Texans seek freedom from the iron fist of Washington- petition for secession, NDAA nullification and more
Texas will have none of the heavy-handedness coming out of Washington, DC, and the Obama administration in particular, as Texas petition the Obama White House to secede, and bills are introduced in the legislature which would nullify the the National Defense Authorization Act and make it unlawful for a TSA agent to touch passengers on public transportation without probable cause.
A petition that was initiated on Nov. 9, was signed by the minimum 25,000 Texans by Monday, to petition the Obama government to peacefully allow the Lone Star State to secede from the union and create their own government.
As of the time of this writing, nearly 75,000 people signed the petition.
The petition states:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
Numerous other petitions for other state’s desire to secede are listed on the We the People- Your Voice in our Government website, but none with the fervor and activity of the Texas petition.
“If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response,” explains the website.
In addition, according to a Tenth Amendment Center news release, the Texas legislature, specifically Texas State Representative Lyle Larson introduced House Bill 149 (HB149), the Texas Liberty Preservation Act. The bill is in great opposition to the Obama signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which some consider one of the greatest constitutional violations in American history.
The bill invalidates two of the most egregious parts of the act. It says sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-81) violate portions of federal law, the United States Constitution, and the Texas Constitution and, as such, are invalid and illegal in this state.
It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-81). Any act to enforce or attempt to enforce those laws is in violation of this subchapter.
But, the Texas legislation takes it a step further than other states, codifying into State law criminal penalties for violation of the act by even federal agents:
A person who is an official, agent, or employee of the United States or an employee of a corporation providing services to the United States commits an offense if the person enforces or attempts to enforce a statute, a rule or regulation, an order, or any law of the United States in violation of this subchapter.
Lastly, the Tenth Amendment Center also announced that Texas Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) pre-filed a bill to stop aggressive TSA groping in the Lone Star State.
The Texas Travel Freedom Act, House Bill 80, would make it a criminal act to intentionally touch “the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing,” without probable cause in the process of determining whether to grant someone access to a public venue or means of public transportation.
The report continues:
The act also provides additional protection for minors.
A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he…removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian of the child or a person standing in the stead of a parent or guardian of the child.
If passed, the law would prevent TSA agents from carrying out the most intrusive pat-down searches at airports across Texas. Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said it only makes sense to put limits on these types of personal searches.
“If you walk up to somebody and grab their crotch out on the street, it will land you in jail. Blue uniforms and federal badges don’t grant some goon the power to sexually assault you, or at least they shouldn’t. A person doesn’t forfeit her or his personal dignity with the purchase of an airline ticket.”