While everyone is keeping their eyes on the 2016 presidential race, there is a movement bubbling in the Lone Star State to kick Uncle Sam to the curb and make Texas an independent nation, and the group that’s leading the charge is the Texas Nationalist Movement.
Over the summer, the Texas Nationalist Movement has been canvassing Texas in the “Take Back Texas” tour to teach Texans about independence and enlist volunteers to help them gather 75,000 signatures to put a non-binding question on the GOP primary ballot that simply asks if fellow Republicans are in favor of Texas independence.
The key word here is “non-binding,” which means that the question that will be put on the ballot is just that, a question. The ballot question will not set Texas free from evil clutches of President Barack Obama and his evil minions in Washington D.C.
That’s because Texas is one of the few states in the Union that doesn’t allow petition-driven binding votes on amending the state’s constitution, which will be needed to make Texas independent. Only state legislators in Austin can put a meaningful vote on Texas independence on the ballot, and that is a likely as California finally becoming a state friendly to businesses.
In order for a binding resolution to make its way to Texas voters, it will need the passage of two-thirds of both the state Senate and House of Representatives, which means that Democrats in Austin will have to support it. That isn’t happening anytime soon.
Then there’s the issue of state legislators ever wanting to take up independence. Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller wants to use the non-binding question to pressure Texas governor Greg Abbott to call a special session to vote on Texas independence, since the next time legislators meet again is in 2017, well after the presidential election.
That isn’t going to happen either because if Abbott ignored the call of the state’s evangelicals to call a special session dealing with the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, what makes Miller think he’s going to do it for Texas independence? Then, if all of this happens, it will need the approval of Congress to make independence a reality, and for succession supporters to party like it’s 1836. It’s like playing the succession lottery, except there are no winners, only losers.
Texas independence is not an issue among state legislators, and it won’t be for quite some time. So while it is a passionate cause, it won’t be a reality anytime soon. The truth hurts, but somebody has to say it.