Texas Gov. Perry Speaks at Anti-Obama Tea-Party: Says Texas May Secede

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry spoke at an Austin “tea-party” event yesterday, organized by conservative groups and Fox News to protest taxes and bailout spending, and perhaps got a little carried away, suggesting that Texans may get so fed up with the federal government, it may want to secede from the union. Governor Perry’s strident message whipped the conservative crowd into a frenzy as they yelled, “secede!”

Appearing at a decidedly anti-democrat crowd, with protesters holding signs saying, “Stop Obama’s Socialism,” Governor Perry called for a return to states’ rights, deriding the federal government, calling audience members patriots. Perry’s rhetoric was met with flag waving and cheering.

Perry went on to say that the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt, abandoning the founding principles of limited government.

In a later interview, Perry said when Texas entered the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could secede any time it wanted. However, historians say no, that’s not true. The Civil War should have resolved that issue for Texas.

Political observers have noted that Perry’s remarks have ratcheted up in the right-wing rhetoric department, as he prepares for a re-election battle with Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Last week Perry held a press conference supporting a resolution of states’ rights protected in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Perry also rejected $550 million in federal economic stimulus money intended for the unemployed of his state, saying taking the money would put his state in debt.

Governor Perry is certainly doing all he can to appeal to the red-meat core of his conservative base. However, no one is expecting Texas to actually try and secede; besides being illegal, it’s a pretty bizarre notion to support in this modern age.



16 Responses to “Texas Gov. Perry Speaks at Anti-Obama Tea-Party: Says Texas May Secede”

  1. Bob on April 16th, 2009 8:19 pm

    I’m all for Texas seceding. Take Bush, Cornyn and Hutchinson with ’em. They can have Cheney too.

  2. Aaron Mayo on April 16th, 2009 8:24 pm

    To all the people who participated in or support the Tea Party movement: Get a job, read a book, and maybe you’ll figure out why a bunch of diabetes-laden white trash holding misspelled pieces of construction paper while dumping bottles of snapple into a pond is not a revolt, a protest, or anything but the dumbest members of our society scared shitless by having a non-white President.

  3. Haitiana4Obama on April 16th, 2009 9:01 pm

    This governor needs to be impeached, his reckless speech can catapult into a grave situation before we know it. While a Democratic President is calling out for UNITY, a RepublicanT governor and the majority of his party are trying to tear America apart as if the efforts of the last 8 years wasn’t enough.

  4. Mr. Lynch on April 16th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Let’s re-institute slavery in Texas too……nothing personal, it’s all about capitalism.

  5. Old Man Dotes on April 16th, 2009 10:55 pm

    Go for it! Treasonous Texans are not welcome in the USA anyhow.

  6. Old Man Dotes on April 16th, 2009 10:57 pm
  7. Thomas Martin on April 16th, 2009 11:06 pm

    Why did these zealots complain while “W” spent 20 BILLION per month OFF Budget during the last 6 years. The “tea partiers” are ridiculous. Given that every economist -left and right – says the government must SPEND to get us out of the darkest days since Hoover’s Great Depression, this whole BS demonstration is ludicrous of the right wing fringe to make such a hypocritical fuss. As for Texas, more power to ya!

  8. Patriot on April 16th, 2009 11:11 pm

    Our great country was born in an act of secession.

    Rick Perry is probably nothing more than a grandstanding fool, but in his company he has most of the American Political Leadership.

    Too many here think in terms of a linear right-left framework. You think that George Bush was a right-wing conservative and Barack Obama is a left-wing liberal. The truth is BOTH are statists. Both seek central control over personal liberty. Democrats preach economic slavery whilst Republicans preach social slavery.

    Diversity is good, especially in government policy. The Tenth Amendment enshrined the Founder’s belief in Federalism. The States were to be the many laboratories of different government policies. If two states disagree on how to govern, all 50 states profit by seeing the results. State competition produces good governance.

    Both Republicans and Democrats use the central government to implement their policies nationally by FORCE. And they’ve done it by bypassing, misinterpreting, and destroying our Constitution. Their impatience destroys our chance to know what good governance really looks like.

    Study the Constitution. Listen to Ron Paul. If the Government is no longer bound by the Chains of the Constitution, the People have the right to reimpose new Chains. Secession or Revolution or Otherwise.

  9. rogerblogger on April 17th, 2009 12:15 am

    Funny how a former Texas Governor (BUSH) led us into this mess and now the current Texas governor is talking out his butthole. Where is our nuclear arsenal held? We should just blow Texas off the map. Do we have a neutron bomb yet?

  10. ames on April 17th, 2009 7:54 am

    The Tea Parties rallies were not anti-Obama. They were anti-stimulus. At least get your facts straight. Thank you.

  11. Habo M on April 17th, 2009 11:02 am

    Rick seems a bit confused. Texas being an independant Country seemed to be an extreme strecth. I think he just got caught up in the momment and wanted to get that hooray rockin. Kinda like saying…does anyone like hamburgers out loud at McDonalds. I’ve been a resident of Texas since 88 but originally from the midwest. I notice a very clear division of humanistic approach in Texas. It’s so simple of a concept to think that a politician shoul do whats right for the majority. Unfortunatly the “political base” seems to get the majority of the support when it comes to Conservative. They do have a serious “we’ attitiude. They could care less about all the people. Just people like them seem to matter. Rick is a we guy. That we attitude is an old concept that is dying but some refuse to let it go. We need leaders that look out for everyone, not just “we” people.

  12. nate on April 17th, 2009 4:55 pm

    TOTALLY FOR IT!!! TEXAS SECEDING!!!! LETS DO THIS!!! in a time where it seems as though men with power can do whatever they wish while the average joe just has to sit by and just take it all in and can do nothing about it . As a people we need to take action, instead of looking for other people to lead us in this time of chaos we need to be leaders ourselves and pull ourselves out of the chaos not look to someone else to solve our problems.

  13. kristyn on April 17th, 2009 7:50 pm

    This is embarrassing. I live in austin and majority of us are not typical idiotic texans.

  14. Jill on April 18th, 2009 3:23 am

    It’s people like Perry that hurt this country, and make good Texans look like idiots. After all, he WAS elected. Ugh.

  15. Bunch of idios on April 18th, 2009 10:54 am

    . (Note sources provided to prove my information)

    1. 10 Trillion in debt over the next 10 years thanks to Obama Policies is not what most of us signed up for. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090320/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_budget

    2. If you Smoke or Drink at all, your taxes have been raised. More underprivileged, and lower income people fall into this group. And more taxes will come.

    3. Who creates jobs. Do the homeless create jobs? Curently American business has the Second Highest tax rate in the world. http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22917.html

    Take care God bless, and lets hope this madness changes. Maybe Tea Parties and standing up for ourselves will change this.

  16. bobby stone on April 18th, 2009 5:00 pm

    There are only 3 kinds of people in the world: 1. Texans ( skin color doesn’t matter–I’m mainly of hispanic origin ) 2. Texan want to be’s— and, of course the last kind—– 3. Texas rejects ( little ,if any intelligence—-and if there is any — no wisdom as how to use it properly, no manners, no morals, values or standards of decency, don’t want to or now how to stand on their own two feet ). My grandfather told me once to: ” Never embarass a man—– by asking him where he’s from — if he’s from Texas he’ll tell you!!!!” And last , but not least, most —true Texans— have the right priorities—the list, in right order is: God, 1st.—- Family, 2nd.—- Texas, 3rd—- US of A , 4th—-and last— myself 5th!!!!!!!! Most everyone else starts and stops at the 5th!!!!!! I feel so sorry for everyone who is not or doesn’t want to be a true Texan—- I will earnestly pray for clarity to be bestowed upon you as quickly as possible!!!! Have a GOOD DAY–( as much as that can be without being a True Texan —- And not dwelling in as close to heaven as you can be– by not being in Texas ). Adios Amigos and Vaya Con Dios Tambien!!!!

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