If This Be Treason…

If you remember your American History, and the days of the revolution, you may remember a certain speech by founding father Patrick Henry. Henry was drawing parallels from history of how kings and would-be kings suffered great loss for trying to usurp the rights of their subjects. He said that Caesar had a Brutus, Charles the First had a Cromwell, but when he got to current reigning monarch, George III, he was interrupted by cries of “’Treason!’” assuming he was calling for the assassination of King George. However, in finishing the sentence that began with “’George the Third,’” he said, “’…may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.’”

It comes up now and again, from no-doubt patriotic (but uninformed) Americans, that seeking Texas Independence is in some way treason. In fact, very recently in Texian Partisan Facebook comments, one reader made a similar claim about our particular solution to a federal government that is consistently in breach of contract with the Texas people. Well, simply put, it is not treason. However, under the circumstances, I thought now would be an appropriate time to revisit this topic, to inform new readers that what we advocate for is not treason, but the legal right of all peoples.

The U.S. founding fathers were careful with defining treason in the Constitution (the only crime outlined there). They had to be because, for a time, for their actions in defense of natural rights against the tyranny of Great Britain, they had been deemed traitors. The U.S. Constitution defines treason as “levying war against [the U.S.], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” That’s very specific, and the Texas Nationalist Movement and Texian Partisan are promoting neither of those things. What we are promoting is a peaceful political solution, in that the People of Texas have the right to choose whether they stay with a Union that every day finds innovative ways to operate outside of what is constitutionally permissible or to forge a new path, reclaiming the sovereignty we're slowly losing and once again take our seat among the nations, just as Sam Houston predicted that one day we would and ought to do.

Secession, in addition to being a natural right predating the U.S., it is also a legal right via the U.S. Constitution (9a and 10a), which denies the federal government the power to claim or restrict powers not enumerated it by the Constitution, relegating all other powers to the states or people (including the power to leave the Union). Also, secession is a right reserved by Texas via the Texas Constitution (Article 1, sections 1 and 2), which defines all governmental power as the People’s, that they have the inalienable “right to alter, reform or abolish” that government. However, it also says that the continuance of Texas in the Union depends upon ”the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.” If we’re honest, will admit that latter point hasn’t existed in a very long time.

The United States was founded on secession; that is an inescapable fact. To claim that secession is illegitimate or not allowed is to deny the legitimacy of Washington itself to exist. We hold with the U.S. and Texian founders that no contract is one-sided, that one party has carte blanche to do whatever they please while the other must be contractually bound, stoically taking what's coming to them. Sometimes “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them." One may disagree that that time has come, but let's be careful about throwing around labels like traitor, likening concerned Texas citizens to Chelsea Manning, the Rosenbergs, or Tokyo Rose. What we are concerned with is Washington’s treason to the Constitution, and for that, it is a just thing for Texas to take her ball and go home.


And just for good measure, listen to Judge Napolitano on this topic in a clip from the Joe Pags Show.

  • Roger Young

    Chelsea Manning? Treason?
    How is it “treason” to expose war crimes committed by a Death Cult posing as a “government,” while they executed an illegal, unconstitutional war?
    So called “treason” committed against tyrants is in reality an act of heroism for humanity.

    • a Texas libertarian

      “Truth is treason in the empire of lies” – George Orwell

  • H Scott Apley

    Gotta love the Torries!

  • What would it solve? Our state has been overran with Californians, hipsters and illegal immigrants whose children are now of voting age and US citizens. Texas might be red for now, but the voters of every major city and border town support the federal government in all its open-border, universal healthcare, wealth-redistribution endeavors.

    • Well, staying with the US isn’t an option for those serious about limited government. I’d rather take a shot at independence. Likely, in such a scenario we’d see a population swap: those who want traditional liberty would come to Texas, but those who can’t bear to live without the federal government in their lives would leave.

    • ThunderStruck No, they wouldn’t. They would take to the streets, rioting, looting, calling you a fascist and generally being ungovernable until our leadership acquiesces to their demands or shit hits the fan.

    • I’ve heard enough, from both sides, that this would be the case, but let’s assume you’re right. Let’s assume independence would fail by every conceivable measure, what’s your solution?

  • It isn’t treason, just stupid. Oh and there are plenty of us willing to vote blue already here. As an independent moderate I stand with Democrats on some issues and Republicans on others. Most people are like that, and no I’m not someone overrunning the state. I was born here and my family has been here for at least 6 generations. To me, the current brand of conservatism sold by people like Dan Patrick is extremism, and it takes a pretty low IQ to be an extremist, left or right.

    • Stupid? How’s that? Before making a judgement like that, I’m assuming you’ve actually looked into the issue, not just arrogantly and ignorantly dismissed it.

      Or is it less that you looked into independence and found it wanting and more that you just have different goals than fiscal sanity, individual liberty, and limited government, those things that are supposed are supposed to beyond left/right squabbles? If so, stick to your guns. Favoring an encompassing government, with only the rights government says are good for you, and economy collapsing spending with no end in sight, now that’s smart.

    • a Texas libertarian

      “Capitalism and socialism are two distinct patterns of social
      organization. Private control of the means of production and
      public control are contradictory notions and not merely contrary
      notions. There is no such thing as a mixed economy, a
      system that would stand midway between capitalism and
      socialism. ” – Ludwig von Mises

      P.S. I’d vote Blue too.

  • If you guys don’t get aggressive your gonna lose your state to the liberals

  • The name Bounds has been calling America home sense 1678 according to ancestry.com. Fought in just about all of her Wars.

    • What’s more important: the land called America or the principles that founded the nation? We’re going to have to make a choice, because we can’t have both.

    • ThunderStruck we fought for this country on our Principles. Maybe it’s time to make America Great Again.

    • Great slogan, but America doesn’t really want to be great again. Try cutting subsidies or welfare, and you’ll see what I mean. Better than half the country really has no use for the Constitution, state sovereignty, or individual liberty. Assess the current situation: the Republicans control it all, so what have they done substantially to change things? Nothing. And no, it’s not coming if we hang in there. The trajectory of Washington, no matter who’s in charge, is towards the centralization of power, greater regulation, greater taxation, and greater spending. How many years do we have until the economy collapses? Five? Ten? Why go through that when we don’t have to?

      If there was some way to save the U.S., I’d be all for it, but there’s not. Even what little good we try, the bureaucratic/judicial establishment negates it. I say Texas has wasted enough generations trying to fix the U.S., and it’s time we went our own way. I’ll take my freedom now, please.