Last Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry told a group of teabag-wielding Texans that the state might secede from the Union again. This won him cheers from the crowd — unsurprising, since Mr. Perry is a former Aggie cheerleader. Now that we think about it, that appears to be his major qualification for public office.
Texas seceded from Mexico (John Wayne was in the movie) and from the United States of America a few years later, an arrangement that didn’t work out so well. Grumblings about sedition are a bit excessive, but Mr. Perry’s talk about a third Texas secession sure makes Texans sound like a stubborn bunch of quitters. Nice work, Governor.
Mr. Perry’s thoughtless secession remarks won him the gratitude of the disgruntled — and TV comedians — but they may lose him a few” Juneteenth” invitations. The Texas Juneteenth holiday commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when U.S. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to enforce the emancipation of the state’s slaves. Not every Texan family has fond memories of the Lone Star State’s last secession.
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