I saw the headline & thought it just had to be more hype than substance. It read ...
Texas Politics: Perry says Texas can leave the union if it wants to.
Then I read the article. I listened to the audio. Yep. He said it.
It is, in a word, sedition.
If a politician wants to play to the populist masses for votes & sympathy, fine. Let him shout rhetoric & any other crap all he wants. He can call for the Congress to reform social security or make changes to Medicare all day long. A politician could even say that the US is taxing more & spending more without showing the ratios of taxation to GDP & all that as much as he or she wants. Rhetoric, gets votes.
But saying a state can secede from the Union ... that is sedition.
Here is the definition per Wiki: Sedition is a term of law which refers to covert conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws.
That is what is sounds like Perry said to me.
We've already had this discussion one time & it got so heated that we fought a war over it. One can argue all the Constitutional ideas & States' Sovereignty until the Cowboys come home, but the Civil War solved the question about secession. It can't be done. That is the law. It is the way it is. The victor writes the rules & the North won the war. Question settled.
I also wonder if Gov. Perry has a clue about what he is talking about. TX was admitted to the Union with the ability to break up into five states, but it was not admitted with the ability to secede. When TX was readmitted to the Union, it had to ratify the 13th & 14th amendments that both outlawed slavery & gave all citizens due process protection of the US Constitution. That means TX had to agree to the Union of States & the equal protection of every person & state per the US Constitution. The Civil War answered the question if any state could secede & the answer is no. Then there is that little court case, Texas v White, where the Supreme Court case decided in 1869 that Texas cannot secede.
Perry made this seditious statement at one of his states' Tea Parties. Oh, brother. I watched a little of the coverage on the news. I see white people. I see a lot of religious signs. I hear a lot of anti-Obama sound bites.
Well, get over it, folks. The fact is a black man is in the White House, gay people continue to exist, the public schools don’t espouse fundamentalism & the Democrats won the November 2008 elections by a landslide. Holding these Tea Parties is a political stunt that plays on the emotions of people who simply don't have an understanding of how economics works, & just enough understanding of history to repeat the same Fascist horrors.
Yes, what I see in these Tea Parties is nothing more than race baiting & calls for another Confederacy, though cleaned up a bit to make it palatable to conservatives --- the extremists know exactly what they are doing with these Tea Parties & what they are calling for.
It has begun. Watch out. There will be more calls for the Nullification Theory & secession based on "unfair" taxation policy. We can & should debate the merits of taxation & spending. But coloring the discussion with seditious rhetoric does no one any good & poisons the well of consensus.