What a place!
I love it!
I don’t care that there are Texans who are not so fond of me, my politics or my religion, I still love this state and I count them among my brethren. I used to love the U.S. in the same way but over the years the government and the people as a whole have become so corrupt and selfish I can’t feel the same way. I don’t hate it. I just don’t like what it has become and feel little loyalty to the current collection of knuckleheads who hold office there now.
I honor America for the good it has done and the nobility that threads through time. There’s been some nasty stuff, some heartless and cruel actions, but up until a couple decades ago the U.S. was more good than bad. At least I think so. The tables have turned, though.
Texas is far from perfect, of course. But as a people I do not believe we have gone over the edge or even approached it. Our biggest problem is the too-influential talking heads in right wing politics and religion who do not live in Texas but whose words and ideas have been blasted into local communities and almost brainwashed the religious conservatives. What we need to do is cut the line at the river. We need to shut those voices up, get them out of our head, and get back to being Texans again.
A couple weeks ago some real dingbats showed up on the steps of the capitol in Austin calling for session. News said around 200, not exactly a massive demonstration. One guy, a candidate for governor named Larry Kilgore, pointed to the U.S. flag flying over the capitol and said he hated it and the U.S. government. What a horrible thing to say. How can he say such a thing when his and my fathers, grand fathers, countless relatives fought and died under that flag? That government, corrupt as it is these days, has kept us safe through the years and allowed us one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Other people had things just as terrible to say. Some were religious radicals whose idea of a free Texas is a “Christian” Texas where anybody who does not follow their brand of judeo-christian law is hung. That would mean me, since I am Buddhist.
I dream of a free and independent Texas. I always have. I do not, however, hate the U.S. nor the government. Neither do I hate the people who run it. I do hate what they’ve done to it and what it has become. I hate war and am completely opposed to our participation in it. I opposed entry into Iraq and Afghanistan and am very disappointed and frustrated that this nation supports it.
The level of corporate corruption in Washington D.C. has reached incredible proportions. I do not believe it is redeemable. But I object to a half-cocked, lame brain effort to secede that is sure to do little more than get a couple hundred people arrested and imprisoned and could even lead to federal troops on Texas highways and roaming Texas cities. No, that’s not what must happen.
Texans must close ranks and decide what is best for Texas and work for that within the framework of statehood. The fact is that most of the ties that bind Texas to the U.S. are green, as in money links. The Federal Government has no jurisdiction within Texas to regulate things such as schools, highways, etc. It controls through money. It says, “here’s a billion dollars. If you want it, do this, this and this.” Texas, of course, takes the money to the bank and legislators in Austin write laws to fit the requirements. Thus the first thing Texas has to do is cut the purse strings and stand on its own, financially.
The next thing is that we must cut ties with out of state organizations that bring corruption and corrupt ideas to our people. No matter how good or right someone might sound, is what they’re saying good for Texas? In most cased it is not. What news anchor or network really gives a damn about Texans? None. Cut them off. Rebuild Texas networks. We’re too big and to strong not to have our own version of everything, from TV networks and news to everything else. Draw a line. Live Texas, listen Texas, watch Texas, be Texan.
We have to stop hating each other for our differing views. Of course we disagree. No group of people can ever agree. But we can choose how we disagree. If we truly believe in Democracy then we must learn to work within its framework to settle our differences. So many arguments and so much hatred bubbles up from arguments over the U.S. Bill of Rights. But we as Texans can and should find ways to settle questions before we get that far. We can, if we’ll stop getting angry at each other.
What we need to have is Texas for Texans. Let the other states go their own way. Don’t fret over the union. Work within the parameters of statehood but turn to each other to build a state that stands strong and healthy. Let the other 49 do as they wish.
If we don’t, the cause of Texas that began with the Alamo will end in betrayal by this generation of Texans. It will be a shameful day for us all.
We need to stop getting all freaky over being a red state or blue state. We’re neither.
We’re the Lone Star State!
Remember the Alamo. All hail Texas!
I have no faith.
I have no faith in an absent god and no faith in humankind.
Life is not going to get better.
People are not going to wake up from this hedonist, lascivious, selfish nightmare and realize “we are the world.”
Wars are going to get worse. Cruelty is going to get worse. Anger and meanness and resentment and selfishness and lying and stealing are going to get worse.
There’s not a damn thing I can do about it.
The American soul is dead.
Would somebody stop the world and let me off, please?
The United States of America, may they rest in peace.
This day people in a nation called America celebrate the birth of a country that for all intents and purposes died September 11, 2001.
After some consideration I chose to write another letter to the editor in place of the “over the top” version the editor rejected. When I sent it in the editor returned an email saying, “much better.” I knew then the second version would print. It did.
You can find the second version here:
If you can’t get this link to work enter a comment and I’ll post the letter here.
As I wrote back and told the editor, we should be very glad we still have a free press in this country and especially that newspapers run the “Letters” column. Unlike the multitudinous emails TV news quotes (carefully picked from countless thousands) letters to the editor are unique in their ability to reach a community since they are not drowned out in the crowd nor are merely a flash on a screen for a few seconds but remain as a part of a print paper and an online archive forever. That Americans can still send letters to the editor and get them published is one reason America is still a great country!
OK, so I’m a radical. I wrote a letter to the editor of our local daily wipe and got a note back saying I was over the top. Nice of him to say so, I suppose, but I don’t think I was. Here’s the exchange:
Before I continue let me state the following?
I am a white man. I live in the South in the most “southern” (as in southern attitude, not geographical location) part of East Texas. I live in a mobile home. Do not make assumptions based upon these facts. By appearance and geography, my accent or even my colloquialisms one might mistakenly believe I am a “typical southern white man” or worse, a redneck. Such is absolutely not the case. I am neither Christian, prejudice, nor conservative. Those do certainly go hand in hand in this part of the world. I reject Christianity, detest prejudice and vehemently disagree with conservative politics. I live here by accident of birth and lack of funds to escape.
Having said all that, I am not exhilirated nor hopeful of a “new America” this day after O’BamBam has taken office.
I have time now for more details.
The bill passed this week called the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” is the worst piece of legislation maybe in the history of our country. It’s that because it gives incredible authority and close to a trillion bucks to the administration at a time when the administration has little reason to care at all what the public thinks. How stupid can Congress get?
The answer is, more stupid than stupid.
There have been many stories that do a better job than I can but here’s my spin nonetheless:
The more I consider the implications of that horrific bill Congress passed last week the more worried I get about our future.
My wife is tapping me on the shoulder wanting to get to the computer so I have to wait for more writing on this subject but here is a letter I’m writing to Texas papers.
You have total permission to send this to your paper. I don’t care who you give credit for the letter as long as you keep the words intact.
After the letter I’ll post my raw notes on that bill. Later I’ll try to write more words.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Congress passed the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,” far more than a “bail out.” Did legislators actually read the bill? I did. Every American should. To say we’ve “given away the bank” is an understatement of enormous proportions.
Bush now has authority to buy ANY mortgage, security, or stock if the purchase “…promotes financial market stability.” It does NOT stipulate the item must be financially harmful to the holder. The administration can buy nearly a trillion dollars of American property, whatever it wants, with virtually no limitations! Consider the implications before reading further.
Oversight? Besides the Secretary himself the “oversight board” has the Fed chairman, SEC chairman, and director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Fox watching the hens! Congressional oversight is reduced to occasional reports to committees, like that will matter.
The Secretary has unlimited authority to hire employees, establish programs, contract with companies, designate financial institutions as federal agents and write regulations. In other words the Bush administration can hire or contract the very people who have caused this so-called crisis at premium federal rates and do whatever it wants with that $700 billion.
Besides the insanity of giving Bush these powers the bill has hundreds of pages Congressmen called “sweeteners.” Indeed. They’re mostly sweet to members of Congress, bitter for us. Some disturbing parts are not sweet at all, such as giving the IRS authority to conduct unlimited clandestine investigations and increasing the national debt from $10.5 to $11.3 TRILLION.
Congress has given the Bush administration one power after the other, beginning with the fantastically Orwellian Homeland Security bill. Where power wasn’t authorized the administration has simply taken it. Neither Congress, the Supreme Court nor the American people have had the guts to stand in his way. Now, at last, the administration has had the last bit of power handed to it through this bill. How bad will it get now that Bush/Cheney owns the bank? In the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, “b-b-b-b-baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Here are my raw notes:
I’ve not had much time to read or reflect on the world at large. Like most people with a brain and the ability to see through the bullshit I’ve watched in horror as Americans with no brains and who thrive on bullshit suck up the crap the right wing is throwing at them. For God’s sake–for America’s sake–why in the hell won’t you people listen?
I know I am blowing in the wind. In my last post I think I mentioned something about how my brother the fundamentalist and I got into a squabble at the Whataburger over “religion.” I think I did. Anyway, he is a devout Evangelical quasi-fundamentalist. He’s not a pure fundamentalist any more since he does attempt to follow a bit of logic and he does go a short way into using his brain. But he is as brainwashed as every other Evangelical. He is as brainwashed as I was. It is highly doubtful that he will ever understand Truth. His mindset is the same as those who continue to believe the incredible –and highly verifiable–pack of lies being sold to Americans about 9/11, the war, the economy and everything else.