TNM’s Legislative Action Workshop, an online “series to prepare you for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature” just kicked off on December 7th with a presentation by TNM President Daniel Miller. Over the following series of articles, beginning with Daniel’s talk, we will give a brief overview of each topic discussed, highlighting the major ideas.
Entitled, “The Main Thing: Legislative Priorities of the TNM,” Miller’s presentation began with a note about the momentous occasion of this series of online talks, with hopes that they’d be useful in making a difference for Texas. Additionally, he went on to note that TNM’s legislative priorities were not strictly limited to the topics discussed, though rooted to them and to the creed that “‘Texas is a free and independent state,’” a principle that, “By and large, every Texan should be able to agree with.” Also, Miller added that their goal of a TEXIT referendum should not overshadow the need for “independence” to be viewed, “not as an act, but as a state of being,” requiring continued vigilance and ongoing political action within the independence pillars of polity, culture, and economy.
Political independence remains an important goal of the TNM, and getting a BREXIT-style referendum for Texas to leave the U.S. is perhaps the first objective of the organization. Resigning this dysfunctional Union is the only way to redress grievances inflicted by the unconstitutional imbalance between Washington and the states, and a plebiscite on leaving or staying in the Union is the only way for the people of Texas (who generally agree Texas should return to full sovereignty) to have their say on this.
The comprehensive act on a referendum (still awaiting introduction in the Texas Legislature) will help to make known the will of the people and provide guidance for Texas’ withdrawal from the Union. However, some features of the bill may be broken out into separate study bills and passed individually, such as dealing with campaign finance and election integrity or an in depth look into the obligations of the federal government to Texas and how it has upheld or neglected those same obligations.
The Alamo, UNESCO, Preserving Texas Monuments, & Political Parity
Preserving the Alamo and its narrative of resistance to government tyranny has long been a principle advanced by the TNM. Though they’ve had goals met (such as reclaiming the full Alamo footprint, the establishment of an Alamo museum at the site, restricting vehicle traffic and vendors from the site, etc.), there yet remain threats to this shrine of Texas Liberty.
The current masterplan to preserve the Alamo is somewhat of a “Trojan Horse.” Though it provides for many of the things the TNM has long supported, it also includes efforts to reshape the story in such a manner as to minimize the importance of the 1836 battle and recast the sacrifice of the defenders as something less than heroic.
To the end of preserving the traditional narrative of the Alamo, the TNM supports legislation removing the Alamo from under GLO’s inappropriate and contentious authority, placing it under Texas Parks and Wildlife as with the other Texas revolutionary sites. Such a bill would also return the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to a managerial status on the site. Passing this bill would remove much of the controversy and political danger for the Alamo.
In addition to previously suggested legislation, the TNM supports withdrawal from the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site program, returning all authority and influence on the Alamo to Texas and away from the U.N. and U.S. federal government; passage of the Monument Protection Act, to prevent the unilateral toppling of Texas’ historical monuments (including the Alamo Cenotaph); and parity for Texas with the federal government in regard to equal presentation of the Texas flag, pledge, etc. with the federal equivalent at state government sites and events.
Texas Gold Depository
This past year saw the completion of the Texas Gold Depository, an event the TNM has worked very hard for. However, in addition to waiting on the repatriation of Texas’ gold, part of the bill that created the depository called for “the establishment of a method of electronic transaction.” That has yet to be fulfilled. As this system provides a “roadmap” for a Texas currency, TNM supports getting that lawful provision fully implemented, even with additional legislation, if necessary.
You can watch the video of this session below.