We’ve all heard bits ‘n pieces about the Texas GOP’s new ‘platform’, a disgusting piece of racist, homophobic, fantasy … and yet it shows us the dangers of the current GOP mindset. Our friend Larry lives in Texas and I thought his views would be even more relevant than the views of the rest of us. Here’s what Larry has to say …
donald trump lost the 2020 presidential election.
Period. Exclamation point. Double underline.
Despite atempt after attempt after attempt to challenge it, trump’s repeated denial of it, and the insurrection on January 6th, 2021 to try and overturn it, it remains a solid, incontrovertible fact.
Most of the United States has accepted that, though a certain segment has done so begrudgingly. A lot of folks don’t like it, but at least have the good sense to admit it.
Which brings us to last weekend’s convention of the Texas GOP, the living embodiment of what Forrest Gump’s mother told him:
Stupid is as stupid does.
These guys adopted a party platform at their convention in Houston that, upon reading, left me in shock, disbelief, horror, disgust, and just outright anger.
You’ve heard of the Five Stages of Grief? I think I went through the Five Stages of Pissed Off.
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Jill, Larry, the Texas Republican Party spent a lot of time, but not a whole of thought on passing some pretty inane stuff. Providing some context, we should recall the national Republican Party never got around to passing a platform at the 2020 GOP convention. In essence, the party leadership punted on it, saying the platform is whatever Donald J. Trump wants.
Well, scroll forward to the fall of 2020 through today and what Trump wants is to convince people the election was stolen from him with no proof and no success in so doing. Failing that, he indicated an insurrection on a branch of government which is seditious action.
So, the Texas GOP decides to announce as their platform Biden really lost and Trump won, of course without proof or even jurisdiction. And, they want to secede if the situation calls for it. So, what happens if highly progressive Austin secedes from Texas? Does that mean the Texas Capitol has to move?
The talk of Trump winning is not the brightest thing they could do, surpassed only by their secession threat. Yet both are not as inane an idea as Justice Clarence Thomas wanting to ban birth control. Not smart.
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Yep, I remember that the GOP declined to come up with a platform at their convention, and if this is the best they can do, perhaps it’s just as well! I like your point about “what happens if Austin secedes from Texas?” It gets crazier by the day, doesn’t it? As you say, they have no jurisdiction even if they had viable reasons for declaring that Biden didn’t win in 2020 … they are but one state of 50 (or 52 if you’re Herschel Walker). And as for their threat to secede … it won’t succeed, for it’s against the Constitution, and frankly they couldn’t survive on their own, but this isn’t the first time they’ve threatened it. I’ve always heard that expression that “everything is big in Texas” … well, for sure there seem to be some mighty big egos down there!
As re Justice Clarence Thomas … I would have thought he’d be walking on eggshells, given the role his own wife played in the attempts to overthrow the 2020 election, but instead he’s showing his arrogance and making foolish threats. Funny, isn’t it, that the one established ruling he didn’t mention overturning was Loving v Virginia … hmmmm.
Jill, people who claim they will secede are blowing smoke. That would be the dumbest idea. Texas is starting to lean purple, which is why Abbott and crowd want to make it harder to vote using the impetus of Trump’s Big Lie. Keith
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Yes, it is not only impractical, but darn near impossible. And yes, they are blowing smoke, trying to get attention with their radical claims … and sadly, it seems to work for them. I see Texas ultimately going the way of Georgia … wiser heads prevailing (well, mostly, if you don’t count Margie Greene and a few others) and you’re right … Abbott is pulling whatever strings and levers he can to keep that from happening. At the end of the day, he won’t succeed, but in the short term he just might, which is sad for us all, but especially for Texans.
Agreed. This new and improved restrictive voting plan has been in place since the success Republicans had in the 2010 midterms, a census year. The main concern has been hidden, but it is a demographic one when the white majority is projected to only be a plurality in about thirty years. The party and some governors have exploited Trump’s bogus election fraud claims to be even more restrictive. This is a reason the party would not actively and openly condemn Trump’s lies.
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Politics in the U.S. has become somewhat of a three-ring circus in my book. It has largely divorced itself from actual governance.