I had the opportunity to attend a petition drive by the Texas Nationalist Movement for Texas to secede from the United States this Saturday, October 26th. It was a small operation with only two members present when we pulled up. Shortly thereafter another member showed up to help with drive. These members were all volunteers and not being paid for their time. A small table was set up with two flags attached to it. My expectations were low when I saw what the set up looked like. In addition, the location of their petition drive was on the corner of a lot that was once the parking lot of an old store that had been closed down and leveled. I thought to myself. Who would drive in here and sign a petition?
In marketing, the more you can take the product to the people the better chances of gaining interest. In this set up, the interested parties would have to go out of their way and fight traffic to turn into the parking lot to sign. I was in for a shock. The interest was high. People were taking time out of their day and fighting traffic to pull into this old parking lot to sign a PETITION that they didn't know anything about until they talked to one of the TNM volunteers.
Up until now, the news media has made a joke of this idea as Glenn Beck did during his interview with Daniel Miller, the president of TNM and how the professor scoffed at the idea in his interview in the Houston’s local channel news, Channel 2. They have scoffed and laughed at the idea. But I watched as the people poured in to sign the petition and when they didn’t pull in, they honked their horns as they passed by to show their sign of support.
What if Texas does secede from the Union? Of course, lawmakers are not in favor of this. What would happen to the U.S. Senate seats, where Ted Cruz and Senator Coryn would lose their jobs as well as the many U.S. State Representatives? What will the new nation’s government look like? More on these questions later.