The Texas Nationalist Movement, a major supporter of secession, believes the presidential election served as a clear signal from the rest of the union to Texas that “we do not care for your right of local self-government and we do not share your values.’’
Daniel Miller, TNM president, says Obama’s re-election “represented a descent into the final destruction of the republican form of government envisioned by the Founders of the United States and Texas.’’
Fortunately, most Texans don’t agree and realize the idea of secession is as foolish as the people circulating petitions. A 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll found only 18 percent would vote to secede.
And a Dallas Morning News editorial said that “even in the fiercely independent Lone Star State, this idea is road kill. While the signatories are exercising their right to free speech, this idea is just plumb screwy and an odd rejection of basic American principles.’’
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.