It’s most likely headed for the legislative chipper to be spit out along with lots of other bad ideas. But don’t laugh, Biedermann and his backers are serious. And, as I told you in my recent column about their Jan. 21 virtual town hall meeting, they’re also potentially problematic, too.
HB 1359 is pretty simple. If approved by the Texas House and Senate and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (each of which is unlikely), the Nov. 2 ballot would include this nonbinding referendum question: "Should the legislature of the State of Texas submit a plan for leaving the United States of America and establishing an independent republic?”
No, it shouldn't. But a Biedermann press release announcing the bill filing says there are “indications that the Republic of Texas would not just survive, but thrive as an independent nation.”
“Voters of all political persuasions in Texas can agree on one thing, Washington D.C. is and has been broken,” Biedermann said in the statement. “Our federal government continuously fails our working families, seniors, taxpayers, veterans and small business owners. For decades, the promises of America and our individual liberties have been eroding. It is now time that the people of Texas are allowed the right to decide their own future. This is not a left or right political issue. Let Texans Vote!”