Republican officials in Texas may find themselves debating secession at the state GOP convention in Dallas this May 12-14 due to a surge in resolutions passed at the county level.
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A Nederland-based activist group called the Texas Nationalist Movement claims at least 22 resolutions on a secession vote have passed, which puts pressure on GOP officials to discuss the issue at the state’s convention. The Houston Chronicle confirmed passage of 10 resolutions before its story was published Friday.
Texas Nationalist Movement said just one resolution passed four years ago.
“I absolutely think the people should have an opportunity to vote on this issue,” tea-party activist Jared Woodfill of Houston said, the newspaper reported.
Woodfill is running to unseat Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler, who views the activists’ cause as a fringe idea.
“Republican is not even in their name,” Mechler said.
The Chronicle noted that Texas Nationalist Movement has allies within the Republican Party. A GOP committee in Austin also passed a secession resolution last December, WND reported.
Tanya Robertson, State Republican Executive Committee member of Senate District 11 in the Greater Houston area, and Bonnie Lugo of SD 13 in Harris and Fort Bend counties have both worked on resolutions asking “whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation,” the newspaper reported.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1861 that secession is illegal, although pro-secession Texans would likely prepare its citizens for the federal government’s reaction by citing the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, said he has been accused of “sedition” for his efforts.
“People are extraordinarily reactionary about this issue. I’ve heard it for years,” Miller said.
The Chronicle reported that any resolutions at the state convention that were considered by a party committee would likely be struck down on the convention floor.