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Friday, April 17, 2009

A Spade's a Spade and Tea is Tea

One of the most ridiculous characteristics of many Texans is their pride over their supposed ability to "secede from the Union." Several people informed me of this notable fact when I moved to this state over 8 years ago. "Really?" I thought. "Cause it might be a brilliant move to secede from the frickin' United States of America. What have I gotten myself into?"

Sheesh.

But two days ago, if you missed it on the news, "tea parties" were held on the lawn of the Capitol and people screamed "Secede" at Govenor Perry as he arrived.

Puh lease.

Here to respond to these events more academically is Statesman columnist, Jody Seaborn...

"There are good reasons to be concerned about the huge deficits that have been run up the past few decades and the enormous debt that we have accumulated as a result. We should absolutely debate how much government we want and how to pay for it, but we must also stop pretending that we can have for free whatever size government we decide we want to have. One thing I wanted to ask Wednesday’s protesters was, Where were you when Dick Cheney was saying that deficits don’t matter? Or when the vast majority of our current $11.2 trillion federal debt was created during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush? (Presidents Carter and Clinton actually lowered the federal debt as a percentage of GDP; Reagan-Bush and Bush significantly increased it.) So, a moment of honest self-reflection, please: Is it government spending that bothers you, or government spending by Obama and a Democratic Congress?"

Chill out Texas. Stop being hypocrites. Use your brains for something other than idiocy. And for once try some Yogi Tea Bedtime *Calm* for your mind... and try waking up in the 21st Century where we play like adults by voting and paying taxes and yes, even protesting. But not with threats of "I'm not playing with you anymore!" We're not in the third grade. You can't just threaten to not invite Obama or America to your birthday party and expect to get everything your way. Gah! Okay, I'm done. I may go have some Yogi Tea myself...

8 comments:

jenA said...

I LOVE YOU. Because to read aloud " people screamed "Succeed" at Govenor Perry as he arrived." takes on an entirely different meaning than what I know you intended ;)

I myself will never vote for Texas to secede from the Union. If we did, the Union would be lost.

lynnette said...

you realize these tea parties took place in states in addition to TX, right? there are crazies everywhere. ;)

i do find the notion of secession amusing.

Ann said...
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Ann said...

ah lynnette forever defending your home state. i know you're not a crazy. but when i moved to tennessee for a summer no one informed me that tennessee could succeed from the union if she wanted to and in addition, there were door mats and potato chips in the shape of their state.

i digress. i know you hate that about texas as much as i do... even as much as i love living here now (but don't tell anyone... i have a reputation to uphold).

Rev Kev said...

Ah, Texas. You know you love it, Ann. I was glad a legal scholar came on the Houston news this morning to explain that the idea that Texas somehow has the constitutional option to secede if it wants to is an absolute legal fiction, aside from being a bone-headed idea. (There was a little war fought not very long ago over whether or not states can secede from the union... remember who won?) I myself think it more likely that Travis County will try to secede from Texas, and we'll fight to the death over the capitol building. Kinky Friedman and the yankee-lovin rebels vs. Ricky-Rick and the teabag loyalists.

austinokie said...

I am all for Texas succeeding :)(Gosh, if Texas did secede, the Big 12 South would only have two teams!!)

I just don't think it will ever happen under "...and dumber"the Governor. (Dumb was before him and went on to the White House!)

Ann said...

oops! sorry i spelled secede (succeed) wrong! it's been changed :) story of my life, i know...

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