Let History Record that Texas Lead American Reformation

I love being a Texan. Here’s one reason why. Texans are the first – but not the last, to be sure – to get fed up with our intrusive federal government.

“AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

Perry continued: “Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas.””

You go, Rick. More here, along with bracing video.

This is no small deal. The federal government has been pretending that the 10th Amendment doesn’t exist for almost a hundred years now – basically, since the end of the civil war. If governors start taking this to court, “The United States” could well become, “These United States” again – as they were pre-Lincoln – which would be nothing but good news. America was designed to be a federation of states, not a unitarian state. The US is just too big for that (As are Canada and Australia, for that matter).

11 Responses to “Let History Record that Texas Lead American Reformation”

  1. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Thats kind of a big step isnt it? Or has the federal level of government over there got to the stage it needs its nose bloodied a bit?

    One of the worst (IMHO) things Howard did was strengthen the Federal governments grip on the states via a court challenge. Our state govenments seem to be run worse than the federal at the moment though, but with KRudd in charge Im sure that will change.

    In your opinion what is the outcome of this sort of challenge? A bunch of legal battles to define the Feds roles, or a peaceful peelback of powers they shouldnt have anyway?

  2. bingbing Says:

    Crikey, mate, that’s a big call… especially when just a few months ago a Texan was running the bloody country.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Your United States has done pretty OK overall.

    Seriously, how the fuck would the Lone Star State survive, independently, in today’s global economy? With beef exports?

    Obama’s shite but he ain’t that bad.

  3. Angus Dei Says:

    IMO, Mole, Australia has too few states that are too large, and that’s a big part of the problem. Smaller states are run better because they are smaller. It’s that simple.

    Bingbing: All US states are supposed to be quasi-independent, and were from 1776 until 1865. All that US governors want – the conservative ones, anyway – is for the old order to be restored, so states can run their business AS DEFINED BY THE US CONSTITUTION for themselves. No state would be independent in the sense of leaving the US federation entirely, which is what the Confederate States wanted during the civil war. “These United States are” versus “The United States is” encapsulates the distinction perfectly. Before the civil war it was the former, after it was the latter. If not for liberal lawyer-judges, much federal law would have been ruled unconstitutional decades ago.

    • bingbing Says:

      Fair point. If Australia had a larger population, then perhaps smaller states could work. Haven’t really thought about it too much in the case of Australia. There has been an argument for Queensland being divided at Rockhampton but it all really isn’t that big an issue in Oz.

      BTW, How did those Tea Parties go?

      PS And poor Wesley Snipes is in jail because he took on your income tax laws. Maybe he watched Zeitgeist too many times.

  4. SonyaSunny Says:

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg

  5. spot_the_dog Says:

    Getting very interesting indeed!

    Gus, when you started off “I love being a Texan,” I thought you were channeling The Nuge in the interview Glenn Beck did with him from The Alamo for the Tea Party.
    (transcript & link to audio here)

    I’m going to play a firestorm of passionate Star Spangled Banner right there at the Alamo. It’s called the Shrine of Texas because literally and figuratively the line was drawn in the sand and you know the Texas economy, the Texas spirit, it’s so different, the Texas freedom. This is the last best place.

    I love America, but I love Texas more. This state is the last best place in the last best place

    Whoa, the HufferPoo’s are wetting themselves over all this Tea mParty stuff, over the fact that this time it’s the right who are going all “QUESTION AUTHORITY!!” and “DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTISM” on them.


  6. spot_the_dog Says:

    P.S. Two others by Uncle Ted, worth reading:

    Tax Protest at the Alamo

    Mr. President, Don’t Mess With Texas

    Definitely go have a look – I’d love to see another post by our resident Texan Angus Dei or someone else with some spare time & energy on how all the Tea Parties and all went – kind of a round-up of both Right & Left reactions.

    Gotta go now but will be back around for a bit tomorrow I reckon. See ya.

  7. bill Says:

    You fucktards are all far right wing EXTREMISTS and TREASONISTS ,do you really think you can just say things like that and get away with it ?

    I hope Obama locks you all up in Gwantanamo for every elses safety !

    • bingbing Says:

      Bill, if you’re just going to come on here and abuse the hosts of this blog, with no rational argument to back up your opposing viewpoint, don’t expect to be welcome here much longer.

      Now if you disagree with Angus’ post, it might help to explain why. You know, something like many federal laws were enacted over states to stop things such as racism when it came to the trade of goods between states.

      A mate explained that one briefly last night, and not being American, I’m not all up on the US constitution and various states’ history but at least I seem to know more than you considering in all your comments here, you have provided nothing but abuse… and a few laughs over your interesting take on basic spelling, grammar and punctuation… and the fact it’s great seeing a Lefty all hopeyragey.

      Chill, Bill.

    • bill Says:

      So why SHOULDNT you people be locked up for treason,it is obvious you want to OVERTHROW your own goverment.

      Bush LOST – get over it !!!!!

    • bingbing Says:

      Viva la Revolution and viva BDS!

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