Formerly Against: Rick Perry

Perry says Texas can leave the union if it wants to
Texas Politics Blog via
Posted by R.G. Ratcliffe at April 15, 2009 02:27 PM

What the hell is with Rick Perry lately?  Is this guy just that uninformed?  Is he just that radical?  I know he’s been one state’s rights guy for a while, but what is with this current streak of comments.  Well start with this video of his endorsement of HCR 50.

Where do I even start with this? Let’s just bullet point as we go.

  • Let’s start a fairly ad homenim attack (might as well get this out of the way first) with the frog metaphor.  Even the people there audible say “oh, come on.”  What a weird and strange way to start.  On top of that, I’m sure there’s some PETA nut who went nuts hearing that. (2:00 minute mark)
  • To say the U.S. constitution has been “slowly turning up the heat on the states” is wrong.  They only set forth improvements that states wouldn’t do themselves.   See:  Slavery, Women’s voting rights, (2:20 mark)
  • The leaders in the 1780s realized a multi-sided approach of state governance  doesn’t work.  See: Articles of Confederation being replaced.
  • Texas economic strength only happened because oil stayed high due to OPEC and the speculators’ driving the price way up.  Texas isn’t all that solvent in the budget lately.  See:
  • “[…] but when it comes down on the side that favors the side of state’s right over unrestrained federal power, that’s the message.  That’s the right place to be.”  You say that with absolutely no back up evidence.  Why is that?  Is it because it lets the rich over run all of the poor?  Is it because business can overtake the workers?  Government is nothing more than a moral tool.  It has become obvious that corporate greed requires that moral tool to be exercised to protect the lower and middle classes.  Even the lower upper class (those who live in comfort but lack wealth) need help at the current times. (3:54 mark)
  • The U.S. Constitution does give the U.S. Government power over the states. (4:18 mark)  It’s called the supremacy clause:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

  • Texas has learned to live with one form of oppression.  The republican party and their exclusion and hatred for anything resembling liberal.  This includes calling the state congress to meet to only gerrymandering congressional districts to gain republican seats in a year when there was not supposed to be redistricting. (4:31 mark)
  • Did he just say that you either side with political members in Washington or do I side with a group who wants to overthrow the government? (5:03 mark)
  • Does he realize it was George Bush who put together the bailout?
  • He’s promoting Tea Parties? Those are the stupidest thing going on right now.  I planned to protest them but unfortunately had class today.  Most of them happening here are just republican camps protesting socialism.  These people are totally uninformed (much like the governor) and doing it just because FoxNews and Rick Perry are telling them to do it.
  • So Rick, you have spoken in favor of TANF grants from the US Government in the past.  Are you against those dollars returning to the state now?  Those are federal dollars given to you that help needy families.  That’s a string attached.
  • He’s drawing lines in the sand?  Why on earth is he drawing a line in the sand for?  What does that mean?  Is he saying, stop or else?  Is he trying to run for president?  Haven’t people learned what a weak office the Texas governor is?
  • He admittedly is against not protecting new taxes on the people, but the job creators.  BAH!!!

It gets better…
Via R.G. Ratcliffe

That’s an mp3, won’t let me embed it or play it unless I buy more space.  Here’s a transcript of much of it:

“Texas is a unique place. 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,” Perry said. “My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays 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.  But Texas is a very unique place, and a pretty independent lot to boot.” […]

“I don’t believe we quite get into [terrorist state] category.  I have no idea who that numb skull was that wrote that, but I would suggest to you that you probably can’t find them at the Department of Homeland Security Department today.”

The terrorist state comment comes from the recent string of satiring of the Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment document put out by the Department of Homeland Security.  It would seem to me he is threatening the dissolution of the United States.

The thing that stood out to me more was the wrong notion that Texas agreed to split out of the Union if it wanted to.  Realistically, the only privilege the state has is to divide itself up into as many as 5 smaller states.  At this point I’m not sure if Rick is buttering up his consitutents for re-election or a run for President (either US or the Republic of Texas).  Regardless, the guy isn’t coming off intelligent.

As for pitting the state against the nation, I think its a crappy move, but I’m sure it motivates way too many republicans in these parts.  Far too many of them hear Democrat and they naturally assume they want to make the nation communist.

General disclaimer: I don’t necessarily like the use of all the tax money in the bailouts to financial institutions or especially the auto industry, but the increased limited unemployment insurance is good in my opinion.  There are several good things Perry and our state legislature will not allow to be brought into the state.  That I don’t like at all.


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