We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.
Today in 1836, while patriots fought a battle against a tyrannical government that cared more about control than freedom at the Alamo, a free Republic was born at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos when delegates from across Texas met to declare their independence from Santa Anna’s Mexico. Declaring Texas Independence was not merely a political exercise, but a revolutionary act, one which forever changed the world.
The sixty men who signed the declaration understood that the tyrannical government of was infringing upon their freedoms with every action against the populace. They even clearly understood the life-or-death nature of the struggle, reflected in the inclusion of acknowledgement of American political principles which they had been denied:
“the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the citizen.”
“our arms … are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.“
Every single man who fought and served knew that they were placing their families and futures at grave risk. Knowing that the possibility of failure would mean at best privation, imprisonment and poverty; at worst, death. By signing the Declaration of Independence, the brave Texians acted in the same spirit as the American Founding Fathers had acted 60 years previously. They knew the price of liberty, and yet were willing to pay that ultimate price. Texans today remain committed to Liberty, and it is Texas that shines the way for America, and patriots everywhere.
March 2, 1836.
Happy Texas Independence Day.
Always remember those who paid the price. Always stand for Liberty. Always stand for Texas.