Stunned by the trouncing of Mitt Romney in last week’s election by President Barack Obama, Republicans and other right-leaning groups are scrambling for ways to advance conservative ideals in the face of defeat. The lack of connection to active young voters and a haughty sense of entitlement have made opponents of Obama and other liberals appear to be nothing more than childish brutes. Although many Republican Party leaders have expressed a willingness to cooperate with the returning administration, a startling number of so-called “neo-secessionists” have banded together in a multi-state effort to secede from the United States. So far, the massive state of Texas has drawn the most attention among the 26 states involved in this growing dubious movement.
Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared on FOX News’s “Sean Hannity Show” Tuesday night making the case for secession. Miller aligned himself and those of his group with the conservative values many Obama detractors hoped would be ushered in with a Mitt Romney win.
On Fox News, Miller said:
I think we’re faced with the reality that the Union has fundamentally changed.
We’ve got a federal government that treats states like Texas as a cash cow. It has no regard to the sovereignty of the states; it really treats us merely like an administrative subdivision of the whims of the federal government. We have seen, indeed, the fundamental transformation of what the Union is.
When Hannity probed Miller on the actual reason Texas wants to secede, Miller offered a dizzying answer that suggested that Obama supporters are Marxists:
The fact of the matter is, that there cannot be a union between those that esteem the principles of Karl Marx over the principles of Thomas Jefferson. Here in Texas, we esteem those principles of Thomas Jefferson — that all political power’s inherent in the people. What we have seen given on Tuesday was that a majority of the people in the United States, and the states in which they reside, esteem the principles of Karl Marx over those principles.
Not surprisingly, the Texas Nationalist Movement’s efforts have yielded the desired results, gathering more than 80,000 signatures in a petition to the White House asking to become its own independent government.
Watch news coverage of the Texas petition at 60,000 signatures:
By law, only 25,000 signatures are required to get a response. However, Texas Governor Rick Perry chimed in via a statement on Tuesday, saying that while he doesn’t support secession, he does share the “frustrations” of Miller and others.
Conservative pundits and radio hosts have done their usual xenophobia-fueled rants and aimless bellyaching about the state of the country. And no matter which way they want to look at it, their man didn’t make it despite poll numbers that predicted a narrower race than the one that actually transpired.
With Republican Party leaders using the economy and drumming up often false notions about Obama, voters swung the other way because it was an obvious ploy. The secessionist movement, by most accounts, is overwhelmingly dominated by Whites who are unhappy with the changing demographics in this country (Read: growing number of empowered minorities who are involved in their democracy).
The movement began taking shape in 2003, partly in response to the irresponsible moves made by the Bush Administration during the early 2000s.
Political independence has been the rallying cry of secessionists, but this current crop appears to have a visible disdain for President Obama simply because he’s not the “right” skin tone.
While most secessionists aren’t as openly racist or combative as other conservative extremists, such as the Tea Party, their current “righteous indignation” smacks of racism and bigotry.