First gay marriage. Now this. The former champion of local control is reversing himself on issue after issue.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) used to be an outspoken proponent of federalism and states right, even on contentious issues like gay marriage and abortion. After deciding that he'd seek the GOP nomination, however, he started pandering to Federal Marriage Amendment supporters who want to impose their traditional definition of marriage on the whole country, even places like New York, where the duly elected legislature voted for same sex marriage.
Perry's reversal prompted me to write that he "has shown himself to be a 10th Amendment hypocrite whose
credibility on any issue related to federalism should never again be
Alas, my cynicism was warranted. The latest flip flop: having formerly said that abortion should be decided at the state level, Perry now insists that issue also warrants a constitutional amendment.
Here is what Perry argued before he changed his mind: "You either have to believe in the 10th Amendment or you don't," he said. "You can't believe in the 10th Amendment for a few issues and then something that doesn't suit you say, 'We'd rather not have states decide that.'" Just so.