Texas Declaration Of Independence

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After reading the Texas Declaration of Independence and the rebuttal to it, I feel that Texas has presented the more convincing arguments. Texas provides a variety of supportive arguments on why they want to become independent from Mexico. Texas gives many examples of different ways Mexico is trying to take over their land. Texas refers to themselves as “an instrument in the hands of evil rulers.” (117) Texas and Mexico both sworn to support the federal republican constitution of their country, but it no longer had a important existence, due to the Mexican nation forcibly changing the whole nature of their government without giving Texas any consent. Texas argues that the Mexican General Santa Anna made late changes in the government and overturned the constitution that both states originally had agreed upon. His changes included forcing citizens to “either abandon their homes or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny.” (117) In order to stop the Mexican government from taking away all the sacred rights of citizens, Texas petitioned for the establishment of a separate state government, but got rejected. In Texas’s argument for independence, Texas shares some of the actions performed by the Mexican Nation. The following is an example, “it has invaded our country both my sea and by land, with the intent to lay waste on our territory, and drive us from our homes; and has now a large mercenary army advancing, to carry on against us a war of extermination.” (118) On the other side of the argument, Mexico replies to Texas’s declaration of independence by stating that the “Texans were invited and admitted subject to the observance of a contract by which assurances were given to maintain one written constitution; but once this was annulled, all their obligations ceased.” (119) I feel the Texas Declaration of Independence provides the most convincing arguments

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