While speaking at a “tea party” yesterday, Texas governor Rick Perry (R) suggested that his state might have to secede “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people.” Last night on Fox News, Beck seemed to agree with Perry’s call, insisting that “Texas does America best”:
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, from here, Glenn, listening to Governor Perry last night and watching your crowd and listening to the things that are coming out of Texas — I don’t want to be too dramatic, but it almost seems like Texas is going to secede from the rest of the nation.
BECK: I mean, I don’t know — can we get this back here? [Points to a banner] This is on the jib back over here. This says “Texas independence.” … And the reason is — correct me if I’m wrong — these people love America. They just think Texas does America best!
Newshounds notes that Susteren’s mention of secession was met with “cheers, applause and banner-waving.” Watch it:
On his radio show yesterday, Beck declared, “You can’t convince me that the founding fathers wouldn’t allow you to secede. The constitution is not a suicide pact. … [States] have a right to back out.”
Perry told reporters yesterday, “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.” Of course, the question of whether a state could “leave if [it] decided to” was pretty well settled 20 years later.