Some of the petitions to put Texas independence on the March 2024 Texas GOP primary ballot

Texas independence [would have been] on the Texas ballot

The Texas Nationalist Movement announced today that it has gathered 102,000 signatures – enough signatures to, according to Texas law, require the GOP to put a certain question onto the March 2024 Republican Party of Texas primary ballot. It’s a nonbinding question asking voters “Should the State of Texas reassert its status as an independent nation?”

[UPDATE 1/10/24: Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, has decided to reject TNM’s signatures. The TNM filed a lawsuit last night to force their question onto the ballot. The Supreme Court of Texas declined to consider the case on 1/10/12. Despite this, please read below about the importance of supporting candidates for the Texas Legislature who will let all Texans vote on the issue.]

[UPDATE 1/12/24: a hearing in Texas circuit court on this issue is scheduled for 1/18/24]

[UPDATE 1/23/24: the deadline for ballot challenges has passed, so it’s almost certain that TEXIT will not be on the ballot this March. However, it’s important to fund TNM’s court case anyway so that the same problem won’t happen again in 2026. In response the TNM asked Texans to participate in their party conventions (local and state) to replace the current GOP party chair Matt Rinaldi.]

This is the first time Americans have voted on such a question since 1861, except Americans in US territories that weren’t states, such as Palau, Marshall Islands, and Micronesia, which peacefully withdrew from the US in 1994, 1986, and 1986.

Last year’s poll shows about 76% support for Texas independence among Texas Republican voters, but Texas media will have a big impact on the vote because they often lie about the constitutionality of secession. Also, Texas has open primaries (any voter can vote any party’s ballot). It’s likely that the election results will favor Texas independence (TEXIT) in March, but you can help fund the Texas Nationalist Movement’s campaign to win the vote. You don’t have to be Texan to donate or become a member.

Why Texas withdrawing from the Union will be good for non-Texans

If Texas eventually withdraws from the Union, other red states will suddenly realize they need to follow. If Texas announces a future independence date, red states will have a choice to make: stay in a Union dominated by blue states, or follow Texas’ lead. Since a Republican can’t win a presidential election without Texas’ electoral votes, the red states will have to follow Texas to avoid the tyranny, perversion, and bankruptcy that incompetent Democrat rule will bring to the remainder of the US… even if these states hadn’t favored secession until presented with this dilemma.

The red states are all contiguous except for Alaska. They can form a loose federation that would inherit half of the federal government’s assets, including military assets, in return for accepting half of the US’s debts and obligations. Texas may or or may not join the federation, but I believe it would actually have more independence from foreign pressure if it joined the federation than if it didn’t.

The red-state federation would restore the quality of life that Americans had and avoid following Washington DC to destruction. Polls show that in the event of a National Divorce, conservatives from blue states and entrepreneurs would flood in to the red states (to the degree that those states are willing to allow residency), and half of red-state liberals say they would move out. Any solution you have for improving America is more likely to happen in a country where the government and society leans solidly to the Right, out of reach of DC judges, bureaucrats, and regulations. Without DC judges, red state governments would not be restrained from using state power to push society Rightward. The red-state federation would have its own media, like every country on earth. State law could rid leftists from opinion-forming institutions such as media, universities, etc.

Texas is the one state where voters are already ready to secede. It is the lever that can and should be used to force a full negotiated peaceful National Divorce. Texas might not be a state you’d like to live in, but you can help Texas lead your own state out of the Union.

What Happens Next?

After Democrats steal the presidential election in November 2024, or swing state voters let us down, there will be a new momentum for secession. Some states might declare that Trump won the election, or that he should have won if there weren’t so much election interference from Facebook, Google, activist media, crazed prosecutors, and the DOJ.  They might seek to make Trump the president of their own half of America. Perhaps he could be interim president of the red states, but the red-state federation would be so red that his successor could be more conservative and competent than him.

Again, Texas might not be so interested in joining a federation. But most Texans favor independence. They see that DC acts against Texas’ interests in securing the border, keeping the price of oil high, and allowing as much drilling as possible.

In order to capitalize on the the Texas GOP vote of support for independence that will happen in March 2024, Texas needs a House of Representatives that will respond to the will of the people by passing a law to create a referendum that will allow all Texas voters to vote on the same question.  Perhaps the vote could be held after the inauguration of the next president.

How Can We Help?

The main barrier to achieving Texas independence is the number of legislators in the Texas House of Representatives who vote Dade Phelan to be Speaker of the House. Texas has one of the top 10 most conservative sets of state laws in the country, thanks to the relative conservatism of both major parties in the state.  Although the governor is Republican, and the majority of both chambers of the state legislature are Republican, the House of Representatives is controlled by Speaker Dade Phelan, who represents a coalition of all the Democrats and a few Republicans. The House is where many good conservative bills from the Senate have died, including immigration bills. Some of those bills could have created a standoff with the feds by now that could have dramatized the need for Texas independence.

There is a solution for the treachery of Dade Phelan. Having this question on the March 2024 ballot will draw people to the polls who rarely vote. This gives Texas the chance to replace incumbents who have failed to serve the interests of Texans and ignored the recent TEXIT (Texas independence) bill. Several Republican candidates for the Texas House of Representatives who are not incumbents have signed the Texas First Pledge. This is a pledge to vote in favor of holding a referendum on Texas independence for all Texas voters, and it’s a pledge to act to implement the results of that referendum.

The problem is that it’s difficult to unseat incumbents, because special interests invest heavily in incumbent campaigns, because they expect incumbents to win. Fortunately, the Texas Nationalist Movement is now the biggest political organization in the state, besides the 2 major parties. If we help fund the TNM’s (the Texas Nationalist Movement’s) war chest before the March primary elections (and November elections), we can help the TNM and its followers to make a big enough impact on the Texas House that Texas will be led by a conservative again, and have dozens of openly pro-independence legislators beginning in January 2025. This will make it more possible for Texas’ government to lead Texas out of the Union if conditions heat up in 2024/2025 with economic collapse, failure in overseas wars, another pandemic, or civil strife over the presidential election.

Donations will help Texas become the state that leads the rest of the red states to sovereignty and independence. Do you donate to anything more important than this?

The TNM’s budget was exhausted to get to this point. We need to find major donors for the TNM and dig deep ourselves. I quit my job in 2021 so that I could volunteer full-time on political projects. Recently I decided to be a full-time volunteer for TNM and to put more time into research and writing for this blog. I’d like to make a FAQ on red-state secession as a resource for those who debate this issue or are researching it. If you value this blog, my Twitter feed, or my other social media presence, consider supporting me. Your financial support through a paid Red-State Secession Substack subscription would help my wife see the value in my work.

Please help draw attention to this news on social media.  You can share my social media posts about it. Join the TNM whether you are Texan or not (I’m not).  You can see ways to help the TNM at their website. Fill out their volunteer form.  If you are a Texan, please register your support for independence at their website because they are keeping track of how many supporters there are in Texas (600,000 so far!) and participate in this campaign.

[update 12/1/2023

The Republican Party of Texas Petition Committee could have decided to put this resolution on the ballot without caring about the petition, just like the put other questions on the ballot that had no petition. But this afternoon they chose not to do so.

Instead, they decided to have the party count the valid signatures and find out if there are enough valid ones. They’ll discover that the TNM already pre-verified most of the signatures. So they’ll find there are enough valid signatures, and the law will require them to put the question on their primary ballot.]

[update 12/12/2023

The Texas Nationalist Movement has filed over 139,000 TNM-verified petition signatures with the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) for RPT signature verification.

This is 142% of the number of signatures necessary to force a question about Texas independence onto the March 5 GOP primary ballot. It had collected 179,097 total for the petition, some of which the TNM was not able to verify.

“We implore the RPT to honestly and accurately verify the petitions of Texans who want Texas independence on the ballot this March.” ]

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