The magic word
Governor Perry kinda said or hinted at the magic word back on April 15 during a Tea Party in our Metroplex area, maybe it was at Arlington.
‘Course you might want to recall the close-in (Tea Party) backdrop, the mood of the people gathered there-in combination with the verbiage on their signs, but (most especially) the approaching 2010 primary and general election season in which the governor has strong opposition.
In other words, we might want to heed his statements as we pop in a large grain of salt. Now if Sarah Palin, governor of America’s largest state, had been the one speaking the "magic word" (in reference to Texas), many of us might be in a highly excited state of mind but, no, it was only Governor Perry (evidently) attempted some one-upmanship on all those highly charged Tea Partiers gathered round about.
The "magic word" is not a nasty, unpatriotic, mean, malevolent, vicious, bad, disgusting, or cruel sort of word; not at all.
As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true, especially when certain conditions exist or are in the making, such as are now.
The magic word, very simply, is secede.
However, if you determine the words "break from," "separate," " split," " pull out," " withdraw," " disaffiliate," " break away" or "become independent" make for nasty, then I guess to you it is a bad word.
Historically speaking, however, when Paul Revere made his midnight ride to alert the patriots and their guns at Concord, when George Washington and his patriots braved the icy waters of the Delaware River, or when Patrick Henry uttered "I know not what course others may take but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death," we think of these historical events as an important part of who we are as a people.
Too often, however, we do not connect these purely American acts of heroism with the overall step in development at the time: the process of seceding from England!
Actually, Governor Perry has not walked the walk in order to be trusted to lead in such an important step as the act of secession.
His track record gives him away. For instance, being an early and strong advocate of building the infamous Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) is one glowing example. Not that we don’t need good roads in Texas; just a short jaunt across the county or a marathon across the state gives ample evidence to the need.
But roads built by a foreign entity (with our tax money, along with their investment money) who will set up toll booths at the roads’ completion-and charging us to drive them, thus fulfilling the act of double-taxation upon this state’s taxpayers.
The reason for this drastic departure from how we’ve previously got the road building/maintaining job done is our political leaders, the governor being a high-muckety-muck one of them, have allowed the size and cost of government to outstrip its revenue.
So we go abroad. As a matter of fact, the TTC idea itself is nothing more than a way to get Chinese products from Mexican ports (ours are working at capacity) up to the Golden Goose (that’s us).
Foreign dependence once again.
But back to the governor’s trustability to lead in a secession movement; as I recall, though giving some lip-service to the illegal immigration problem, he mostly agreed with GW Bush in his early non-support of protecting our Texas border.
You certainly would desire a future leader of a new republic (Texas) to have a record of protecting its borders, wouldn’t you?
Governor Perry’s strongest asset to date is he looks good up on the political stage, though I don’t think he depends on the TV monitor as much as does The Obama, if that’s an asset.
If Texas were somehow miraculously able to successfully secede from the national (no longer federal) government, studies have been made placing it in the top ten (maybe even top five) nations of the world in short order.
Why in no time at all, Texas would be asked to dole out money, in the form of foreign aid, to its former association, I predict.
If trouble did come, we could always put in a local call and simply say, "Hello, Houston, we’ve got a problem"
May God bless.