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July 25, 2009

Is Texas Heading Quietly Toward Secession?

It happened before, yes, but come on. Could it realistically happen again? Lots of folks would say no, it couldn't. But given all the weird stuff happening and all the unravelling going on in this country lately . . . a story like this takes on new and unsettling connotations.

Last time it happened was in 1861, and the burning issues of the day back then were states rights and slavery. Today, the new burning issues are, among other things, states rights, abortion, and "health care."

Yes, yes, I agree that it's far-fetched to imagine that, in this day and age, there could ever be a serious bid on the part of a state to break away from the U.S. And yet . . . I think that most of you would agree with me that there are plenty of really bad things going on these days that, 50, 30, or even just 10 years ago, would have seemed preposterously far-fetched. Am I wrong?

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas.

Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as "Obama Care." But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a "number" of states might resist the federal health mandate.

"I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare," Perry said. "So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats."

Perry, the state’s longest-serving governor, has made defiance of Washington a hallmark of his state administration as well as . . . (continue reading)


  1. Perry is running for re-election, that is all that this is (he won 3 years ago with only 39% of the vote). Many of his policies the last 3 years have been massively unpopular. Don't confuse his longitivity with popularity. And as Catholics go? He sides with the Texas Catholic Conference on abortion and against them on pretty well everything else.

    So to answer your question? No, we are not quietly going toward seccession. It is just politics as usual

  2. With all due respect to kmerian, that view may be a little short sighted. WND reported, on July 20, that Alaska has joined 36 other states in either affirming or considering affirming, their sovereignty under the 10th amendment. While actual seccession may be unlikely, there's evidence of growing unrest among a great many of these United States.

  3. The issue is the 10th amendment which has been trashed going back to FDR. I hope that some states start taking this very seriously, but fear that the courts who have trashed the tenth to give themselves all the power they can grab will not come down on the side of the constitution and bill of rights. It is going to take a very strong congress and president ever to get the court back to what was intended.

  4. Whatever it may be, the Governor has a point about the 10th Amendment: what's not spelled out in the Constitution is up to the states. Therefore, the federal government has no business in health care. And, come to think of it, in much of anything that it does. If any one thinks that the federal government should do these things that it does, then the Constitution should be changed.

  5. As a Big "L" libertarian, I do not trust Perry, and have never liked him. Perry is all rhetoric to appeal to people like me, but I am not buying it, just yet.

    Under Bush, Perry was the Architect of the NAFTA super-highway. He has gone to Bilderberger, and other Globalist mega-meetings. What he is trying to do is earn conservative cred to make a run for President, where he will be no different than Bush or Obama.

    Words are cheap. So cheap in fact they are free. Let's keep an eye on Perry, because my wager is that he has not changed his ways.