Lt. Governor Candidate Jerry Patterson Expresses Anti-American View

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Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is currently running in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor, expressed a deeply anti-American view to the Associated Press recently.

Trying to show he's the most conservative candidate in the race, Patterson told the AP that New York, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut should be expelled from the United States.

“I get lots of questions all the time, `Well, we should secede.' I say, `No, I've got a better idea. Instead of secession, I'm a proponent of expulsion,”' he said. “I want to kick about four states out of this union.”

“I'm in favor of expulsion. New York, California, and there's some good people in New York and California, but their legislatures aren't representing them.”

So the Americans killed in 9/11 weren't American enough for Patterson? Tens of millions of Americans should be thrown out of the country? Read more below the jump.In Patterson's twisted view, only those states who agree with Jerry Patterson deserve to be part of the United States. To offer up the state directly hit in 9/11 is as crass as it comes. What kind of a person is this to offer himself up for the second highest office in Texas?

This expulsion lunacy is sibling to the type of confederate thinking that caused the Civil War. These are the United States of America, with a diversity of regions and institutional respect for diverging points of view. If Jerry Patterson doesn't like the idea of America, as he appears not to, he should no longer be in Texas public office.

The insecurity-ridden Patterson, who has thus far been unable to differentiate himself from three other prominent GOP opponents, is letting it all hang out there. Though he said his comments were “a little tongue in cheek,” the sentiment clearly remains.

Patterson has been Land Commissioner since 2003, accomplishing almost nothing of note during that time. His signature achievement was a state senator, when he passed a law allowing Texans to carry guns almost anywhere in the state.

If this is conservatism, America's ideological dichotomy is broken.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

2 Comments

  1. Lite Guv Race
    This will be the most entertaining race of 2014. If Patterson is going for his boot, kick him in the head, that's where he packs his handgun. So far he has not coming out for impeaching President Obama like Dewhurst.

    • This Texas election cycle
      is going to be like the clown car act at the circus.

      Our water supply must have been contaminated for this sort of thought to have become the dominate political position.

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