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Deliberately misjudging RICK PERRY – Washington Times

August 21, 2011

Deliberately misjudging Rick Perry

Governor talked ‘state sovereignty,’ critics reported ‘secession’

By Brian Testa and J.W. Verret -The Washington Times Friday, August 19, 2011

Illustration: Judging Texas by John Camejo for The Washington Times

Since his entry into the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has faced continued derision for his “secession comment.” After his recent announcement, we were curious about the national media’s characterization of the comment and were surprised to learn it is far less salacious than proclaimed.

He was prompted with a “gotcha” question on whether Texas should secede after speaking at a Tea Party rally against federal government intrusion into local issues and responded:

“There’s a lot of different scenarios. Texas is a unique place. When we came in the Union in 1845, one of the issues was whether we would be able to leave if we decided to do that. My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

Mr. Perry made a strong threat to respond to federal intrusion into matters traditionally left to the states. That threat should be considered along the lines of his previous responses in standing against the federal strings tied to stimulus money or in a sovereignty resolution he pushed through the Texas Legislature.

While he might have been more careful about answering such a loaded question, Mr. Perry took a principled stance in favor of state sovereignty; more important, he came nowhere near truly suggesting secession.

The national media has accepted at face value early mischaracterization of the comment from the liberal Huffington Post rather than engaging with his principled support for state sovereignty. It is much easier to dismiss his stance with such a gimmick than to address the argument directly, but voters shouldnt fall for such a cheap trick.

Supporters of state sovereignty believe that local empowerment makes leaders more accountable. Simply put, it’s much harder to ignore your constituents when you still live next door to them.

And it’s harder for special interests to reach 50 state capitals and thousands of municipalities than to concentrate their efforts inside the Beltway. Many politicians pay lip service to this principle, but when they get to Washington, they too frequently are insulated by the prestige and power they enjoy.

via TESTA & VERRET: Deliberately misjudging Rick Perry – Washington Times.

One Comment
  1. Kenneth Chemin permalink
    August 22, 2011 12:39 PM

    Rick Perry is the only person in the race able to beat obama. this country can not stand another three years of obams bad judgements.

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