Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
In essence the question is: Are we "ONE NATION under God" or are we 50 small nations under a very loose confederation? The question for Perry is, are you a Texan, or an American?
She could be PMSing real bad and decide that she is mad at Washington and Secede, only to rejoin in a week.
Of course, she is probably past PMS by now in her age.