Friday, April 17, 2009
Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday stuck by his earlier statement that Texas can secede from the United States — a far-reaching, legally questionable prospect that nevertheless drew Perry a fresh favorable mention by Rush Limbaugh, one of the nation's leading conservative voices.
I hate to sound like a broken record here, but what do you think would be happening right now if a liberal Democratic governor--say, Howard Dean--had suggested that his state could secede from the Union in a fit of pique over a Republican President's policies, and a liberal radio host--say, Randi Rhodes--had backed him on it? Calls for him to step down and for her to be taken off the air, almost certainly. And they'd both be regarded as a "kooks" by the mainstream media. And I have no doubt that some right wingers, like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin, would be demanding they be locked up or executed as traitors. I mean, "traitor" was probably the kindest thing the wingnuts said about Alec Baldwin and all he did was threaten to move HIMSELF out of the country.
But when you're a Republican, none dare call it treason, I guess. Then, it's "grassroots protest."