A group of secessionists who think that Texas should be its own country had their meeting broken up by federal agents last month.
The Republic of Texas is a group dedicated to the idea that Texas should be restored as an independent republic. According to the group’s leaders, they are not a militia group as the media have called them, and they stress using lawful means to push for their goals.
According to WorldNet Daily, the Republic of Texas “maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.”
On February 14, about 60 group members had gathered to discuss currency, international relations and to celebrate the birthday of one of the oldest members. A few minutes into the meeting, a couple of dozen armored officers from local law enforcement, the Texas district attorney’s office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI swarmed in and detained all the meeting participants.
The group’s members were searched and fingerprinted. The officials seized all cellphones and recording devices. The warrant allowed for the seizure of all computers, storage media, cell phones and documents.
The McGuffin for all of this, as Alfred Hitchcock used to refer to blatant plot devices, was some allegedly “simulated court document” issued by a couple of group members summoning a judge and a banker to appear before the Republic of Texas to discuss a case of bankruptcy.
Obviously, issuing your own brand-name “court” documents to a judge and a banker isn’t a good idea, even if you can get a Republic of Texas “judge” to sign off on it. Still, the response was the very definition of overreaction.
Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, who led the operation, determined that a “show of force” was necessary, presumably to send a message to that Republic of Texas army that’s hiding somewhere out there in the hills.
“You can’t just let people go around filing false documents to judges trying to make them appear in front of courts that aren’t even real courts,” he said.
Because next thing you know, people might start thinking for themselves, acting independently, tossing Common Core out of schools, making fiat currency under the fraudulent practice of fractional reserve lending … wait, banks already do that one. But you get the idea.
Now I’m all in favor of keeping Texas in the U.S., but I hardly think that a couple of pieces of paper issued by some wishful thinkers is cause to go all SEAL Team 6 on a group of politically frustrated Americans.
These don’t sound like domestic terrorists plotting to blow up a bridge, a species of agitator we have plenty of in this country, mostly of the “Allahu akbar” variety.
This sounds like a group that was merely exercising its rights. Freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, redress of grievances, etc. Does any of that sound familiar to Texas law enforcement?
If Sheriff Hierholzer wants to protect his county from groups of people breaking the law, I’m sure there’s no end of lawbreakers passing through town from south of the border in his neck of the woods.
But then again, maybe he’s too busy with plans to bust up a local sewing circle. I hear those folks can get pretty darn independently minded.