Cultural Revolutions

Change is in the Air

Gov. Rick Perry was a star at the Texas “tea parties,” denouncing Washington and mentioning the s-word—secession—in front of enthusiastic crowds.  Perry had already made headlines by calling for Texas to reject Washington’s “stimulus” funds and by backing a resolution in the Texas House of Representatives affirming the state’s sovereignty, before he fired up the tea-party crowds (he spoke at three gatherings, gave numerous TV and radio interviews on the 15th, and had promoted the nationwide tea parties beforehand) with statements such as this: “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference in the affairs of our state.”  Washington, stated Perry, is “mortgaging our future,” and “My hope is that Washington pays attention.  We’ve got a great union.  There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it.  But if Washington continues to thumb its nose at the American people . . . who knows what might come out of that.”

Perry, known as a Bush loyalist, has been surprising some of us recently.  The violence along the southern border, for instance, has become so serious that, in February, even Perry, who previously had barely noticed that Texas had a southern border, called for 1,000 troops (he said he didn’t care if they were military, National...

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