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Texas Nationalists Say ‘Sovereignty or Secession’


By Mark Anderson

The Texas Nationalist Movement, whose motto is “Independence, in Our Lifetime,” was going to hold its first-ever Texas Independence Conference in mid-March at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown San Antonio. But that event is being slated for later in the year due to scheduling conflicts.

Meanwhile, however, the movement’s leaders have been conducting “road shows” in Beaumont, Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere to inform interested people in these communities about making Texas independent again.

In the wake of AFP’s coverage in its Feb. 1 edition of 10 Vermont candidates seeking elected office on a secessionist basis, this Texas secession exploration movement is yet another sign that Americans are growing tired of trying to get the U.S. government to acknowledge their existence—let alone stop representing super-rich interests over those of the common citizen.

The Constitution says only Congress shall declare war, but Congress doesn’t. It says Congress shall issue money, but the Federal Reserve does that privately—with interest. It says Congress shall regulate trade, but Congress transferred most of that control to the World Trade Organization. The Bill of Rights barely stands; and on and on—billions for bailouts; a ruthless attack against a Waco, Texas religious sect in 1993; endless trillion-dollar wars overseas; porous national borders; forcing the populace into a free-trade system that is destroying the industrial base etc etc.

The list of abuses could make King George III blush, but a growing number of Americans in what remains of the economy are not amused.


“The aim of the movement is to establish an independent Texas, with an emphasis on Texas production and cultural strengthening,” explains a news release posted at This particular group calls itself “nationalist” rather than “secessionist,” but it and another group have common uniting themes. The other group is called “Texas Secede!”

What is now Texas was once the property of Spain but fell under Mexican control after Santa Anna and other Mexican military leaders helped free it from Spain’s colonial control.

But Americans of Anglo-Saxon ancestry began to migrate south into a vast state that today has 254 counties. Under the direction of such notables as Stephen Austin, the migrants received land grants in Texas and began to get a foothold. Texas eventually declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, en route to becoming the Republic of Texas. The battle of the Alamo soon followed that same month in 1836.

When hostilities formally ended, Texas achieved independence for nine years before being admitted to the union on Dec. 29, 1845, as the 28th state.

As for the present day, details for rescheduling the postponed conference will be posted as soon as possible on the TNM website,, and the conference’s full agenda will be published as it becomes

A spokeswoman for the movement told AFP on Jan. 26 that it’s only known that the conference will not be in March. So, it will have to be in April or later. The underlying premise in Texas, Alaska, Tennessee, Vermont and other states flirting with secession is stated in the Declaration of Independence: “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

This is nothing new. It’s just that the schools and media no longer stress it. Even Independence Day has been re-coined as the generic “Fourth of July.” The meaning behind it, which naturally applies to all Americans, has been obscured.

At a Kalamazoo, Mich., speech some years ago, this AFP writer heard former Alabama Judge Roy Moore— “the 10 Commandments judge” who was not allowed to place a 10 Commandments monument that he paid for on government property—refer to the Declaration of Independence as “organic” law that provides the roots of America’s constitutional order.

If that is indeed the case, then the Declaration’s words a few lines later could be considered all the more compelling: “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.”

Those are strong words. As actor Nicholas Cage said in the popular movie National Treasure, in which the Declaration itself was stolen, “No one talks like that anymore.” Well, many people across the country are starting to talk like that again.

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