Texas … Be Gone!

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In Heather’s latest newsletter, she included the “platform planks” the Texas Republican Party approved at their recent convention. I know many of you already read her newsletter, but for those who don’t, I feel strongly that people need to be aware of how the Republicans of this state sees themselves and their ultimate destiny.

Quite frankly, I would have no problem with the State of Texas becoming the “independent nation” put forth at the end of this statement. From my perspective, based on their goals, they are a pariah to America’s founding principles.

[D]elegates to a convention of the Texas Republican Party today approved platform planks rejecting “the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and [holding] that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States”; requiring students “to learn about the dignity of the preborn human,” including that life begins at fertilization; treating homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice”; locking the number of Supreme Court justices at 9; getting rid of the constitutional power to levy income taxes; abolishing the Federal Reserve; rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment; returning Christianity to schools and government; ending all gun safety measures; abolishing the Department of Education; arming teachers; requiring colleges to teach “free-market liberty principles”; defending capital punishment; dictating the ways in which the events at the Alamo are remembered; protecting Confederate monuments; ending gay marriage; withdrawing from the United Nations and the World Health Organization; and calling for a vote “for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

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39 thoughts on “Texas … Be Gone!

  1. I’ve been thinking sort of the opposite, Nan. Texas is operating as an autocratic state, so I was thinking the citizens should apply for statehood in the United States of America and do away with that criminal cabal. If we could get them and Florida to join the Union, we would be up to 50 states.

    That may be just a vape dream.

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    • Texas became a state in 1845. I think you mean they should secede from statehood. Hmm they on their own they could try to get Mexico to pay for a wall! I’d sure love a wall to keep Texans out of America!

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  2. Nan, this is so incredibly disturbing, scary beyond words, how so very REAL these planks, these literal nut-cases are everywhere in Texas, but 10-times worse in all the rural areas and counties across this Hell Hole of a state.

    After I heard about the Texas RC in Houston on PBS NPR and read about it in The Texas Tribune, like Heather cites, I literally got very sick in my stomach, unduly anxious, and began thinking dead-seriously HOW must I persuade my Mom to give up her rock-solid, stubborn-as-a-mule opposition to leaving not only Kerrville, but at the very least this psychotic-headed and psychotic-lead state. Because I am so vocal about my Independent political views anywhere I go… I am just now realizing how I am or could put my Mom (and sister?) in real danger and risk! I cannot tell you or anyone else enough how truly bad it has gotten here. 🥺

    What you and Heather Cox Richardson have touched on is only the tip of the iceberg down here. I kid you not! I swear, I feel I am literally living inside a combination of the 2006 film Idiocracy and 2005 film V for Vendetta. It is so bonkers here. 😵😟

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  3. i read this, and was utterly appalled. Since open carry laws exist in Texas, i am surprised no one has gone into the state congress and blasted everyone with an AR-!5, especially after the fiasco tragedy at Uvalde.

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    • HEAR HEAR SpartanAtheist! 🍻 Sign me up!

      Just do me one favor please. If that actually happens, let me first rocket across the Red River then out of this rebirth of the Confederate States of America… led by Texas. Deal?

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  4. As is the case with many “red” states, Texas is a net dependent on Federal funds, meaning that they take back more than they send to the Federal government. Thus is not atypical among our other red state, Uber-religious brethren as most are in fact not borrowers. I’d like to see how they plan on standing on their own feet since they don’t collect nearly enough taxes to provide ANY of the basic services their population would need.

    Texans would fund out fairly quickly just how “independent” they are!

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    • You are SO spot-on RaPaR in your foresight I can’t even speak kuntry Texa-nese (packed with R-syllables) you are so correct! But sadly, here in this state where “lunatics have taken over the asylum”… Red Texans can’t even foresee the fallacies and circus of their actions. They can’t critically think that far ahead, if I’m totally honest. 🤦‍♂️

      P.S. And I would know cuz I am an 8th-generation Texan, my son is 9th, and both my maternal and paternal families have lived here a long, long, long, long, long… well, you get the idea I’m sure. I/We know Texas and Texans intimately well. And it is scary BAD now! 🥺

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    • I vividly recall back when they had that winter storm that shut down the entire state the had no problem at all going begging for federal assistance just a few weeks after someone in the state legislature was talking about leaving the United States and forming their own country.

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  5. Interesting commentaries. It is the Texas Republican Party reflecting the American Trump Republican Party. It is horrible, but not news to me. I live smack dab in the middle of it.

    One important thing is that the shit about the 2020 election is really scary, It is not only Texas.

    I cannot say that reading this made my day. However, I knew it.

    This is one big fascist movement that is literally steam rolling. It’s insane. It is real. And believers are truer to their cause than any Nazi ever was.

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  6. Seriously though, were these ‘delegates’ truly representative of the party as a whole? Was there some sort of maximum IQ limitation for entry? Perhaps official documentation required to certify insanity verified at the door?
    Surely a huge proportion of republican supporters would be utterly horrified in thinking such things echoed their own views. Does this actually mean anything? Does it carry any real weight? Please tell me it doesn’t.

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    • Yes, they are representative of the party as a whole. After all, it was the Texas Republican Party convention. Those in attendance were elected delegates who support the Republican platform. And they are the ones who have control within the party.

      The “average” Republican most likely has no clue because when it comes to “politics,” people in general tend to pay little attention. However, those in power can and will put as many of these proposals into action as possible. In fact, the Texas power players have already actualized some of these actions.

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      • You are exactly correct Nan. Most all registered Texas-voters and especially those who could register, but don’t, are usually “asleep at the wheel” totally consumed daily in their own personal life-bubbles here. They are the many many Texans who defer to “others” to rule, govern, enforce, and make policies for them whether it is/they are in their interests or not—they don’t know nor have a clue.

        And of course, you and I both know that voter apathy, laziness, and posture is nowhere NEAR an accurate demonstration of representative government by its people within a Constitutional democratic Republic. Not even close. This is proven time and time again every 2-years in Texas by dismal voter turnout rates of just registered voters. Case and point: *

        • 1998 November General Election — TX Voter turnout: 32.4%
        • 2000 General Election — TX Voter turnout: 51.8%
        • 2002 General, November (Gubernatorial) — 36.24%
        • 2004 General, November (Presidential) — 56.57%
        • 2006 November (Gubernatorial) — 33.64%
        • 2008 November (Presidential) — 59.5%
        • 2010 November (Gubernatorial) — 38%
        • 2012 November (Presidential) — 58.58%
        • 2014 November (Gubernatorial) — 33.7%
        • 2016 November (Presidential) — 59.39%
        • 2018 November (Gubernatorial) — 53.01%
        • 2020 November (Presidential) — 66.73%

        And these are merely the “registered” Texas voters! There’s a very significant voting-age population that just won’t even register! As a result, YES, as you aptly pointed out…

        The “average” Republican most likely has no clue because when it comes to “politics,” people in general tend to pay little attention.

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        * – Source: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/historical/70-92.shtml

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        • 🤣 Jesus? As in the failed Jewish Messiah—according to Late Second Temple Judaism/Messianism named Yeshua bar Yosef!? BWAAAAAAAA!!!

          No my Friend, we are ROYALLY F*CKED here and all reasonable, intelligent Americans have every right and justification to say… “fuck Texas! Let them be swallowed up by Mexico and their Cartels!” No other way to put it if I’m honest Arky. 😉

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        • My sentiments exactly. I couldn’t give a rats ass about Texas or any other red state. You can put a fence around the whole state as far as I’m concerned. Or, better yet, let the Fat Orange Man build a wall!

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  7. I second what the Prof and others have said. This is seditious, it is appalling, it goes against everything the Founders stood FOR in 1787, and it goes against the rights of over half the people in this nation. Texas, apparently, no longer wishes to be a part of the United States … to them I say, “GOOD RIDDANCE!” And “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  8. From Heather Cox Richardson this morning in part

    This from Heather Cox Richardson…it keeps getting worse from the republicans

    The GOP “shadow primary” for 2024 is in full swing. As noted above, Trump’s competitors are exploring challenges to Trump, looking for weakness, and hoping that Democrats will finally hold him accountable—thereby clearing the GOP presidential field of the GOP’s biggest liability. The shadow primary is causing contenders to run to the right of Trump as they try to capture his base. The result is ugly and disquieting.

    Over the weekend, the Texas GOP announced its 2022 platform. As expected, the platform asserts that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president of the US. That plank, while disappointing, has become Republican orthodoxy. More disturbing is the position of Texas Republicans on LGBTQ people. The platform asserts that “Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”

    In a single sentence, the Texas GOP seeks to dehumanize and stigmatize tens of millions of Americans. The statement is offensive, ignorant, and hateful. And yet, that grotesque position will be at the center of Governor Greg Abbott’s presidential run. And, of course, Ron DeSantis et al. cannot permit Abbott to occupy the moral low ground necessary to sway Trump’s base. So, we should expect something equally outrageous from DeSantis in the coming weeks. And then worse from Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley . . .

    The rabid Republican attacks on LGBTQ people are understandably anxiety-producing, and each of us should do what we can to reassure and support LGBTQ people in our lives. But the grotesque Republican culture war on LGBTQ people will surely backfire. The tens of millions of LGBTQ Americans have millions of family members, friends, and coworkers. Surely they will punish Republicans for declaring that “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”

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  9. If Texas wants to leave the Union, I say let them go – That whole “more perfect union” thing in action. And frankly, while it wouldn’t be impossible, Republicans would have a very hard time ever winning the Presidency again without those 38 EC votes they’ve come to expect.

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