The Republican Party of Texas has finally released its 2022 platform and the vote totals for each plank. Nearly 90% support a vote on TEXIT.
A previous version of this story reported the percentage as 90.08% for Plank 225 based on information provided by the Republican Party of Texas. Due to errors in their reporting of the final platform and the vote counts, we have adjusted this article accordingly. Here are links to download the platform and the vote totals provided by the RPT.
After a two-and-a-half-week delay, the RPT has released its platform, and the delegate vote totals for each plank. The Texas Nationalist Movement has been eagerly awaiting the results of the vote for two planks that expressly call for a vote on TEXIT.
The call for a TEXIT vote came in Planks 33 and 225. The strongest of the two numbered initially as Plank 224, was renumbered as Plank 225 due to a last-minute addition of a plank earlier in the platform at the convention.
Plank 33 reads:
“33. State Sovereignty: Pursuant to Article 1, Section 1, of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Therefore, federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas should be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified. Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”
Plank 225 reads:
“225. Texas Independence: We urge the Texas Legislature to pass a bill in its next session requiring a referendum in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”
Plank 33 and 225 passed with 88.64% and 80.17% support from the delegates. Therefore, a vote on TEXIT is now the official position of the Republican Party of Texas.
The TEXIT planks outperformed other core and hot-button Republican issues such as the Convention of the States (78.9%), Border Security and Immigration (85.64%), and Prosecution of Election Fraud (83.95%).
Support at the convention was evident even before the vote was taken. When interviewed at the convention, Joshua Stambaugh, a delegate from Senate District 22 and the TNM’s Local Coordinator in Waco, experienced the overwhelming support first-hand. “I can tell you, here at the convention, everyone I’ve talked to, and I’ve talked to at least 100 people, only one didn’t support our movement.”
The TNM has said for years that Texas is at a tipping point and that Texans want to express their right to self-government in a TEXIT vote. 90% of the largest political convention in the world, representing the dominant political party of Texas, have spoken.
While the opposition and political establishment continue to push the narrative that TEXIT is a fringe idea pushed by a vocal minority of Texans, they have again been exposed as abject liars or woefully out-of-touch with Texas voters.
State Representative Kyle Biedermann, the author of House Bill 1359, the Texas Independence Referendum Act in the 87th legislative session, expressed his lack of surprise at the result.
“Republican voters have overwhelmingly made their voices heard and want a vote on Texas independence. I knew this when I filed the bill. Unfortunately, most of my colleagues tried to deny it. There’s no denying it now.”
Nate Smith, the Executive Director of the TNM, signaled what this means for the organization’s efforts moving toward the next legislative session.
“After personally visiting with over 1000 Texas voters this past year gathering signatures on a petition to place this on a primary election ballot, it’s no surprise to see support from 90% of convention delegates. The majority of Texans clearly want a chance to have their voice heard on this issue at the ballot box. Any elected official would be snubbing their nose at Texans (and be unlikely to get re-elected) if they did not sign onto a bill in this next session calling for a TEXIT referendum in 2023.”