Thursday, April 16, 2009

TX Gov: Secession a possibility

"There's a lot of different scenarios," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said yesterday at a Tea Party rally in his state. "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, you know, who knows what might come out of that."

Troubling words from a governor of one of the largest states in the country. But do the states have the right to secede? A Civil War was fought over that idea, and the outcome was not so good for those who thought states could do that. Nearly a century and a half later, conservative activists like Perry (and Chuck Norris) are toying around with the idea again, even if it's just a casual daydream scenario right now.

Still, this kind of rhetoric isn't something to ignore. It's a strong outcry of what is fast becoming mainstream conservatism, a troubling phenomenon in our nation today.

No comments:

Post a Comment