State Rep. Leo Berman Sponsoring Secession Rally

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Why does Leo Berman hate America?
State Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler has already gained notoriety for introducing a birther bill in the legislature, but he's not done yet.

Now he's sponsoring a rally on the capitol steps that is calling for Texas to secede from the United States.

The announcement of the rally begins:

South Sudan. Egypt. Could Texas be next?

Following the recent popular vote which led to the peaceful, successful secession of South Sudan and the massive popular protests which led to a relatively-peaceful change of government in Egypt, leaders of the movement pushing for Texas independence believe their time has come.

State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) will serve as legislative sponsor for a Texas Independence Rally on the south steps of the state capitol in Austin March 5 as part of the 175th anniversary of Texas independence.

Bold.

We've got a call in to Berman, but Dave Mundy, the spokesman for the Texas Nationalist Movement, tells Hair Balls that the rep's sponsorship doesn't necessarily mean he's calling for the state to leave the union.

"When the legislature is in session, in order to have any type of rally on the steps of the capitol there has to be a legislative sponsor, and in this case Representative Berman has generously consented to help us out on that," he says.

So does that mean's he's endorsing the message?

"I don't know if he's endorsing -- you'll probably have to ask him directly," he says. "I think in the past he has taken a pretty strong stance in favor of state sovereignty, but I don't know that he's gone over to the independence side just yet...It's kind of hard to get a legislator to come all the way over to that side without having 17,000 people in front of them screaming."

Well, yeah, what with the whole "being traitors and hating America" part of it.

TNM president Daniel Miller is clear:

The southern part of Sudan seceded from its parent nation, and the United States supported that peaceful transition and self-determination of the people. Now we've seen Egypt begin to transition toward a more democratic form of government, free of tyranny, with the blessing of the U.S. It is time for the people of Texas to claim the nationhood that our unique culture demands. It is time for the people of Texas to have their own say in self-determination.

Update: We've heard from Berman, who wants to make it clear he's not supporting Texas seceding from the U.S., even though he's sponsoring the rally.

"They have to have a legislative sponsor, and I'm willing to do that for just about anyone in order to let them be heard," he said. "But I very strongly do not support secession."

He says he has "no qualms" about supporting a secession rally. Is there any group out there whose message is so far out, so radical and dangerous that he would refuse to be a legislative sponsor for them?

"I"m very, very, very strongly pro-life," he says. "So I would not support an abortion-type rally."



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Hghd
Hghd

Might benefit this fuckin dildo racist to also know that it is unconstitutional and illegal for the state of Texas to secede - it cannot legally even be proposed (read your civil war history you biggoted dumbshit). It would require a Texas constitutional amendment AND a US constitutional amendment. You are a representative? Give me a break.

FERNANDO MUNIZ
FERNANDO MUNIZ

DEAR SENATOR BERMAN. IN REPLY TO YOUR MOVE TO HAVE TEXAS SECEDE FROM THE UNION, I SAY AS A CITIZEN BORN IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, JULY 24TH 1943, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. USA. AND A VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS HONORABLY DISCHARGED AND DISABLED. PLEASE GO! AND TAKE YOUR SNAKE OIL SALESMAN OF A GOVERNOR WITH YOU. I AM TIRED OF HEARING PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAYING THAT YOUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM YOU, WHEN IT HAS NOT. AND THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT A CITIZEN WHEN HE IS BY BIRTH. AND WHERE HE WAS BORN. I GUARANTEE THAT WITHIN TEN YEARS OF TEXAS SECEDING FROM THE UNION.TEXAS WILL CEASE TO EXIST AND BECOME THE 32ND STATE OF TEJANO MEXICOAND JUST TO WAKE YOU UP SOME MORE. BUSH 43 DID NOT COMPLETE HIS MILITARY OBLIGATION HE DID NOT RECEIVE HIS DD214 DISCHARGE.

YOUR RESPECTFULLY FERNANDO MUNIZSERVICE # 1973486. USMC.PS YOU CAN CALL ME ANYTIME YOU WANT I WILL TALKE TO YOU.YOU NEED SOME MENTORING

BigTex
BigTex

Texas had better sharpen its sword before it makes a push for independence. It will find itself between two former masters who do not wish it well. Besides, the USA has a bad habit of invading oil-rich countries. Why bother attacking oil producing countries half way around the world when Texas is so much more conveniently located?

Me
Me

If Texas secedes, there will be millions of well armed, patriotic Americans swan diving accross the border to get in before you go. America is becoming a leftist pig sty with a stupid electorate...stupid enough to vote for Obozo, stupid enough to allow us to go from the world's largest creditor nation to the world's largest debtor nation. I have no hope for America, short of an armed revolution in which we hang every Democrat, Socialist, Communist, Progressive, traitorous scum we find. Start with the Kenyan. GO TEXAS!

American 1
American 1

I am so sick of this debate about Obama, the man is American. Go hide under a ROCK Berman. We as a country, have more things to be concerned about than a birth certificate that has already been proven. I am starting to feel that he is more American than you are.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Will he sponsor a marijuana legalization rally?

Lutefisk
Lutefisk

Texas State Rep. Leo Bloom, I mean Leo Berman!! introduces a bill for Texas to SECEDE from the Union! PLEASE, Texas, GO! and take Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina with you!

ROT
ROT

Not wanting Texas to be part of the U.S. does not mean that he hates the U.S. He doesn't want Texas to be part of Spain, Mexico or France either but he doesn't hate those countries. Texas enjoyed her best relationship with the U.S. when we met them as equals on the stage of nations. Texas proper role in the world is as a nation period.

Keith
Keith

This carpetbagging Nanny Stater is my State Representative and I gotta tell ya, having him in Austin is like having a vacant seat

DaveMundy
DaveMundy

Nice piece Richard, save for the "being traitors and hating America" crack. Which uniform did you wear? I served my country as a Marine.But accuracy has never been a requirement for you guys way over on the far left, has it?Nothin' but love,Dave

Puzzleguy1
Puzzleguy1

I would have thought that by now, our state's AG would have quietly told Berman to smarten up and stand down. But doing any such thing would require that Abbott run the risk of offending members of the Texas Tea Party. That's a non-starter.

Stand for Truth
Stand for Truth

Rep. Berman does not support Texas' seceding from the United States. Texas cannot and will not be seceding.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

Berman needs to put up or shut up, and just fucking go.

John Doe
John Doe

What a crock of BS. I look forward to your swan dive over the border. Take some video and put it on YouTube so we can laugh at you and the one other guy who thinks that secession would be the time to move to Texas!

FMUNIZ
FMUNIZ

TO FLAG PLEASE COME UP TO YONKERS, NEW YORK.YOU NEED HELP.

FERNANDO MUNIZUSMC

Me
Me

NOTHING has been proven except his willingness to spend $2,000,000.00 to hide his past. No long form Birth Certificate, 39 fake Social Security Numbers, a mysterious past, a British father, a grandmother who swears she was present at his birth in kenya. Proof? You sir, are a dire idiot.

RoT
RoT

If he does I'll attend. I support both causes.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

So we can be a bankrupt, pain-in-the-ass, drain on everyone else? "TEXAS: WE'RE GREECE, BUT WITHOUT THE NUDE BEACHES!"

John Doe
John Doe

Thanks for your service.... but 1. that "being traitors" thing is a QUOTE, so maybe take issue with who SAID it.2. Just because you were a Marine (and when? Peacetime?) doesn't mean you get to bring it up every 2 and a half seconds and criticize others who did NOT "wear the uniform"! What if their 'uniform' was that of a paramedic, teacher, or parent of disabled child? If you were TRULY a noble servant of this country as a Marine, perhaps you should be supporting America and not just the "Right" as you criticize the "Left". You're supposed to be politically neutral while you wear that uniform (even "virtually" online which you probably flaunt that "uniform" 24/7... a big payback for... how many years of service did you put in?). I'm really sick of people like you who think that because you were a Marine that you are *more* of an AMERICAN than the rest of us... teachers, parents, doctors, policemen, scientists, waitresses. Hint: you're NOT. You're supposed to be the "bigger person" and quietly perform your service. If the reason you entered the marines (in peacetime? ;) was so you could Lord it over everyone and get in their face about "what uniform do YOU wear?".. then you're a BAD MARINE. Go f--- yourself. And I love and support the military. Just not jackasses like yourself.

FERNANDO MUNIZ
FERNANDO MUNIZ

DAVE YOUR AN IDIOT.FERNANDO MUNIZ. SEMPER FY MACKTO DISAGREE IS NOT TO BE A LEFTY AND TO CARE FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE OR SPEAK IS PATRIOTIC.TO MANY PEOPLE DO NOT DO THAT

RESPECTFULLYFERNANDO MUNIZ

TXatheist
TXatheist

Dave, I wore my Navy uniform just fine but since the Navy offered me the better school I turned down the Marines. Accuracy? Sure, I'm all about accurate and I'm a lefty.

H_e_x
H_e_x

If you think the HP is far left you are an idiot. Go back to World Net Daily or The Drudge Report and stop your bitching.

DaveMundy
DaveMundy

As I told the blogger in the story, Berman has taken no stand in support. Texas CAN secede; that legal issue has been answered several times in the last few years by the United States itself (which supported secessionist movements in South Sudan, Kosovo and other locations) and by the World Court of Justice. The question is whether Texans WANT to leave the union and go it on their own. We believe they do, and each over-reach by the federal government hastens the process.

Keith
Keith

Texas CAN and WILL secede and you can stay in whatever Socialist hellhole of a state you're trolling from Stand..

Chilidawg
Chilidawg

How about if the rest of the country just sells Texas back to Mexico for hundred dollars, and a donkey show.

Lllee65
Lllee65

None of those "facts" is true.

Austin Liberal
Austin Liberal

Republic of Texas. Love it or leave it. Btw we have a nude beach in Austin named Hippy Hollow.

John Doe
John Doe

Thank you both for your service and your reply!

DaveMundy
DaveMundy

Brilliant repartee', Hex. When you can't come up with a cogent counter-point, call 'em names and throw a little vulgarity in there, that'll show 'em, huh?

John Doe
John Doe

98% of Americans HOPE you get your wish so we don't have to consider people as stupid as yourself "fellow Americans". We feel a little bad for the sane ones but they'll just skidaddle over to the "new border" (ie Oklahoma). Oh, and BTW good luck with that "Mexico" thing now that you'll have very small revenue base... your taxes or whatever you raise will go 100% to fighting criminals off your border.

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. Let me guess... as soon as there's no Black man as president, you'll want to be back in the Union.

I hope you get your wish cause the rest of the USA will be laughing at you racists from across the border (after Mexico 'absorbs' you).

TXatheist
TXatheist

This Texan does not want to secede and I hope anyone outside Texas get some relief to know many Texans think like me that the idea of secession is absurd.

Dbtexas
Dbtexas

Wanna bet? There are plenty of sane Texans that would never agree to part from the United States. That said, there are plenty of caves where you secessionists can hide and dwell on your conspiracy theories.

TXatheist
TXatheist

Texas can not secede and better not unless it wants to become a third world country known as Mexico north cause Tejas has no chance on making their own rules against the USA.

ROT
ROT

Chilidawg, the rest of the country can't sell Texas because they don't own it. Texans own Texas. Texas seceded from Mexico to became a nation on March 2nd 1836 and should have never agreed to be anything less. Republic of Texas yesterday, today and forever!

Keith
Keith

How about both of you trolls take a hike?

TXatheist
TXatheist

No, I think like the Freedom Riders I'll come to Texas and try to improve it no matter what the locals think. Is Hippy Hollow Austin or technically in Lakeway?

John Doe
John Doe

You do the same, thing.... I guess only the "other guys" are hypocrites, eh? GET OVER YOURSELF. When you have to tell people you are a Marine, you're already a loser. Not cause you were a Marine, but cause you had to bring it up in the first 2.5 seconds of a conversation! How bout laying back and pretending you're human for once?

H_e_x
H_e_x

I don't tolerate ignorance. You make a claim that this is a left wing rag with no evidence. How am I supposed to react? A standing ovation?

John Doe
John Doe

Texas aint seceding, but they need to stop with the KKK elected officials.

TXatheist
TXatheist

And this Texan will gladly inform the US that it will be quite easily to conquer the seceded Texas and control the Gulf Oil for it's own best interest and not allow Texans to control the oil. However, Texas can have the land in the new upper Mexico.

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