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First a short history lesson on Texas independence and then the rant. Today, March 1 marks the 173rd anniversary of the Texas War of Independence.

The Texas War of Independence was fought from Oct. 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 and began when Mexican President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna abolished the Constitution of 1824 and proclaimed a new anti-federalist constitution in its place.

This did not bode well with the Texians and war began in Texas on October 2, 1835 with the Battle of Gonzales.

All good Texans are all familiar with the Battle of the Alamo where a few good men stood against a much stronger number of Mexican troops led by Santa Anna.

The Mexican Army arrived in San Antonio on Feb. 23. By late afternoon Bexar was occupied by about 1,500 Mexican troops, who quickly raised a blood-red flag signifying no quarter.

For the next 13 days, the Mexican army besieged the mission.

In the early hours of March 6, the Mexican army attacked the fort in what became known as the Battle of the Alamo.

Almost Texian defenders, between 182 to 257 men, were killed, including James Bowie, David "Davy" Crockett and William B. Travis.

Most Alamo historians agree that 400-600 Mexicans were killed or wounded.

Although early Texian successes at La Bahia and San Antonio were soon met with decisive defeats on the battlefield the Texians fought on and the war ended at the Battle of San Jacin to where General Sam Houston led the Texian Army to victory over the Mexican Arnmy in only 18 minutes.

Santa Anna was captured shortly after the battle attempting to flee and the conclusion of the war was the creation of the Republic of Texas.

Thanks Rodney, now what is your point? The point is independence. The point to remember is that a few good men stood up to a tyrannical government, a petty little dictator, and a larger standing army to fight for the right to self governance. I am going to insert a portion of the Texas Declaration of Independence for those of you who have never read it. Pay attention to the language.

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.

When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the everready minions of power and the usual instruments of tyrants.

When, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into dungeons, and mercenary armies sent forth to force a new government upon them at the point of the bayonet.

When, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness...

...It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.

These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, until they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms in defence of the national constitution. We appealed to our Mexican brethren for assistance. Our appeal has been made in vain.

Though months have elapsed, no sympathetic response has yet been heard from the Interior. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.

The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.

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.

173 years ago an assemblage of 60 brave Texans stood together at the convention of 1836 and declared a right to a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, fully vested with all the rights and attributes properly belonging to a an independent nation. They understood the peoples right to be free from tyranny and oppression and took a calculated risk for freedom knowing it would be bought in blood.

What does this have to do with us you may ask? The answer is Everything.

The good people of Texas have long stood by while the Federal Government eroded our rights to a free and sovereign existence. We have long stood by while the Federal Government chipped away at our property rights; established forced government policies on education, welfare, healthcare, and even our highway and road systems.

For too long our elected representatives have caved in to Federal demands for compliance, all the while subjecting a free and sovereign state to nothing short of indentured servitude. Well, I for one believe enough is enough.

As Texans we do not hold the same corrupt moral values as some of our sister states. We do not hold the same liberal views as those currently sitting in Washington. We did not elect this president. I say it is time that Texas stood up for the Texans. We may not be able to succeed from the Union...or maybe we can, (I just know the Federal government didn’t take it too well the last time someone tried it) but I know that we can fight for States Rights. We can refuse to participate in forced Federal programs that diminish our sovereignty. We can refuse their forced legislation and stand on our principles, merit, and ability. The time is now to stand together.

It is time the peoples representatives made a stand for States Rights. It is time for Texas to regain some of its sovereignty as a free and independent State. We are at a crossroads today in America where we must decide which path we will follow...the one to prosperity and freedom, or the one to despotism and tyranny. My path is chosen, is yours?


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