Wow! I tell ya, guys and gals, I couldn’t have planned this little TEA party tax protest and the resultant secession talk any better if I had tried.
Hundreds, if not thousands of people are angry about the way their tax money is being wasted on bailout progams and CEO / executive bonuses, and Fox News Channel personalities apparently helped organize these TEA (Taxed Enough Already) parties nationwide. Conservative talk radio is fanning the flames with overheated rhetoric, and
If that wasn’t enough, Texas governor Rick Perry mentioned that Texas might have to hitch up its horse and go find another nation to be a part of. See the New York Times quote below (1):
It has long been part of Texas folk mythology that because the state was once an independent republic, it has the option of seceding. But historians and law professors say there has been no serious argument since the Civil War on behalf of a legal basis for a state’s secession.
Like many other Texans, however, Mr. Perry still treats leaving the Union as a possibility.
“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?”
Who knows what may come of that? We know what happens, Governor Perry! 620,000 Americans died the last time states followed up with that threat. The federal government won that fight in 1865 and left the losers devastated for at least a generation and millions impoverished and African Americans living in a Jim Crow nation for almost 100 years.
Sorry if I’m going off on a little rant here, but what Gov. Perry is doing is pandering to the right wing in his home state of Texas. It’s going to be reelection time soon, and he is getting some serious pressure from current Texas U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson for the Republican nomination. So, here he is capitalizing on some anti-DC rhetoric and sentiment in order to pander for votes. Well, the same thing – partisanship – helped split the nation apart back in the 1850s – South vs. North. Whig vs. Democrat. Republican vs. Democrat.
Question: Can you see this kind of partisanship lead to more talk of secession? Why or why not?
We’ve had two impeachment proceedings within the past 35 years (one for Nixon -R, one for Clinton -D), and the party in charge of Congress has swung back and forth a couple of times in the past 20 years. There has been bitter fighting between the parties over many things since Watergate, and it hasn’t let up since.
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