On Wednesday, May 11th, the Platform Committee of the Texas Republican Party voted to put a Texas Independence Resolution up for a vote at this week’s GOP convention. According to a press release from the pro-secession Texas Nationalist Movement, the resolution calls for allowing voters to decide whether the Lone Star State should secede from the UNITED STATES, INC. and become an independent nation.
In a 2009 rally, Governor Rick Perry hinted that Texas could secede if “Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people,” in his words. He later backed off the idea.
The Texas Nationalist Movement has added hundreds of members in the 8 years since the election of Barack Obama. According to the Houston Chronicle‘s, Dylan Baddour, at least 10 county GOP chapters are coming to the convention supporting independence resolutions. This will be the first time in the state’s 171-year history that they will vote on this topic, though it has been discussed a bit in the past.
There’s not a big chance Texas Republicans will actually vote in favor of seceding, but the fact it is even being mentioned in the same sentence as the Texas GOP convention suggests that the once-fringe movement has become a priority for at least some conservative grass-roots Texans.
The Texas secession movement says 22 out of the 270 county GOP conventions passed some kind of independence resolution this spring. the Houston Chronicle was able to confirm only 10 counties, but 10 is a lot more than the one county that passed an independence resolution in 2012.
Texas Republicans say these independence resolutions are just a handful of tens of thousands of various resolutions to be considered at their convention. But, it does seem as if the secession movement is growing, and may have become too big for party officials to ignore. The Houston Chronicle reported that on Wednesday, a committee that decides what issues will appear at the convention voted “overwhelmingly” to put Texas secession up for debate.
Things seem to have been heading toward a seceding Texas for a while now. Keep in mind, Texas is the only state to have it’s own independent grid system, as well as the only state to open it’s own precious metals depository and demand it’s gold (equaling $1 Billion) back from the Federal Reserve AND is currently in the process of opening metals-backed banks to encourage the trade of gold, silver and other precious metals. That sounds like a pretty sound and independent country-state to me!
A 2012 WhiteHouse.gov petition to secede earned more than 125,000 signatures and a response from the White House. (The response: No- what a surprise!) Last year, the group held speaking tours to try to promote its cause, and get a nonbinding resolution on the GOP primary ballot.
Today, the movement says it has advocates in most Texas counties and 200,000 members statewide. In 2016, at least 10 Republican county conventions passed some kind of item expressing support for Texas independence or at least for debating it.