Many years ago I was fortunate to be invited on a school trip to Gettysburg National Military Park. That trip sparked a love affair with the city and the Civil War. If you are from below the Mason-Dixon line you would call it the War Between the States. A favorite book about that era is The Killer Angels which was the basis of a favorite movie, Gettysburg.
One of ending scenes of the movie was an encounter between some captured Confederate soldiers and Union soldiers after the epic Picket/Pettigrew charge. The southerners were resting on some fencing when one of the Union officers asked the prisoners why they were fighting this war. One of the Confederates answered that they were fighting for “Stats Rhats.’
My first exposure to Governor Rick Perry of the Great State of Texas was listening to an interview when he was visiting the Left State of Pennsylvania a few years ago. Gov. Perry and the correspondent (sorry, but I can neither remember nor find references to this interview) were discussing the Texas Legislature and their activity. This is of great interest to Pennsylvanians as we have one of the largest (and costliest) legislatures in the country.
Update April 14, 2009 – Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he would back legislation proposed by fellow Republican state Representative Brandon Creighton in support of state’s rights as outlined in the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution. House Concurrent Resolution 50, stated that:
“Affirming that the State of Texas claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.”