POSTED: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 8:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 4:16pm
Hard economic times sometimes generate outrageous solutions.
For example, there is a group that wants Texas to secede from the union…again.
They call themselves the Texas Nationalist Movement, and they’d like to see a return to the republic we originally were.
Of course, that idea was tried before…and it didn’t go so well…
It was the bloodiest American conflict…because both sides were American. But did the Civil War really settle the issue of secession.
One group begs to differ. In this unimposing house in Coffee City lives a book publisher and the Vice President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Lawrence Savage.
“This idea that it’s illegal or unconstitutional…it’s never been taken to court,” Savage claims.
“We know the US cannot do its job anymore. It cannot protect our economy. It’s cannot protect our dollar. It cannot protect our borders. So what’s left? We might as well stand on our own.”
"In 1869 the Supreme Court in Texas v. White settled the whole issue," says Dr. Alex Mendoza of UT-Tyler. "The supreme Court Justices in a 5 to 3 decision, Salmon P. Chase, said explicitly, that Texas never left the union, that the United States is not a compact of states, that it is an indissoluble union."
But, the Nationalists say, we can get along on our own very nicely.
“And we have the 11th largest economy in the world as it stands right now,” Savage claims. “So, we’re being held back.”
"Was the Republic of Texas actually a success?” Mendoza asks. “Since it couldn't provide money or defense. And men like Houston knew this, and as a result of this, actively moved toward the thought of annexation.'
“There are politicians that want to see Texas free,” according to Savage.
Sam Houston, though, would disagree.
"He thought it would be a calamity,” Mendoza said. “Up until his death 2 years after the original secession convention, he thought it was the biggest mistake Texas had ever made.”
So, the Texas Nationalist Movement wants independence.
Of course, we’ll have to create a monetary system, defense, internal revenue system, treaties, industrial policy, and then there are the American corporations based here.
That would be tough…if it were legal.