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Texas GOP official: state should secede from ‘maggots’ who reelected Obama

By Jonathan Terbush
Saturday, November 10, 2012 20:03 EDT
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A Texas Republican Party official was so distraught over President Obama’s reelection that he suggested the state secede from the rest of the nation and all of the terrible people who supported Obama’s reelection.

As first reported by the Texas Observer and TFN Insider, Peter Morrison, treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, wrote in the newsletter he publishes that Obama’s reelection proved the nation is too big and encompasses too many divergent views to be controlled by the federal government. In a vitriolic screed labeling Democrats, “baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists,” Morrison laid out his reasoning for secession.

“Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state,” he wrote.

“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?,” he continued. “Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.”

To support his case, Morrison cited General Robert E. Lee and Confederate soldiers who refused to accept Union rule following the Civil War.

“Like the remainder of Lee’s army after Gettysburg, it is our duty to keep fighting to the bitter end, in hopes that Providence might shine upon our cause before it is too late,” he wrote. ”We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity. But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.”

Morrison also explained why Mitt Romney lost the election last week, placing the blame partially on minorities whom he claims are the real racists in America.

“Many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party that most white people happen to vote for,” he wrote.

Morrison’s newsletters have shown an overtly racist strain in the past too. He’s referred to Justice Sonia Sotomayor a “race hustler,” and accused Obama of hating white people.

“The flip side of Obama’s ‘empathy’ is apparent hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives, and everyone else that liberals call the ‘racist, heterosexist, nativist, Christianist, capitalist, homophobic power structure’ in America,” he wrote in a 2011 newsletter. “In other words, what most of us call normal people.”

When reached by the Texas Observer, Hardin County Republican Party Chairman Kent Batman said he was unaware of the comments, but that secession was definitely not part of the party platform.

From the Observer:

Batman’s response [upon hearing the comments]: “Wow.”

He sighed and said, “OK, well — I guess I need to start taking a look at his newsletters.”

This post has been updated from its original version.

Jonathan Terbush
Jonathan Terbush
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
 
 
 
 
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