As most of us know, the commonly used Republican rhetoric about being the party for “small government” is complete crap. Anyone who pays attention knows that Republicans only oppose government when it gets in the way of what they want to do, but they love big government whenever they can try to use it to get their way.
Texas is a prime example. Republicans here are always going on and on about how this state is the epitome of small government, yet these same Republicans:
- Support government bans on same-sex marriage.
- Want to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.
- Placed stricter laws on voting rights so it’s much harder for Texans to vote.
Let’s face it, Republicans love government – just as long as they can use it to benefit their ideology.
And the Republican love for big government is now playing out in Denton, Texas where citizens recently voted 59-41 percent to ban fracking, yet Texas Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christi Craddick (a Republican) has pretty much said she doesn’t care what voters want, she’s going to continue to issue permits for fracking anyway.
“It’s my job to give permits, not Denton’s. We’re going to continue permitting up there because that’s my job,” Craddick said.
In other words, to hell with democracy, she’s going to do what’s best for big oil.
Like other fracking advocates, she claims that the negative perception toward fracking is a result of misinformation, not reality.
“Misinformation” like a massive uptick in earthquakes in areas where fracking is being done? Such as in Oklahoma, Ohio, and Kansas? Oh, I guess liberals are just imagining those, right? To go along with complaints of water contamination, polluted air and noise that often accompanies fracking.
The Republican hypocrisy in all of this is astounding. They constantly talk about their love for the power of the community and letting people decide for themselves what they want. Then a community votes on what they want for their own community, and the Republican reaction is essentially, “Too bad, we don’t really care that you don’t want this. Your vote doesn’t mean anything to us.”
This is about as “big government” as you can get. Essentially, this vote from the citizens of Denton was pointless. It’s clear that Texas Republicans knew beforehand that if the ban passed they were going to ignore it, so it was pretty much a lose-lose for Denton voters. No matter how the vote ultimately turned out, Texas Republicans were going to side with big oil regardless.
It was the ultimate big oil power play.
And while this battle is far from over, sadly, I think we all know it’ll be big oil and Texas Republicans who ultimately win. American citizens really don’t stand a chance when it comes to battling big oil and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for.