Monday, March 02, 2009

Happy Birthday Texas!!!

It was 173 years ago that a band of settlers met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to draw up a document listing grievances and declaring themselves independent from Mexico. Some of those grievances sound familiar, if one changed the names of places and countries:

It has sacrificed our welfare to the state of Coahuila those other 49--M., by which our interests have been continually depressed through a jealous and partial course of legislation, carried on at a far distant seat of government, by a hostile majority, in an unknown tongue (read:LawyerSpeak--M.)...

It has made piratical attacks upon our commerce, by commissioning foreign desperadoes, and authorizing them to seize our vessels, and convey the property of our citizens to far distant ports for confiscation. (Sounds kinda like Gov. GoodHair's TransTexasCorridor super tollroad plan run by Spaniards--M.)...

It hath been, during the whole time of our connection with it... hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrranical government...

These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, untill they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue...

We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the MexicanAmerican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a militarysocialist government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government...

The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation...


Now, I don't see any of my kin's signatures on that paper, but I do know that some of them were on site the next month when we forced Mexico to recognize us when we whupped their asses at San Jacinto.

While ol' Sam Houston might not have wanted Texas to leave the Union in 1861, I think he might be strongly in favor of us breaking away and being independent again if he saw how the Federals treat us and every other state now, especially during this time of "economic troubles." (See the above excerpts from the 1836 Declaration of Independence.) Thankfully, there are folks working toward that end, building grass-roots support for a new Texas Independence. The movement's president hosts a online talk show Wednesday nights at 9 PM Texas Standard Time. (The rest of the week, they play nothing but Texas-themed "red dirt radio" country music. Good stuff!)

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Blogger Jenny said...

Reminds me of a conversation I had with family last Christmas.

"So how big a deal is this Alaskan Independence Party?" say they...

"Oh, not terribly big....." says I. ".... so far."

Devolution of sovereignty seems a better and better idea all the time, especially watching how the EU stuff has been going on the other side of the globe.

11:57 PM, April 07, 2009  

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