Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) claimed today that Texas entered the Union reserving the right to secede if it later chose, and postulated that circumstances might make that advisable in the future.
Specifically, according to the AP he said:
There's a lot of different scenarios. 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.
Now, it seems that Gov. Perry didn’t actually suggest that Texas secede, but maintained that the state has the right to do so. Accordingly, when I note that our national government has the perfect right to hang traitors, don’t mistake me for saying that Gov. Perry’s neck should be fitted for a noose just yet.
By the way, this is the second time this month I’ve heard an idiot “Republican” claim that states have the right to secede. (The first person shall not be named: let’s just say he’s a particularly, uh, strident fellow who I have regular dealings with.) Thus, on behalf of my Republican, pro-Union ancestors, let us reaffirm: “The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible union, of indestructible states.”