Members of the Texas Nationalist Movement say, if they get enough petition signatures, Texans will be able to decide if our state should secede from the union.
The group will be collecting signatures in Tyler on Saturday.
"We want to give Texans the opportunity to experience the freedom and liberty that Americans once had," said Shawn Bradley, the Smith County coordinator for the Texas Nationalist Movement, a nonprofit association seeking Texas independence.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Texas can stand on it's own in this world and be a leader in the world," Bradley says.
First, the group has to get around 100,000 signatures on a Texas independence petition.
"It's going to put on the Republican primary ballot the question, 'should Texas consider becoming an independent nation?'"
Bradley says concerns about our country's direction fuel his group's desire to secede from the union.
"We all have common concerns about the embracing of socialism, the degradation of our economy through massive debt and inflationary monetary policies."
He understands not everyone agrees, but he sites the Texas Constitution as the reason Texans should have the choice.
"All political power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority. This is why we're going to the people because that is the source of all political power in our society," Bradley says.
He hopes people on both sides can agree on the right to vote on Texas independence.
We contacted our local representatives, State Senator Kevin Eltife and Congressman Louie Gohmert, among others, about the Texas independence movement. However, none of them wanted to comment on this issue.
Bradley responded to their silence by saying, "I think that will change when I think there is enough evidence of popular support for the idea. When the people make it known they want this, then the politicians will follow suit."
The group's petition signing will be Saturday from 9am-3pm at the corner of Loop 323 and Highway 155 in Tyler.
To learn more about the Texas Nationalist Movement, click here.