Self-proclaimed “Foreign Minister” of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Nate Smith, address the so-called Dialogue of Nations held in Moscow this week. Smith was loudly cheered when he promised that one day an independent Texas “will formally exchange ambassadors with your free and independent countries.” He was addressing other separatist enthusiasts from California, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico and elsewhere.
If you don’t think these guys are serious, you had better think again. Unless you want Rick Perry declared Emperor for Life of a new “Republic” of Texas, this movement bears watching with a very close eye. Red more or less likes being a U.S. citizen and someone will have to pry his U.S. Passport from his cold dead fingers.
For more scoop on the fabulous Dialogue of Wannabe Nations in Moscow check out the story in the LA Times.
State GOP leaders have denied GOP primary voters a chance to decide if they favor secession from the USA. The Tea Party wing had requested that the GOP put the following question on the primary ballot in March:
“If the Federal Government continues to disregard the Constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its prior status as an independent nation.”
The State Republican Executive Committee rejected the proposal which would have been a non-binding referendum.
The defeat was not unexpected, as the saner powers-that-be did not want this to become an issue in November’s election. The SREC clearly disagreed with Tanya Robertson, the SREC member who introduced the proposal and argued that the measure would have been “harmless,” allowing voters to register an “opinion only.” She also suggested the ballot language would have helped “get out the vote” among some Texas Republicans who have been sitting out recent elections. “The goal of these is to take a thermometer of how Texans feels about an issue, and what better issue for Texans to do that with?” she asked.
Indeed, what better way? Red thinks it is unfortunate that the rest of Texas will be denied an opportunity to see exactly how crazy the Republican base in Texas really is.
The Texas Nationalist Movement has launched a 21 city tour in an attempt to convince Texans to put a secessionist question on the ballot. KXAN reports on the meeting held in Austin. TNM seeks to have a non-binding referendum put on the 2016 ballot.
Texans are tired of answering to bureaucrats in D.C. they didn’t elect and having to deal with policies they don’t want,” said TNM President Dan Miller.
Miller spoke to a room full of enthusiasts. Longtime Texans like Joe Glass. “We live with a lawless government,” he said. “The constitution was written to provide freedom to people and constrain government and now we live in a country where the government does whatever it wants to.”
Recent transplants to the Texas way also attended. Carmen Rao moved here from New Jersey. “I like the right to self determine, I think that’s important, free spirit and independence. That’s why I moved here.”
“Now there’s a state killed by regulation and bad decisions by politicians,” said Paul Jones, who moved here from Michigan. “I don’t dislike Michigan but I have to feed my family and I think a lot of people around the United States feel the same way.”
Somewhere, Vladimir Putin is smiling.
Politico reports that delusional Texas secessionists are getting some traction in Putin’s ever increasingly crazed Russia. Apparently, Putin’s Thugocracy is dedicated to fueling secessionist movements across the globe in the hopes of legitimizing their theft of Crimea and attempted theft of the Eastern Ukraine. Of course this only adds fuel to fire of the lunatic fringe here in the Lone Star State.
Nathan Smith, who styles himself the “foreign minister” for the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared last Spring at a far-right confab in St. Petersburg, Russia. Despite roaming around in his cowboy hat, Smith managed to keep a low-key presence at the conference, which was dominated by fascists and neo-Nazis railing against Western decadence. But at least one Russian newspaper, Vzglyad caught up with the American, noted that TNM is “hardly a marginal group,”and quoted Smith liberally on the excellent prospects for a partial breakup of the United States. Smith declared that the Texas National Movement has 250,000 supporters—including all the Texans currently serving in the U.S. Army—and they all “identify themselves first and foremost as Texans” but are being forced to remain Americans. The United States, he added, “is not a democracy, but a dictatorship.”
It may not be treason, but it sure is stupid. Please right-wing nut jobs, show your true colors – jump in bed with Putin. Jump in now.