At most any other time in our nation’s history talk like what Gov. Perry espoused at the Tea Party could possibly be labeled as treasonous. How can you love your country, ie. the United States of America and imply that secession is a good idea.
In the clip Gov. Perry states that Texas is a unique place, when we came into the Union in 1845 one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that. Nowhere in the terms of Texas’ annexation an I find any such provision stating this. Although the provisions of the Texas Annexation document did call for the allowance of creation of four additional states which is a popular argument being bandied about. However Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution already spelled out the issue of forming new states through the junction or division of existing states and reads:
“New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.”
Much of the oration we hear these days conveniently leaves out out the last six words of the Article. To me they seem to make a huge difference.
In this clip Gov. Perry starts out saying that it is great to see all these people with purity in their hearts and independence on their mind and how he loved to see this many Patriots standing outside city hall. Not withstanding that, from what I read and heard, the Tea Parties were to be about Taxation and the Administration’s wanton disregard for the people’s money. Was there a real intent that I was unaware of then I attended my local Tea Party? As a veteran I was proud to see all the patriotic displays and feeling the people had of doing something. But when the talk started veering to secession and how the only way to fix the problem was to leave the Union, well there were a couple of wackos with signs advocating what I would call lynching the President, my heart sank. When I entered the United States Army, I took an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Like it or not was not an issue.
I have voted in ten presidential elections and have not agreed with the outcome of each and every one. Do we as a society that has prospered and been the awe of the world for over two hundred years throw it all away because we are unhappy with the last election. The problem I see is that our politicians for the greatest part have never worn a United States military uniform and known the discipline and respect for the country one gains from doing so. Instead we have draft dodgers, college deferments and “I was too busy serving in other ways”. These are the type people who do not always do what is best for our great country and know how to propagandize an issue to their benefit. Be wary you do not fall into the trap they are springing for you. Don’t fall for electioneering propaganda, treason or just plain unhealthy talk.