Friends and fellow Texians, I have been elected to undertake the duties of President of this great nation, Texas. I am astutely conscious of the fact that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with sincere anxiousness due to the greatness of the charge, and the weakness of my power.
Texas is again rising like a phoenix out of the ashes, to engage in commerce with other nations, some of which honor power and forget right, and others, like Texas, that want friendly relations with all, and entangling alliances with none.
Should I despair, the presence of many whom I see here today, remind me that in the other high authorities provided by our Constitution, I shall find resources of wisdom, virtue and zeal, to rely on under all difficulties.
To you who are charged with the functions of legislation, I look with encouragement for the guidance and support which may enable us to steer with safety, this vessel in which we are all embarked, amidst the elements of a troubled world. We have thousands of years of history at our disposal that should be studied to learn the pitfalls that have brought about the demise of other once-great societies, so that we in Texas never repeat them.
We have at our command, the ability to make Texas the greatest nation that has ever been, or will ever be, as long as we never lose sight of our ultimate goal. We must never meddle in the affairs of other nations, nor allow them to meddle in ours.
Let us then, fellow Texians, unite with one heart and mind, let us bring about the harmony and pride, without which, liberty, and even life itself are but dreary things. Let us then, with courage and confidence, pursue our principles; our attachment to nationhood and representative government with the knowledge of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow Texians, from our actions, and their sense of them.
My fellow Texians, a wise and frugal government shall leave The People free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, shall not take the bread from the mouth of labor that it has earned, and shall encourage the lawful pursuit of prosperity. This, my friends, is the sum of good government. We are charged with the awesome responsibility, to our forefathers, and to our posterity, to keep the Texas nation in its rightful destined place among the nations of the world.
As I am about to enter into the exercise of the duties that you have delegated, it is proper that you have understanding of what I see as the essential principles of our government – those that shall shape its administration. In every issue of concern for The Texian People, our Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and also the rule book that every elected or appointed public servant shall abide within. The honest and open intercourse of thoughts and ideas, to eliminate mis-understandings, that have even caused wars in past world history; acquiescence in decisions of the majority, a vital principle of a republic; economy in the the public expense, so that one’s labor may be lightly burdened; the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith; encouragement of agriculture, commerce, technology, and factual education, not mis-information; freedom of religion; freedom of the press in a non-biased, non-coerced dissemination of news. The wisdom of our forefathers, and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to their attainment. Should we stray from these basic tenets in moments of error or alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps, and regain the path which leads to liberty, peace and freedom.
As I go then, fellow Texians, to the post you have assigned me, knowing that it will rarely fall to the lot of imperfect man to retire from this post with the favor and reputation that brought him into it. I ask only as much confidence from you as may give firmness and effect to the administration of your public affairs. I will probably make mistakes, through error of judgment. When right, I will be thought wrong by those whose positions do not have a view of the whole picture. When wrong, I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional, and my word that I will do my best to rectify them.
My fellow Texians, hear some words from others that I feel are pertinent to our journey together:
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Nobody alive today has seen a true republic functioning freely, so it may take a lifetime to reason as a sovereign free man, due to the lack of role models.” – Senator Bob Wilson
And may God, the infinite power who rules the destinies of the universe, lead The Texian People to freedom, peace and prosperity.
John Jarnecke, President of the Texas Republic