Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Around The Big Bend

Texas is a very big state and the Republican party is very strong in that state, so when they come up with a party platform that basically calls for America to be come Somalia with Stetsons, perhaps we should pay attention to them.  Or just gape in gob-smacked incredulity.  Charlie Pierce:

This isn’t four guys in camo in Idaho. This isn’t a guy broadcasting on a short-wave from upper Michigan, or receiving the truth about chemtrails and the Illuminati through his teeth. This is the Republican party representing the state from which he got our last Republican president, and one of the biggest states in the Union. This is what it believes, as summed up with realit-based parentheticals by Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker:

Let’s proceed to policy. In the next of its forty pages, the platform demands, among other things: That the Texas Legislature should nullify-indeed, “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify”-federal laws it doesn’t like. (Unmentioned is the fact that, beginning in 1809, the Supreme Court has steadfastedly rejected state nullification of federal laws.); That when it comes to “unelected bureaucrats”-i.e., pretty much the entire federal work force above the janitorial level-Congress should “defund and abolish these positions.”; That the Seventeenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1913, be repealed, so that “the appointment of United States Senators” can again be made by state legislators, not by voters. (Admittedly, the Texas Legislature could hardly do worse.), That all federal “enforcement activities” within the borders of Texas-including, presumably, the activities of F.B.I. agents, Justice Department prosecutors, air marshals, immigration officers, agricultural inspectors, and tax auditors-“must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”

Point and laugh all you want, but ignore them at your peril.  Even if Wendy Davis somehow is elected governor, these folks will not go gently.

3 barks and woofs on “Around The Big Bend

  1. I used to naively assume that mankind/society was on an upward progression of intelligence, little by little building on the wisdom gained over generations. Just as we once lived in trees and ate bananas but now live in fancy air conditioned homes and have mastered agricultural marvels, we would continue our upward quest on the path of knowledge and apply our accumulative wisdom towards making our world a better place for ourselves, our families, and for all people. Well…we can see that the dark clouds of ignorance continue to grow and blot out the light of knowledge. Stupidity spreads like a disease, infecting one moron after another. There are still people who believe that war is the answer, that their clan is superior to all others and that anyone different from their clan is evil, that we were put on this planet to pursue our own selfish interests & the rest be damned. Texas with its wild west mentality may or may not be at the bottom of the intelligence food chain- states like Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina are also contenders for the title of “Worst Places for Free-thinking People to Live”. But it’s mighty hard down here to avoid the cowboy hat wearing/smoke-spewing pickup truck with gun rack driving/gun and Bible loving/minority and gay hating/but go to church and show your piousness- rednecks. With all the progress mankind has made over the centuries, it’s sad to think the world will eventually be run once again by the knuckle-draggers. I need a drink.

  2. Those are pretty much the standard demands of the Sovereign Citizen movement, especially the emphasis on the county sheriff as the highest law enforcement authority. McVeigh and Nichols, although primarily militia members, were affiliated with the Sovereign movement. The father-and-son pair who killed the two cops in West Memphis a few years ago were also Sovereigns. And Maine’s illustrious FatAssed Governor, Paul LePage, he of more chins that a Chinatown phone book, has been meeting with the local Sovereigns here in Maine for the past year or so.

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