The Texas 53: Just one of the many interesting bits of banter
...from the session that drove the Texas 53 out. You'd probably leave too.
During a committee meeting, Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Houston) demanded earnestly, "Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education? Free medical care? Free whatever? It comes from Moscow. From Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell."
These are not your Nixon, nor even Reagan Republicans, though these are the people that supported both. These are the truly mad, snapping hard-right Gen. Jack D. Ripper types who may still believe fluoridation makes you impotent. Who still believe that communism is a factor, cannot let go of it. "From Moscow"?
Remember these are the same people who, in the waning days of the 1992 defeat, actually thought Bush could claim credit for breaking the USSR & ending the Cold War, and call Bill Clinton a communist spy, at the same time(though I've always thought they let Bush lose that one as punishment for going back on the tax pledge). Some of these people--James Baker among them--believe we are meant to engineer Armageddon, that this is why we were given the Bomb by the Lord. Without a USSR what then?
Bush worries me because if I were religious, I would be forced to conclude he is one of the Beasts of Revelation. As I am not religious I can only say he's bad enough, as is his ghoulish army of dittoheads. And we passively support this pretender. We have become so fucking soft and stupid.
But then things like this other tidbit from Ivins make me think, not actually.(and remind me Bush has won no friends among the governors of America--and more about that in not too long, because I think it'll be the single most important factor in how this country goes in the rest of my lifetime. But on the state level--even Republicans--his denial of funds, possibly a ploy to force states to accept DHS agents into local law enforcement will earn him some enemies):
When our governor, Rick "Goodhair" Perry (that's a head of hair every Texan can be proud of, regardless of party), asked New Mexico to arrest any escapees lurking there, the state's attorney general, Patricia Madrid, said, "I have put out an all-points bulletin for law enforcement to be on the lookout for politicians in favor of health care and against tax cuts for the wealthy."
Now read the letter
from the Democrats to Speaker Craddick. What a delicate way of phrasing "Fuck you." God, I love these people. And if they stay out till Friday, as they say they will
, the session ends and none of the GOP's mad plans get implemented. Hee hee. I may even dance.
Why does the GOP scare me? Because I know they are never even content with winning, because they have not won until they have wiped out anything unlike themselves. It's just the Puritan strain of America eating its way back into America's forebrain as it tends to every 50 years or so.
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