Thursday, April 16, 2009

States Rights! States Rights! States Rights!

He's not my governor. He's the governor of the state below us, the gret stet of Texas! His name is Rick Perry. He is a Republican. He is also a nut case. Reported widely in media and blogosphere were remarks he made yesterday at one of the three Texas tea parties he felt duty bound to attend. He's intimated that the secession of Texas from the union could be an option. Texas is not going to stand for any "oppression," he says. What can these people possibly be thinking? Oppression? What are they talking about? I've just lost the bubble here. Maybe it's me who doesn't know what the word means any more.

Have a listen to this guy . . . and then think about this: what you hear is the voice of the Republican party. The extreme is now mainstream. Brothers and sisters, this cannot be good. At least in Texas, there's a whole bunch of people who have forgotten the Civil War. But it's not just Texas.

According to Rachel Maddow tonight, our own looney state of Oklahoma--which is second to none in kooks per square mile--has the honor of being the first to pass a so-called "sovereignty resolution." Same sort of measure is pending in Texas, Washington, and several other states. Here's the language: ". . . the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States." The language of HJR 1003 further serves notice to the federal government "to cease and desist, effectively immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."

It's 1860 deja vu all over again.

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