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It’s About Time

15 April 2009

Well, we impertinent Texas rednecks are at it again. The present Administration and its lackeys in the Congress have forced our hands, and finally we see Texans publicly asserting the primacy of the states as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and in the main body of the Constitution itself.  Governor Perry is standing up to be counted alongside Governors Sanford and Jindal.  What we need now is a grassroots, red-state groundswell and a stern, forceful repudiation of this Administration’s brazen power- and money-grabs and the longer-term, steady, ineluctable accretion of federal influence over our lives.

Note to Senator Hutchison:  if you really want the Governor’s Office for your own next year, you’d better not get left behind on this.  Perry is right on the money.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 April 2009 8:28 am


    Perry knows little about making a payroll or the consequences of being unemployed through no fault of one’s own. The states lost their rights following the Late Unpleasantness. But whiners and poormouthers like Perry want to cut off their nose to spite their face. Worry about the strings later.

    By the way, I hear no one of Perry’s ilk fret about “the longer-term, steady, ineluctable accretion of federal influence over our lives” when it comes to military spending, Federal facilities such as the one I and over 1500 Texans work in, and funds and bureaucracy for additional border protection.


  2. 15 April 2009 12:13 pm

    Coop, what interests me is the remarkable absence of Constitutional content in your rant! Cheers, qb

  3. 15 April 2009 1:12 pm

    BTW, qb appreciates you being so willing to criticize a political figure with such circumscribed powers as a TX governor for his lack of experience in meeting a payroll. Surely we can then agree on that criticism’s magnified pertinence to, say, a major-league head of state somewhere. Hypothetically, that is. qb

  4. 15 April 2009 2:08 pm


    The constitution is a point of reference, not a fundamentalist straightjacket unaffected by historic events and politcal seachanges. The late German literary critic, Erich Heller, says it this way: “Civilization is a complex system of dams, dykes, and canals warding off, directing, and articulating the influx of the surrounding fluid element; a fertile fenland, elaborately drained and protected from the high tides of chaotic, unexercised, and inarticulate experience.” The same applies to our constitution.

    Thank God that the Texas Constitution inadvertently prevents goobers from gubernatorial power grabbing. Touché regarding Obama’s never having made a payroll. The ever-vigilant qb strikes again! However, Perry has never been involuntarily unemployed. Come next election he will be.


  5. 15 April 2009 4:16 pm

    A recipe for unfettered political licentiousness if there were one. The Constitution provides means for its alteration which is the very definition of flexibility, your blitheness notwithstanding. qb

  6. 15 April 2009 5:53 pm


    What, as my Irish great auntie would say, blarney, me boy! Whoever has had power has often played fast and loose with the Constitution–from George WI to George WXLIV. That’s why we have the judiciary. Even Jefferson was not always a strict constructionist. Remember Louisiana?And by the way, Obama is only following Ronald Reagan’s and George W’s lead in budget busting, uhhh, budgets.

    Attend the tea party of your choice. I prefer the Flying Saucer and a Pauliner heller.


  7. 15 April 2009 6:24 pm

    Following their lead? *choke* You are a funny guy, Coop. And the fact that we have not always been the strictest constructionists is no argument for pitching the broad, federalist contours of the Constitution completely overboard.

    Oh, and thanks, I did just that, here in the Duke City.


  8. 15 April 2009 7:49 pm


    You are straw manning my position. Reagan’s supply-side deficits and W’s unnecessary war and corporate welfare (e.g. agribusinesses)deficits were, compared to the administration previous to theirs, as large as anything Obama has done.

    Who said anything about pitching Federalism overboard? You infer too much. Read Heller’s statement again.

    As to your tea party, I doubt there were very many present who are going broke paying taxes–or will go broke because of government policies. But I trust you got your ideological itch scratched in all the dust-raising obfuscation of real issues.


  9. 15 April 2009 10:11 pm

    Coop, gimme a shout whenever you finally decide that the 9th and 10th Amendments are as significant as, say, the 1st, 5th, and 14th.

    “Real issues,” indeed.


    P. S. If the standard or threshold for circumscribing federal tax policy is the piont at which people start to go broke because of it…wow. That’s a pretty expansive (not to say, class-baiting) view of gummint, Coop, and it’s certainly not a view predicated on the same kind of liberty that Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin had in mind. Mercy.

  10. 15 April 2009 10:16 pm

    BTW, Coop, the mathematics of your serial-deficit-equivalence work out to this, roughly speaking: the deficit shall grow no faster than geometrically over time.

    One can only say: good luck with that in your personal fiscal affairs. qb

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