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Big sky country: Texas secession to be voted on at state GOP convention

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 Cinnamon    14,599

The Lone Star State could be on its way to becoming the Lone Star Nation. A vote on Texan independence is set to take place at the Texas Republican Party’s convention after being approved by the Platform Committee of the state party.

The Texas Nationalist Movement, a group that advocates for the state’s separation from the US, has made major headway, with a secession debate scheduled for the Texas Republican Convention this week. The movement claims that 22 out of the 270 county GOP conventions have passed independence resolutions, although Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler told the Houston Chronicle that he “would be very surprised” if that number held up.



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Not fair! If Texas gets to abandon the sinking ship, then Louisiana gets to go too. My home state, Pennsylvania, wants also out. Montana? Big whoop. There are more cows than people there. 

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 YourMom2    1,282

Texas was, in fact, its own country for nine years before joining the United States in 1845, and while the idea of returning to independence has never been taken seriously by most people, it remains popular as a romantic notion and marketing hook. Lone Star beer is the "national beer of Texas." Texas Monthly is the "national magazine of Texas." In a 2009 rally, then-Gov. Rick Perry hinted that the state could secede if "Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people." He later backed off the idea. (Representatives of the state GOP and Texas Nationalist Movement could not be reached for comment.)

The Texas Nationalist Movement, once considered a quixotic fringe group, has added hundreds of members in the years since the election of Barack Obama. According to the Houston Chronicle's Dylan Baddour, at least 10 county GOP chapters are coming to the convention supporting independence resolutions. But this will be the first time in the state's 171-year history that they will actually vote on one. It's very unlikely to win. Then again, that's what people said about Donald Trump.


Texans are very loyal to the state and could do just fine without the fed BUT the succession movement fails to garner enough support to pass because there just isn't enough pain. Sure, the price of crude has been hurtful but overall there's still a wait list to get at table at popular restaurants on Friday night. there's new construction going on and retailers aren't closing stores left and right.

Earlier this year Greg Abbott proposed The Texas Plan that allows a two-thirds majority vote to override federal laws. If it isn't enough to keep the fed at bay then hell yeah, succession will gain momentum. Any sheriff that expects to get reelected is not going to allow guns to be confiscated by the fed dogs.

Obama “took action unilaterally that threatens Second Amendment rights even though the entire point of the Bill of Rights was to protect Americans from invasions of their liberties by the caprice of men just like that,” said Abbott, who bragged that he “sued Barack Obama 31 times” as Texas attorney general.

“Congress is no better,” Abbott went on, noting that “each branch of government has strayed from its intended role.” He called the Supreme Court a “co-conspirator in the abandonment of the United States Constitution.”


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 CGK    2,174

This is the email I got yesterday.....Yes, Im part of the "movement!"


2/3rds Vote Moves Texas Independence Closer to Republican Party Platform

Supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement scored a major victory today when 2/3rds of the Texas Republican Platform Committee voted to place a call for a referendum on Texas independence on the party platform.

Members of the TNM who are delegates to the convention have been engaging the subcommittees since early on Monday advocating for the addition to the platform. Their testimony and visible support for the issue bore fruit today when the issue came before the full Platform Committee.

After some vigorous debate by the committee members and the failure of a motion to strike the resolution from the final report, 2/3rds of the committee voted to move the plank forward to a full vote of the delegates at the convention.

TNM President Daniel Miller said this victory signals that momentum for Texas independence is continuing unabated.

“We have said this for years. The people of Texas want an open debate and a vote on the issue of independence. None more so than Texas Republicans.”

In addition to the TNM supporters that were advocating for the issue, the TNM gained new allies in the fight. Miller elaborates.

“We have met some great Texans at this convention who have no previous connection with the TNM but are firm in their belief that the best people to govern Texas are Texans.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Executive Director Nathan Smith.

“What has been great for our cause is the weak and extremely small amount of opposition at this convention to Texans having a vote on independence. It’s understandable when 55% of the RPT platform is dedicated to calling out the failures of and the excessive overreach of the Federal Government.”

The next step will be action by the permanent Platform Committee on Thursday followed by a full floor vote of the convention.

Stay connected at http://thetnm.org or on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/texasnatmov for updates.

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