Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You know...

posted by The Vidiot @ 9:53 PM Permalink

I've said it somewhere before, that society marginalizes those those that don't think like everyone else. I mean, if you think about it, society marginalizes those who think outside the confines of society itself. That's what insanity is; someone who doesn't think like anybody else. It's the psychologist/psychiatrist's job to make sure that everybody fits into the accepted reality and if they don't, they are diagnosed and treated so that they can be a part of mainstream society. Otherwise, they're locked away.

So, when I see the way dKos community treats something like Texas Gov. Perry's declaration of Texas sovereignty, it just rings all sorts of bells for me. What Perry was doing was nothing more than asserting the 10th Amendment of the US constitution
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Saying, basically, if the federal government tries to overstep its boundaries, the states have a right to say, "hell no." But if you read the dKos treatment, words like Cuckoo are used. Perry didn't say "secede" but a few of his supporters did. Big deal. Perry is still part of the overall machine and he won't move Texas to secession. Whether or not citizens of that state would like that is something else.

My issue is that it's portrayed in such a negative light that the actual merits of the issue are never discussed.

You might notice that happens a lot.

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At 9:43 AM, Blogger JayV said...

Though I have moved back to New England, where I grew up as a kid/teen, I lived in TX for over 20 years and remember those bumper stickers back in the 80s, "Texas Secede" and "Texas Native." This secession idea has been kicked around for years. It's that whoop and holler "Don't Mess with my white, anti-hispanic, anti-gay Texas" mentality.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

I don't know all that much about Texas. I just know I don't like driving through it. The only state I think has a right to secede is Louisiana because of how the federal government has basically raped that state of any profits from its natural resources. (Yeah, I know, all that corruption didn't help either.)

I don't know what the solution is but I imagine more than a few states have a legitimate gripe against the overbearing federal government.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

I lived in Texas briefly (96-97) and wound up screaming all the way back to California. Home grown Texans are, to quote The Octopus from the movie The Spirit, "Just plain damned weird!" They seem to have a propensity for a wildly strange belief that they are better and more entitled than most just by virtue of being a Texan.

I also remember the old joke: How do you bury a Texan in a cigar box? Just stomp the crap out of them first and then fold them neatly into the cigar box for burial.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

BTW, gw bush was governor.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a Quixotic (sort-of self-) defense of the average, ethnically-insane and (for the most part) financially impoverished Texas citizen, GW Bush (his daddy functionally took up residence in that state after the second "Big War" under an oil carpet-bagger banner) is not really a "Texan."

If you pay close attention, his drawl is of the adopted military version that he picked up before (and while) he went AWOL. His education was actually North-East.

What passes as a Texan in these modern times is whatever the oil industry proclaims (ever since oil was discovered to be a surplus carcinogen pooled under the Lone Star State's real estate).

As far as Texas secession is concerned, well, a much greater degree of its political independence resulted from the fact that Grant went east into Georgia and didn't burn its towns down and kill most of the young men.

As far as having the "right" to secede, Well the first-in-line state with that right seems to me would probably be the conquered Kingdom of Hawaii.

(Disclaimer: Okay, I admit it ... I'm related to about half the white people -- and probably [to a much more visually restricted extent] most of the "colored folks" -- of East Texas, and don't you go makin' no jokes about my six toes on each foot.)


At 10:38 AM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

The main reason ghwb initially established a residence in Texas is that there is no personal taxes levied against their citizens.

And I won't ever make reference to your six toed feet if you promise not to tell anyone about my third eye.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill;

Right outside Clark Air Base main gate, up a little ways and a street or two to the right, did you ever visit The Third Eye?


At 1:05 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Absolutely! It was a red hot club when I was there and I spent many an evening downing many a San Miguel and listening to a terrific guitar player, whose name I can no longer.

Although I remember it as one of the clubs just outside the center, Friendship gate. Out the Main Gate and to the right were Fields Ave and Bonofacia Street.

Have you ever spent time over there? I worked on Town Patrol and some of the most exciting times of my life were there in Angeles City. 3,500 bars serving 15 thousand GIs and their dependents. Like working in the old wild west!

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

And Vidiot, I would think that every state screwed over in by unconstitutional, overt acts by its former prez gwb would, or could, constitute a breach of contract that would allow a state to freely leave the union and to restore the rights of the people of their state.

Basic contracts and defaults.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was stationed in Okinawa (AF) at the end of the 70s. While I had some TDYs and a couple of leaves exploring native wildlife habitats in the dark, off-base urban jungles of Angeles and Olongapo, My hard and stupid times didn't really arrive until I had been separated for several years.

Then, in 1987 before my GI Bill evaporated from non-use, I went from North Hollywood back to Luzon where I stayed for the next two and a half years.

Consequence: GI Ed. bennies (exept for one month, but that's another war-story) depleted, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (I was a well-educated [by Pinoy standards], non-graduate of Angeles University)!

If only I hadn't endulged in Ionomen so much, I really do believe that I could remember more details regarding the time-frame ... .


At 10:17 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

I lived in Galveston and worked out of Houston for a couple of years ... but my Texan friends told me that isn't actually Texas.

But they claim neither is Austin;-)


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