Happy Texas Independence Day! Eat some tacos, listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan from this 1983 performance in our state’s capital, and sign all your emails today with “Victory or Death!”
You can also reflect on these words from the Texas Declaration of Independence, penned by George Childress and signed by all 59 delegates to the emergency convention in Washington on the Brazos on this date 187 years ago:
“Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is therefore submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazardous but unavoidable step now taken, of severing our political connection with the Mexican people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth…
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 vested 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.”
And, finally, take a look at this list of more colorful Texas sayings than you can shake a stick at. Might as well, can’t dance.