Texas Independence Movement Gains Momentum: Daniel Miller
by ELLA KIETLINSKA AND JOSHUA PHILIPP, February 16, 2021
Proponents of Texas independence anticipate winning the referendum in which Texans will decide whether a process to determine the best way to withdraw from the union should be started, Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, told The Epoch Times.
If radicals that are currently in Congress are put in charge of health, economy, energy it may adversely impact the people of Texas and more and more Texans would like to exit the union, Miller said in a recent interview on Epoch Times’ Crossroads program.
Texans are concerned that more of their jobs would be killed through the green new deal, that the policies of the federal government in Washington would lead to more centralization, more socialism would be introduced, more powers would be appropriated by the federal government and as a result, the rights of the people of Texas would be “eroded and trampled on,” Miller explained.
Miller predicts that if these tendencies continue a referendum on Texas secession could be won at least by 10 to 15 percentage points depending on how radical the government in Washington gets.
The movement led by Miller supports the concept of small government which is in contrast with the current situation when the federal government receives from Texas $103 to $160 billion annually in taxpayers’ money giving little in return, he said.
“It’s like going to a doctor. The doctor drawing all of the blood out of your body spilling about 40 percent of it on the floor, re-injecting the rest of it, and then saying: hey, you realize you wouldn’t be alive without me,” Miller explained.
Exiting the union, which Miller calls Texit, means that Texans will determine their own laws instead of being governed by “2.5 million unelected bureaucrats in Washington,” the organization‘s website states.
“We have real issues here in Texas related to the border and immigration” and many others that a nation-state has to deal with, Miller said
Miller believes that the Constitution of the United States does not prohibit any state from leaving the union. The Constitution lists all the things that states are prohibited from doing and the list does not include a prohibition against the state withdrawal, he said.
According to the Constitution, the perpetuity of the union depends on the right of local self-government unimpaired to all the states, Miller said adding that he believes that Texans would not agree that their right of local self-government hasn’t been impaired.
Texas economy ranks as the 10th largest economy in the world surpassing Canada and South Korea and just below Brazil and Italy. It is the 2nd biggest economy in the United States behind California, according to a report of the University of Texas produced in September.
Although the state’s economy was hit by the pandemic caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus the job losses were less dramatic compared to the United States, the report says (pdf).
Texas is the biggest producer of oil and natural gas in the nation, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (pdf). Agriculture and technology are also prominent in its diverse economy. Among Texas-based companies are computer manufacturer Dell, AT&T, and chipmaker Texas Instruments.
The Texas Nationalist Movement was founded “to secure and protect the political, cultural, and economic independence of the nation of Texas and to restore and protect a constitutional Republic and the inherent rights of the people of Texas,” according to the organization’s website.
Over the years the movement has grown into a Texas independence movement advocating of the state of Texas leaving the union and becoming an independent, self-governing nation, the website says.
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