Please consider supporting Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s (Fredericksburg, R) bill, HB1359, the Texas Independence Referendum Act (TIRA). TIRA does NOT call for a vote to leave the union or “secede.” If Texans vote in favor, the bill forms a committee to explore whether Texas can and should leave the union. The committee has five years to do this — it is NOT immediate.

Further, this is NOT about the 2020 election. One of the largest political non-profit organizations, the Texas National Movement (TNM), of which I am a member and sit on the board of advisors, has existed for more than 15 years. It’s president, Daniel Miller, has been an advocate of Texas for almost 25 years now. I, myself, joined the organization in 2018, during the previous administration’s tenure.

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James Reigle

I see, so you've convinced yourself that there's nothing un-american about wanting to secede from the United States of America. This Texas Veteran disagrees with your completely Anti- American stance. Maybe, in times past, I could sit and listen (and argue) but since one of this Bill's sponsors was in DC standing on US Capitol grounds smiling from ear to ear while he cheered on sedition and the violent far right, I just can't imagine you and your lying leader Biedermann have the best interests of all Texans and Americans in mind.

David MCINNIS

It is probably a good idea to at least allow the conversation and decide if such a move is even possible. There is a lot that would need to happen between the committee and approval. Thanks for the post.

Ron Green

This issue was settled long ago.

Texas v. White, (1869), U.S. Supreme Court case in which it was held that the United States is “an indestructible union” from which no state can secede.

I too an a former member of the military and served in Vietnam and elsewhere. I retired almost 30 years ago as a senior NCO. My oath of enlistment was to the United States of America, not the State of Texas. Incidentally, my ancestors arrived in this fine state in 1836. Oath of Enlistment: I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

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