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On150th anniversary of Texas secession many still believe in state independence

By: Amanda Gomez

In 1861 more than 170 delegates gathered in Austin to decide whether the state should secede and a overwhelmingly amount voted yes. Now, a century and a half later, some people believe Texas should secede again.

A vast majority of the country is currently unhappy with the direction the federal government is headed and blame the government for becoming too powerful. That's one of the reasons some say that Texas should become it's own country.

In 2009, Texas Governor, Rick Perry, was criticized for appearing to support seceding from the United States at a Tea Party rally. However, 150 years ago, then Governor, Sam Houston, warned of "rivers of blood" and a "generation left dead and crippled by war."

Still, Houston's warning was ignored and Texas entered the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy.

Mike Parrish, a History professor at Baylor, says it was a decision that carried heavy consequences.

"Texas paid a heavy price, nearly 100,000 troops served and a great percentage of those were killed or wounded and sent to their graves and that's something we sometimes forget."

Today, the idea of secession is once again garnering national attention. In 2009 Texas secessionists gathered at the state capitol to rally for state independence and groups like The Texas Nationalist Movement were there.

Daniel Miller, President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, one of the largest and oldest secessionist groups in Texas, says secession is a reality.

"Those who believe we can't exist or secede as our own country are just ignoring the facts."

Miller has been fighting for secession for more than 14 years and says he will keep fighting for it, but Parrish says it's not possible for the Lone Star State to separate from the U.S.

"It's a fantasy, It's good political rhetoric. It appeals to a certain segment of the country which values state's rights and resents the growth of the federal government."

Regardless of the many different perspectives on this issue, one thing is clear, it's a debate that won't soon be coming to an end.

"This is something that will continue to come up until we get our independence," said Miller.

Parrish tells us that even students in his classes at Baylor don't object to secession and he believes Texas pride can sometimes carry people off in an unrealistic and even extreme direction.

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