Texas governor claims sovereignty from “oppressive” U.S. government

Incumbent Texas Governor Rick Perry, locked in a GOP primary battle with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, wades into Glenn Beck’s loony bin, saying that the time had come to “draw the line in the sand” against the federal government. “No longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas,” Perry said.

"I believe the federal government has become oppressive. It’s become oppressive in its size, its intrusion in the lives of its citizens, and its interference with the affaris of our state.

Texans need to ask themselves a question. Do they side with those in Washington who are pursuing this unprecendented expansion of power, or do they believe in individual rights and responsibilities laid down in our foundational documents.

Where’re you gonna’ stand? With an ever-growing Washington bureaucracy, or are you going to stand with the people of this state who understand the importance of state’s rights.

Texans need to stand up. They need to be heard, because the state of affairs that we find ourselves in cannot continue indefinitely…

…We think it’s time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas. That’s what this press conference, that’s what these Texans are standing up for. There is a point in time where you stand up and say enough is enough, and I think Americans, and Texans especially have reached that point."

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