Texas isn’t going anywhere. At least, not yet.
At the Texas Republican Convention here, state delegates met and struck a resolution from being added to the party’s platform that endorses the idea of a referendum for Texans to vote to secede from the United States.
Just the fact that it got this far is pretty surprising for the Lone Star State, and shows this once grassroots movement is becoming mainstream.
The Texas Nationalist Movement has been leading the effort for 10 years to get the referendum on a ballot, and the president of the group said he won’t give up.
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“We want Texas to become an independent state. It’s not that far-fetched of an idea,” said Daniel Miller, the group’s president. “This idea that people have the right of self-determination and places like Texas can assert their right of self-determination and become independent nation states is not that odd at all.”
Miller compared the idea of a Texas secession to Scotland’s independence referendum in 2014 — which didn’t pass after voters decided that Scotland shouldn’t be an independent country from the United Kingdom.
During the last four Texas legislative sessions, Miller said he’s pursued the legislature to file a bill to give Texas voters the opportunity to vote on independence.
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“No matter what we do, all roads to this lead through the Texas legislature,” Miller said.
Miller said he believes it’s important for Texans to have a right to vote on the issue, adding that the issue itself has increased in popularity since its inception 10 years ago.
The independence referendum began as a grassroots movement, with the idea voted at county districts, eventually reaching the Texas convention.
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