Friday, 12 July 2013

Thirty-five per cent favour Re-establishing the Republic of Texas

   Most OROGs know that El Gringo Viejo has become more involved with the movement that would amicably disassociate Texas from the American Union, now that it is established that the value in that Union of marriage, the currency, the bond of truth, local control, the right of self defence, of possession of one's effects and property is totally discounted.    As the American Union, and its central government has moved deeper and deeper into the murkiness of organic law, it has left the citizens of that Union increasingly exposed to capricious harassment by that central government.
     The ever-increasing scope of services, compliances, rules, prohibitions, regulations, and useless meddling in the most minute daily issues facing the common citizen has become burdensome to an extreme.   We are faced now with the imposition of a nationalised health scheme so oppressive that even the people who foisted it upon the American Union do not want to participate in that debacle.   We have been treated to the spectacle of the most highly placed elected Democrat in the lower house of the United States Congress actually saying that ...."We have to pass it (the Obama Socialised Medicine Initiative empowering legislation) in order to find out what's in it."  ...followed by a wide-eyed nodding as if there would follow thunderous applause because of Her Facelift's profundity.   Citizens have a right, certainly, to something better from a Speaker of the House of Representatives.
     The events, as in the case of the grievances against King George III and the British Parliament during the 1770s and the grievances against Presidents Bustamante and Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the Mexican Congress in the 1820s and 1830s were more than similar.    In many ways, the offenses against the citizenry during these days are more grievous, due to the fact that they are so insidious.  Inch by inch, day by day, deception and intrusion, unpaid and forced central government mandates support people and programs that are designed to foster sloth and dependency.
    Some may cry, "Peace, Peace".
It is no secret that the Texas Nationalist Movement is "people focused". It is evident in our never-ending quest to connect with other Texans who are seeking independence and to convince those who are still "on the fence". It is why we have meetings all over Texas every week, spend an overwhelming amount of our budget on outreach and are always asking people to join the organization.
Most folks get it. Some don't.
At the heart of any plan to achieve the mission of the Texas National Movement must be the people. This is articulated in Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution and is scientifically proven. A "critical mass" of Texas Nationalists must be reached to achieve the "tipping point".
The Tipping Point
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.
“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”

There are two (2) important factors in the RPI research.
"Unshakable belief"
10% of population
By applying the standards set forth by RPI, we can firmly establish the necessary actions required to accomplish our mission.
The measure of the TNM's progress to the "tipping point" is in people. But it's not just any people. It is measured in people of "unshakable belief".
un·shak·a·ble  /ˌənˈSHākəbəl/ Adjective:
1.(of a belief, feeling, or opinion) Strongly felt and unable to be changed:
2.Unable to be disputed or questioned.
For us, these are people that are firm in the mission, vision and values of Texas Nationalism. They can articulate the mission, vision and values and live them daily. They are committed to the cause and cannot be discouraged. In the Texas Nationalist Movement our unshakability is measured by our level of engagement.
In the TNM, engagement is measured by a four-part test.
The Numbers
image008The science produced by RPI applies to entire populations and population subsets. Here is their findings applied to the Texas Nationalist Movement. 

Total Population:
Voting Age Population:
Voting Eligible Population:
Voter Turnout:
Acknowledging that out of these numbers voter turnout is the best indicator of the potential engagement in our cause and applying the 10% figure from RPI's findings, we arrive at the total number of Texas Nationalists required to reach the "tipping point". 

Where are we now? Recent polling shows support of Texas independence at approximately 35%. While our internal polling shows it to be higher this provides us with a good starting point to determine how many in Texas are ready for us to win.
With these numbers there are approximately 2.8 million potential Texas Nationalists.
The Breakdown
We are always looking for people who share our mission, vision and values.
When we are asking for members, we are asking to connect. We are asking for people to join with us to help us build a nation. We are asking for people to shoulder their share of responsibility to make this happen. We are asking for Texans who believe in the greatness of an independent Texas and are willing to do something to make it happen.
The "tipping point" is more than some recruiting goal. It is the one concrete thing that must be achieved to gain and maintain our independence. It gives us the critical mass to achieve and forevermore maintain the political, cultural and economic independence of Texas.

This is just something for OROGs to gnaw on.
El Gringo Viejo