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(CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ruling out the possibility his state may one day secede from the nation.
Speaking to an energetic and angry tea party crowd in Austin Wednesday evening, the Lone Star State governor suggested secession may happen in the future should the federal government not change its fiscal polices.
"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "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."
Perry, who is beginning to gear up for what could be a challenging re-election race, rejected more than $500 million in federal stimulus funds earlier this year and has been highly critical of President Obama's stimulus package.
His comments come a week after endorsing a resolution in the Texas state House reasserting state sovereignty over federal mandates.
Specifically it states that "all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed."
Texas, America's second biggest state in area and population, was its own nation for 10 years before joining the United States in 1845.
Should Texas one day secede, one man may already be vying to be its president. Actor Chuck Norris said last month he may be interested in the post.
“I may run for president of Texas,” Norris wrote in a column posted at WorldNetDaily. “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”
Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
then tell me how Texas plans to enforce their status as a sovereign state?
Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, joined by several fellow Texas House Democrats, said "some people associate talk of secession with racial division and the Civil War."
"Talk of secession is an attack on our country. It can be nothing else. It is the ultimate anti-American statement," Dunnam said.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, said that by not rejecting the possibility of secession out of hand, Perry "is taking a step down a very dangerous and divisive path encouraged by the fringe of Texas politics."
It was the shout-out heard around the world: Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry's praise for his state's tea party protestors, accompanied by not-so-veiled references to a potential Lone Star State secession. The remarks prompted glaring red website headlines and instant fodder for cable TV pundits. But for Texas political insiders, Perry's waving of the flag of secession was just the latest volley in a Texas-sized Republican civil war — a face-off between Perry and his potential rival for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Most observers in Texas believe Hutchison will indeed challenge Perry. She has moved from being coy about her plans to being less coy about running for governor. Still, there has been no official annoucement. And so Perry has embarked on a Pavlovian political exercise: you say "Hutchison" and he says "Washington." Some Perry backers have even dubbed the 16-year senate veteran "Kay Bailout Hutchison."
Originally posted by Phoenix2
So, then tell me how Texas plans to enforce their status as a sovereign state? Sounds like military force is the only option, which is tantamount to treason. I am not insinuating that him speaking of seceding is treason, but the actions required to back up that foolish plan will be. As a member of the US Military, I would hate nothing more than spilling the blood of my own countrymen and countrywomen, but if ordered by my nation, I am literally sworn to do so, and will. It would be one of the most unfortunate and heart wrenching experiences. I do not think that the governor of Texas speaks for his people or for their welfare. I think most Texans, as I, am loyal to the UNITED States of America.
Texas has the resources and income to survive on its own without Pelosi and Obama telling Texans how Texas should be run. We see what a mess both of their home states are in.
I think it has potential... its got 71 supporters in the House so far, but we'll have to see.
Its more than likely a lot of BS, but I'm gonna support it just in case it gets the ball rolling on it...