We can laugh at the apparent absurdity of those gosh darn Texas secessionists, but such talk certainly smack of treasonous behavior. Not now or for decades, but under history's long reach the actors of discontent in the future could latch upon this ridiculous talk to further boost their cause. The Serbs used a 700-year-old losing battle against Kosovo to justify war a decade ago and Christian-Muslim strife is de rigeuer for any cleric or politician in the Middle East.
A new poll of dubious value from the Daily Kos and Research 2000 shows many Texans--especially Republicans--are quite torn over the possibility of leaving the union if President Obama does not quit taxing them (or, should we accurately say, start actually taxing people more of their earnings.)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (why does he look like Josh Brolin in W.?) and the party at large as gone too far in painting a very dangerous dichotomy between Obama's so-called "socialist" tendencies (the RNC wants Democrats to rename the party Socialist Democrat) and open rebellion. Under the great tradition of revolt under repressive taxation, you could applaud Republicans for fighting the same noble challenge the Founding Fathers waged against King George. One problem, the entire argument is Rovian; politically-bent and unnecessarily divisive. This isn't saying you're neighbor's wife is a bad person, this is saying she sleeps with the mailman and the pool boy without any evidence. This talk is Texas is the folly of home wreckers.
Did Perry know what sort of firestorm he would create? He may have not prepared such a remark in advance. What he did is whip up non-sensical colonial tendencies based upon nothing, whatsoever. Are liberals and elites merely brushing off their valid concerns? Not even. The basis for all this subterfuge is simply the party lost to an African American man who is now in charge of cleaning up a colossal mess created by a family of white elite Americans. Secession is not a concept to be thrown around lightly. The state should be embarrassed for uttering such language in public and its leaders censured. Secession is treason. The bloodiest war in American history was fought because of this procedure and the Confederate flag stands not for a glorified Southern culture, but for those who attempted to fracture this union.
John Stewart said it best last week to Fox's Sean Hannity:
I think you might be confusing tyranny with losing. And I feel for you because I've been there. A few times, in fact one of them was a bit of a nail biter. But see, when the guy that you disagree with gets elected, he's probably going to do things you disagree with. He could cut taxes on the wealthy, remove government's oversight capability, invade a country that you thought should not be invaded. That's not tyranny. That's democracy. See, now you're in the minority. It's supposed to taste like a shit taco.