Thursday, April 16, 2009

President Obama: This Cannot Be Ignored Much Longer

Remember this, from Edward Percovic, best friend of Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski:
"We recently discovered that 30 states had declared sovereignty. One of his concerns was why were these major events in America not being reported to the public."
Then we have Glenn Beck's support for secession:

"You can’t convince me that the Founding Fathers wouldn’t allow you to secede.

The Constitution is not a suicide pact, and if a state says: ‘I don’t want to go there, because that’s suicide, they have a right to back out. They have a right — people have a right to not commit economic suicide...

[...]Texas says go to hell, Washington, which by the way has been said before. I believe it was Davey’s about time that somebody says that again."
Most recently, we have this from Texas Governor Rick Perry:
"We think it’s time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas. That’s what this press conference, that’s what these Texans are standing up for. There is a point in time where you stand up and say enough is enough, and I think Americans, and Texans especially have reached that point."
Then tonight, I'm watching Hardball, and Tom Delay is on, grinning like he's been sniffing the insecticide again, dancing around Chris Mathews' questions. "Is Gov. Perry really serious about secession?" Mathews asked. "Because 600,000 people died the last time Texas talked about it." Delay, a frozen smile on his face, wouldn't give a definitive answer, except to repeat how "proud" and "independent" Texans are, that they "have a unique history with the United States," and that they wouldn't "let the federal government tell them what to do," over and over again.

For a state that receives 88 cents of federal support for every 1 dollar of taxes it gives, compared to Minnesota's ratio of 46 cents to the dollar, that's a lot of proud and arrogant talk. For a former Confederate state's governor to even hint at secession, that's bordering on treasonous. Wasn't this issue settled almost 150 years ago? Remember the Pledge of Allegiance that they were sooooo adamant, a year ago, that Pres. Obama recite? It includes the words "one Nation, indivisible." Indivisible, dammit! We're not going through that shit again.

The Republicans, as has been said here and many other places, have been reduced to their base, the hard-core crazies and wingnut extremists. They've become not just the "party of no," but a whiny, manic, totally insane gang of ignorant, obstructionist cretins. Texas is the same state whose senator, John Cornyn, thinks he can keep the rightful winner of the Minnesota Senate race out of office. The same state whose governor seems to think that the federal government is overly intrusive, has a senator who thinks he can decide who represents Minnesota in the United States Senate! The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

As David Waldman at Daily Kos put it:
The new Republican "theory" of democracy:

GOP wins: "Mandate! Elections have consequences!"

GOP loses: "Tyranny! Fascism! Revolution! Secession!
The Republican party, as I've said many times before, is only interested in regaining power, not bettering the lives of Americans. The tea parties, the obstructionism, the lying and deceit; all this is excessive, but not outside the law. Divisive, but not presenting a clear and present danger to the Republic. However, what Rick Perry and others are saying is dangerous, threatening, ominous speech; it cannot be allowed to continue. One civil war in this country was enough.

Therefore, I ask and implore President Obama, that if Gov. Perry continues to speak of secession, to send Federal troops to the state capitol at Austin, Texas, and arrest the governor on charges of high treason. These actions by Gov. Perry demand nothing less than his arrest and trial, and it must happen with all deliberate haste, should he continue to foment rebellion against the legitimate authority of the United States government. A challenge of this gravity, especially at this crucial time in our nation's history, deserves nothing less.

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