and construction of the Union, ignorance of the intent and words of the Founding Fathers, contempt for the sovereignty of the States and thinly-veiled threats of violence against any State that exercises their right to self-determination."
Miller said that the Constitution says nothing about the union being "perpetual" and that nothing in the Constitution prohibits Texas or any other state from asserting its independence.
He offers a quote from Thomas Jefferson in support of the right to self-determination: "If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation ... to a continuance in the union .... I have no hesitation in saying, 'Let us separate.'"
"The right of self-determination is not one to be granted or withdrawn upon the whims of any particular administration," Miller said. He notes that the Texas Nationalist Movement has been consistently an advocate of independence through administrations of both parties. "It is a right as fundamental as the right of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion. It is a fundamental as the right to keep and bear arms. But as we have seen the assault on all of these other fundamental rights, it is no surprise that the sovereignty of the States and right of self-determination would be likewise assaulted."
Miller also offers a quote from Abraham Lincoln, a former president often quoted by the current occupant of the White House. In an 1848 speech, he said:
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit."
The White House response dredges up the Texas v. White Supreme Court decision of 1867 as further justification that secession is "illegal," a decision made by a Court which had been co-opted by the Radical Republicans of the era. He said using that as justification "may have just shortened our journey."
"However, if the contention of the Obama administration is to support the decision of the Supreme Court that the Union is an 'indestructible union composed of indestructible states' then it is morally imperative that the Federal Government immediately release Texas from the Union," Miller said.
"As the agreement which brought Texas into the Union specifically states that Texas could divide into 5 states, which would be invalidated by the Supreme Court's decision, and as there is no severability clause in the Joint Resolution of Annexation, this administration may have just shortened our journey to independence."
Miller also said the United States has done an abrupt moral about-face.
"Beyond the arguments over history and law, through the release of this statement, this administration has, in effect, placed over 40 years of US foreign policy into question," he said. "Will this administration revoke its recognition for Kosovo? Will it recognize the independence of an independent Scotland or Catalonia? How will this affect its relations with the former States of the Soviet Union? Why did they support an independence vote for the people of Puerto Rico? Will this administration follow the lead of Bashir Assad and deny the people of Texas their right of self determination?
"These questions and many more will be asked of this administration in the coming days as the global trend of self-determination has returned home to the cradle of liberty. People from around the world are watching the United States to see if the Federal Government will 'practice what it has preached.'"
Miller said the threat of violence implied by references to the body count from the Civil War was inappropriate: this is 2013, not 1860, and Texas is moving toward independence peacefully.
"It is our expectation that this administration will hold fast their own words in the belief that 'might doesn't make right,'" he said. "It is our expectation that Texas will be free and independent. For that we do not need the permission of anyone in Washington, D.C."
You can find the Texas Nationalist Response to the White House at this link:
You can find the original response from the White House at this link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/our-states-remain-united