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Re-Declaration of Independence — Stopping the Mexican Drug Cartels

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September 27, 2011 | 2,300 views | 3 comments

By Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

As we celebrate Texas Independence Day this week, we are reminded of the courage and sacrifices required to gain and defend our sovereignty. Independence is won, not granted. Each generation has a duty to protect our precious liberty.

Sadly today, terroristic drug cartels are impugning the sovereignty of the United States of America on Texas soil. At an increasingly alarming rate, these terrorists are invading Texas farms and ranches, threatening the lives of our fellow citizens and jeopardizing our nation's food supply. As Texans, we have stood tall against oppression in the past, and it appears we will have to do so again if Washington, D.C. will not adequately defend us. As I wrote in my recently published newspaper editorial, our U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary's ambivalent remarks on the subject of cartel violence indicate Washington views border encroachment as only a potential problem, not a real and present danger.

With the launch this week of our website, the Texas Department of Agriculture will document the true stories of those who supply our food under the constant threat of danger. Texas farmers have been ordered off their own property by those seeking to do us harm. You will see and hear stories from Texas farmers and ranchers who have been subjected to intimidation, drug running and property damage by criminals who have illegally entered the United States. This documentation will ensure no one, not even those in Washington, can deny the daily realities of this violence and its impact on our food production sector.

As providers of the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world, the hardworking Texans featured on deserve our government's protection. Until they get it, landowners will be forced to abandon their land and retreat from farming and ranching, jeopardizing the food supply upon which we've come to rely. We do not like being dependent on foreign oil; we cannot become dependent on foreign food.

While I certainly salute our brave Texas State Troopers, courageous Texas Rangers and dedicated local law enforcement who are doing their part to serve and protect our fellow Texans, I implore our federal government to hear the voices on Border violence is not just a Texas problem; it's a national security issue - one that finds America's sovereignty being tested on the borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California - and one that will require sufficient federal resources to defend our soil, and protect our citizens and food supply.

Visit and join me in sending the message to Washington that it's time to protect our Texas and national independence.

Protecting the families of our farmers and ranchers is not only the right thing to do; in essence, it protects us all. It also ensures our national food security. I'd say that's worth fighting for.
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White Knight  
October 2, 2011 10:09am
We are back to the old supply & demand equation. When over 25% of our population is involved with doing illegal drugs their will be a supply line of drugs smuggled into the USA. We need to put more State & Federal ... More ›

Country Chick  
Floresville, TX  
September 28, 2011 12:55pm
Now the Mexican drug cartels are threatening our ranchers on OUR side of the border demanding that they have access to traffic the drugs. What are the feds doing about it? Not a damn thing. Too bad the ranchers can't use ... More ›

Elaine K.  
September 27, 2011 9:59pm
New column.

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