This Thursday, the media was caught off-guard by an unexpected statement from President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker expressing support for Texas leaving the union.

“The newly elected U.S. President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same. If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas, in the United States of America.”

He was expressing his displeasure at the loss of the UK from the Union he currently heads, as well as irritation with the role he believes that the now President of the United States played in Britain’s secession.

Yes, it’s true that Donald Trump predicted that Brexit would succeed, after somebody informed him of what Brexit was. And although this is a source of annoyance to Juncker, it is fair to point out that, conversely, President Obama was a vocal opponent of Brexit, even to the point of making threats about how Britain would go to the back of the line in U.S. trade deals should the referendum succeed. At the time, I don’t recall Juncker expressing objections to this.

Ultimately, these presidents and candidates have a right to their own opinion, even powerful men like Obama and Trump. The same is also true of Juncker. He has a right to speak his mind. If he’s sincere, certainly, the independently-minded People of Texas who want our nation to be free once more will no doubt welcome his help, like we would from all men and women of good faith, in achieving our peaceful and legal independence from the United States. However, we do have a small word of advice for the EU President: support Texas independence because it’s the right thing to do, not out of any feelings of vengeance towards the current U.S. President.

Those of us in the Texas Nationalist Movement hold with the Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises, “No people and no part of a people shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want.” This applies to Britain as well as to Texas. Currently, Texas is subject to the whims of an increasingly authoritarian federal government that in many ways, both small and large, interferes with the individual liberties of all Texans and right to self-government to all the states. Furthermore, the inviolate state of the latter is the expressed condition for Texas staying with the Union under Article I section 1 of the Texas Constitution. Can anyone honestly say that a condition of self-determination unmolested by Washington still exists? No. And even though Washington is restricted by the U.S. Constitution from many of the things they currently do within our borders, each day they invent new injustices to unleash upon our land, from thwarting our laws to taking our property.

Texas with its resources and spirit of Liberty doesn’t need the U.S. and its massive and growing debt, its violation of constitutional governance, and its unwillingness to reform under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Simply put, there’s little that Washington does for us that we can’t do ourselves. For these reasons and more, growing numbers of Texans have concluded that we’d be better off without the federal government and their unaccountable regulatory state, their overreaching judiciary, and their Presidents and Congresses that either have no corporate understanding of the principle of limited government or merely hold it in contempt, ignoring it for the way it interferes with their schemes for all of us. The U.S. has done a poor job with the sovereignty we’ve delegated to them, and it’s time we reclaimed it. It is our right, but also our duty as freedom-loving Texans, to do so. If the U.S. wants to continue down the ill-omened road that leads away from the Constitution and fiscal sanity, they can, but Texas has no obligation to follow and (I would submit) every inclination to preserve the republican first principles that the Union seems in a hurry to cast off.

Clearly, if Texas wants a chance at a better future for our children, independence is the only way to achieve it. We can’t continue to try to wrestle into submission 49 divergent states plus D.C.’s entrenched bureaucracy that remains no matter who’s in power. To choose to stay, to go off the fiscal cliff with a reckless Washington (on schedule to accumulate $30 trillion in debt, plus tens of trillions in unfunded mandates), like a proverbial lemming, will not save the Union. It’ll just provide Washington some genial company on its way down.

These facts are plain enough, and the solution, divorce from DC for breach of contract and irreconcilable differences, should be obvious to anyone willing to rationally consider it. To those doubting this, who think that wishful thinking and wistful sentiment for the now empty forms and traditions of the old Union will magically fix the problems that have festered for generations, we would ask them to please explain “How?” Additionally, we would ask them, “Just how much of your children’s future are you willing to sacrifice on the sucker’s bet of staying with the Union?” For as we know, scores of well-meaning politicians and political activists have tried for decades to salvage the US, and they have this in common: they failed. And while we go on trying to save the U.S. despite itself, each day our portion of the national debt grows, and each day we lose more Liberty. At some point you must acknowledge that Texas and the U.S. are (and likely will ever be) at odds, and we can no longer wait on Washington to change. Its path is set.

No longer can we allow ourselves to be swayed by the myopic ambitions of Texas politicians that would have us remain for little other reason than to fatten themselves at the federal trough or merely to add a federal office to their resume. The hour is short, and the longer we vacillate, the more precious time and resources are consumed by the federal Leviathan that could have been spent in addressing the many problems that face us, the ones that Washington refuses to countenance. We gain nothing by staying, giving it another go for old-time’s sake. There is nothing more that can be done to save this suicidal government that hasn’t already been tried. It’s time to leave.

If the EU President wants to support Texas in rejoining the international community as an equal, and for the reasons outlined, then we say, “Welcome!” If he wants to support Texit out of some misplaced wish to cause mischief with in the United States, we say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” As the Texas Constitution rightfully puts it, “All political power is inherent in the people [of Texas]” and they have the right to “reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.” Texas independence is a decision that belongs to the People of Texas, and we will decide what is best for our nation without prejudice or regard of anything or anyone else – especially Mr. Juncker.

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