Last weekend the Texas Republican Party voted to return to those golden days of 1859.
Thousands of Republican activists meeting in Houston this weekend for the state’s party convention agreed to a resolution that rejects the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and refers to Joe Biden as an illegitimate president.
The delegates also called for the repeal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was passed to end discrimination against Black Americans at the polls.
Separately, a party platform presented to convention delegates labeled homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice.” According to the Texas Tribune, the platform also advocates for children to learn in school about “the humanity of the preborn child,” promoting new messaging after the state has taken steps to vastly restrict abortion.
They also voted to encourage a referendum to secede from the union.
Fine with me. The federal government will save billions of dollars in Social Security and Medicare — there are a lot of retirees in Texas — not to mention that every time there’s a tornado, flood, hurricane, wildfire, ice storm, and electrical grid failure, Texas comes with their hand out for your tax dollars to pay for it. No more of that welfare. The U.S. Senate would get rid of two senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, for whom the term “asshole” barely begins to cover it. Every Texan would have to apply for a passport to cross the border, and hundreds of corporations would pull up stakes and move somewhere else. After all, it would be slightly ridiculous to have American Airlines have their headquarters in a foreign country.
And this: “a party platform presented to convention delegates labeled homosexuality ‘an abnormal lifestyle choice.'” Wrong on all three counts, cowboy. What’s “normal” for some is “abnormal” for someone else, and a political party in the thrall of a dictator doesn’t get to determine what’s what. It’s not a “lifestyle;” it’s a life. And it’s not a choice. No one came to me and asked me if I wanted to be gay, and no one “groomed” me (trust me, grooming by any definition is not something I aspire to). I also know a fair number of Texans who are hard-core conservative Republicans who are as gay as pink shoes. Making sexual orientation a political issue only leads to bigotry and hatred, and they’ve already covered that by wanting to repeal the Voting Rights Act. The only reason they want to do that is because they know that if everyone, including minorities had equal access to the voting booth, they’d be out on their ass, and they can’t have that. As the hearings in the January 6th committee have shown, the only way they can win is by cheating and thievery.
So go already.