March 2, 2024

Texas Independence Day Message

In the spirit of Texas Independence Day, it’s worth considering what “independence” truly meant to the founding generation of Texans.

Initially, we might assume that it was simply about freeing Texas from Mexican control. However, the writings of the founders make it clear that they were asserting the independence of Texas as a free, independent, and sovereign state. Our Texas forefathers sought local self-government, not merely a new all-powerful central government.

All Texans who cherish liberty should embrace the practice of reading the Texas Declaration of Independence aloud with their family at least once a year. To the modern reader, the grievances are certainly interesting to contemplate. Many seem familiar and will elicit a moment of regret.

If you’re honest, you’ll realize that if you were writing the Declaration today, you would probably add some grievances against the current federal government that would terrify the founding generation, such as:

  • “He has, over many decades, intercepted all private communications and kept records of it to be used against us.”
  • “He has kept a record of all financial transactions of every citizen, reserving the right to suspend our financial accounts without due process.”
  • “He confiscates a third or more of our incomes, weaponizing revenue collection against political enemies, redistributing our wealth and property.”
  • “He facilitates an invasion of our states by foreign countries, enabling and even funding wealthy cartels that are even now, operating the largest slave and drug trade in human history.”

These grievances are true of our current federal government, and they represent an existential threat not only to the liberty of our children but to our freedom in the coming years. Without a doubt, the federal government has locked arms with globalists to usher in a new era that will extinguish any semblance of local self-government.

And yet, I believe there is a silver lining, that our experiences have invigorated a renewed interest in the importance of local self-government. Whereas just a decade ago the focus of conservative activists was always to “fix Washington,” today we are seeing a re-emergence of local and state political focus.

I believe that a new generation of patriots is rediscovering the original intent of our founders to establish relatively independent and sovereign states that are left more or less alone by a central government with few and enumerated powers. Indeed it was never the intent of our founders that our freedom and independence were to be dispensed or recovered by federal courts. The states themselves, via their state legislatures, created the federal government, and if we are to regain the liberty and independence that our founding generation fought to establish, it will be because our states regain their footing and remember their rightful place as the supreme arbiters of the Constitution.

However, the Marxists and globalists (and those who knowingly or unknowingly do their bidding) hate this new spirit of American and Texan independence. They predictably seek the status quo with endless foreign wars and trillion-dollar defense budgets, digital currencies and opaque central banks, and woke mercantilist policies with the intent of destroying our domestic oil industry on the altar of a carbon-neutral economy controlled by the global elite.

They will decry the inevitable movement toward greater state sovereignty as “extreme” and “dangerous” because they profit and even campaign on fixing enumerable social catastrophes that, year by year hasten the collapse of Western Civilization.

The virtues of liberty, local self-government and self-reliance (independence), and private property ownership are quintessentially American virtues rooted in Scripture, and should at all times be the singular focus of all of the political energies of all freedom-loving Texans.

Perhaps George Washington said it best on August 27, 1776, while addressing the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island:

The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore to resolve to conquer or die.

This Texas Independence Day, and every day from now until the happy future that we can read the Declaration with no guilt whatsoever, I encourage all of us to follow the wise counsel of Sam Adams in 1766 and let us do our part to “venerate and revere the memory” of the generations before us, who worked and even fought to “preserve and cherish the principles of liberty and virtue.”

We MUST endeavor to transmit them to our own posterity.

We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.

Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1836