My fellow blogger over at What Would Jack Do? has written a piece on Texas politics, and I got a big kick out of it. I was born in Texas and have lived most of my life in the state, and his description of my state (while uncomfortable for those of us still living here) is right on target. Here is his humorous and thought-provoking post:
It’s been said (often by me) that Texas is a great place- if you’re a Conservative White Christian male, and as such a member of the club that continues to demonstrate that the world- or at least the Lone Star State- is still their oyster. By vetoing HB 950, Governor Pander McCrazy demonstrated once again his willingness to do the bidding of business interests. While no doubt arguing that he’s trying to maintain his state’s reputation for job creation, the Governor sees nothing wrong with perpetuating a system where women continue to be paid significantly less than men for the same work.
On the one hand, Texas is just another authoritarian Conservative-White-males-know-best red state, where “small government” Republicans manifest their hypocrisy on a daily basis. Then again, Texans elected Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican nonentities in Austin, and by so doing they’re complicit in their own subjugation. Women are half the electorate in Texas, and until now they’ve stood idly by while Republicans perpetuate a system that consider them to be the property of men and second-class citizens.
I lived in Texas for 10+ years (3,722 days…not that I was counting), and the things that are garnering national attention these days are the same things that I saw happening for years. With one of the most unaware/uninvolved/just plain clueless electorates, Texans continue to elect Right-wing Christocrats because…well, Jesus. The people they send to Austin tend to be crazy, intolerant, uber-Jesus-y wingnuts whose governing philosophy is “What Would Jesus Do to protect my fears and prejudices?”
To those fortunate enough to live outside Texas, what’s happening in the Lone Star State looks a lot like a dominionist theocracy on steroids. Austin may well be the capitol of our new idiocracy, a place where facts don’t matter, truth is irrelevant, and if it isn’t in the Bible it shouldn’t be happening. I’d feel sorry for Texans, but they tend to get their information from Fox News Channel, and they have exactly the quality of government they deserve…and yes, their standards are Just. That. Low.
I know that there are growing numbers of good, wise, and intelligent people working to make Texas into something that can’t be described using the phrase “laughing stock.” Many of them are women, and I wish them the best of luck. That said, Texas women wouldn’t be in the position they are if so many of them hadn’t blindly voted for those committed to their subjugation.
Unfortunately for Texas, as long as the intellectual and moral black hole that is Governor Pander McCrazy remains in the Governor’s Mansion, Republicans will continue to convince themselves that they’re doing the Lord’s work. Conveniently enough for them, their God happens to love Conservative White males the best.
Same as it ever was.