Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Loon Star State

At what point should we excuse Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) from polite company - and the Governor's Mansion?
“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.”

Of course, that silly bit of rhetoric has nothing to do with reality.

Governor Rick Perry, five days ago: Governor Perry Calls FEMA To Assist With Wildfires

Governor Rick Perry, last month: Governor Perry Calls For 1,000 Troops To Be Sent To Border

Governor Rick Perry, five months ago: Governor Perry Requests 18 Month Extension Of Federal Aid For Ike Debris Removal

In short, Perry wants Texas to be free of interference from the affairs of the state except when he goes to Washington with the collection plate.

Gah. It's really sad to think about what's become of my home state. I have no clue how this clown has been able to maintain the governorship for this long, which is longer than anyone else in state history.

A buddy of mine who knows the history behind this kind of asshattery said last night: "this is insane ... we fought the civil war over this shit (among other things). it's how we almost went to war w/ south carolina under pres. jackson. you can't defy the federal government b/c it's too oppressive."

Yes, the idiocy is just staggering. But I guess it could be worse: Chuck Norris could be lieutenant governor.

Here's some video:


Bougie Applebum said...

You already know I have beef with Rick Perry. When it comes to this junk of an official I am always at a loss for words. His term in office feels like a never-ending saga and with each year the burden grows heavier and heavier. I mean really - can someone tell me when this man will pack up his crap and go?!

You're right - it could be worse. And with that said, I must keep hope alive that Rick doesn't try to run for President in the not-so-distant future. I don't know if he has his sights set on a campaign run, but if he did, I'm sure he'd gain a lot of support.

Anonymous said...

i love the links. reads like some headlines from The Onion. Only wait, it's real ...