This is the year of Lincoln — so many books and movies, so little time. But to understand Lincoln and his America, it might be worth turning to the first words publicly put forth by his most effective public agent, William Lloyd Garrison: “Our country is the world. Our countrymen are mankind.” Without question, this speaks for Hollywood today and Bill Clinton and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as well, who hosted the (world) Golden Globe awards, which The Washington Post said "our culture" (the world) deserves. The awards this year come with a touch of lament — possibly why Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln appears to look so plaintively to the past, like that portrait of Whistler’s Mother. Because there is trouble here this year and this year, 2013, could be the year of big trouble.

It is not just because Hollywood has managed to lose China. Jackie Chan says we Americans are the worst people on earth. But Ang Lee has long cast America in cryptic and neurotic shadows. Hollywood is the dream that reflects our anxieties and dangers, and two issues could open this year that might haunt us for years, maybe decades. This year we might see executive orders on guns and the debt ceiling. President Obama will bring a challenge to America. America will accept the challenge.

And I am pretty sure I know where crisis will occur: Texas. And for the same reason crisis came to Boston in 1773, the year of the Boston Tea Party. Because in 1773, Boston was the most prosperous city in the colonies. Today Texas is the most prosperous place in America. It has worked hard for it and it will want to hold on to it. And that is why America needs Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

We need a strong voice on the debt-ceiling issue and one that commands respect for and animates governors. May I suggest an ad hoc governors council — a supercommittee of governors — made up of current and former governors, to address the debt ceiling and the other crises emerging? To watch over the president as the Senate did before 1913 but now needs someone to watch it as well? It is not entirely my idea; a similar Council of Elders was suggested by Ambassador George Kennan, the notorious Mr. X, late in his life.

I first wrote about Perry as the Tea Party rose, saying that he must get involved because this could take a wrong turn and must be led by someone honorable and one who speaks for the rising demographics of the South and Southwest.

Irresponsible demagogues and firebrands like Michael Savage, who is said to have 8 million radio listeners today, call for a Nationalist party — we already have two, but they suggest a fascist party. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Perry were the first to speak out responsibly on the debt issue, framing it correctly as a state sovereignty issue. I see only Perry now has the good nature and know-how to challenge without bringing a dark cast to the issues.

History at the turning always comes down to one person: Bismarck, Nelson, Jefferson, Victoria. This could be such a turning. Rick Perry’s Texas has been the strongest defender of the faith and the Constitution. Draft Rick Perry.