Thursday, April 23, 2009

Preaching to the Slack-Jawed Choir

I hope everyone got to hear Texas Gov. Rick Perry threaten secession the other day.
Perry called his supporters patriots. Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.

"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "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. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."
What a thinker, huh? The oppressive jackboot of government must be stopped from kicking stimulus money into the state to augment dwindling consumer spending!
An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall -- one of three tea parties he was attending across the state -- that officials in Washington have abandoned the country's founding principles of limited government. He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.
Preventing further economic deterioration--and thereby working to increase future tax receipts and lower the debt--is the enemy of liberty!

And sometimes the less well-traveled liberals are all eager to oblige:
As far as I'm concerned
Don't let the door hit ya, where the Good Lord split ya.
Might not be a bad idea.
Give the wingnuts their own country. Let Texas secede, but only if they take Oklahoma with them.
Sometimes I wish it was.
Mexico can have it back for all I care. Just give the non-torture Americans resettlement offers. /snark
OK, these are from the comments, and to his credit, Kos mentions that Austinites might not be so crazy. Still, he's being provincial--who's Perry even talking to? With a state five times the geographical size of New York state and 3.5 million more people--not to mention 100 times the awesome--maybe, just maybe, it's a good idea to see who's likely to be receptive to GW Bush's old second-in-command.

Those blue areas just happen to correspond with Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and Port Arthur/Beaumont. Along the Mexican border, you see the Democratic leanings of the state's more Latino populations. It'd be a shame to throw all that away because whiter folks in smaller towns can't figure out Keynesian economics.

And besides, people are lame here in Southern California. I ain't staying.

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