I must admit that I didn't pay much attention to the Tea Parties taking place around the country today. I figured it was primarily a bunch of noise from rich Republicans and the Fox Network. However, it seems that Texas governor Rick Perry was feeling very comfortable with the Texas Tea Party.
The folks at Texas Politics blog provided this audio-tape of Gov. Perry indicating that he wouldn't be against Texas pulling out of the Union. Listen to Gov. Perry for yourself:
Speaking with reporters after a tea party rally in Austin today, Gov. Rick Perry said Texas can leave the union if it wants to:
"Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that," Perry said. "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, who knows what may come of that."Perry also was asked whether the tea party anti-tax rallies are part of a growing national movement.
"I have never seen the power of the grassroots as antimated and as focused and as coordinated...It is a very powerful moment in American history.Is the anger and frustration of the Republican Party so strong against the Obama administration that they are actually talking about pulling out some Confederate Civil War strategy in the 21st century?
"I would suggest that members of congress who are filing for election or re-election in eight months are listening."
"They're hearing everyday working folks saying, 'Listen, it's out of control. We're trying to live our lives and you're strangling us with your spending and your taxation."