secession

Did Perry use the “s” word?

Sep 22, 2011 By Paul Burka

The matter of whether Rick Perry has advocated secession arose on Fox News last night. He insisted that he has never used the s-word, except to refer to signs at tea party rallies that say "SECEDE." As far as I know, he is right. Here is what Perry did say back on April 15, 2009, during a raucous aftermath of an Austin tea party rally, when a reporter shouted out: “Some have associated you with the idea of secession or sovereignty for your state.…” Perry replied, “Texas is a unique place. When we came in the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.” Not true, and it's rather amazing that Perry made such an egregious historical error. He didn't use the s-word, but what he did say was incorrect. Texas did not enter the union with the right "to be able to leave if we decided to do that." It's pretty much American History 101 that states don't have the right to leave the Union. Hundreds of thousand of Americans gave their lives to preserve that principle.

Tea for Texas, Tea for Tennessee

Jul 25, 2010 By Paul Burka

America could have two governors who favor secession after the November elections. The other would be congressman Zach Wamp of Tennessee, who is trailing Bill Haslam by 36% to 25% in the latest Mason-Dixon poll. The Hotline quotes Wamp as saying that Tennessee and other states “may have…