Friday, December 4, 2009

Now THIS is something we can do without!

Amanda Stinzalis at KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas reports that a 40-year-old Kerrville man is under investigation for impersonating an officer.

Kerrville police spotted the man driving around with three magnetic emblems on the side of his truck. The emblems were circular in shape and said, "Sheriff's Dept of Bexar County" on them. Inside the circle, it said, "Republic of Texas."

The Republic of Texas is a group that believes Texas is its own nation. The group elects all of its own leaders, from President down to county officials. It also elects its own county Sheriff, including one for Bexar County.

When Kerrville police questioned the man about the emblems, he responded, "I am a Sheriff's Deputy for the Republic of Texas, and I answer to my own Sheriff."

This reminds me of the incident in 1996 in which a police officer in Frazeysburg shot in the line of duty a "patriot" who claimed to chief justice of "Our One Supreme Court."

There is only one legitimate government in any state -- the one that was elected by the people of that state in accordance with its Constitution and lawful electoral process. The "sheriff's deputy" in Bexar County has no more legitimacy than if he represented a micronation, and he should be arrested for impersonating an officer.

Secession will occur when the electors of a state vote in referendum (or through a convention) to dissolve the union between that state and the United States; or in an emergency situation, by the legislature of that state. There is no other way, and there should be no other way.

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