Secession From a Seccesionist State.

While writing the previous article we came across the petitions from El Paso and Austin requesting secession from Texas.  This brings up an interesting question.  If States, such as Texas, believe secession from the Union is acceptable, is secession of an entity (city) within the State is acceptable?

Texas is an amalgamation of peoples, just like the rest of the United States.  The peoples of cities like Austin and El Paso may not agree with the people in cities like Dallas and Houston.  Should they then be allowed to be separate?

Then smaller towns and counties may wish to be separate entities since they don’t agree with their neighboring counties.

Could the people wanting secession get their wish and not get what they actually wanted?

There is nothing in the official annexation papers, or in any other documents for that matter, that provides or agrees to a path to secession.  But and it is a big But.  In the 1845 Annexation Agreement is a provision stating that “new States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution.”

Over the years the idea of separating into five states has been brought up, most recently by Tom Delay in 2009.  Each time it has been thought of as to gain a political advantage, eight more senators from one or the other party.

But in these contentious times would this benefit one party over the other as much as in the past?  In the past election the Republicans garnered 57% of the vote.  So if we get four new states, would two be republican dominated states while two democrat dominated states and one up for grabs?  Or would the powers that be gerrymander the states beyond recognition, much like current congressional district lines which would make it hard for kids to draw maps like they can now.   Would there be an actual election to decide what area of the current Texas each new State would take?  Would the Tea Baggers take a chance on the electorate giving three or possibly more States to the Enemy?  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Secession Petition Mania

All this talk of secession and we can whup all them yankees in a couple of weeks, oh wait that was 1861, has social media awash with “I signed the Petition to Secede” comments and tons of Likes.

Now since the old boy in Arlington, Tx. has gotten so popular with his White House petition asking to let the state leave the U.S., along comes a fellar from El Paso with a petition asking the White House to let El Paso secede from Texas. WTF??????

Okay, he claims that El Paso has little in common with the rest of Texas and that it’s demographics are more similar to New Mexico. El Paso is also proud to be part of the United States and wants no part of a state whom publicly contemplates secession from our great nation.”

And then the plot thickens. Now an Austin resident has filed a White House petition asking that the city be allowed to secede from Texas.

This fellar writes that “Austin Texas continues to suffer difficulties stemming from the lack of civil, religious, and political freedoms imposed upon the city by less liberally minded Texans,” the petition explains. “It is entirely feasible for Austin to operate as its own state, within the United States, in the event that Texas is successful in the current bid to secede.

So now we have cities wanting to secede from the wacko’s who want to secede from the United States and operate as City States within the United States, kinda like Andorra or Monaco.

And what do these two cities have in common? Well, the Austin Petitioner writes that “It is important for Austin to remain in the union as to do so would protect it’s citizens standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers.” The El Paso petitioner writes that “El Paso has little in common with the rest of Texas.”

Are the folks in Texas beginning to come to their senses? Probably way too soon to tell but in 4 more years???

Perry Not Supporting Secessionists This Time

The Gov., AKA Rick Perry, has not given up on his Presidential ambitions even after taking a drubbing during the Grand Old Party’s “Who Can Get Farthest To The Right” Primary Debates.  Prior to his run for the 2012 nomination, The Gov. gathering support, was vocal on occasion supporting the Tea Baggers call to Texas Secession.  Back in early 2009 The Gov. was a star of the Tea Baggers, telling them at a rally that secession might be a good idea.

Now that The Gov. can taste the possibility of winning the nomination in 2016, he has become sensible, ahem, and says he does not think secession is a good idea.  Reminds me of “Etch a Sketch Romney”.

The Dallas Morning News reported that when asked his office gave the following response

“Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government.”

I’m sure the Tea bagger partiers ain’t gonna be liking The Gov’s softer side.

Texas Republican Wants State To Secede

Oh boy, here we go again.  The Black Communist, Socialist, Nazi, Class Warfare Warrior, Barak Obama won the Presidency so the world is going to end as we know it.  And now comes along one Peter Morrison, Treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party.  Mr Morrison called for Texas to secede from the United States and the “maggots” who reelected President Barack Obama.

Morrison wrote  “We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity.  But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of  flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.  Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue.  Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?  Let each go her own way in peace,
sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.”

Morrison went on to write that “many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party most white people happen to vote for.”

As we know the Grand Old Party controls every statewide official and has big majorities in both State Houses.  Both U.S. senators and 24 of 36 congressional seats are Republicans.  Facebook is awash in calls for secession and anti-Obama sentiment.  US Flags are being flown upside down. It will be interesting to see the natives get even more fired up.  They now have a new hero in Mr. Morrison.

Perry tells Federal Workers My Way or the Highway

During yesterday’s speech in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College, The Gov said something akin to dictatorship,  much like we have now here in Texas.

The Gov said “Having agencies of government that are there, are going to have individuals that are — understand my core philosophy, that government should do a few things.”  He continued “Having men and women who share my philosophy, and then giving that clear instruction to those agencies.   I don’t think you can fire federal bureaucrats, but you can reassign them — so reassign them to some really God-awful place.”

So what we are hearing is that one can no longer think for oneself.  You must blindly follow orders from above regardless of whether they are constitutionally legal or not.

It never ceases to amaze how Right Wingers and Teabaggers who claim they want to get the country back to following the Constitution are the ones who would really lead us into a Dictatorship which has no regard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

Perry For No Child Left Behind Before He Was Against It

Do these people running for President think we are just stupid?  They think they can just spout off any nonsense they want and we will believe then and follow them like sheep.  Case in point.  At the Faux News-Google Tea Party Debate, our beloved Gov said “I was also vocal against No Child Left Behind. It gets back to the federal government has no business telling the states how to educate our children.”

Okie Dokie.  Sounds good, the Teabaggers love it.  One itsy bitsy problem, in 2002, The Gov loved No Child Left Behind, even issuing a Press Release on his Official State of Texas Governor’s web site.

Friday, July 26, 2002  •  Press Release

 HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that Texas’ No Child Left Behind implementation plan has received federal approval. The approval clears the way for almost $400 million in new federal funding, moving the governor’s education plan a step closer to the classroom.

“Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation “in innovative solutions to improve our schools”, Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.”

The Texas Education Agency submitted the state’s No Child Left Behind implementation plan to the U.S. Department of Education last month. The plan includes funding to help local school districts implement Perry’s blueprint to continue improvements in Texas schools.

So The Gov champions taking $400,000,000 from the nasty Federal Government and then brags that Texas will “lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools.”

Did it happen?  Nope!

According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities,  since taking $400 million in new federal funding, Texas now ranks 3rd from the bottom for High School Drop Outs.  Who is worse than Texas?  Only Arizona and Nevada.

How much of the “$400 million in new federal funding” went to promoting “Innovative solutions to improve our schools” or creationist quasi religious anti-science programs we will probably never know.  But what has been the result of these so called “Innovative solutions to improve our schools”?  You be the judge:

  • Texas has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation
  • The National Kids Count Project estimates that 13 percent of all Texas’ 16-19 year olds are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates.
  • The poverty rate among high school dropouts is estimated at 31 percent — 10 times that of college graduates.
  • One report states that 89% percent of Texas prison inmates did not complete high school.
  • Texas has the nation’s fourth highest adult incarceration rate.

So what does this tell us?  Texas does not invest in its children.  Texas takes the cheap route with the end result of a significant drag on its own economy.

Instead of investing, yeah I know that’s a dirty word to the Teabaggers, in our children we end up with huge spending on prisons and poverty.

This is only a glimpse of what is to come if Texas were to secede.  Remember folks,  these Teabaggers that want secession also want to end Public Education.  Every one of the GOP Presidential Candidates wants to abolish the Department of Education. People of Texas need to wake up and realize that not all government spending is bad.  Investing in our youth only benefits us.  Educated, productive citizens only help the economy of Texas while the inverse has only a negative result.

Governor Perry Skips Wildfire Press Conference

The Gov skipped out on a planned visit to Bastrop Texas on Saturday, as criticism of his handling and occasional tone deafness surrounding the dangerous blaze continues to grow. The Campaigner-in-Chief was scheduled to hold a press conference in Bastrop. The location of the press conference was changed once, and then local officials briefed the media without The Gov. His mouthpiece, Allison Castle, reported that The Gov was in Austin

Last week, The Gov was in South Carolina and supposedly left to return to address the wildfires, but decided it would be more fun to go visit some Teabagger friends and do some secessionist planning, campaigning and fundraising out west in California. A spokesman for his fundraising team commented that fundraising was “going like wildfire” – a term many Texans suffering the worst drought and fires consider tone deaf to their current situation.

Perry Has Cut Firefighting Funds And Now Texas Burns

The Gov. took some time off from campaigning to address the fires that are burning across the state.   The Gov did not address the fact that he slashed state funding in this year’s budget for the volunteer fire departments that are trying to save Texas from burning to a crisp.  In the budget he proposed and got passed he cut the funding of volunteer fire departments from $30 million to $7 million.

As anyone living in Texas knows, if you don’t live in a city the volunteer firefighters are your only hope when fire comes calling.   There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. There are another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.

The Teabaggers in the State Congress and Senate stood beside The Gov. and pushed through their “Less Government Spending Agenda through again, gutting more money that would have benefited social services. Now that it appears God is showing his displeasure at this Teabagger agenda and sending forth his wrath on Texas and in the meantime, the under equipped volunteers are flat worn out and are unable to keep ahead of the fires, The Gov is backing off his call that FEMA is unconstitutional.

At Monday’s press conference The Gov said that he would have FEMA would be in Texas by Wednesday. The Gov told CBS news that now (during a campaign where his own state is needing aid) was not the time to worry about reforming the agency.  He went on to say “The issue is taking care of these people right now.  There are a lot of issues we can talk about, but the fact of the matter is now is not the time to be trying to work out the details of how to make these agencies more efficient. Let’s get people out of harm’s way.”

So in other words, Let’s get the FEMA/Federal money and get these fires out. The Gov and his Teabagger allies can then figure out how to shut down FEMA.  Also interesting how he is not repeating Cantor’s demand that cuts to other areas of the budget be made before funds can be allocated to fight the disaster.

Perry Says Social Security Is Unconstitutional

Knowing the repercussions of the alienating the older bloc of voters, The Gov’s campaign staff has been working hard this past week to soften and even reverse The Gov’s position on Social security. The Gov’s Communications Director Ray Sullivan told the Wall Street Journal last week, that the contents of Perry’s book were not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix Social Security.

But yesterday during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa , The Gov.was asked “But should states-rights supporters be worried that, as governor you said that Social Security is not something that falls in the purview of the federal government, but in your campaign, have backed off that?”  Showing his true colors as a far right wing secessionist teabagger he replied “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. Read the book again, get it right. Next question.”

The Gov’s book, “Fed Up” which was released just last spells out clearly his position on Social Security. The Gov  writes that Social Security is by far the best example of a program violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles and that we have Social Security at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.

At the campaign stop The Gov. was asked that in light of his Communications Director’s statements, should states rights supporters be worried that his views on Social Security have shifted now that he’s running for president. The Gov flippantly dismissed his Communications Director’s comments, declaring “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. Read the book again, get it right.”

Voters need to really look at Perry’s views.  The Gov spews his disdain for the government of the United States, has called for Texas to secede for the United States, is in deep with the Dominionist Christians who want to turn the United States into a Theocracy like the hell holes such as Iran in the middle east.  We need to really look close and see if this is the type leader we want shaping the future of this great country.

Perry is wishing he hadn’t written his “Fed Up” Manefesto.

Just goes to show you how brilliant The Gov is. Nine months ago he was strutting around, proud as a peacock, signing autographs, having the time of his life while promoting his manifesto “Fed Up” across the land to admiring Teabaggers. Just last Friday The Gov. was campaigning, railing against the very US government he wants to run while citing his manifesto “Fed Up” saying “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.” This weekend in Iowa some adoring tenther lobbed him this softball, “How would you fix the country’s rickety entitlement programs.” The Gov quickly replied “Have you read my book “Fed Up!”? Get a copy and read it.”

Ahhhh, but then the Sunday talking heads start spewing their nonsense and lo and behold most are aghast, aghast i say, to the positions The Gov takes on dismantling the United States. So as any good Republican when nailed on their true position does, The Gov trots out his mouthpiece who says, well he was just reflecting on the past and not the future. WTF??? The Gov. has long argued and spells out in detail in his manifesto that he thinks the federal government shouldn’t be able to tell him a 12 year old can’t work for $1.50 an hour for 50 hours a week. He has railed for years that Social Security and Medicare violate the Constitution. But now he starts a Texas Two Step Shuffle and has his mouthpiece come out and say “The governor wants to see the benefits for existing retirees and those close to Social Security be strongly protected. Beyond that, “he believes a full review and discussion of entitlement reforms need to be had, aimed at seeing that programs like Social Security and Medicare are fiscally responsible and sound.” Can’t anger the Old Folks now can we?

The best insight of his manifesto in my book though is his twisted position that the War of Northern Aggression/Civil War was the result of slaveholder activism in the 1850s. This he says was an example of big government federal overreach. He claims that Fugitive Slave Act completely ignored the human rights of the enslaved African-Americans of the south, but worse it violated the sovereignty of the Northern States. So in other words, slavery may be bad but violating another states sovereignty is worse? He writes “we can never know what would have happened in the absence of federal involvement.” Ah Ha, Peace and no war with just a slight cost, continued slavery.

Make one wonder what his next Texas Two Step waffle on his past positions will be.