Don’t Get Your Hopes Up, Rick Perry

In the 1869 case of Texas v. White, the Supreme Court denied Texas’ attempted secede from the union — an attempt Texas made in part because it objected to the Reconstruction era federal government’s embrace of “the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color.” Nearly 150 years later, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia will preside over a reenactment of this case. Before Rick Perry gets too excited, however, he should realize that Scalia is already on record saying that “[i]f there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.”