Thursday, April 23, 2009

Big Texas, Republicans, and Secession

Last week during the Tea Parties, Gov. Rick Perry opined that Texas might secede from the nation. From the Dallas Morning News:

Perry told reporters following his speech that Texans might get so frustrated with the government they would want to secede from the 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."

Immediately following this statement, several polls surveyed this sentiment among Texans. Two days after Perry's statement, Rasumussen released a poll stating that 75% of Texans would not vote to secede, 18% would vote to secede, and 7% unsure.

Today, the Daily Kos/Research 2000 released their poll. The poll asked two questions on the issue. First, would Texas be better off being an independent nation or as part of the United States of America. To this question, 61% of Texans thought that Texas should remain with the US, and 35% thought Texas would be better off as an independent nation. What is absolutely striking is that Republicans were split evenly on this poll: 48% with the US, 48% as independent nation. Second, when asked if they approved or disapproved of Gov. Perry's statements on possible secession, 58% disapproved and 37% approved. Among Republicans, 44% disapproved and 51% approved. More Republicans than not approved of Perry's secessionist comments.

I lived in Dallas for almost two years, and I quickly realized the immanent pride Texans had for their state, more palpable than anywhere else I have lived. But, to actually vote to secede? In the 21st century? Really? I know this is a poll, but still.


matt said...

this one's too tempting to pass on, seeing as I'm a Texan and live in Dallas....

I'll admit, Texas pride is an interesting phenomenon, but it's part of what makes it fun to live here. It's the same sense of pride you feel for your college.

As far as secession goes, Texans have always joked around about it for as long as I can remember. So combine that with the highest level of federal govt disgust since the revolutionary war (imho), and you're bound to get some folks who take that joke a little more seriously.

What Texans, and many others around the country want, is for a return to federalism.

Anonymous said...

Being from Texas, too, I know that they have wanted to do this for a long time...

It's getting old...but they have a good point...

Thanks Drew!

Anonymous said...

We Texans have always heard that the treaty with the United States allow for the state being able to divide itself into six separate states. I wonder if that is what Governor Perry wants, six little states rather than one large state. The problem is that with the last two governors being such disappointments (and a few of its Representatives like Tom Delay), the state may be just trying to show its shame by saying it wishes to leave the union.