4.14.2009

Viva La Revolution: And Rick Perry Shall Lead Us

A few weeks back, I mentioned a resolution in the Texas Legislature that pretty much said: "Hey, federal government, get off of our lawn!" Which, in legal terms, means that some in Texas believe the federal government has become a monster never anticipated by the Constitution and it is the States that rightfully should have the vast majority of the power. (You'll hear people quote the Tenth Amendment which says that unless the Constitution expressly provides a power to the federal government, that power is possessed by the States.) Ron Paul believes it. Right wingers believe. Libertarians believe it. Heck, I believe it having preached it for years. (I wrote a boring, yet insightful, article on it back in 1997 during my DA days.) Rick Perry has stunningly (for him) decided that this is a pretty good horse to ride, and he has been everywhere today preaching the "State's Rights" message. He's been promoting the Resolution cited above and has rattled off "Tenth Amendment" in every other sentence. (He even made it to the Sean Hannity Radio Show.) Well, it all comes to a head tomorrow when a variety of anti-big government Tea Parties take place across the nation. Those in Texas are really jumping on this band wagon, and Gov. Perry is supporting them all -- if not taking the lead. (There will even be one in Decatur at the courthouse.) I just think it is too late. The federal government will always be a 500 pound gorilla and no "peaceful" revolution will ever change that. Too many people are apathetic. I care, I just think it's a hopeless cause. It may take a revolution, but it won't be at the ballot box. And I don't see that ever happening until a complete economic collapse has all of us raiding grocery stores before all the food is gone. Then we'll start from scratch again.

43 comments:

wordkyle said...

Not to be cynical, but I believe Rick Perry's support for this (probably lost) cause may have a lot to do with a certain governor's race against someone with the initials KBH. In any case, the resolution has essentially no teeth. The only possible effect may be if our congressmen are less than enthusiastic supporters and challengers for their seats make an issue out of it next year. (P.S. Stay tuned for accusations of "children suffering" and "reviving slavery" directed toward supporters.)

And don't be surprised if Obama's new and improved Department of Homeland Security doesn't list every participant in those Tea parties as an enemy combatant.

Anonymous said...

Straws, anyone? Rick Perry is grasping at them.

Anonymous said...

This whole Tea Party is a joke! What a bunch of crazies. Fox News is making their own news here.

Anonymous said...

I'll be there tomorrow with my ACORN shirt on!

Anonymous said...

502...AS USUAL..!!

Anonymous said...

Perry knows the jig is up. Pretty boy needs to go back to the farm where he was raised - by DEMOCRAT parents - and they likely cringed when he switched parties.

Go Kay Bailey!

Phillip J Hubbell said...

"The federal government will always be a 500 pound gorilla and no "peaceful" revolution will ever change that."

Peaceful?

Anonymous said...

Hello.

I'm Al Franken.

US Senator from the state of Minnesota.

LIVE FROM NEW YORK.....IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!

Double Fake Al Franken

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul 2012!

Anonymous said...

A whole lot of bitchin' about taxes and deficits. Well, if you need to spend bunches on defined benefit plans (SS & Medicare/Medicaid) and a bloated military, roads, air traffic control, FDA etc etc it takes money - from taxes. BTW - Texas receives more money from the government than it pays in taxes. When are ya'll gonna thank the rest of the country for supporting us?

Kingfish said...

8:30 you are wrong. Texas pays more than it receives. I provided a source link. In Texas, we call this proof.

http://www.taxfoundation.org/press/show/22659.html

Anonymous said...

This tea party push is very interesting.

It is being promoted by the same folks that allowed the prior administration to spend with no accountability. True enough the current administration is spending significantly – but whether you agree with them or not at least it’s all out there to be examined (and debated). This instead of being hidden away or never included in the annual budgets.

Obama’s tax increase doesn’t start till 2011 - and win they do take effect their impact has been over stated. For at couple/family with a taxable income (not adjusted gross income – but taxable income) under $250,000 there would be no change in taxes due. For those between $250,000 and $347,000 – it will cost a maximum of an additional $4700.

We all need to take a breath and realize that there is a cost to the high living we’ve been enjoying.

Anonymous said...

Hey, all those with an opinion - and I don't tell you what it has to be - there is a TEA party at 11AM at the Court House on Tax Day.

Feel free to come and support your position. And, by the way, Barry, apathy is highly overrated.

wordkyle said...

830 - Just a suggestion that you check (or at least give references for) your information. According to The Tax Foundation, in 2005 (the most recent year covered in the chart,) Texas received about 94 cents in federal spending for every dollar Texans paid in federal taxes. For nearly thirty years or more, Texas has never received more than it paid. Please feel free to dispute this with evidence. As for the rest of your remarks, you stated a fact -- government spending requires taxpayer money.

Anonymous said...

Will they be serving crumpets with the tea?

Anonymous said...

Well, 8:30, OF COURSE Texas receives more money from the gov... because we have MORE ILLEGALS living here and have to pay for their costs of living, dying..etc. Maybe you're one of them, huh?

Anonymous said...

Obammy said during the campaign he was going to get a dog from a shelter. But I do give him credit for rescuing it from Teddy The Swimmer Kennedy. He wouldn't have had a chance if Ted would have taken him from a drive. And how ironic that he get a water dog? You just can't make this stuff up. Mary Jo Kupechne was unavailable for comment.

Anonymous said...

On December 21 2012 the silent majority will be us.

Anonymous said...

Do yall realize what "teabagging" means, right???

Anonymous said...

Instead of shouting 10th Amendment resolution why not just stand behind Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution. Its apparant nobody in Austin has read it lately.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/SOTWDocs/CN/htm/CN.1.htm#1.1

Anonymous said...

I am just so glad Republicans are concerned so much about Bo. This is too important of an issue for them to not worry about.

Anonymous said...

Go to the Tea Party at the court house. We've got to do something. The government is corrupt. Banker get bailouts and bonuses, why? Because Congress and the President help their friends. Paulson = Goldman-Sachs. I don't know about you, but I don't want to pay back money that was given free to the financial sector.

Anonymous said...

Meet at the Tea Party!!! GO GO GO!

Anonymous said...

Don't stay home and vent on the blog or gripe. Go protest tomorrow because our country is heading toward the cliff. Forget about the parties or the past eight years. Just think about what we can do to get attention of Congress by standing up together.

Don't wait until we are looting grocery stores to get our children something to eat to take action.

Take your husband/wife, neighbors, friends with you! You don't have to make signs since there will be a lot of signs there. Also, ACRON will be at the larger protests so be careful about signing petitions.

And if you get on Homeland Security terrorists list, it is still better than waking up someday living in a third world country!

There will come the day when the states will declare their states rights against a central planning government that robs us of liberty.

Anonymous said...

Who organized this locally?

Anybody know?

Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy of it all. Most of those in attendance at the tea parties will have voted for Phil King!!!!!!!!!!!

Step one in the revolution.....throw the bums out, even your bum.

Remote Controller said...

Why is it called a Tea Party? That sounds like it was taxation without representation, but what the federal government is spending was voted in by our very own representatives.

This protest is terrible. If you want to change things then you need to go to "your" representative's or senator's headquarters and camp out there. Treat our elected officials like they are walking into an abortion clinic everyday and I can pretty much bank that might influence the next decision they make when it comes to our futures and taxes.

Anonymous said...

Rick Perry is reaching. His time is done.

Woo hoo!!!!

Viva KBH.

Anonymous said...

I am for Rick Perry and every other citizen that speaks out against this atrocity of which Madison, Jefferson and others were concerned. KBH needs to speak out as well as apathetic Barry. You are on the right side of an issue Barry...we need you.

Anonymous said...

Homeland Security lists....pffft. What makes them think they're the only ones with a list?

Anonymous said...

9:06 PM Thanks for your common sense remarks on this Tea Party thing.

Honestly, people WHAT are you protesting? We have a democratically elected government, doing what has to be done.

Poll after poll shows the majority (71%) of Americans approve of President Obama's actions to improve our economy!

You are in the minority. Deal with it!

Anonymous said...

I hope the Messenger snaps pics of every "protester" at this rally.

That should tell the political story.

Will the Commissioner's Court be present?

Anybody know?

Anonymous said...

The Tea Party today is organized by a group called Freedom Works and coordinated promotion with Fox News.

Freedom works is funded by Dick Army, conservative Republican who left Congress and became a LOBBYIST for companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and the life insurance industry. Armey’s lobbying firm represents Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, on energy related issues. This organized tea party is really aimed at Obama's decisions affecting health care, etc.

IF YOU THINK THIS TEA PARTY IS ABOUT YOU == YOU ARE MISINFORMED. Lobbyist are using you! Then they will screw you. DICK armey knows exactly how to do that. THIS IS THE WAY THE REPUBLICAN MACHINE WORKS. THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS IN SUCH BAD SHAPE.

Anonymous said...

Hate groups and racists are joining the Tea Parties.

Fox News recently had Canadian white supremacist, Paul Fromm, on a segment they did. They called him a "free speech activist" or something like that. Think Fox News is in the tank for racism? No doubt.

wordkyle said...

1000 - You are absolutely correct. We can't have our citizens committing random acts of freedom of expression. Where will it end? The next thing you know they'll be demanding responsible government. Oh, the humanity! That is all such typical Republican ideology.

Anonymous said...

Oh Wordy, where are you, in response to 10:00?

We want da research.

Anonymous said...

I can't pay more taxes!!! When will this stop? If you make 250,000 per year you already pay in enough every year to pay for 3 average wise county income families a year--I don't want to add $4700 additional to that already astonomical amount... I'm going broke paying taxes...isn't this a repeat of history...taxation without representation....I don't care if you are republican or democrat...no working person wants to pay half what they make to the government... only the unemployed support that.

Anonymous said...

11:36 - the maximum federal taxation rate is about 38% - after deductions. At times in the past the max rate has been much higher but I don't know how you claim to "pay half what they make to the government..." You sound like a bit of a financial whiner.

Anonymous said...

A relative in East Texas received his tax information from his CPA and it included two tea bags.

Woo hoo.

Anonymous said...

Have fun with all that teabagging, boys. It's about time you came out of the closet!

chupacabra said...

Last paragraph is sad, prophetic but, true.

Anonymous said...

12:26 You are only speaking of the Fed Inc Tax. That is the largest single tax, but far short of the total. The congress wants us to not know how much tax we pay, hence the myriad of different taxes. If there were only a single tax levied at the federal, and also the state levels, it would be too easy for us to keep up with the total cost of our government, and would be too obvious how often and to what amount they continue to raise our taxes.

Anonymous said...

I organized the tea party. No one helped, no one funded, just my idea because I'm tired of losing my country...that my family fought and died for, btw.....I am not a republican or a democrat. I am an American.
All of you that are complaining about the tea party and conservatives.....what price have you paid for your freedom? Are you or any of your family fighting for your right to blabber and insult hard-working Americans here? Do you have a history of family memeber who served our country? Or do you just distain those that would stand between you and annialation? God bless America...once more!