Brexit reenergizes Texas succession talk
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2016 — Britons’ vote to leave the European Union has inspired an independence organization right here in the good ol’ U.S.A. The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) would like the Lone Star State to declare its independence from the United States, which it joined in 1845 – nine years after parting company with Mexico.
“It is past time that the people of Texas had their say on our continued relationship with the Union and its sprawling federal bureaucracy,” said Danial Miller, president of the TNM, on the organization’s website.
“The win for Brexit opens the door for Texit by establishing, concretely, that it is possible to have an adult conversation on independence and letting people have a final say… Unlike the professional complainers in the political class we have proposed the only solution to this problem – Texas independence. It is past time that the Governor and the rest of the Legislature respond to the large number of Texans who want their say on the matter and give us a vote,” said Miller.
At last May’s meeting of the Texas Republican Party, a platform plank advocating a statewide vote on the question of secession was barely defeated – by just two votes.
“The fact we’re even mentioning secession and the Texas GOP convention in the same sentence suggests that the once-fringe movement has become a priority for at least some conservative grass-roots Texans,” wrote Amber Phillips in the Washington Post.
In his 1861 inaugural address, the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, said, “I hold, that in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the Union of these States is perpetual… Continue to execute all the express provisions of our Constitution and the Union will endure forever – if being impossible to destroy it, except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself.”
Yes, the “instrument itself.”
Secession is the lazy man’s way out. The Constitution has within it the very means, as Jefferson once said, to deal with the authoritarian tendencies of the power-hungry and “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
The Constitution’s Article V says that if two thirds of the state legislatures “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments,” they “shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States.”
The national government is a creature of and servant to the states. In the more than 200-year history of this country, the “three fourths of the several States” have never invoked the Constitution’s Article V provision for lawfully reining in the power of the federal government as a means of preserving our union of States.
Proponents of the Progressive project, internationally, insist that modern life is much too complex for average citizens to govern themselves. That an elite cadre of masterminds, working in conjunction with “experts,” must force certain decisions on us – even if doing so is against the citizen’s will.
Britons voted to leave the European Union in order to preserve a fundamental Enlightenment principle that insists “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Britons, therefor, did not secede. They simply denied masterminds in Brussels their consent.
Americans can do the same in regard to Washington, restructuring their national government in an Article V convention of states, replacing arbitrary and authoritarian rule with constitutionally mandated “just powers.”