UPDATE: This article was not written in support of Rick Perry, and I’m somewhat surprised at having to be explicit about that. I decry polarization, and as such, I am neither a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, nor a Socialist — nor do I belong to any other party. I adhere to the Austrian school of economic thought, and I hold a Popperian epistemological view of the universe. And I am a native Texan.
Texas Governor Rick Perry took a prodigious amount of criticism for his brave statements not long ago — in which he intimated his support for the movement for Texas to secede. I applauded his words then, and redouble my admiration now.
Today, attorneys general from 13 states acrossthe union sued the federal government for the clear and appalling unconstitutionality of the health care bill that passed last weekend.
In a statement, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said, “The federal health care legislation passed tonight violates the United States Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties.” Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum echoed Abbott’s words: “To fine or tax someone just for living … that’s unconstitutional. There is no provision in the Constitution giving Congress the power to do that.”
I have predicted a Soviet-style break up of the United states for almost twenty years. In 2001, I completed my book Discipline, in which I detailed an economic collapse that inspired Texas’s secession from the Union. Every day these prophesies grow ever closer to an emerging reality.
The United States has rewarded mediocrity and pursued egalitarian policies for over a century — using fiat currency as a tool to manipulate economic conditions at every turn. Its programs create easy credit and cash, pushing asset valuations ever-higher with artificial demand, causing bubbles that eventually have no course but to burst.
This is what happens when the state controls currency and banking. Too often, blame is placed on the “greed” of entrepreneurs and business people — but this is little more than sophistry, for how would these “greedy” people pursue their interests were it not for government-sponsored entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Blaming Wall Street for the housing crisis is like blaming gravity for plane crashes.
The United States federal government is populated almost universally with self-serving, arrogant men and women who believe it is their right to pervert and distort the U.S. Constitution — a document created not for them, but in spite ofthem. If the elected leaders in Washington cannot respect the rules and regulations to which they are bound by oath, then the individual states should take action — by right — to protect their citizens from the horrific abuses in Washington.
Much of the world hates the United States. But who does the world really hate? Does the world hate Idaho? Does the world hate Montana? No; the world stares in awe and contempt at the reckless, fatuous, and hubristic policies bleeding out of Washington, D.C. — a city that has unapologetically caused the deaths of hundreds of millions of people around the world, and used its own citizens’ money — without permission — toward its odious ends.
I believe Texas has the strength, the resources, the spirit, and most importantly, the ethical and moral right to defy the tyranny in Washington, D.C. I call on Ron Paul and his colleagues from our great Republic to lead the way in moving against the unjust tide that has conspired to bring us to this juncture.