Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave The Union

Daniel Miller is President of the Texas Nationalist Movement and has been an outspoken advocate for Texas independence since 1996. As the head of one of the largest and most influential political organizations in Texas, Miller has extensively researched and engaged the issue of self-determination, not just for Texas, but as part of a growing global trend.

He has been featured on every major news network and been interviewed by every major newspaper in Texas and around the world. A featured guest on FoxNews, CNN, CNBC, BBC News, RT-TV and many other news outlets, Miller has been a vocal proponent of a fundamental reexamination of the relationship between all states in the Federal union.

In 2011 he authored Line in the Sand, his first book, which addresses the roots of Texas Nationalism and the practical implications of national self-identity for Texans. Taken from years of experience, Line In The Sand, has become a primer in the fundamentals of Texas Nationalism.

Miller, a sixth generation Texan, was born and raised in Northeast Texas and currently resides in Southeast Texas with his wife, Cara. Both avid Texas Music fans, Daniel and Cara operate Radio Free Texas, one of the first online outlets for independent music created in Texas.


What is the book about?
Texit is a thorough examination of the underlying motivations for those who support Texas leaving the union. It also lays out, in very realistic and practical terms, how it could be done, the obstacles that have prevented it from happening thus far, and what a Texit would actually look like.

What is Texit?
Texit is a term that has become used as shorthand for the movement for Texas to exit the United States. It’s simply a mashup of ‘Texas’ and ‘exit’. This type of mashup has been common since it was first introduced during the Greek Eurozone crisis and the concerns over a Grexit from the European Union. It became popularized during the British referendum on leaving the EU, which came to be known simply as Brexit.

Why did you write this book?
Although the idea of Texit has entered into the political mainstream, there has never been an adequate explanation of the concept. Consequently, the debate has not been elevated in proportion to its level of support. Instead, those who support it have been reduced to shouting ‘SECEDE!’, and those opposed have only been required to answer with, “You can’t do that.” This book is important in that it gives real answers to real questions and addresses the most common misconceptions about the issue.

How much support is there for Texit?
Third-party polling over the past several years has shown consistent growth in support for the move. Well over half of Texas Republicans, half of the independent voters, and one-third of Democrats support Texit. The Texas Nationalist Movement, the leading proponent of Texas, is one of the largest political organizations in Texas, the second largest independence organization in the western hemisphere, and one of the largest in the world. The idea of a formal Texit vote was even heavily debated and nearly passed at the largest political party convention in the world in 2016, the state convention of the Republican Party of Texas.

How is Texas negatively impacted by being in the union?
Texans are currently subjected to over 180,000 pages of Federal laws, administered by 440 separate agencies, and nearly 2 million unelected Federal bureaucrats. Texans pay between 340-400 billion dollars in state and federal taxes annually. Texans pay the federal government an average of $265 billion annually, yet they only spend an average of $162 billion in Texas. Texans overpay an average of $100-$120 billion annually into the federal bureaucracy. At the current level that Texans are paying to both the federal government and the state government, an independent Texas could preserve and maintain every program, every job, current military enlistment, every department, every facility, every military base, every function, and every contract with no reductions. Texans would enjoy a massive surplus of revenue which could be used to fund additional national functions or to give significant tax relief to Texans.

Is Texit legal?
There is nothing in the United States Constitution, the Texas Constitution or federal law that prevents a State from exiting the union. With the United States Constitution silent on the issue, the power is reserved to the State of Texas. Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution reserves the power to alter, reform or abolish our form of government to the people of Texas. Critics often cite the Supreme Court case of Texas v White to declare any State leaving the union as illegal. In doing so, they ignore the deficiencies in the ruling, as well as over 150 years of additional court precedent, treaty law, and foreign policy that upholds the right of self-determination and overturns Texas v White.

How likely is this to happen?
Despite the protests of those who insist that it will never happen, there is a fundamental shake-up happening in the United States. There can be no doubt that what people think of as ‘America’ is more politically, culturally, and economically divided than it has ever been, and that the divide is wider now than ever. Add to that an almost universal distrust of all federal institutions, a contempt for the bureaucrats that run them, the global trend toward self-determination, and the growth and political legitimization of Texit, and you have Texit virtually guaranteed.

What message should people in other States get from this book?
The arguments on how the federal system has failed are not unique to Texas. While this book focuses on Texit, at its core it challenges everyone in every State to fundamentally examine the relationship between their State and the rest of the United States. It offers a glimpse at a path forward for everyone, with concerns about how they are governed, and it empowers them to offer a legitimate solution that has already been employed by 192 other countries in the world - independence.

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