Wellborn v. College Station: A Matter of Self-Determination

Look through the binoculars of history, and you can see many an issue spread out among the fertile fields of people going about their business, with those issues fading into the fabric of those daily lives. The timeline of history seems to move along with relatively few bumps, and from those broad-sweeping binoculars, local issues barely make a mark.

Get out your microscope, and you don’t have to look far to see issues of importance that spike that timeline into a flurry of activity, passion, indignation and sometimes fury or destitution. At that level, the timeline of history becomes a bumpy road, jagged with issues and situations that have names, places, generations of families attached.

It’s for this reason that Tip O’Neill so rightfully said that “All politics is local.”

The timeline of history, though moving steadily forward, inexorably determined to tick off

the days and years whether man chooses to be a part of that journey or not, is fraught with potholes, pitfalls, walls and mountains by the second and the minute, where local politics play out.

225 years ago, one of those giant bumps the timeline reveals with your binoculars occurred. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 courageous men, who determined to release the shackles of their government that bound their exceptionalism, and charge into history headlong, cognizant that their future was not promised, only promising.

This document, the penultimate example of the Age of Enlightenment, was an instrument of education for these men. It was a pamphlet of “who we are” and “what we stand for” amongst the tales of Euripides and Caesar their classical education required of them. It was their manifesto. A declaration, yes, but more than that, it was a piece of their soul. To each other through this document with which they claimed their right to self-Determination, these men pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honour.

Self-Determination is a bulwark of the American Dream. It holds up the walls of our lives from a foundation of Liberty. Without our right to Self-Determination, to make our own path, choose our associations and acquaintances, and to have our grievances well-redressed with those who would represent us, there would be no Dream House of Freedom, no buttress against the enemies of justice, no roof of private property to protect us from the storms of collectivism. Self-Determination lay at the heart of what makes America exceptional.

Without that bulwark, that wall of Self-Determination, you cannot build the American Dream House. And without those houses, America cannot continue to build, nearly 400 years after his sermon, John Winthrop’s “shining city on a hill, watched by the world.” That city shines a light into the very hearts of men and women across the globe who have the patriotism of our Founders and need only a glimmer of hope across the sea to believe that, yes, one day, they too shall feel the warmth of the torch of liberty.

Men and women for centuries on this sacred land called America, and for well over a sesquicentennial here in Texas, have known that Self-Determination is precious and should be guarded with fearless rhetoric and all means of legal restitution and retribution. To take away one’s right to determine their future takes away their right to live as God intends — nay, commands — them: by their own free will.

With this in mind, take your binoculars off the timeline of College Station and Wellborn, and look with the microscope our Founding Fathers hoped you would study all things political and local.

And ask yourself one question:

Why should Wellborn residents be denied the right to Self-Determination by way of an up or down vote on annexation, if our Founding Fathers saw that such a right was integral enough to their very own existence that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their very sacred honour to guarantee the citizens of Wellborn that opportunity?


  1. Ed Truck left a comment here but policy dictates I remove it because there was a bogus email left. The BCS Tea Party does not collect for spam or other nefarious purposes email addresses, and those addresses are not published with the comment.

    We require your email address so that we know you are a real person, yes, but also because if our authors are putting themselves out there with their opinions, it is only fair for our readers to expect the same openness and willingness from our commenters.

    “Ed” said, in the comment that I removed: “Unless you are planning a revolution over this, self-determination has to be done within the legal framework. This is an extension of that same legal framework that was set up by the revered Founding Fathers. There are certainly ways to modify the law, but having a petition or vote doesn’t nullify it.”

    Granted. And we’re not talking about nullifying the law. We’re talking about ceasing legal activity in order to do what is fair to the citizens, which is to allow them to express, through ballot initiative, their desire to be annexed.


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