The Growing Texas Secessionist Movement
Still unknown to many Americans, and scoffed by many of those who do, a growing Texas secessionist movement is gaining some new found attention after Governor Perry of Texas spoke the “S” word at a Tea Party last April. Generally dismissed because of certain assumptions, such as that the Texas independence movement is a recent phenomenon, precipitated by Obama’s election, or that it’s right-wing, or racist, or reactionary. The Texas Secessionist movement began in December 1995 and the Nationalist Movement, a political organization began three years ago makes clear on its website that it “is neither left wing or right wing,” stating that, “racial bias and discrimination of any sort is in no way a Texian ideal,” and adding that “racial slurs, bias, discrimination, even in vague form will not be tolerated.” Nor does it have any religious or violent agenda.
The Texas National movement clearly affirms that it “is for TEXAS INDEPENDENCE.. nothing else.”
To the surprise and dismay of Texans, what is common knowledge in Texas and a great source of pride, is frequently unknown by the rest of America. Texas was an independent sovereign Republic from 1836 to 1846. Texas celebrates two Independence Days, the Fourth of July, and the Second of March, Texas Independence Day. As John Steinbeck wrote in Travels With Charlie, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. And there’s an opening convey of generalities. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.”
Americans may know about the Alamo but not realize that patriots such as Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie, William B. Travis, and Gregorio Esparza, fought for Texas Independence against an abusive central government that had rejected its own federal constitution.
The 1824 Constitution of Mexico established a federal system of government dividing power between the national and the state governments similar to the US Constitution. When General Antonio López de Santa Ana revoked the 1824 Constitution and declared himself dictator, Texans rebelled as did other Mexican federalists. More than a hundred and seventy years later, Texans feel history is repeating itself.
As of April 2009, eighteen percent of Texans agree and support secession. There is no sign of Washington reversing course. As the federal government continues growing at the expense of state’s rights and individual rights, more Texans, who are by nature an independent lot, will begin to see secession as the option to free themselves from an abusive and tyrannical central government.