New Poll Suggests That the Dutch Favor Leaving the EU

Read the original posting here: https://texianpartisan.com/new-poll-suggests-dutch-favor-leaving-eu/

In the wake of Brexit and similar independence movements throughout Europe, a new survey suggests that “exit” fever has hit the Dutch!

According to a poll conducted by the Maurice de Hond group, 56 per cent of the Dutch (after excluding the undecided) would “vote to leave the EU compared to 44 per cent who would opt for remain.” This is true across age and Gender, varying only a little between groups.

Per an article that ran in the Express, the rise in popularity for a NEXIT in the Netherlands owes to the inclusion an option in that poll for political independence while maintaining some economic ties to Europe. For many, this was a more palatable choice, allowing some to give their support for independence whereas before they were unwilling to do so. These findings are significant and could have huge ramifications for the Dutch in their upcoming elections.

Reinvigorated nationalism seems to be a trend in the world, moving it away from the favoring of multi-nation governance. Even in Texas and other states, similar polls have found that a huge number of citizens believe that their states would be better off if separated from the government in Washington. A 2014 Reuters poll found that the percentages favoring independence were as great as 50% among the two biggest voting blocs (Republicans and Independents), and even 35% of Democrats think that Texas should be independent once more. Yet, somewhat counterintuitively, this kind of support is not often met with politicians trying to exploit it. Unlike countries like Britain, France, and the Netherlands, there are few candidates in Texas that will openly support independence. However, with numbers like these, the question remains, “How long can the government in Austin continue to snub this issue?” If these trends continue, the issue of independence will continue to grow until it’s impossible to ignore. The political establishment should take note; it could be that future Texas political candidates, perhaps even for governor, might run successfully on the cause of restoring Texas sovereignty while their generation goes down in failure, with the naive belief that the idea of Texit will just go away.

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Oklahoma May be Leaving the Door Open for Secession

(Graphic by Darwinek)

It’s a 2-fer! A second article in same day! Original posting link below.

https://texianpartisan.com/oklahoma-may-leaving-door-open-secession/

If you’ve been following the Texian Partisan, you might have read the recent story about North Carolina State politicians who proposed removing secession prohibitions from their state’s constitution, clearing the way for a vote on independence. Well, NC is by no means the only or the first state to have their officials openly considering this.

Enter Senator Joseph Silk. This Oklahoma politician suggested that, during the 2017 legislative session, Oklahoma remove a portion of Section I-1 of the state’s constitution. “Which portion?” you may ask. Well, in the area where it says, “The State of Oklahoma is an inseparable part of the Federal Union,” he thinks they should lose that bit where it says “inseparable.” Quoted in an article appearing on AOL, Senator Silk said, “’Clearly, our founding fathers believed that no people or group of people should be inseparably bound politically to another.’”

If such a resolution is passed, it would leave yet another state with a possible exit strategy from the Union. And while the Senator doesn’t believe that Independence is something Oklahoma needs immediately, the fact that he and a growing number of legally elected state officials are openly speaking about it and making motions in the direction of independence is a good indicator of growing general dissatisfaction in the US federal government.

Ideas like independence are typically accompanied by the usual suspects of nay-saying, people that think such things could never happen in modernity. The afore-mentioned article quotes one such person. Nevertheless, such pronouncements on the impossibility of secession seem to be more wishful thinking than informed analysis. It’s a common fantasy to believe that one is living at the end of history, standing on the pinnacle of humanity, and that our future is one of global governance rather than many national identities. No doubt, every successful civilization has had similar notions. However, it’s important to note that while human achievement and knowledge has advanced immensely through the millennia, human nature and needs largely have not. The real lesson of history is that governments come and, when the people chafe under them, they go. And the larger a bureaucracy gets, the more removed it becomes from those it governs. If the governed are acutely aware of this, it’s their tendency to prefer and seek their own governance to that of an increasingly alien power, even if that power doesn’t think of itself as “alien.” Until human nature changes, we’ll have to put off the Star Trek future for later. Sorry Scotty.

What has been common throughout history will be again. Nationalism is on the rise, and while it may not be the bloody ordeal it has been in times past (now relegated to the ballot box), it is still a common factor of today’s body politic. Consider the recent Brexit from the EU, or the fact that the world has expanded from 72 countries in 1945, to this day’s 196 (If you count Taiwan). It’s only a matter of time until this historical and global phenomenon returns to our continent. If the United States continues to govern outside it’s constitutionally granted sphere of authority, it won’t be long before the first US states decide they’d rather govern themselves than continue to outsource their sovereignty to an apparatus that doesn’t share their values or concerns and remains content to ignore them… except on Tax Day, mid-term elections, and during the race for the White House.

– Ryan Thorson

North Carolina May be Taking a Step Towards Independence

Photo attribution: By User:Zscout370 – File:Flag of North Carolina.svg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8385017

Here’s my latest article published in the Texian Partisan!

https://texianpartisan.com/north-carolina-may-taking-step-towards-independence/

 

North Carolina has a history of chaffing under its federal yoke. Those of us in Texas definitely know what they’re concerned with, such as the disrespect Washington shows for our democratic/republican process; the way it inserts itself into our lives, even in the most mundane areas; and the way it tries to shape our values against our will. Well, NC might be making a move to solve their problems with the federal bureaucracy, and permanently. North Carolina is considering re-legalizing secession in their state.

 

Many are under the impression that Lincoln winning the Civil War, a conflict that NC found itself on the losing side, ended any question of secession. However, this is not any more accurate than it is in a hypothetical case of a local sheriff appropriating someone’s house under false pretenses. His residing there owes more to his title and the gun on his hip than to any legal or moral authority that he may have.

 

The supreme law of US is the Constitution, and it assigns only limited authority to the federal government, outlining certain enumerated powers that are its alone. To punctuate this limitation we have the tenth amendment, which states that the “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Just in case there are any politicians reading this, I will simplify it. If the Constitution doesn’t explicitly give the federal government a power over the states, it doesn’t have it. Also, if the Constitution doesn’t explicitly forbid the states a power, then the states or the individual citizenry retain that power; this would include the power to leave the Union. Seems simple, right? Well it is, the logically/legally tortured Supreme Court decision, Texas v. White, notwithstanding. And even though politicians and judges have built careers on implementing or mitigating unconstitutional DC actions, that only means the law is being ignored, not that their actions are justified.

 

There is only one way for secession to be legally eliminated as an option for the people of any state, and that’s if they themselves give it up. This could come in a form of a ratified COTUS amendment or, as North Carolina has done, in a state constitutional restriction of that power. However, there seems to be enough discontent with the overreach of the federal government that the state is possibly rethinking the wisdom of such a decision.

 

According to an article from The News & Observer, Republicans (George Cleveland, Larry Pittman, and Michael Speciale) in NC’s House of Representatives proposed a bill to create a 2018 referendum that, if passed, would remove Article I sec. 4 of their state Constitution that says, “This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation, shall be resisted with the whole power of the State.” This, combined with a few other planned tweaks to the CONC, would clear the only obstacle to NC leaving the Union and reclaiming her own independence.

 

A growing amount of states and citizens are now seriously considering full or partial independence measures. With such a trend, you’d think that the US government would be more motivated to make substantial reforms of federal power, but this is not the case. In fact, it is not altogether certain that such necessary changes to preserve freedom and avert the Union’s demise through fiscal mismanagement are even possible in its current sorry state. Even top-down invasive measures like Obamacare, far from being repealed already as was thought likely, the conversation has turned to how much of this unconstitutional law will the new Republican government retain.

 

As the US government seems locked-in to an authoritarian track, more and more states are realizing that their best option for preserving their freedom and economic solvency is independence. If North Carolina moves ahead with reviving the option of secession, for lack of true reform in DC, I guarantee that it won’t be the last.

New President, Same Problems, Same Bad Solutions.

Well, it’s official. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. The electoral votes have been certified and the 2016 election is over. So what does this mean? Well, apart from the fact that there’ll be fewer political ads, not much.

For those (both hopeful and lamenting) expecting that Trump will usher in the Fourth Reich, you will be disappointed/relieved. For those hoping for substantive change in the way of reducing the power of the federal government over the lives ordinary citizens, for a new age of fiscal and personal responsibility, and for a renaissance of the Constitution and the ascendency of individual liberty over group entitlements, you also will quickly be disabused of such ridiculous notions.

The ensconced brokers of power are all still there, playing the same game, taking and giving nothing back. Zilch will be done about the problem of government, it’s just that the infernal machine will get a new pair of hands, pulling the levers that control our lives. Donald will do his deals with the ruling class, but don’t be surprised if you won’t be favorably included in them. The age of Trump will be not unlike the age of Obama. We will have a President who respects the application of power, not necessarily the traditions of the country nor the limitations of law. The President wants what he wants, and he’ll get it legally, if he can, but he’ll get it.

High on the Trump agenda will be some kind of a infrastructure bill, spending a lot of money that we don’t have, and doing as little good as when Obama tried it. Also, the Trump daughter’s pet entitlement program will be passed, another permanent leech on an already desiccated budget. And lest we forget, Trump will get his tariffs, which are the political equivalent of threatening to slit your own throat if your opponent doesn’t play fair. How would you like to pay four times the price you currently pay for your iPhone? Who wouldn’t?

In the end, the federal government will expand its power, balloon its debt, adversely affect commerce, and hope that the generation that pays the piper for all this can handle it while also funding our retirements. At $200 trillion in unfunded mandates and counting, I wish the little tykes luck!

Very little of any substance will change under this new regime. The car is still careening towards the cliff, only this time it’s the Democrat’s turn to feel bad about it. 2016 is the year the right officially un-friended the truth in exchange for the same feels-driven politics we used to criticize the left for. I imagine, the results will be just as spectacular.

If you are looking for real solutions to any of these existential national problems, you won’t find them in a President nor anywhere in DC. Too many voters and even leaders are too unprincipled and too uneducated about the issues to change any of this. And of those left who know better, they are more desirous of being a part of power than making tough choices that could save the US for future generations. The solution will have to come from the sovereign states.

For the people of Texas, we had better decide quickly whether it’s better to be a sad witness to a enormous car-crash or a passenger in that careening car. That cliff is getting closer each day, the steering is locked, and the breaks don’t work. Texas has everything it needs to be a successful independent nation including the legal right. Now it remains to be seen if we have the will and courage to act. We don’t have much time left to vacillate on this. Either we crash and burn or we tuck and roll.

-Ryan Thorson

Texit? Meet The Folks Making The Push For The Second Biggest State In The US To Secede

Here’s an article by the Daily Caller about the Texas Nationalist Movement featuring me and some of the other good folks at TNM!

Texit? Meet The Folks Making The Push For The Second Biggest State In The US To Secede

TNM TAKES #TEXIT TO EUROPE THIS WEEK

Here’s another article I wrote for the Texas Nationalist Movement!

http://www.thetnm.org/tnm_takes_texit_to_europe_this_week?recruiter_id=2167

 

And here’s where it was noticed, again, by the Houston Chronicle… and dismissed… again!

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Texit-on-tour-Texas-secessionist-invited-to-9969125.php

Although, I’m happy they noticed my calling them out on naming TNM President Daniel Miller as “Dennis Miller.” This morning that’s been corrected, so good on them!