Saturday, November 10, 2012

So Go Already

A Texas teabagger wants out.

A Republican official in Texas called for his state to separate from the United States and the “maggots” who reelected President Barack Obama in a newsletter he sent out this week.

Peter Morrison, who serves as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, wrote in his post-election newsletter that there was a clear solution to the problem of Obama’s re-election.

“We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity,” Morrison wrote. “But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.”

“Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years,” he wrote.

Dear Mr. Morrison: Don’t let us keep you; take your xenophobia, homophobia, and anti-American stupidity and get the hell out.  Of course, if you weren’t such a sniveling bigot and a coward, you’d stay and work for what you believe in and try to change things the way adults and people with intelligence do such things.

But if you insist on being such a tempestuous douchebag, why don’t you go find some place that is more to your liking; where there’s very little government interference; where people can have all the guns they want, and the main religion is very conservative?

I hear Somalia is very nice this time of year.

11 barks and woofs on “So Go Already

  1. These are the same people who love the Declaration of Independence, which states that “all men are created equal” and the Constitution says one of the duties of government is to work for the “common good.” These people think those words only apply to them, not to the rest of us.

  2. As has been said elsewhere, The U.S. Constitution does NOT permit states to unilaterally secede from the United States. Not ALL that long ago, we spent four years, a lot of resources and tens of thousands of lives confirming that.

    But what does the Constitution say about eviction from the Union?

    [crickets]

    We could even admit Puerto Rico as a state, and keep all the bunting unchanged.

    The Teahad will whinge and moan and threaten to “leave” – but even hint that we’d just as soon they did that (or even suggest we dismiss them from our presence) and you’ll see real panic in Austin. Think of all the DoD installations that would get uprooted, and all those military paychecks that’ll get spent in some (other) state. Oh, and BTW “illegal immigration” now includes (for them) arrivals form Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico: that’s a lot more border to patrol – and ICE, DHS, ATF, DEA and the other helpers in that effort are going home, too.

    I’d be all in favor of a bill in Congress throwing Texas out, and spelling out what that would mean: no more US dollars hemmorhaging into the state economy, no more US employees spending their paychecks there every week, and no more protective umbrella over your heads (cue the UN black helicopters and hordes of Teh Brown Peeps crouched in Ciudad Juarez just waiting for this moment [/snark]). And BTW if y’all decide you want back in, you have to go through the admission process all over again: thanks for visiting, and we’ll see you again in ten years or so.

    It would be worth the trouble of going through the eviction process just to see the look on the Texan GOTeahadist delegation’s faces when they get ushered out of the Capital.

    • When a Texas Republican wins the White House, I find myself (a Texan) raked over the coals or even ostracized on the threads. I have literally been kicked out at some blogs because Bush “won” the presidency. No other reason, just geographic proximity to a Republican asshole.

      When a Democrat (I am one, unless you’re planning on sawing off the left arm of the party) wins the White House, I still find myself raked over the coals or even ostracized on the threads, again just for being a Texan.

      Should Texans… liberal Texans… just FUCKING GO AWAY? That is, in essence, what you’re saying, isn’t it?

      Prejudice is such an ugly emotion, and that’s exactly what you’re displaying toward literally millions of people, probably 40 percent of whom actually share your political views. Please at least pause to think about that.

      • @Steve:

        No-one here is suggesting that all Texans are somehow responsible for the whinging of the Reichwing. The point is not to blame “Texas” – it’s to flip the Secessionists’ argument around, because their arguments are offensive to the rest of us, and that point needs to be made.

        THEY may cry and whine and stamp their feet because liberalism/progressivism hurts their fee-fees, and continually threaten to take their toys and go home. They’ve suggested far worse than letting California, Massachusetts and Vermont run their own affairs: I for one recall their fervent prayers to Gawd for an earthquake to physically separate California (or at least the parts that offend them most) from the rest of the country. They even distinguish amongst themselves: a Conservatist friend in Florida advised me to watch my wallet when I moved to Virginia, because “it’s a commonwealth – and they love to tax” – yet lo! and behold! my taxes and fees are lower here than there.

        But suggest – just once – that maybe WE could do without THEM, and things change. Reichwingers don’t like to have it suggested that their rabid adherence to their misguided philosophy might not be perceived as patriotic by the rest of us, or that their perspective isn’t agreed by all Gud Ahmurcans. The suggestion may be aimed at Texas – but the meaning is for South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona and other states that have made similar noises.

        I know good people in Texas, at least a few who share Progressive politics and ethics. I can say the same, though, of Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Turkey. And I’ve been called on more than once as a US citizen to explain/defend election of Presidents I disagree with to foreign friends and acquaintances as if I were personally responsible for them as well.

        SO: we have secessionist talk from leaders in Southern states (particularly, but hardly exclusively, Texas). They hold their participation in the Union over our heads, and try to take the nation hostage to their Conservatist demands. And unless the rest of the country bows to their misguided philosophy, they seem prepared to take their state out on its own, presuming that all the blessings of being a US state will automagically follow them in their “independence.” And they insist that they’re speaking for people like me – and like you – as well as their own core (corps?) of support. As a US citizen, I find that at least as offensive as you do that suggesting expulsion of the loudest voices against the Union on a state-by-state basis.

        And do not think for a moment the noise has been different to hear as a Californian when Wilson pushed Prop 187, or as a Floridian when Scott was elected and proceeded to shred the state-level public sector, or as a Virginian when McDonnell pushed mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds for abortions.

        We don’t want liberal Texans to “just BLEEPing go away.” If anything, we want liberal Texans to GET OUT OF THERE. Staying in an increasingly hostile environment isn’t healthy. As of this week, your healthcare situation is only marginally better than before (does Texas even have a hope of building an exchange yet?), your infrastructure is no better, and your state and local resources are just as bad as they’ve been thanks to four plus years of savage budget cuts. And for all the valiant efforts of progressives in Conservatist locales, those trends in deep Red states continue – so while national conditions may be improving overall, the localized situation is not. This is no different from counseling a battered spouse to seek shelter: get out of the house while you’re still alive and intact.

        I for one wish things were different. But I have seen firsthand that rational discussion and negotiation with a devoted Teahad is nearly impossible, and that agreeing on a common reality with these people is a virtually pointless exercise. I miss Florida – but there’s no way I will ever go back there to live if there’s any possible way to avoid it, and the Floridian Teahad is far more moderate than the Texan one. Virginia is a stopping point, but not much more than that, for the same reasons.

        And for the record, I didn’t suggest that the US actually evict Texas – just that suggesting we initiate proceedings might be the best way to silence the Secessionists long enough to actually achieve some rational government. Clearly the Secessionists have failed – again – to evaluate the costs of their stated intentions, and reminding them of how thoroughly dependent they are on the other members of the Union for certain things may be the only way to break them out of their delusion of a land of unicorns and puppies if only they could be freed from the Tyranny of DC.

        And frankly, by identifying yourself as a Texan first – albeit a liberal/progressive one – you’re falling into the same Statist/Secessionist trap. So long as you see yourself as a Texan first, even a Texan that wants to remain part of the Union, you help make the Secessionist argument by admitting that you could remain a Texan if the state struck out on its own. Complaining about US progressives abandoning Texas is the mirror-image situation of complaining about Texans abandoning the Union.

        Your own statistic, in this case, works against you: if “perhaps 40%” of the populace thinks the leadership of Texas is misguided, that implies that perhaps 60% do not – and that 60% are more inclined to leave the Union unless shaken out of the delusion that all will be well once that’s accomplished. So long as that ratio persists this debate will continue – and in this one case, it’s up to Texan progressives to fix the problem: the voters of the other 49 can’t directly vote for better representatives for you, or institute a better field of candidates from outside. All we can do is tolerate the representation that Texas chooses, or decide that that representation is toxic to our ability to govern ourselves as a whole.

        The question, as I see it, is not whether Texas should remain part of the Union. It is whether Texan Secessionism would survive if it were made plain that the Secessionists were no more welcome to us than the Union is to them, and whether that realisation would finally bring the secessionist movement to its senses. The US needs some moderation of their rhetoric before the rest of us are as tired of being as insulted at being unwanted by Texan loudmouths as you are at a single instance of a suggestion that the people your state as a whole elects to public office might actually be empowered to speak for their constituents. The problem isn’t ours to fix, and your own numbers aren’t especially encouraging that progressives in Texas can address this.

        • I have a friend who grew up in Austin. He now lives in Virginia, via Germany and San Francisco, and he states that he is not a Texan, he is a recovering Texan.

  3. I live in Tx. and these people, ( the whites, which I happen to be ) are nuts. I’m not in the nut category. At some point in the future, the Latinos will take over this state and the whacky repugs will be forced to crouch at the ballot box. I can hardly wait. The Democrats won every county office here in Cameron County Tues. by 2-1 over the nut jobs.

  4. I’ve been reading about people dropping their families and friends for voting Democratic. A lot of pain and hard feelings. The fear and anger expressed by the reichwing may lead to a catastrophic event.

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