Saturday, April 18, 2009

Questioning Rick Perry's patriotism...

Some of the blogs out there have really been doing some major name calling when it comes to Texas Governor Rick Perry and his recent statements regarding Texas and the topic of secession. I don't want Texas to secede, but I also don't believe our government holds the right to keep a state that wants to leave the union. What's really at issue when you read the press release from Rick Perry it's not so much secession but state's rights. No one can deny that our present form of government is the way it was designed to exist and states have basically lost many of the rights they had when it came to determining what they wanted for their own citizens.

If this topic interests you? An additional FAQ page, one of the points:
Q: Doesn't the Texas Constitution reserve the right of Texas to secede?
A:

No such provision is found in the current Texas Constitution[1](adopted in 1876) or the terms of annexation.[2] However, it does state (in Article 1, Section 1) that "Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States..." (note that it does not state "...subject to the President of the United States..." or "...subject to the Congress of the United States..." or "...subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States...")

Neither the Texas Constitution, nor the Constitution of the united States, explicitly or implicitly disallows the secession of Texas (or any other "free and independent State") from the United States. Joining the "Union" was ever and always voluntary, rendering voluntary withdrawal an equally lawful and viable option (regardless of what any self-appointed academic, media, or government "experts"—including Abraham Lincoln himself—may have ever said).

Both the original (1836) and the current (1876) Texas Constitutions also state that "All political power is inherent in the people ... they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper."

I support the concept of State's rights, just as I am against the practice of unfunded or underfunded federal mandates, believing that if the Federal Government is going to tell a State it "has" to do something? It should provide the full funding or it should be voluntary.

1 comment:

Tim Higgins said...

Lisa Renee,

I believe that this will be much in debate over the next few years as we continue expanding the powers of the executive branch and of the federal bureaucracy.

This didn't start with this Administration, but neither does it seem to be slowing down under it.