This doesn’t fit in with Obama’s plans at all, in fact, this one question on Texas ballots might just give Obama a panic attack.
A small but growing movement among the several states has been discussing seceding from the United States, with some of the loudest rumblings coming from the great state of Texas.
A group calling itself the Texas Nationalist Movement is currently circulating a petition to gather enough signatures to have a non-binding resolution placed on the GOP primary ballot in March of next year calling for Texas to “reassert its status as an independent nation.”
The group is aiming to collect at least 75,000 signatures from registered voters by Dec. 1, more than the 66,894 valid signatures required by the Texas Secretary of State’s office to gain ballot access, according to KGBT-TV.
The move is largely viewed as a symbolic gesture, as the group has zero support from the Texas GOP, and many legal analysts and academics question whether states are even capable of seceding and declaring independence since the Civil War.
“Historically the executive committee of the Republican Party has chosen what goes on this,” said Texas GOP communications director Aaron Whitehead, “and it’s party preference that it stays that way.”
But the group argued that the state does indeed have a right to secede, pointing to not only the Declaration of Independence, but also Texas’ own constitution, specifically a provision which reads Texans have the right to “alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”
While the group knows that their potential ballot initiative would be non-binding, it hoped to garner enough support among the general population that a binding resolution would eventually make it onto the ballot later.
“The end game for us is to have a binding referendum on Texas independence, much like the people of Scotland had in November of last year,” Miller said.