The question was recently asked by the mass media if the Texas Nationalist Movement is becoming a political force.
On March 7, 2013, State Representative James White filed House Concurrent Resolution 77. The text of the bill is as follows:
WHEREAS, The Republic of Texas existed as an independent nation for nine years, and when it accepted admission to the Union in 1845, it remained a free and independent state subject only to the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress has passed laws requiring Texas to make expenditures that are unfunded by the federal government, which is a violation of the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; moreover, the federal government has caused the intentional devaluation of its currency through its reckless spending and borrowing, and this threatens the economic stability of Texas; and
WHEREAS, The United States government has allowed the use of its authority, credit, and goodwill for the benefit of private and foreign concerns in violation of its own constitution; in addition, its repeated failure to guard the border between Texas and Mexico has forced the state to spend vast sums in order to protect its citizens; and
WHEREAS, The federal government has further implemented thousands of laws, mandates, and agencies in violation of the United States Constitution and of the sovereignty of the State of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Section 1, Article I, Texas Constitution, states that "the perpetuity of the Union depend[s] upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States"; Section 2, Article I, declares, "All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient"; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reaffirm the state's sovereignty under the Texas Constitution and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.
Members of the Texas Nationalist Movement and the general public will recognize the text of this legislation as a virtual duplicate of the legislation proposed by the TNM to the 82nd Legislature and hand delivered to members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate and the Lieutenant Governor on the opening day of the 83rd session of the Legislature. An exact PDF copy of our delivered proposal is available at this link: http://www.texnat.org/independence-referendum-bill.pdf
After TNM's extensive meetings with members of both houses, State Representative James White filed HCR 77 containing all of the components of our proposed legislation with one exception. This legislation does not call for a referendum on the issue of independence.
While we in the Texas Nationalist Movement are disappointed that the legislators have declined at this time to give the people of Texas a measurable voice on the issue of independence in accordance with Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution, we are pleased that this legislation was filed.
Although this seems to be merely another resolution, this legislation is quite different than any filed before on this particular issue.
In addition to the usual citations of Federal government overreach, this is the first sovereignty legislation that contains an explicit mention of the Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution which contains the phrase "(the) perpetuity of the Union depend(s) upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States."
This is also the first piece of sovereignty legislation that contains an acknowledgement of the right of the people to "reform, alter or abolish their form of government" as stated in Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution.
The inclusion of these two provisions is extremely important to the Texas Nationalist Movement as we move forward and represents an interim victory for the people of Texas.
We encourage everyone to contact their respective State Representatives and State Senators to demand that they support HCR 77 beginning on March 12, 2013. Further, we encourage the Governor and the Lt. Governor to publicly support the passage of this piece of legislation. Not only does it make sense for Texas, it is required by their oath of office.
In addition, we call on all Texans who believe and want to work for the independence of Texas to join with us at http://www.texasnationalist.com/join.