WE THE PEOPLE
of the STATE OF TEXAS
in PETITION to OUR GOVERNOR

 

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression..

La nación mexicana, que por trescientos años ni ha tenido voluntad propia, ni libre el uso de la voz, sale hoy de la opresión en que ha vivido. (The Mexican Nation, which for three hundred years had neither had its own will, nor free use of its voice, leaves today the oppression in which it has lived.)

With these words, those who have gone before us have said "Enough is enough!" to England, Mexico, and Spain for stealing their liberty and replacing it with misery. And so it has come to the same for We Texans of today as we walk in their mighty footsteps with respect to the United States Of America. Over the past years and even decades, they have encroached upon our lives, our liberties, and our well-being. We therefore call upon Our Governor to call a Convention Of Citizens of the State Of Texas to consider whether We Texans should once again raise over ourselves the moniker "Republic Of Texas" and go our separate way from the United States Of America.

We Texans still hold these truths to be self-evident:

Such has been the patient sufferance of the good People of this State under the United States Of America; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our current Systems of Government. The history of the present government of the United States Of America is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over this State and WE THE PEOPLE thereof. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

  1. Failure to secure the border with Mexico against unauthorized entry. Failure to maintain knowledge of the whereabouts and activities of those aliens who's entry into the country was duly authorized and executed.
  2. Failure to allow the State of Texas to decide matters or accept its decision on matters which the United States Constitution does not prohibit it from deciding upon. For example, the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared same-sex 'marriage' to be legal contrary to the laws of this State and Common and Natural Law, and contrary to the decision of the same Court two years prior in United States v. Windsor.
  3. As evidenced by the Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor decisions, the US Supreme Court has become an instrument of men and not of law. United States v. Windsor, decided in 2013, struck down the federal Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the grounds that "By history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage has been treated as being within the authority and realm of the separate States." A mere two years later, in agreeing to take on and then rule in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court decided that marriage was a federal matter and not within the authority and realm of the separate States. The same five justices were in the majority on both decisions...had each of them an epiphany in their understanding of the United State's system of federalism in the intervening two years? We think not, but that this is nothing other than Tyranny in action.
  4. As evidenced by the passing of "ObamaCare", the US Congress and Presidency has also become an instrument of men and not of law. We were told by the Congressional leadership, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it", rather than have the legislators read and understand the legislation they were being asked to vote on. The President's chief architect of this same legislation stated that they lied to both the Congress and WE THE PEOPLE about it because they knew it would not pass either the Congress or WE THE PEOPLE. As further evidenced in a statement by a member of the normally-in-opposition party who was in favor of giving the President "Trade Promotion Authority" in a classified agreement, "It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to." Such is Despotism in action.
  5. Debasing of our currency by the creation of an unwarranted debt and use of fiat money.
  6. Mandating that persons must engage in certain business transactions or face penalty. For example, under "ObamaCare", a person is required to purchase an approved health insurance package or make a "shared responsibility payment" to the federal government.
  7. Mandating certain business practices for which the federal government has no Constitutional Authority. For example, Environmental Protection Agency regulations and Department of Education regulations.
  8. The "War On Drugs", by which many lives were ruined when persons were arrested, prosecuted, deprived of property, and imprisoned when no crime or trespass against another person had been committed.
  9. The "War On Poverty", by which large segments of the population have been rendered wards of the state and emasculated of human dignity gained through the desire and pursuit of gainful employment by which basic needs and grand desires may be satisfied.
  10. The criminalization of well-intentioned findings of the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) that certain medical procedures, concoctions, and devices offer no benefit. By such criminalization of opinion, persons are deprived under threat of prosecution the ability to pursue, or suffer prosecution for actual pursuit of their unalienable Rights to Life and the pursuit of Happiness by seeking to obtain medical procedures, concoctions, and devices which they, contrary to the opinion of the FDA, believe will be of benefit to themselves or to those dependent on them.
  11. Federal gerrymandering of voting districts to bring into association those who have chosen to not associate in physical proximity, or to dilute the collective vote of those who's cultural norms cause them to choose to vote so as to arbitrarily increase the collective vote of those who's cultural norms cause them to abstain from voting.
  12. The forced association of peoples who have chosen to not associate in physical proximity, via the busing of our children to schools distant from their homes, the locating of public housing units in neighborhoods which do not want them, and mandating that landlords must lease to certain classes of tenants...causing market values to be inflated for all as people with means attempt to buy their desired associations.
  13. The forced removal from our public places of artifacts of our Christian heritage, which is contrary to Holy Trinity Church v. United States, in which was made the statement, "These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation." Said statement does not violate the First Amendment to the US Constitution or alter our government from secular to ecclesiastical. Nor does it or the First Amendment preclude collective public observance of the Christian or any other (or no) religion. Neither do these demand that one person or any minority which be offended by the collective public observance be allowed to silence said observance or demand any additional observance. To this we add the words spoken by President Washington in his Farewell Address, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them."
  14. The use of our military forces as the world's policemen and other "foreign entanglements" so decried against by President Washington in his Farewell Address. Such entanglements include the giving of aid and comfort to friend and foe alike. Mr. Washington advised doing business with whomever we can, but the giving of the People's money and lives in exchange for nothing...or even worse, derision...is nothing less than an atrocity of the government against WE THE PEOPLE.
  15. Imposition of an unequal equal protection. The US Supreme Court has misused the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution to determine that certain people have rights and privileges while certain other people lack rights and privileges...most notably, the right to free association provided in the First Amendment. For two examples: (1) consumers are told that they have a right to conduct business with whomever they wish, but business are told that they do not have that same right. And (2), standards are arbitrarily altered for certain people to enable them to attain a goal for which their labor has not allowed when compared to the labors of others seeking the same goal.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Government whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the government of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our American brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature and courts to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which demands our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, Citizens of the State of Texas, appealing to the Supreme Judge of this universe for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name of the good People of this State, solemnly publish and declare, That this State should proclaim that IT IS, and of Right ought to be a Free and Independent State; that it is Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States Of America, and that all political connection between ourselves and the United States Of America, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free and Independent State, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we who have attached our names hereto mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.