Monday, April 20, 2009
Dear Gov. Perry:
I recently heard that you were contemplating Texas' ability to secede. The right to secede has a storied history in the United States. You may have heard of a thing called the Civil War, well as a fellow Southerner (though I am only one by technicality, hailing from Northern Virginia), it may have been called "the War between the States" or "the War of Northern Aggression". Anyhow, this question was put into practice during the Civil War, that question being whether states could freely secede, and President Lincoln provided an answer: no. Ironically, there is another gangly and inexperienced fellow from Illinois in the Oval Office just as there was then. My suspicion is that his answer would also be no.