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
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).
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.