Texas Governor Rick Perry is of the view that Texas can leave the United States of America anytime it wants:
“When we came into the Union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pay attention. We’ve got a great Union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that?”
These “clarifying” remarks, as reported in The New York Times, came after Perry expressed “sympathy for Texans who want to secede from the United States” at an
we lost the 2006 and 2008 elections in a landslide and we’re pissed off anti-tax rally.
His statement clearly put Perry into the company of the radical right.
On the Texas Secede website you get a clear understanding on their thinking and views about American history (spoiler: they don’t like Lincoln):
Q: Didn’t the outcome of the “Civil War” prove that secession is not an option for any State
A: No. It only proved that, when allowed to act outside his lawfully limited authority, a U.S. president is capable of unleashing horrendous violence against the lives, liberty, and property of those whom he pretends to serve. The Confederate States (including Texas) withdrew from the Union lawfully, civilly, and peacefully, after enduring several decades of excessive and inequitable federal tariffs (taxes) heavily prejudiced against Southern commerce. Refusing to recognize the Confederate secession, Lincoln called it a "rebellion" and a "threat" to "the government" (without ever explaining exactly how "the government" was "threatened" by a lawful, civil, and peaceful secession) and acted outside the lawfully defined scope of either the office of president or the U.S. government in general, to coerce the South back into subjugation to Northern control.
The South's rejoining the Union at the point of a bayonet in the late 1860s didn't prove secession is "not an option" or unlawful. It only affirmed that violent coercion can be used—even by governments (if unrestrained)—to rob men of their very lives, liberty, and property.
Yes, this is the crowd the governor of Texas is hanging out with these days.
Texas cannot leave the Union, that’s not a legal option and we fought a war to prove it, but if Perry wants to leave the states and find another nation where he’d be more comfortable I’d help contribute to his one way plane ticket.
For me, a descendent of Confederate soldiers, I’d stake my life on the idea that flawed as we may sometimes be the United States of America is still the best nation on earth.
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