Rick Perry Flip Flops On Secession for Texas

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) became a national joke when he advocated that Texas secede from the United States during the tea party protests, but today Perry flip flopped and wrote that he never advocated secession, but instead was only trying to protect states Tenth Amendment rights.

At the protest Perry said, “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

In the Austin American-Statesman, Perry wrote today, “I can’t say I was surprised that critics recast my defense of federalism and fiscal discipline into advocacy for secession from the Union. I have never advocated for secession and never will.”

He said what he was actually addressing was the growth of the federal government, “Like the president, members of Congress and every other state governor, I have sworn oaths to our nation and Constitution. My sincere pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution has fueled my concern and my statements about the recent unprecedented expansion of our federal government. ”

Perry continued with the damage control, “Apologists for an all-encompassing government tout side issues as a smokescreen to obscure the truly necessary debate on the proper role and size of government. That is why I have enthusiastically added my voice to the growing chorus of 10th Amendment supporters. None of us want to see unconstrained government of the magnitude that the amendment’s authors were so careful to legislate against.”

The above is Perry’s spin. Now, let’s discuss what really happened. Gov. Perry is facing a tough primary re-election challenge against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison next year. By taking shots at the federal government, Perry was not only appealing to the base of his party, but he was also unleashing some veiled criticism at his primary opponent.

Perry never thought that his comments about secession, which were supposed to be red meat for the base, would be picked up by the national media, and that the coverage would turn him into a joke. His reelection campaign stunt backfired, and now he has had to some serious damage control. Hutchison supports stem cell research and abortion rights, while Perry is a social conservative. Their primary battle will be the first hint about the future direction of the GOP.

3 Replies to “Rick Perry Flip Flops On Secession for Texas”

  1. Perry is. Obama probably called Perry and told him, “Hey Rick, why don’t you come out here to D.C. Hell, I’ll even personally spring for your airfare and martinis on the plane. When you get here, we’re going to have a big ol’ ceremony to push Texas right out of the union, and I’m going to ask you to bend over right in front of everybody so I can kick your big, fat, tex-ass right out of the union. It will be a great symbolic statement for your sucession from the union. What do you say RICK?”

  2. As Cromwell said ” You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

  3. Fellow Americans please please wake up! What our President is doing and/or proposing to do will change this, our country in ways that we will never be able to get back. I didn’t vote Obama, but chose to give him the chance he deserved. I now have an informed and educated view that what he is doing will ruin America and what this country stands for. I am not Democrat or Rebublican neither party has America’s best interest, but there own in mind. Our Senate has made a mochary out of the job that we the people have hired them to do. Do you think that they get paid, and paid well, to not even take the time to read what they approving for the good of our country. I am from Texas, born and raised, and I believe that if it is best for our State to seceed from the union then that is just what we should do. Texas is a self sufficient state which will need no help from the states in the rest of the union to survive. So to all of you who think that Gov. Perry and Texans in general are a joke remember that. While you give your congress and President all the power to control your country, state and personal lives we Texans will choose to follow that Constitution that was intended for all, not for interpertation, but as is. So those of you that don’t believe in the Constution or Bill or Rights, or in our Military that protects us everyday what will you celebrate tomorrow on this Independence Day

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