Texas Independence Day is not only about celebrating separation from Mexico and becoming its own nation for a time. According to some, the Texas secession movement uses it as a time to discuss having Texas secede from the United States.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, most people would call efforts to have Texas secede illegal, but a careful reading of the Texas v. White Supreme Court ruling on the Texas secession during the Civil War era seems to leave a little bit of wiggle room.
Most people in the state celebrate Texas Independence Day with parties and re-enactments, but others point to the political movement still pushing for a Texas secession. For example, Texas Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman openly says seceding is still a possibility:
“Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”
Larry Kilgore is in the running to become Texas’ governor and he believes a “U.S. economic collapse cannot be avoided” and that the solution is for “”Texas to secede now or we will sink too.” Still, his chances at succeeding in his bid for the governorship are said to be relatively low compared to other candidates.
But it’s not Republicans who have the Texas secession on the brain. Kathie Glass is part of the Texas Libertarian Party and she was criticized for her “Plan For Texas Independence,” which some claimed referred to Texas seceding. It’s claimed she predicts “an imminent financial crisis and insisted that Texas should become financially independent of the federal government.” But Glass says her plans are a little different from secession and instead refers to cutting ties with the federal government by nullifying the US Congress for all practical purposes:
“I want to make nullification a household-known concept,” said Glass. “This is our way out of this federal overreach.”
Regardless of what the politicians say, people on Twitter are using Texas Independence Day to debate a Texas secession:
if at first we don’t secede, try & try again #TexasIndependenceDay
— Pres Heilig (@PresHeilig) March 2, 2014
But still give the finger to anyone sporting a “SECEDE” bumper sticker. #TexasIndependenceDay
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) March 2, 2014
Would you you like to see Texas secede from the United States and have Texas Independence Day take on a whole new meaning?