One day, I was having a conversation with a buddy of mine from North Carolina. We were discussing the idea of Texas Independence. During our conversation, I brought up the question of whether or not he would consider moving to Texas if they gained independence. While I, from Washington, would immediately flee South as soon as I had the opportunity, my buddy, without hesitation answered “No.” His reasoning was rather simple. “Texas is Texan,” he said, “I’m Dixie.” This caught me off guard. I already knew Texas was unique, however my buddy and I both can’t stand federal over-reach. I thought it was a no-brainer that he’d flock to Texas if they achieved independence first. I know he would love to see North Carolina leave the union, for his contempt of the federalists, but that seems a dream further off than a revival of the Republic of Texas. However, after thinking on it and discussing further, it dawned on me the huge difference between Texas and the rest of the United States.
Readers of the Texian Partisan, or members of the Texas Nationalist Movement, are probably familiar with the oft quoted statistic that within Texas, 54% of Republicans, 49% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats all are in favor of an independent Texas. This survey (and others similar) are significant because it shows how unified a good number of Texans are on independence. You really don’t see this in any other state, with the possible exception of California. The key difference there is that Texas really wants independence, no matter who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. For the most part, California is having a spur-of–the moment reaction, more like sour grapes over the 2016 POTUS election than a sustained movement fueled by cultural differences and and opposition to growing federal encroachment.
In another way of highlighting the difference between Texas and California, think of them as two children leaving the same household. Texas seeks to leave the house and be an independent functioning person, to make his own decisions and be responsible for himself. On the other hand, California is the like the basement-dwelling teenager: he likes parental subsidies, but not the rules, and in a tantrum says that he wants to run away from home. California isn’t flirting with secession out of any deep conviction, they’re doing it out of spite.
When comparing Texas to other areas of the U.S. (like the South), you’re bound to find a certain resemblances (i.e. being majority Republican, Christian, pro-Second Amendment, among other ideological similarities) the culture still remains unique. Texans have a real sense of themselves, their shared culture, who they are, where they came from, and what they value. Certainly, no other state that I can think of takes as much pride in their home as does Texas. As a once independent nation, Texas has maintained a strong national identity, and the old republic’s seal remains etched on their capitol floor, much as it remains etched in the hearts of all true Texans. When Texans speak of independence, it come out of a longing to be free, to have the limited government long-promised and long-denied. And this longing will not be bought-off, especially with the money that came from Texas in the first place!
The discontent with a lawless Washington is apparent. And while each of us wish to see our grievances answered, many, like myself, have taken particular notice of the plight of Texas. Many have been resentful towards the way Texas gets walked over, regulated, and ruled from afar. But more so than most states, Texas not only has the opportunity and means to regain its independence and sovereignty, and to control its own destiny, but Texas also has the opportunity to maintain and preserve their separate identity and culture through independence. That whatever else the other states choose to be, “Texas is Texan”.