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DEACE: The border crisis — Rick Perry’s fight-or-flight moment
Question of the Day
We are rapidly reaching the moment we need a to-do list and not just talking points. Country music star Toby Keith, a max donor to Perry’s last gubernatorial campaign, put it best: “A little less talk and a lot more action.”
If people wanted Obamaism, they wouldn’t have moved to Texas. People are migrating to places like Texas because they want freedom and prosperity, and they understand neither is possible without the rule of law. At least 4 million Californians have moved to Texas the past 20 years. If they wanted to work for illegal aliens, they would’ve stayed home. But they’re putting up with Texas’ at-times oppressive humidity because that’s a small price to pay in exchange for liberty.
The statists have been relentlessly attacking every notion of states’ rights in recent years for a reason. They know at some point the money is going to run out in places like the Peoples’ Republic of Illinois, and they’re going to expect places like Texas to pick up the escalating tab for their folly.
That’s the point of a welfare state — the productive subsidize the poor choices of others. Instead of encouraging excellence, we demand Marxian “fairness” with policies so good we have to mandate them.
In response to this unprecedented federal intrusion, Texans (and people in other “free states”) are going to want to say, “You break it, you bought it. Why are your mistakes our problem? Pay your own way, just like we are. We’ll even let you move here and see what real freedom is like if you want.”
This will prompt the next major political realignment in the country. The country is not going to realign by party affiliation or ideology. The country is next going to realign by population — liberty states and neo-Marxist states.
In fact, this trend already is occurring. When the die is cast, liberty people are going to demand their elected representatives “do something” in response to Washington’s attempts to nullify their choice to move to a “free state.”
In this particular case, once it’s crystal clear Obama has no intention of doing anything beyond never letting a good border crisis go to waste, the people of Texas will transition from cheering on Perry’s media air war to demanding Perry launch a metaphorical ground assault on their freedom’s behalf.
What would that plan look like? What could Perry lawfully do? I’m not sure, but that’s not our job to know it’s his. Just as it’s not our job to know how to fix our vehicle — that’s the mechanic’s job, and if he can’t fix it, we’ll find a mechanic who can.
Sooner or later the pressure from his constituents is going to make a Republican governor “fed up” enough to stand with the people of his state against the tyrants-that-be in Washington, D.C. He’ll tell those feckless bureaucrats to take a long walk off a short pier, and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, just as our Founding Fathers used to tar-and-feather such wannabe dictators.
The first Republican governor to do so will probably be called “Mr. President” one day.
(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)
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