Apparently, Everything’s Bigger There

April 23, 2009

It was hard to watch the news two weeks ago without hearing about the “Tax Tea Parties” springing up all over the country. These gatherings, where the “Tea” oh so cleverly stands for “Taxed Enough Already”, were held in opposition to the idea of being taxed, I suppose. From what I’ve been able to gather, it was a Fox News endorsed “Grassroots™” response to Obama’s bailout plan. The rallies were mostly uneventful, although one particular rally in Texas caught my attention, if only briefly. It wasn’t so much the tea party as a single line from Governor Rick Perry, who attended several of these parties all over the Lone Star State. When asked about the potential for Texas to secede from the Union, Governor Perry had this to say:

“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.”

Not exactly an innocuous statement, but it stuck me as more of a platitude than anything else so I forgot about it pretty quickly. Apparently, many in Texas have not forgotten about it. Even former presidential candidate Ron Paul, obstetrician and seeming cult-leader, has weighed in on the prospect of an independent Texas, calling secession “very much an American priciple.”

So these Texans want to secede from the Union? I wonder how many of them are aware that Texas is the third most heavily subsidized state in the Union, or if they have any plans for how they’re going to defend that border of theirs. Plus, aren’t they having a bit of financial trouble in some of their school districts? The people crying out for secession need to realize that their fantasy of an independent, thriving Texas free from the tyranny of taxes is just that; a fantasy. Talk of secession sounds silly because it is silly. For a Governor to make such an inappropriate and short-sighted comment isn’t surprising, but it’s still disappointing. Then again, this is Texas, and everything’s bigger in Texas. Even the errors in judgment.

Then again, if Texas does succeed in seceding, does that mean we won’t have to deal with Ted Nugent anymore?


6 Responses to “Apparently, Everything’s Bigger There”

  1. modernpiracy said

    I think it’s a great idea! Texas would make a perfect ‘buffer zone’ between the US and Mexico… if they play their cards right we may throw in Arizona and New Mexico as a parting gift.

    Somewhat ironic that they use one of the catalysts for American Independence as their motto to leave the Union though, don’t you think?

  2. thebeerphilosopher said

    I liked Jay Leno’s take on it. He said that reports indicate that 75% of Texans don’t want to secede. And why should they? The worked so damn hard to get into this country.

  3. Notelrac said

    The constitutional question concerning a state’s right to secede was settled in 1865.

    • modernpiracy said

      Not for the South.

      Secession is actually not just a Southern issue though. To this day there are Alaskan secessionist movements (I believe there was talk of Sarah Palin’s hubby being in one) and even a small minority of New England seccessionists. In fact, New England pre-dates South Carolina (the first State to formally ceede from the Union) by 45 years with the Hartford Convention – a movement to ceede from the Union due to disagreement over the war of 1812.

    • theundefeatedrookiesensation said

      If only that were the case…

      Taken from regarding the Civil War – “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.”

      These are the same people still running the rebel flag up in front of their house every morning and they probably try to put a price on anybody they see with so much as a deep tan.

      • Notelrac said

        I’ll agree that it was settled with horrendous violence. But I still stipulate that the constitutional question was, indeed, settled.

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