During this past legislative session I lobbied my state senator and state representative to support HB 1359, Kyle Biedermann’s independence bill. I diligently called, wrote letters, and visited their offices in Tyler. On a visit to Matt Schaefer’s office near the end of the session the gentleman seated at the desk and I again discussed Mr. Schafer’s stated opposition to the legislation allowing Texans a vote on reclaiming Texas’ status as an independent nation. As our discussion came to a conclusion with no movement on either side, the gentleman said, “Well, if you don’t agree with Mr. Schaefer’s stand on the issue, you can just vote for someone else.” How arrogant I thought—but in fact, he could issue the challenge because he knew that it would be very unlikely that there would be another name on the ballot! As I returned to my truck, the comment festered into determination—If not me, who? If not now, when? It was then that I determined that I would be the “someone else” on the ballot.