Wednesday Word of the Week, August 17

17 Aug

Which Perry is speaking now?

This week’s word is: SECEDE

to officially leave an organization. This word is used especially about a state or region that chooses to become independent and govern itself.

The latest loon to start swimming in the Republipond of Presidential hopefuls is Texas Governor Rick Perry. How ironic that someone who has threatened to have his state secede because of “oversized Federal government” wants to be President of the UNITED

characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity

States. This should come as no surprise, of course. Perry is a master of conservative double-speak and hypocrisy.

When New York joined the modern world and approved marriage equality this year, Perry said that was a states rights issue (like secession?) and nothing more. His campaign, however, would push for a Federal constitutional amendment to limit marriage to heterosexual couples. How is that not over-reaching Federal intrusion, Rick? And why an amendment, anyway? Having said that the United States went “really off the track” with every amendment after the 15th, why do we need another, Governor?

About that oversize government, by the way: any particular reason that the Perry administration accepted over $16 billion dollars in stimulus funds? How about Texas receiving more Federal disaster relief funds than any other state since Perry took office? It seems that praying for rain doesn’t work nearly as well as demanding money from an “overreaching” Federal government. He’s a candidate who calls himself “pro-life” while allowing his state to execute over 200 people. He says “The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy – they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator.” while funding a dozen new coal-fired power plants because any other decision would “cripple business.” There is virtually no stand this man has taken that doesn’t contradict something else he has said or done.

The pond was already full of scary fowl (pun intended). Perry jumping in just makes it clear what the Republicans have to offer. That he and Michele Bachmann are the current front-runners makes it clear that every thinking American must support President Obama, however frustrating he may sometimes be. Why would our union want someone who says he would secede?

Then again, maybe he learned vocabulary from Michele and thought he said

to replace someone in an important or powerful job or position

SUCCEED. We just have to make certain he never does.

All definitions courtesy of Macmillan Dictionary Online.

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