The following is a statement from the Texas Nationalist Movement condemning yesterday’s comments by President Trump on seizing weapons without due process.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump, while in a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, said the following regarding governmental authorities maintaining the due process rights of American citizens while assessing possible, similar future threats:
“… take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that’s another system, because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures, I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. … To go to court would have taken a long time. So, you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.”
The Texas Nationalist Movement condemns this, and similar statements made by President Trump. The President does not have the legitimate authority to suspend our rights under the Constitution, no matter what good intentions he may have for doing so. Whether his comments were made out of ignorance or indifference to the enumerated powers that restrict federal authority, who can say? However, if what he suggested were implemented by Washington, it would represent one of the biggest violations of our liberties by any American President, undermining our right to due process and our protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, not to mention our right to bear arms.
In practice, the government in Washington has for a long time existed outside the powers prescribed to it by the Constitution. No branch of the federal government is guiltless of this, but this is especially true of the executive, which has become a defacto elected Monarch: doing what he wants, asking constitutional questions later… if ever. And much like Barack Obama before him, President Trump is now signaling that the rules that restrict presidential power don’t apply to him, if he wishes.
President Trump’s statement, combined with the accumulation of sustained violations of the Constitution, individual rights, and state rights by the federal government, only reinforces the importance of the mission of Texas Nationalist Movement: to promote a state-wide referendum on Texas independence. Restoration of limited government and traditional liberties will never happen under this increasingly autocratic Union. If the people of Texas would be free, there is only one way. We must exercise our right under the ninth and tenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution and article one, sections one and two of the Texas Constitution, canceling our membership in the Union and returning to full sovereignty. There can be little doubt, doubling down on the status-quo of either party will only continue our inevitable slide towards the complete loss of the liberties guaranteed to every American. Texas must act soon, or risk losing all.