Texas wants to send a message to D.C.
“…it would give us the freedom to…”
While a liberty-crushing, rights-restricting Obama administration has sparked fledgling secessionist movements across the country, one rebellious state has a particularly active group of citizens advocating a break-up with the United States. The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM), which boasts about 200,000 supporters, is hoping to get the cause placed on next March’s primary ballot throughout the Lone Star State.
In an effort spearheaded by state GOP executive committee member Tanya Robertson, independence-minded Texans are working to gather the 75,000 signatures needed by the end of the year to secure a place on the upcoming ballot. Though the proposed measure would be non-binding, Robertson expects the resolution to serve as a barometer for the current dissatisfaction with D.C. leadership being felt across her district and beyond.
“There’s been a big groundswell of Texans that are getting into the Texas independence issue,” she said. “I believe conservatives in Texas should have a choice to voice their opinion.”
One secession supporter told KYTX that she believes a split from the union would allow Texans to govern according to the will of its citizens.
“A lot of the people in Texas aren’t for a lot of the stuff that the U.S. government is trying to push on us,” Farrah Fincke opined, “and it would give us the freedom to not have to do that.”
Though there is little real chance Texas will once again form its own nation any time soon, a 2014 study showed that more than a third of all residents across the Southwest – including Texas – are “open to secession.” Texas, as you may know, became its own country, called the Republic of Texas, from 1836 until it agreed to join the United States in 1845.
— TNM (@TexasNatMov) December 1, 2015
TNM Executive Director Nathan Smith explained in an open letter this week that this effort is only a step toward the organization’s ultimate goal.
“That’s right,” he wrote. “From now on it is eyes on the prize. The prize, of course, is winning the binding referendum.”