I haven’t always agreed with everything Texas Governor Rick Perry has done, but there is growing evidence that he may have learned from the mistakes of the past. In recent months, Perry has made some pretty bold statements in defense of federalism and freedom.
Perry was quoted yesterday indicating he was prepared to take on the federal government in its lust to impose socialized medicine on the free people of the United States.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class,” Perry said. “A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.”
Perry heartily backed an unsuccessful resolution in this year’s legislative session that would have affirmed the belief that Texas has sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
In expressing “unwavering support” for the 10th Amendment resolution by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, Perry said “federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state.”
And from News Radio WOAI:
“My hope and prayer is that it will not occur,” Perry said of a potential Texas challenge to national health care. “But states need to stand up and say, listen, we best need to know how to run our state. I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying no to this type of encroachment on states on their health care. I am certainly ready and willing for the fight, if this administration continues to try to fight their very expansionist philosophy down our throat.”
“There has never been in my lifetime, an Administration that more tried to get into and take over the private sector than this administration,” Perry said. “If you go back and read about the Great Depression and the New Deal that came out of that, it is eerily similar. And the New Deal exacerbated the problem, it was World War Two that got us out of that massive depression we were in.”
“I don’t think that anybody who cares about this state would vote for Obamacare, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican,” Perry said. “This Obamacare would be disastrous to Texas. Any Texas Representative or Senator who votes for Obamacare, they might ought to consider representing some other state, because they’re not representing Texas.”
Arizona is taking a very specific push-back against socialized health care, having passed a bill in both houses of their legislature a 2010 ballot initiative to allow the state to opt out of any government health care schemes. The measure is called the Health Care Freedom Act.
Every state that is not content to stooges, lackeys and gophers for the federal government needs to take a bold public stand against this unconstitutional proposal and assert their sovereignty under the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment.
A free people don’t roll over and surrender their freedom on the altar of convenience and promises. A new birth of freedom is underway in America!
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