NOT SINCE 1861! – April 17, 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Matt Drudge is headlining the following: “POLL: 75% OF TEXANS WOULD VOTE TO STAY IN THE USA”

That may be a bit misleading when you go to the Rasmussen Poll web site and look at the questions they asked and the sample number.…

Out of nearly 24 million Texans, Rasmussen polled a measly 500. There’s no way to know if these particular 500 people accurately project the views of 75% of all Texans as headlined. Who were these 500? Were they all Texans? Only 44% of those polled followed the Tea Party Protests closely. 23% didn’t follow them closely and 6% didn’t follow them at all. 1% were not sure. Less than half had paid attention to the underlying reason for Gov. Perry’s answer to a reporter’s question.

The second poll question was “Do individual states have the right to leave the U.S.? 55% said “no”. However, the Texas question is unique. Texas was a country before joining the Union and reserved the right to secede. 69% of respondents didn’t know that and the question should have dealt specifically with Texas.

When asked how they would vote on the question of Texas secession from the U.S., 76% voted “no.” 7% were not sure. 18% would vote” yes.” It should be noted that Gov. Perry said he saw NO REASON TO SECEDE NOW. That means that Perry would also vote “no” at this time. Texans do not want to secede. The discussion headlined around the country should be about the future, not now. The question should have dealt with a future scenario matching the conditions Perry outlined. “IF” the federal government becomes TOO ABUSIVE AND OPPRESSIVE, usurps states’ rights and saddles states with devasting debts, THEN and only THEN would secession be a possibility. The question was not posed that way and should have been.

The poll numbers voting in favor of secession under the above scenario, when it happens, if it happens, will be much higher. 18% of the 500 polled are ready now. That’s a preview of how it will go if the future brings the oppressive government scenario described by Perry. Texans have shown what their will is in regard to freedom and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, when they fought for independence in 1836 (and years leading up to that), and the Civil War. They’ve fought as U.S. citizens in every war since then, giving life and limb for freedom and liberty.

The poll and the news media chose to make this story more about Gov. Perry’s popularity. I have no idea why. It was about the citizen’s unhappiness and unease with the current actions and spending by the federal government. Question #4 (they got to it pretty quickly) was rating Perry’s favorability versus his future opponent, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. She received a 12% more favorable rating than Perry, which is confusing because the next few questions firmly establish that those polled do not trust America’s political leaders much (Kay B. Hutchison being a Senator), but 60% approve of the job Gov. Perry is doing. Only 39% disapprove.

As they should, they asked how those polled rate the job Obama is doing. That’s what drove the tea parties and the protests in the first place. Only 48% approve of the job Obama is doing, which is 12% lower than Gov. Perry’s job approval rating. 52% disapprove of Obama’s job performance.

One could easily conclude that the secession “talk”, and that’s all it is right now, was motivated by the actions of the federal government and Pres. Obama, not Gov. Perry’s attempt to bollster his approval numbers for the next election. The news story wanted the reader to assume that Perry only made this statement because he was in a “tough” re-election campaign against Hutchison, who had 12% higher favorable numbers. Perry has already been elected twice. His re-election might have affirmed his 60% job approval. Hutchison may be seen as part of the establishment the public is fed up with and part of the problem. She may also be seen as too sweet to fight Washington, while Perry may be seen as tough enough to fight for Texas and win.

All in all, we must be very careful about the headlines we read. Don’t take their inferences at face value. Read the article and do your own homework. That’s how media shapes our country into something we don’t like. Misleading headlines. Stories slanted to focus on the wrong things. Media bias.

I don’t know how most Texans would vote today on secession, but being a third generation native-born Texan, I feel I know them pretty well. It’s my guess that they want to remain a part of the United States of America foreverif Washington, D.C. doesn’t trash the Constitution of the United States, a document revered as sacred to all Texans. The subject of secession has only come up because a new president has deviated from American tradition and adherence to the Bill of Rights and the guarantees in the Constitution in numerous and blatant ways, alarming the citizens of this great country. The question of Texas secession will most likely be decided by the Obama administration.

On April 21, Texas will remember the final end to the war with Mexico, at the Battle of San Jacinto in what is now Houston, Harris County, Texas. The rather small army of Texas, under the command of Gen. Sam Houston, defeated the huge and menacing army of Mexico, under the command of Gen. Santa Anna, who was captured on April 22, 1836. 630 Mexicans were killed and 730 were taken prisoner. Only 9 Texans were mortally wounded or killed and 30 were less severely wounded. It was an amazing victory, following the defeat of 188 Texans who lost their lives at the Alamo to this same army of 6,000, who then marched to San Jacinto, where Sam Houston attacked them and won. Texas doesn’t faint in the face of great odds.



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