Being a born and bred Texan, I have witnessed, firsthand, many of the true idiocies of the radical right-wing fringe of this country. It really is astonishing to think that not all that long ago, Texas elected a female Democrat, the late Ann Richards, as governor.
My, how times have changed.
Now Texas is one of the leading epicenters of just about everything batshit crazy about the modern-day Republican party. From Jade Helm, to open carry wackos calling for violent overthrows of the federal government, this state is like the Walmart of conservative insanity – we have it all.
Well, one thing that’s always been fairly constant is there’s always been a small, but fairly vocal section of Texans who believe the state would be better off if it seceded from the United States. While all people take pride in their state, some Texans can be flat-out arrogant about how “amazing” the Lone Star State is. And while I do love it here (yes, I’m a progressive and I love living in Texas), the hubris – and ignorance – displayed by these secessionists is rather profound.
But, alas, the movement seems to be gaining some steam. These secessionist radicals gained enough support in parts of the state as around 22 local Republican conventions passed resolutions that call for a vote at the state convention on whether or not the state should secede.
According to the Houston Chronicle:
A handful of Texas Republican district or county conventions in March passed resolutions calling for a vote on secession, paving the way for a potentially awkward debate at the state GOP conference in May.
While this push is very unlikely to be successful, this whole situation is actually important because the secessionist push has never made it this far.
“I hadn’t really heard of this in any organized way until this past year,” said Paul Simpson, chairman of the Republican Party of Harris County. “It’s cropped up in a major way just in this last year.”
I still love seeing Republican party leaders act “shocked” that these radical movements are becoming more popular within the party. Especially from Republicans in the state where the Republican governor ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military based on “fears” from quite a few citizens that President Obama was using a military exercise to declare martial law and confiscate guns.
That was pretty much the “moment” where full-on crazy was finally embraced by legitimate members of the GOP.
Oh, and for the record, in 1869 the Supreme Court ruled that states actually do not have the right to secede. That means the only real way to do this would be an armed revolt, aka committing treason. Though I’m sure these “Constitution-loving” Republicans don’t agree with that. It’s always amazed me how people who claim to be the most patriotic, are the ones who seem to loathe just about everything about the Constitution – especially when it doesn’t support their idiocy.
This is just another example, in a growing list of them, of Republicans proving that the party has completely lost its damn mind.