This “latest/breaking poll” from Rasmussen reflects how badly uninformed (and growing) the increasingly changing populations in our border states are:
In Texas, 31% Say State Has Right to Secede From U.S., But 75% Opt To Stay
Drudge Report headlines:
POLL: 75% OF TEXANS WOULD VOTE TO STAY IN USA
Since the Texas Constitution identifies Texas as a republic (or, to use the common vernacular, a “nation” declaring itself independently governed/self-governing, sovereign), a republic who has opted to submit to the Constitution of the U.S.A. by choice not by requirement, this does not render the Texas Constitution moot.
The state of Texas — unusual among other states in the U.S.A. by it’s self-defining organization as a republic — exercises the option, an agreement, to maintain member status in the U.S.A. but because it’s a republic, it can if it so decides also then agree to depart from submission to the Constitution of the U.S.A. because Texas is already a republic, not subject to any other republic or government except by willing option to do so as in the present tense to the U.S.A..
Texans voting to assert themselves as the republic they and their territory already is (by voting to enforce their existing organization as a republic but to abandon submission to the Constitution of the U.S.A.) would be Texans enforcing their sovereign option to go their own way as a sovereign (self-governing) independently governed “nation” unto itself without submission to any other government and to cease to recognize itself obligated to the authority of another nation (the U.S.A. in the present tense) — formally, the U.S.A. is another nation to Texas’ nation status, by way of the Texan Constitution, in other words, and Texas is not created as a state but as a republic, sovereign and self-governing. The submission to the Constitution of the U.S.A. by Texas is a decision made a while ago by Texans, but that decision did not nor does now erase the organization of Texas as a republic, it just means they’ve opted to “allow” the U.S.A. Constitution to impose upon their own and to commiserate with the U.S.A. on friendly, cooperative terms.
But polling 69% of Texans are not knowledgeable of their own state Constitution and it’s terms, who then conclude they can’t declare independence from the U.S.A., reflects that the population polled is uninformed about where they live and under what terms they’re living there.
The 31% polled among Texans who do understand their state’s Constitution and it’s unique contents (that Texas is a republic, sovereign, a member of the U.S.A. only by decision to be so but entirely not required by self-governing, state-self-defining document to be so) are the informed Texans BECAUSE that’s what the Constitution of Texas so declares and how it defines the state itself.
Texas is unique in that when it organized itself and wrote it’s Constitution accordingly, it organized itself as a republic and not a “state”.
However, what I find remarkable about this poll is that only 31% of Texans polled understand that Texas is entirely capable (if it so decides) to declare itself full-on-clear of the U.S.A., or, in other words, to maintain itself as a republic not in submission to the Constitution of the U.S.A. as with states who comprise the U.S.A.
What and how Texans decide to associate is up to Texans: Drudge Report declares that “75% of Texans” would not decide to go their own way as a republic at this time, but that’s a reflection of opinion (theirs) and is to be expected (it’s what the rest of us would likely think the majority of American citizens as Texas residents would decide until or unless conditions change for the worse from now, which is already at a problematic level given the federal intrusions and offenses upon that state, as upon others with similar complaints but with lesser options than has Texas and that’s the point Governor Perry was making); but what’s significant to my view is that only “31%” of Texans polled are educated sufficiently about their state to understand that they are a republic and not “a state” and that secession is an available option if the U.S.A. continues to affront Texas to such a degree that their participation in the Union becomes one of self-denial or self-destruction. Overtaxing and under-mutuality by a federal government without commitment of recompense are prime examples of just such self-denials for any republic.
All this has come to light in the last two, three days due to Texan Governor Rick Perry making the point known in a speech he gave two days ago — that Texas can secede from the Union because it’s Constitutionally defined as a republic and has that existing capacity by state Constitution to do so (it’s an option, in other words) if federal offenses and impinging upon Texas continue to an intolerable degree.
Texas is a unique member of the U.S.A. because it’s a republic (a sovereign entity) and that Texans have a Texas Constitutional right to declare their rejection of the Constitution of the U.S.A.:
THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION
Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.
Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.
Rick Perry never declared that Texas “should secede” the Union. He referred to the innate construction of the Texas republic to do so if it so chose, which emphasizes the building injustices Texas is experiencing in attempts to remain subservient to federal intrusions upon Texans.
And yet, the Left, Democrats particularly, for their bent, destructively denigrating political reasons, jumped on these statements by Perry as Perry somehow “advising secession” while it was nothing of the sort by and from Governor Perry.
Governor Perry stated the truth as an ultimate — and pre-existing by way of the Texas Constitution — option if federal over-taxing, unenforcement of laws (that the federal government requires be left up to them, specifically, reimbursement of Medicaid costs driven by unenforced immigration violations) and other infringements were to grow to intolerable extents, that the republic of Texas has the option to depart from submission to the Constitution of the U.S.A. There’s nothing aberrant about the statement by Perry, nor about the facts referred to by Perry, nor about the facts themselves: Texas does have that right or self-governing possibility.
“My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what might come out of that?” the governor said Wednesday.
The ugliest (once again, by ongoing reliability in this regard) to lapse into sheer irrationality about Perry’s statement was from ever-ugly, ever-irrational Geraldo Rivera on Fox’s HANNITY show last evening.
On that broadcast, Rivera immediately lapsed into his spitting-yelling and into his “Latin” ethnic-supremacy threats: “…all the Latin people there (in Texas) who are going to be the majority soon aren’t going to like this” with that as an implication by Rivera of socio-poltiical threat of force or harms be upon Texas (“or else”), or, rather be upon all Texans who are not “Latins” to use Rivera’s ugly and irrational language.
Note that no one, prior to the remarks by Rivera, at any time ever — ever — made any references to anything ethnic nor racial except that Rivera started screaming denouncements of such, the Leftwing “straw man” method to denounce the “outrage” about accusations that have never been made by anyone else inorder to assert or assertively introduce the counter-point and in Rivera’s counter-sense, it was yet again his need to incessantly assert his “Latin” (so he says) ethnic-supremacy threats upon others. Which makes Rivera’s awfulness (his) ethnic-supremacy because his threats and superior-impositional allegations are targeted upon the obviously non-Latino/Hispanic members of the human race.
Then Rivera asserted — yelled out — his demands that “people” (that means, in Rivera-speak, “Latins”) “vote for Kay Bailey Hutchinson” and repeated this numerous times (Rick Perry is running for re-election as Governor of Texas and Hutchinson is his opposition, AND, Hutchinson is decidedly, problematically pro-amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. which fits right into Rivera’s ethnic-supremacist expectations for the state of Texas).
Rivera went so far irrationally as to bray that the Texas self-governing structure somehow relates to “slavery” and would be retaliated against by “Latins”. That the structure of Texas as a republic and Perry’s mentioning of that — in Rivera’s irrational mind — somehow associates with “slavery” and that the word, “secession” means “slavery”…and then more of Rivera’s boombah-nutso stuff.
Rivera did not stop to note (nor appears to comprehend) (nor has any among the Leftwing media and otherwise Leftwing) that a republic is self-governing, that a republic is to be respected because it is a sovereign organization of people self-determining their course. Which is the description of an ultimate “non-slavery” organization, by the way, a sovereign, self-rule by a people in agreement to remain in support of individual rights to exist and self-determine.
…all of which is horribly, utterly lost on the Left in their efforts TO enslave as many persons as possible by way of emotional, irrational distortions of issues, facts and concerns inorder to continue to implement the Left’s anti-social, fascist impositions upon the lives of free men (and it is a fascist process by the Left, make no mistake about that). That the ugliest among the Left — Geraldo Rivera qualifies as that — slam the statements of facts and defenses of freedoms as some sort of drop-crud-of-disdain of their own ethnic-supremacy presumptions (and other Leftist methods and movements) is just more of the Left’s agitation intended to foam and spittle their way toward the destruction of free men, liberties and republics.
Rick Perry stated the simple truth about the reality of the republic that is Texas. If the Left can’t stand that, it can’t stand freedom and republics. And from Rivera’s point of ugly view, it appears they use their ethnic-supremacy presumptions — as the Left routinely also uses gender issues, health issues and race — to foment fear of the sanity, clarity and bravery of free men everywhere. In this case, it’s now aimed at Texas and Governor Rick Perry, long may he speak out.
Rush Limbaugh talks about this…
which the Left won’t understand, either, nor will Rivera be able to tolerate.
And, Allahpundit misses the point and schleps after the Geraldo straw man:
Geraldo: Impeach Rick Perry for his secessionist chatter!