This video is from the website of the governor of Texas, Rick Perry.
On the Tenth Amendment website, I counted thirty-three states with similar resolutions in progress, or passed. In some states they have failed, but they will probably be introduced again.
As one state legislator in Michigan said, this is not about Democrats and Republicans or the new president. He said he was himself a Democrat and had begun pushing for this resolution in Michigan when George Bush was still in office.
Given the breadth of this movement, things are definitely fluid right now…
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It’s hard to gauge the depth of the sentiment against what has become a swollen national government. Something has to give, and I don’t think it will be the individual states. Their currently elected national senators and congressmen have to face the folks back home at some point, and that face-off will tell us where this movement will be going.
This is the most serious fragmenting of our common union since the 1850’s. Here in the beginning of the 21st century, the fissures are more diffuse. They spread beyond party politics to a sense that the federal government in Washington has become corrupt. One has only to look at the top appointed officers in the present administration (and in administrations before it) to see the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street.
Those on the left will claim this is a secessionist movement. In fact, some already have. However, I would propose that given the downward spiraling economy, the growing tent cities of homeless in some of our big cities, massive immigration, and our troubled relationships with foreign countries, we are headed into a perfect storm of unpredictable chaos.