Living in Texas as a progressive can be frustrating at its best. Being a 4th or 5th generation Texan who remembers when Texas was truly a 'Great State' can be downright debilitating. Today's Texas boasts a 'Fake Great State' mentality that hides itself behind big business and even bigger money; none of which helps the people much. Our once beloved state has become a haven of right-winged extremists armed to the teeth as they wait in line for their anti-depressants at the local drug store. A lunatic fringe of self righteous indignation whereby chest pounding, self-made, trust fund babies can scream "get a job you lazy poor people!" Where those born into privilege can hide out and spew their "I pulled myself up by my bootstraps," horse manure. In layman's terms, Texas is a joke.
Don't believe me? Just take a look at our governor...
An audience member asked Perry about the Texas Republican Party's recent endorsement of "reparative therapy" for gays during the governor's appearance before the Commonwealth Club of California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Perry responded that he didn't know whether the therapy worked.
Perry was then asked whether he believes homosexuality is a disorder.
"Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," he responded, as quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle. "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
That response "drew a murmur of disbelief" from an audience that included many Perry supporters, according to the Chronicle.
Perry made a similar comparison in his 2008 book "On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For." He wrote that even if homosexuality, though it may be genetic, was still an "active choice" akin to an alcoholic choosing to drink.
I never though I'd say this, but I'm starting to miss Kay Bailey Hutchison. Enter newly-crowned American citizen, Ted Cruz:
'Tell the truth Ted' they call him.“Eric Cantor is a good man, but last night, voters in Virginia made D.C. listen loud and clear. This election should be a reminder to all in Congress — Republicans and Democrats alike — that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable. Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth,” Cruz said.
Yes, because nothing screams of the TRUTH like Ted Cruz...
Let me help you out there Teddy Boy, Eric Cantor is NOT a good man. That's a blatant lie. He IS a first class obstructionist who lost his seat because the voters in his party's primary felt like he wasn't doing enough to stop the evil black Muslim. You know, Ted... He didn't HATE enough. You should have taught him how to HATE better, Ted... But I digress...
I could go on all day giving examples of Texas' ineptitude, but the bottom line question is: How does a sane person live in Texas?
We play along and we don't worry about it because it just doesn't matter anymore. Texas is woefully lost, and it always will be. We scream of hope and change in the form of Wendy Davis; who is bright, and clean, and articulate... but will never serve. She'll never serve because she's great. She's waaaaaaay too great. Too great for a not-so-great state.
You see, making fun of the Texas GOP and their platform is like bullying a kid with Downs. It's too easy and makes you feel horrible afterwards. That's why I voted in this year's Republican Primary.
I called it, Operation Snowball.
The state’s Republican Party has adopted into its 2014 platform a passage endorsing the practice, which, as marketed by the rapidly shrinking “ex-gay” movement, seeks to “convert” homosexuals into heterosexuals. The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and a host of other professional bodies have condemned reparative therapy as damaging to the health of those people unfortunate enough to be subjected to its quack treatment regimens, which range from repeatedly beating a pillow with a tennis racket to “prolonged hugs” intended to let the recipient “feel the strength of another man”—in a totally non-sexual manner, of course.I voted for every Tea Party extremist I could find on the ballot. Why? I want to see how far down the rabbit hole Texas can go. I'm tired of picking on these afflicted, lost souls. There's no business in it for me. Maybe one of them will hook me up with some good old-fashioned Crony Capitalism? Lord knows I could use it.