Bozos? Criminals? The unstable minority? Yes, yes, and yes. In Kerr County, a group of Texas secessionists have formed a group that has been playing pretend government for 20 years. There’s even a short Russia Today documentary about their organizer. The group made a mistake recently, though, when they tried to summons to a county judge for an appearance in a “Republic of Texas” court. They sent the illegal notice because the judge was involved in the foreclosure of a member’s house.
Earlier this month in Bryan, 20 law enforcement officials from a slew of agencies raided one of RPT’s 60-person clown meetings to enforce American law. According to the Houston Chronicle, officers hailed from the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Texas District Attorney’s office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.
“You can’t just let people go around filing false documents to judges trying to make them appear in front of courts that aren’t even real courts,” said Kerr County sheriff Rusty Hierholzer. The Chronicle further explains:
Police searched and fingerprinted each person at the meeting, but they did not perform cheek-swab DNA testing as the warrant allowed.
No arrests were made during the raid, but the case is still under investigation, Hierholzer said. The FBI and Texas Rangers would not comment.
Really, it’s remarkable no RPT members got violent or trigger happy. Or maybe it isn’t; what if they on some level understand they’re playing dress up? The notion that Texas is fundamentally or by rights an independent entity is a fiction, and its proponents don’t even believe in the principle. If they did, they’d be pushing the state back into Mexico’s hands.
Here’s some video from Houston Chronicle: