Greetings, everyone! Today is the 184th celebration of the establishment of the Republic of Texas.
Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.
The reason why the Texas state flag is the only one authorized to fly at the same height as the American flag is because Texas was once its own Republic. As a matter of fact, it was not until nine years later that Texas was admitted into the Union, and became a sovereign state of these United States of America.
However, consider this: even to this day, Texas Independence Day is not a statewide holiday. There is reduced staffing, but offices are not closed. This begs the question: how many even know that today is Texas Independence Day? How many people know that 184 years ago, this was day nine of the siege at The Alamo?
Heck, how many residents in Texas even know that Texas was once a Republic, which has its own Declaration of Independence? If I remember correctly, it is the only state in these United States of America that does. She singularly fought and won a revolution, a war of independence.
This is why there is a swagger in Texas. This is why the Lone Star State has a deep meaning, an aura, that is known worldwide . . . a mystique. It is all because from October 2, 1835, through March 6, 1836, it fought for its independence, which was not secured until the 18-minute woodshed whipping put on General Santa Anna and his Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
But, what does Texas Independence mean today?
When you look up the word independence, you see phrases associated with that term such as self-government and self-rule. This is exactly what independence means. It is a mindset that when confronted with the dark specter of tyranny. Whether from the ruling British monarchy, or the despotic dictatorship of General Santa Anna, she refuses to succumb, surrender, retreat, or be subjugated.
Today, still yet, Texas faces a new threat, a new tyranny, that of progressive socialism that would seek to undermine that mindset of Texas independence. The leftism that challenges Texas is not from an external foe; it comes from those who live next door to us, work beside us, and go to sporting events, concerts, and dine with us. Consider that just last week, as we shared, Mayor Big Gulp — aka Mini-Mike — is unleashing $8M and his gun control organizations in Texas. His objective is to replicate what he successfully accomplished in Virginia and institute legislative edicts that are contrary to the gun rights that Texans enjoy. Basically, he wants to take away our independence, our freedom, and our ability to have self-rule. Thus, turning us into subjects, not Texas citizens.
I think we must begin to ask ourselves, and those who advance the leftist ideological agenda, just what does “turn Texas blue” mean?
Texas Independence is all about political, cultural, and financial independence. That is why Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world. Approximately 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters located in Texas.
Texas has enabled the United States of America to be energy independent and a net exporter of oil and gas resources. Texas has its own energy grid. Texas has a landscape unlike any other. Texas has a culture, a history all to itself, a style that cannot be replicated elsewhere. What is vital, essential, and utterly important is that those coming to Texas realize what Texas Independence is all about.
Texas is not going to go backward. We will not surrender to the progressive socialist left, nor the masters of onerous government intrusion in Washington, DC. When those here speak of Texas Independence, it is first about securing that mindset, and if necessary, restoring the Texas Republic.
The insidious notion of “turning Texas blue” is synonymous with making Texas — and Texans — subservient to government control. We all know that the first step to that end is gun control. Anyone who embraces the ideal of a “Blue” Texas means that they do not support, comprehend, or accept Texas Independence. The reason being that the concept of independence starts with the individual, and leftism is all about the collective.
I was born and raised in a state that was one of the original thirteen colonies. Georgia fought in our American Revolution for our national independence. In Georgia, I grew up understanding the proud and rich history of my birth state. Yes, Georgia was once part of the Confederacy, and so was Texas. But, history exists for us to learn from, not destroy. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi, and has 159 counties, second only to the place I call home, Texas, with 254 counties. Amazingly enough, it was a Georgian, Mirabeau Lamar, who became the second President of the Republic of Texas, after a man from Tennessee named Sam Houston.
I guess there are some things that never change: a fella like me, originally from Georgia, educated at the University of Tennessee, residing in Texas. And, yes, showing up at a time such as this to remember, celebrate, and defend Texas Independence.
Heck yeah, God Bless Texas!
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.