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Miller asks: 'How long will Texans stay in bondage?'

Photos from the "Take Back Texas" rally for San Antonio and Austin-area residents on Saturday
Photos from the "Take Back Texas" rally for San Antonio and Austin-area residents on SaturdayDave Mundy

SAN ANTONIO — The head of the Texas Nationalist Movement compared Texans seeking independence from the United States to the ancient Israelites fleeing slavery in Egypt in the Exodus, asking, “How long will Texas stay in bondage in Egypt?”

Russian emigree Sergei Smed fled the old soviet Union in 1995, but he said when he first heard a speech by Barack Obama, he became a Texas Nationalist becuase "I want to be free."
Russian emigree Sergei Smed fled the old soviet Union in 1995, but he said when he first heard a speech by Barack Obama, he became a Texas Nationalist becuase "I want to be free."Dave Mundy

Daniel Miller made his comments at a “Take Back Texas” rally at the historic Crockett Hotel next door to the Alamo. The event attracted several dozen members from around not only San Antonio, but from elsewhere in the state as well.


“People around the world recognize that Texas is a nation, that Texas has its own culture,” Miller said. “Texas is a nation without a state.”


Miller compared Texans to the Israelites, who according to the Bible endured 40 years of wandering in the wilderness before finally entering the land promised to them by God.


“Why did it take them 40 years? It took the Israelites 40 years to quit being Egyptians,” Miller said. “It took 40 years to purge Egypt from their minds. How long will it take for Texans to purge Washington from their minds?”


The Texas Nationalist Movement seeks to achieve Texas independence through legislative means, and other speakers during the event re-emphasized that point.


TNM membership director Cary Wise said the organization’s 250,000 members need to get mobilized to reach out to other Texans, especially at the local level.


“We need to talk to our county sheriffs, we need to talk to our mayors and our city councils and our school boards,” he said. We’ve got to meet, and we’ve got to meet in large numbers.”


San Antonio resident Robert Smith, who serves as one of the TNM’s “Lone Star Coordinators,” said the biggest obstacle is to overcome ingrained political prejudices, and urged members to “get off the couch.”


“As much as we would like to say let’s save the union, we can’t. We can’t vote in California and Massachusetts,” he said. “This is not a Republican or Democrat thing. The administration before this one was no friend to liberty, either, my friends.”


Perhaps the most poignant point of the afternoon was laid out by Sergei Smed of Ingram. Smed emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1995, but says he is now a dedicated Texas Nationalist.

“I got to San Francisco, I’m thinking that I’m in right country now,” he said. “Then I heard this speech by Mr. Barack Obama and I am back in old Soviet Union. It’s exactly Lenin’s strategy (for revolution). What this man was saying was the same thing. So I found the Texas Nationalist Movement on the Internet and I quit my job and moved to Texas, because I want to be free.”

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