"When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
"When the Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central federal government, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the President and the special interest groups, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the ever-ready minions of power, and the usual instruments of tyrants.
"When, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the citizens who bear them are ignored or ridiculed, and agents of the government are sent forth to force new government systems upon them using either the newest technologies available or via gunpoint.
"When, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.
"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 a globalizing American people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth.
“The U.S. government, by its overreaching federal laws, subjugated the population of Texas to its will under the pledged faith of a written constitution, that they should continue to enjoy that constitutional liberty and republican government to which they had been habituated in the land of their birth.
"In this expectation they have been cruelly disappointed, inasmuch as the United States has acquiesced in the late changes made in the government by President Barack Obama, who having overturned the constitution of this country, now offers us the cruel alternative, either to abandon our homes, acquired by so many privations, or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny, the combined despotism of forced compliance and special interests' agendas.
"It has sacrificed our welfare to Washington, D.C., by which our interests have been continually depressed through a jealous and partial course of legislation, carried on at a far distant seat of government, by a hostile majority, with unclear allegiances, and this too, notwithstanding we petition in the humblest terms for the establishment of a separate state government.
"It has failed and refused to secure, on a firm basis, the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the citizen.
"It has systematically weakened our once-competitive public system of education, although still possessed of almost boundless resources, (the public domain,) and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.
"It has encouraged the taxing entities, stationed among us, to exercise arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny, thus trampling upon the most sacred rights of the citizens, and rendering their power superior to the civil power.
"It has dissolved the true sovereignty of Texas, so that states' rights is merely something to which lip service is given, thus depriving us of the fundamental political right of self-government.
"It has demanded the surrender of a number of our citizens, and ordered federal agents to seize them, in contempt of the civil authorities, and in defiance of the laws and the constitution.
"It has made piratical attacks upon our livelihoods, by sending our productive jobs offshore to be held by residents of foreign countries, and meddling in the affairs of private business operations.
"It denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own conscience, by the support of a national non-religion, calculated to promote the temporal interest of its human functionaries, rather than the glory of the true and living God.
"It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defense, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.
"It hath increasingly been, during the time of our connection with it, the contemptible sport and victim of successive revolutions, and hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrannical government.
"These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, until they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We shall take up arms in defense of our constitution. We appeal to our American brethren for assistance. We may be forced to the melancholy conclusion that the American people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therefore of an all-powerful federal government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.
"The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.
"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 a globalizing American nation, a pawn of the United Nations, 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."