Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
The good news for that blog... Rick has long opposed federal power encroaching into Texas (link)...
Gov. Rick Perry’s Tenth Amendment Stance: Political Pandering?
Gov. Perry’s sudden concern for state’s rights does have me wondering about his motives. As I’ve pointed out above, this erosion of Tenth Amendment rights has been happening since before the text of the amendment’s ink dried. The federal government did not just start undermining state sovereignty when Barack Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.
I can’t help but wonder how concerned Gov. Perry was when his predecessor, George W. Bush, moved from the Texas Governor’s Mansion and into the White House imposing unfunded federal mandates such as No Child Left Behind? On what side of the state’s rights debate did Gov. Perry fall when the Ashcroft/Gonzales Justice Department argued successfully before the Supreme Court that Angel Raich could not use marijuana for her medical conditions pursuant to California law on the theory of interstate commerce**?
While it is great to hear someone of Gov. Perry’s stature stating that there are limits to federal power, it would be a lot easier for me to accept as genuine if it wasn’t his party that was out of power in Washington.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry aired unusually pointed criticism of President Bush while stumping in Iowa for Rudy Giuliani for president last week. Perry predicted too that if Democrats prevail next year, the war on terrorism will return to U.S. soil.
Video posted online shows Perry saying that Bush failed to rein in spending increases as governor of Texas and "has never ever been a fiscal conservative." He also said Washington isn't working.
Opponents of the bill argued it would almost certainly draw a court challenge and tie up the resources of the state Attorney General's Office to defend it. But Ritze, who said the bill's language was drafted to mirror the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin, expressed confidence in its ability to deflect a legal challenge. The Texas monument, which was placed on the Capitol grounds in 1961, was not contested until 2002 and withstood a lawsuit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court."I really don't know anything we can be challenged on," he said. "I feel like we're on solid ground."Not everyone was as pleased with the bill's passage. Tamya Cox, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, said her organization was very disappointed the governor chose to sign the bill."We believe he completely disregarded the establishment clause (of the U.S. Constitution)," she said. "We sent him a letter urging him not to sign the bill or at least wait as long as he could" until a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on a similar case involving a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn of the Haskell County Courthouse in Stigler is handed down.Ritze said the planned Oklahoma monument was patterned in an identical fashion to the one in the Texas case, Van Orden v. Perry, which is named after the two parties in the suit--plaintiff Thomas Van Orden, a suspended lawyer and self-described "religious pluralist," and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the defendant.
Perry also serves as Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA). But that didn't stop him from taking a gentle jibe at one of his fellow Republican Govs.I wonder if Rick is planning on personally visiting California to make the sales pitch to any companies out there. Having a few of those announcements lined up for his campaign would really hammer home the point that Rick wants to make... that Texas is doing relatively well compared to other big states in the country. Why change horses in midstream when things are bad everywhere else and still somewhat good in the Lone Star Empire.
"Arnold hates it when I show up in California, cause he knows I'm there to recruit a business," said Perry. He continued to talk of his efforts to recruit firms from other States.
"Caterpillar just closed down 2 plants up north... [yet] they're planning on opening up a new plant in Seguin, Texas," he continued. He also spoke of a recent trip to Oklahoma. Speaking with political leaders there, he said, "hey, I'd love it if you all didn't pass tort reform," hinting that it would encourage OK businesses to consider the Texas alternative.
Perry surprised attendees with a little insider info, hinting that next Friday an announcement will be made of 4 new tech firms relocating to Texas.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas): Voting-age Hispanics represent about 29 percent of Texas’ population, according to figures computed after the 2008 general election by the group the National Committee for an Effective Congress. Hutchison voted against Sotomayor in 1998 when she was nominated to a federal appeals court. But she wasn’t a candidate for governor, as she is now, and her party wasn’t as desperate for Latino votes as it is now.Wrong. Why would there be any Hispanic backlash? That is just wishful thinking.
The trick for Hutchison: Before she can run in the general election, she’s got to beat conservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the GOP primary. That may force her to play to the base to win over skeptical conservative primary voters – even if that means losing support from Hispanics in a general-election run. Her Texas counterpart, John Cornyn, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also will have to gauge any Hispanic backlash since many GOP candidates in 2010 will certainly be reading his signals.
So, KBH has a quandary, in voting on a judicial nominee who is highly, highly likely to be approved. As widely noted, Sotomayor is as highly qualified as any nominee has been for the bench in decades. Her education is impeccable, her experience unmatched. She has not shown a record that can be considered overly political or ideological. Opposition can thus only be mustered on partisan lines against the nominating President, or because of naked identity politics.And she's not just voting as any rank-and-file Republican, she's voting as one about to square off in a primary battle against Rick Perry, a candidate who has shown next-to-zero restraint in pandering to the far-right fringe. With these early statements, is KBH trying to pander to the right-wing voters she'll need in her primary? Is she going to vote against Sotomayor, and make sure that Perry can't accuse her of supporting "liberal judicial activists?"What if Hutchison wants to woo women and Latinos over to the Republican primary (especially if we lack a suitable Democratic contest) to make sure we don't suffer 4 more years of Rick Perry? A vote against Sotomayor can call that strategy into question for sure.
“Tell Rod to keep me in mind for that seat, would ya?…. I know I could give him a check myself.”
Senator Burris, it’s not like you’ve been busy on Capitol Hill advancing the progressive cause. Your Progressive Action Score is a measly 22 out of 100, a score as low as Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has gotten herself, for Pete’s sake. You haven’t supported the advancement of Pre-K legislation for kids. You’ve dropped the ball on three bills to protect our ocean environment. You haven’t supported equality for gay families in immigration, and you haven’t helped in the effort to ban cluster bombs.
"They haven't (addressed illegal immigration) up until now," he said. "I think they are so concerned that it is such a hot-button topic that they won't do it period. I will. I will enforce the laws of the state of Texas as governor."Berman said though he will work toward addressing illegal immigration, he will not be a "one- issue candidate." He said he will run on a conservative platform and, if elected governor, will "move the Republican Party back to its winning ways on the right."
Berman said he expects to make a good run and win the Republican primary. "I am going to energize the conservative base in Texas, the real Republican base in Texas, which stayed home during the last presidential election because they were so dissatisfied with what Republican members of Congress were doing in Washington," Berman said. "The reason we lost the House and Senate in Washington is because Repub-licans in Washington for the last ten years have been acting like Democrats."Word around the Capitol is that Leo is on pretty good terms with Rick for the most part, hates Kay, but really hates Mexicans. From what I have heard, Leo likes Rick but is still running because he doesn't think Rick properly shares his disdain for Mexicans.
GOP12 has some thoughts (link). Excerpt follows...
Lest you say Rick Perry has no heart...When I was a child, I often thought about how terrible it would be to be wrongly convicted. I was almost obsessed with it for some strange reason, maybe because of the circumstances of my upbringing and my heritage. I always thought someone should receive millions and millions of dollars for being locked up wrongly.
This is something everyone can cheer.
Rick Perry signed a bill today, giving the wrongly convicted a lump sum boost of $30k for every year they languish in prison (from $50k to 80k).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tough to write this column through the tears I'm shedding for Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who's all het up over Chrysler Corp.'s bankruptcy-inspired decision to shutter 789 dealerships by June 9.
Hutchison says it's all happening too fast, and with too little help offered for the dealers' unsold inventory and parts. She wants Congress to block federal aid for Chrysler and GM if they don't give the dealers at least 60 days notice before closing. By late last week, 35 other senators had joined her crusade.
But as I'm blubbering into my hanky here, I'm trying to think back to Hutchison's outrage over the other pain caused by auto industry restructuring. Hard to remember it. Maybe that's because there was none.
Like when GM announced it would shut down most of its plants for 90 days this summer to save money. Hutchison said nothing about helping the workers -- thousands in Michigan -- who'll go broke over that span.
Or when GM said in April that it would cut 23,000 jobs and close 47 plants by 2011. Hutchison, again, was silent.
Indeed, Hutchison opposed auto bailout legislation last December, arguing that it subsidized the industry's "failed business model." She complained mightily about high wages and other labor costs.
So why the sudden empathy for the little guy? Could have something to do with the heavy political giving exercised by car dealers and their lobbyists -- half the auto-related booty for folks in Washington in 2007-08. Or maybe she really has gotten religion and is now all about softening the blow from all the industry changes.
What does Detroit know, anyway? That is the same city that has double digit unemployment and caused this mess to begin with. I don't think they are in a position to be lecturing one of our senators from Texas.
Remember the stimulus money that was going to fund Gov. Rick Perry's pet programs in the budget agreed on by House-Senate negotiators -- despite Perry's criticism of what he describes as big-spending Washington?Well, not any more.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said budget writers exchanged state general revenue money for the stimulus funds that were going to help pay for Governor's Mansion repairs and to boost the Texas Enterprise Fund, Emerging Technology Fund and a film incentive fund."We swapped it," Ogden said after budget negotiators formally signed off on a $182.3 billion, two-year state budget this morning.Why?"Because the governor asked us to," Ogden said. "All of it got swapped out. ... so don't go out and write a ****** story."
Hispanic groups say that Republicans, particularly those from Southern and Western states with large and growing Hispanic populations, will be hard-pressed to oppose Sotomayor given her bipartisan appeal — she was first nominated for a federal court post by President George H.W. Bush — and strong qualifications.A case in point: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas Republican who is running to be governor in a heavily Hispanic state. The League of United Latin American Citizens, which honored Hutchison at its February gala, plans to lobby her in person to back Sotomayor and ask their members to urge her to do so, said Lizette Olmos, a spokeswoman.Hutchison gave no hint Tuesday of her position on Sotomayor's nomination. As the Senate evaluates her, Hutchison said in a statement, "our chief concern must be her commitment to the rule of law. I look forward to a fair and open confirmation process as we work to ensure our next Supreme Court justice will defend and protect the Constitution through impartial judgment and judicial restraint."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
J.W. Lown, the mayor of San Angelo in West Texas, recently narrated a video touting his town as a great place to live. Then he left to pursue another passion.
Mr. Lown resigned this week -- less than a month after winning a fourth two-year term in a landslide -- saying he was leaving to carry on a relationship with a Mexican man who had been living illegally in the U.S.
Mr. Lown, 32 years old, sent the city manager a text message just hours before he was due to be sworn into office Tuesday that said he wouldn't be at the ceremony. He'd moved to Mexico, leaving behind a short letter of resignation on his desk.
long-time vocal proponent of school choice, Governor Perry publicly praised the Jewish community’s active role in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of education reform. Governor Perry also stressed the importance of faith leaders continuing to engage their legislators on the issue and emphasize to them the tremendous benefits of the various school choice programs being considered. The attendees were appreciative of the time Governor Perry devoted to their meeting and his decision to act immediately to set up a special task force coordinated by the Governor’s staff and led by Mr. Robert Scott, Chair of the Texas Education Agency.
“Agudath Israel values Governor Perry’s commitment to identifying common-sense solutions to the tremendous financial burden of day school tuition that our growing communities in Texas face. With the Governor’s support, we are eager to make significant progress on the legislation proposed and implementing school choice programs in Texas,” said Rabbi Block. “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Governor Perry and his staff over the coming months and continuing to work with him to address the challenges facing Orthodox Jews in Texas.
On the occasion of the dedication of the Irving Veteran’s Memorial in Irving (Dallas) Texas on May 17th, 2009, Janab Amil Saheb Sk Ali Asger bhai Ezzi, Sk Taher Ali Hamid and Sk Mustafa Hamid had the occasion to meet United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas (and candidate for Governor of Texas).Senator Hutchinson had delivered cordial Birthday Greetings to Aqa Moula (TUS) on the occasion of Huzur-e-Aala’s TUS 98th Milad Mubarak. Amil Saheb delivered a letter of appreciation from Shahzada Aali Waqar Shahzada Qaid Johar Bhaisaheb Ezzuddin Saheb (DM) on behalf of Huzur-e-Aala (TUS). Cordial Greetings were exchanged and Senator Hutchinson sent her kind regards to His Holinss Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Aqa and to Shahzada Saheb.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Jpsmith (IND), writesI gave you a grade of D. Where are you? Our Country is being torn apart and becoming socialist and I don't see or hear anything from or about you anywhere. Is this because you support what is going on or is it that you...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Sellthensail (IND), TX writesI gave you a grade of F because you've been in the game too long. You owe your political career to bankers, special interest and large corporate donors. You have represented yourself and your donors very well. You represented us...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Perryslagle (REP), writesI gave you a grade of C. I have always supported you. However some of your recent votes caused me concern such as in favor of the massive bailout bill, and a soft position recently on illegal immigrations and amnesty. Please take a...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Cowgirl81 (IND), TX writesI gave you a grade of D. I have not been very impressed by your actions. I very rarely hear anything about you standing up and defending our conservative principles. You were very so to respond to the swine flu problem and wanted to take a wait...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Afonay (IND), OR writesI gave you a grade of C. I have always thought that you were honest and trying to do the right thing, however you have been around to long. I would not vote for your re-election for the simple reason that I believe in Term Limits. If 10 years is...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Texasroy (REP), writesI gave you a grade of C as a benefit of doubt. I am not hearing enough from you concerning government's rolling over the Constitution. I would also like to hear more yelling about this change to a socialist government. And in this...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Libertydog (REP), writesI gave you a grade of F. I lost all respect for you with your vote of yes for the G.I.V.E. Act. You are not a true Republican.[view complete letter] [report abuse]Wballard3 (IND), writesI gave you a grade of B. We need you to stay in the senate more than we need you as gov.[view complete letter] [report abuse]Jen0517 (REP), writesI gave you a grade of C. I do not see you standing up for conservative values and for the people of Texas. Where is the outrage for the Obama administration and their out-of-control spending? Where is the outrage for the Federal...[view complete letter] [report abuse]Rb-treasures (REP), TX writesI gave you a grade of D. I do not see you making any waves to protect Texas, or guarantee the constitution. everything the Feds are doing is in violation of the Constitution. YOU need to stand up for States and individual...[view complete letter] [report abuse]
"Before I made a decision, she told me that she intended to resign in circumstances creating a special election... and she told me I could say that."
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas: “A national fuel economy standard will help resolve the fundamental problem of requiring the auto industry to comply with multiple and disparate fuel economy standards, and it will prevent associated costs from being passed down to consumers. This is a step in the right direction that could provide certainty and predictability for our auto manufacturers when they need it most. However, it is vital that this standard be carefully implemented so it does not adversely impact American consumers and workers.”
San Angelo’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, of the 11th Congressional District: “The idea that President Obama intends to have all automobiles manufactured in the U.S. operate at 35.5 miles per gallon is unrealistic and will have adverse effects on consumers. Not only is the cost per vehicle expected to rise by $1,300 under this plan, but it would only decrease greenhouse gases by one half of one percent. Cars could also prove to be less safe, as they would be made from lighter, more fragile materials to decrease the cost of production and offset gasoline prices. This is bad policy, and it is my hope that my colleagues will agree.”U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, of the 19th Congressional District: “Farms and ranches have several essential tools; one of them is a powerful truck they can rely on to get the job done. While I praise the administration for providing the automobile industry with a clear, national standard, my concern is this is a potentially unattainable standard which could bring undue harm to the agricultural community with this accelerated mandate. I believe the administration cannot continue to tinker with the economy and enact standards that will place greater burden on hardworking Americans, stifle the economy and hinder an already struggling automotive industry.”U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, of the 13th Congressional District: “I am leery of centralized planning, and when you get the president and all these car company CEOs (chief executive officers) and all these regulators up there agreeing on a great plan that they’re going to impose on everybody, it raises doubts in my mind. I think it would be far better to let the market work, and if people want to pay in $5,000 more for a car that gets 35 miles to the gallon, then they’ll do that. ... What this will do is it will increase the cost of vehicles for everybody, and I think that’s government making decisions for us.”
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Just when we think we've risen above the petty thin skins and oversensitivities of the easily ruffled left, Republicans get all bent hearing what they want to hear instead of what was said.
Personally, I don't see anything wrong with what Carney said and those Republican women creating all this drama need find something else worthy of the hysterics.
Here in Texas, Katrina was a stellar example of neighbor helping neighbor, as Governor Rick Perry, cities in Texas, and people, church groups and agencies and organizations pulled together to help the many thousands who were displaced. Hundreds of thousands of Katrina victims found temporary shelter in Texas.[SNIP]Somehow that same Bush FEMA managed to adequately help with Katrina in Miss., Rita in Texas, a number of hurricanes in 2004 and other disasters before and since, and get good to great reviews in most instances. But then in these other disasters, it befell cities and states less prone to blame-gaming and more able to take initiative at the local / state level to do what needed to be done.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today was presented with the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, which is the Service’s highest civilian honor. Acting Secretary BJ Penn presented Sen. Hutchison with a medal and citation on behalf of the U.S. Navy.Chet Edwards has been brilliant at getting lots of military dollars for his district. Kay has done the same thing for Texas... lots of military resources.
The citation reads:
“For exceptionally distinguished service to the Department of the Navy as a member of Congress and the Senate Appropriations Committee from January 2006 to January 2009. Senator Hutchison’s selfless devotion to the Nation’s Sailors and Marines ensured they were provided the resources necessary to effectively conduct the Global War on Terrorism. Her courageous leadership, vision, and loyalty to the men and women of the Department of the Navy greatly contributed to their quality of life and helped create the most modern and highly trained fighting force in history. As Ranking Minority member of the Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hutchison’s tireless advocacy helped maintain the Navy and Marine Corps team at the highest levels of combat readiness to meet the challenges of the 21st century. With grateful appreciation for her outstanding contributions to the Nation and the Navy and Marine Corps, Senator Hutchison is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.”
“I am truly honored by this recognition. During my Senate career, I have been privileged to serve on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and to work on behalf of the Sailors and Marines who fight to keep our country free and safe,” said Sen. Hutchison. “Equipping all our men and women in our Armed Forces with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs and complete their missions has been one of my most critical priorities.”
Past recipients of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award include Representative Chet Edwards (D-17), who was honored for his leadership as Chairman of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.
WICHITA FALLS, TX—Calling it an essential step toward securing the Texas border and protecting his people's way of life, Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday the completion of a 1,953-mile wall designed to keep out millions of unwanted Americans.According to Perry, the 75-foot-high barricade running along the northern boundary is the culmination of more than 160 years of escalating tensions between Texas and the United States.Enlarge Image Texas Wall FeaturesThough a protective barrier has been under consideration for decades, the Texas Legislature voted unanimously to begin construction on the project immediately following the 2008 presidential election."As governor, it is my responsibility to do whatever's necessary to maintain the territorial integrity of Texas," Perry told reporters during a press conference held inside a sniper tower overlooking Oklahoma. "If you are a Texas citizen, you shouldn't have to worry about some American coming in here, using your goods and services, and taking away your job.""Let the record show I have nothing personal against Americans," Perry added. "I just think they should stay in America, where they belong."
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"When it comes to the Tenth Amendment, I look at it pretty simply," Perry said, cautioning that he was neither attorney nor constitutional law scholar. "The federal government was created as an agent for the states, not the other way around. It’s a simple concept, but it’s been lost on so many."Rick seemed to do a pretty good job winning over some of the skeptical tea party type of people, as did Mark Sanford. The 10th amendment just sets certain people off. HCR 50 being killed or delayed by a liberal Democrat point of order in the legislature is not something that will make the base very happy about, but they won't turn their ire against Rick for it... or Kay for that matter. They may get active in the next GOP primary at the local level, though.
Alone in my living room, a cordless phone on the coffee table, I clapped when I heard that.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Mark Thompson, who made an unsuccessful bid last year to be Texas Railroad Commissioner, says he will run for governor as a Democrat.
Thompson, a therapist for blind children, filed paperwork Wednesday with the Texas Ethics Commission that is the first step in a run for office.
Thompson garnered about 44 percent of the statewide vote in his 2008 run for railroad commissioner. He lost to Michael L. Williams, who received about 4 million votes to Thompson's 3.4 million.
Former ambassador Tom Schieffer and author and humorist Kinky Friedman have said they are considering running for the Democratic nomination.
On the Republican side, Gov Rick Perry has said he will run for re-election. He will be challenged by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the primary election.
Add in Kinky, Tom Schieffer, and possibly a few others, are all running for Governor on the Democrat side. A contested primary for Democrats makes the likelihood of massive Democrat cross over for Kay increasingly unlikely.
I agree with every word she says here.
Obama should not close down Guantanamo Bay just because he boxed himself in during the campaign. The fact that there is a term called "Guantanamo Gut" where these terrorists are actually gaining a lot of weight there from their first real medical care and nutrition speaks volumes. Kay staying in the Senate or leaving is a tough decision, but being able to take leadership roles on issues such as this is one big advantage to staying in the Senate. Kay can fire up the base on some of these issues, and Rick will never, ever comment on them, because he is the Governor. Kay though can comment on both national issues and Texas issues, because she is a Senator running for Governor. She can fill some conservative space that Rick can't even access, and by doing so she will gain lots of good will with the base. She can also use her seniority and her street cred as a moderate Republican to take a leadership role on some of these pressing and important issues. That's what we want to see our Senator doing. Give us more things like this to be proud of, Kay.
With the first pro-choice president in eight years already making changes to the nation's policies on funding abortion overseas, expressing his support for the Freedom of Choice Act, and moving toward rescinding federal job protections for medical workers who refuse to participate in abortion procedures, Americans -- and, in particular, Republicans -- seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position. However, the retreat is evident among political moderates as well as conservatives.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Finally, the word is getting out that Gov. Perry did not advocate for secession. That angle was pushed by the Kay Bailey Hutchison camp in an effort to shore up their rapidly dwindling support. Gov. Perry’s op-ed is on the mark when it comes to the issue of, as he states, a federal government that is like a swollen river that has overflowed its banks.
Back to the Trail Blazers entry, they are one of the few media outlets that provide balanced coverage. And they provide nice balance in this one.Word from inside the Beltway is that Perry’s pronouncements on statesrights and secession have made him a sort of amusing later-day GeorgeWallace.That phrase “Word from inside the Beltway” really means from inside the KBH camp because that is the only home she’s known for the past 16 years after breaking her original campaign promise in the 1993 special election to serve only two full terms. She has been there so long, she might not be able to recognize the truth in the next Trail Blazers sentence.But polls in Texas suggest that Texans aren’t put off by themessage — and understand the context and subtlety of remarks that playto the state’s independent streak.Texans completely understood what Gov. Perry was saying. The 2010 primary isn’t going to be the walk in the moderate park that KBH thought it was going to be.
For many, federal involvement is required simply because they think income must be redistributed; taken from one and provided directly to another. But Perry - like other states - have proven their system can work.
Reporting from Houston -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to make one thing clear.
"We live in a great country," he said, hands pressed to his chest. "I'm not in favor of Texas seceding."