Sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry might be taking history lessons from the State Board of Education — you know, the panel that adopted heavily politicized and distorted social studies curriculum standards two years ago.
During a post-debate gathering at a Dartmouth frat party (seriously) last night, someone asked Gov. Perry about states’ rights. His response:
“Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid of that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will.”
Good grief. The governor who so claims to revere the nation’s founders and the Constitution was off by two centuries — the American Revolution happened in the 18th century. (And never mind the governor’s dizzy comment about “centralized thought process.” He seems to have confused the Declaration of Independence with 1984 — yet another two centuries away.)