Goliad, or Go Home

The “bloody arm” flag designed by Captain Philip Dimmitt of Texas, 1835

On December 20th, 1835, only a few days after Texian soldiers secured victory over Mexican forces during the siege of Béxar, a Texas garrison under the command of Captain Philip Dimmitt, along with local citizens, formally declared their independence from Mexico in the town of Goliad, Texas. Prior to the battles and events leading up to the declaration, many Texians were hoping that Texas could be admitted into Mexico as a separate state, much like Sonora or Chihuahua, and that the Mexican government under President Antonio López de Santa Anna would stay loyal to the Constitution of 1824, which was violated when he assumed dictatorial powers. However, the bloody conflicts which preceded the Goliad declaration led these former proponents of Texas statehood in Mexico to quickly become staunch advocates of a fully independent nation. To mark the occasion, Captain Dimmitt designed and raised what has since become known as the “bloody arm” flag of Texas (depicted above), symbolizing their defiance in the face of a national government that’s unwilling to stay true to its own laws and constitution.

A Summary of Recent Events

Today, in the year of our Lord 2024, the men and women of Texas continue to struggle against a national government which, rather than adhering to its own Constitutional duty to protect the rights of Texans, is going out of its way to prevent the people and government of Texas from securing their border from an invasion of their sovereign soil. In early January Governor Greg Abbott, fed up with Washington’s subversion of his state’s border security, ordered Texas National Guard soldiers to occupy Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, and denied federal border agents access to the area. Soon afterwards, he issued a statement declaring that the federal government of the United States has broken the compact between the states by not only allowing, but actively facilitating illegal immigration (invasion) into Texas, and that Texas therefore reserves the right to defend its territorial sovereignty as it sees fit. Of course, the federal government isn’t happy with Texas for demonstrating such defiance; several legislators have pushed for the current administration to federalize the Texas National Guard, although it’s unlikely that many Guardsmen, or federal border agents, would comply with such an egregious abuse of executive power. To add insult to injury, the Supreme Court of the Untied States, in a baffling decision, ruled that federal border patrol agents have the right to tear down razor wire being put up by Texas Guardsmen to deter illegal entry across the Rio Grande.

A Constitutional Retrospective

It’s blatant. it’s despicable. The situation thus far is that our national government, acting contrary to its own laws, is choosing to neglect its Constitutional mandate to protect the rights of Texans under Article IV of the Constitution, which states:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

-U.S. Constitution, Article IV, § 4

As argued by Governor Abbott, because Article IV is not being enforced by the federal government, Texas reserves the legal right to Invoke Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution which allows any state to both keep troops and enter into compacts with other states in the event of being “actually invaded” or in a state of “imminent danger as will not admit of delay”:

“No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”

-U.S. Constitution, Article I, § 10, Clause 3,

An argument could be made that the federal government has authority to override Texas’ decision via Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, otherwise known as the “Supremacy Clause”, but it wouldn’t hold up well under legal scrutiny. After all, the Supremacy Clause states that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and as pointed out above, Article IV clearly states that the federal government must protect the states from invasion, and that states have a right to respond to such an invasion themselves, and with the help of other states, if sufficient federal support isn’t provided in accordance with Article I:

All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

-U.S. Constitution, Article VI

It’s both incredible, and sad, that Texans are facing a nearly identical issue as they were in 1835, today. Just as the Mexican Government under Santa Anna chose to ignore the Constitution 0f 1824 and impose tyrannical autocratic rule over Texas colonists and settlers, so too is the United States federal government choosing to ignore the Constitution of 1787 by not only facilitating illegal entry into Texas, but by harboring and financially supporting the invaders. The Texians at Goliad didn’t hesitate to declare their independence and raise the blood-arm banner; whether or not such drastic measures are needed, or warranted, today is yet to be seen.

Custodians of Liberty

A December 19, 2023 report from the Center for Immigration Studies found that 59% of illegal immigrant households utilize welfare, as compared to 39% of U.S.-born households. Although the subject of welfare is one due its own breakdown, in what sane society is it acceptable for native-born taxpayers to subsidize households harboring illegal invaders? Apparently, the answer is our own, and it’s anything but sane. If ones pays taxes in America, they are unwittingly aiding and abetting the invasion of our country. Although we, the people, have Constitutional grounds on which to stand, and must rightfully accuse our elected officials of negligence, are we not also partially, if not wholly responsible for our border predicament? We are the voters, the landowners, the gun-owners. We are the people of these United States who, without whom, a state or union thereof could not even exist! Is it not common sense that America should be for Americans, and the fruit of our labor our own? How foolish have we been to be so blissfully blind towards the treason taking place before our very eyes! Rather than help us and our fellow Americans, our own government has been busy going out of its way to replace us with a new underclass of obedient and willing serfs who, accustomed to having our tax dollars dished out to them, will gleefully obey their hosts for but a bit of bread, and the false promise of an American dream all but dead.

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”

-John Philpot Curran, Irish politician

We, the American people, must act as good stewards and custodians over our liberty. The reason our southern border is so open is because we have failed to take action ourselves, and have instead chosen to believe the lie that our elected leaders have our best interests at heart. If there’s anything anyone can take away from the wisdom of our nation’s founding generation, it’s that government cannot be trusted, and we must keep a close watch on it so as to not be reduced to the status of slave in our own homelands. The Globalists currently occupying Washington, D.C. have it in their mind to do unto America what they are accomplishing throughout Europe by opening the floodgates to the third world: a complete cultural, demographic, and economic displacement of such magnitude that it will rival the fall of Rome. Our liberty cannot be secured through inaction, or by naively assuming that the federal government actually cares about us; it doesn’t care about us, and its actions, or rather lack thereof, concerning the border prove without a doubt that we no longer possess adequate representation in our national Congress. Just recently, House Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Somalian by birth, brazenly articulated her willingness to place her ancestral homeland of Somalia above the interests of the American people. To the sovereign denizens of Minnesota: do her words sound like those of someone choosing to represent Minnesotans, and can she still be regarded as an American? Where one’s treasure is, there their heart is also. One cannot serve two masters; for either they will “hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Our leaders will neither save nor safeguard our liberty; that responsibility is ours, and ours alone.

Forging a Vanguard

Texans must make some difficult decisions, and they must make them soon. Will they continue to stand around and do nothing while their state, foremost amongst others, is invaded by foreigners at the behest of our globalist-compromised, “national” government? Neither they, nor any American for that matter, will be able to afford to sit idly by for much longer. Decisions must be made, actions have to be taken. Unlike in more northern states, the people of Texas cannot afford to ignore the incursion at their doorstep, but remain vigilant. Governor Abbott has rightfully pointed out the federal government’s abhorrent failure to manage the situation at the border, and one can only hope that he will stick to his wits. However, even if Governor Abbott caves to pressure from Washington, the people of Texas must be the ones to shepherd their state back to sovereignty and act even if their actions aren’t sanctioned. If this invasion is allowed to continue, its globalist orchestrators will no doubt use the foreign hordes to conquer us at a fitting time; if not by the polling booths, then by the drugs, violence, and crime they come bearing with them.

Governor Abbott would be wise to muster forth more men for their state garrison, and begin the process of forming a truly formidable vanguard to repel the invasion. Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution is clear: Texas, as an independent state in the Union, possesses the God-given right to keep troops, and ships of war, now in times of peace, and to enter into agreements and compacts with other states outside of the federal government’s purview, because of the fact that the latter has abandoned its responsibilities towards her. Where the assembly seated in Washington refuses to help, the people of Texas and her allies must pick up the slack; so egregious has been Washington’s neglect that, one must wonder, is now not the perfect time for Texans to remember the events that took place in Goliad that auspicious winter day in 1835, and raise the bloody-arm flag once again?

May Texas, along with the other states that have chosen to support her, prevail against both invader and neglecter alike!

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