Saturday June 29, 2013, 12:46 am
I gave Texas the day off yesterday to pick on Kentucky for a change, but one day is all they get. I canít help it. Texas Republicans have bent over backward of late to illustrate the difference between lying Republican rebranding claims and actual Republican business as usual. In light of the Republican response there to SCROtUS murdering the Voting Rights Act, is Texas blatantly racist?
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:23 am
Perry should've realized the AZ voter ID decision applied to TX's as well so that part shouldn't hold water now either. I sorta like the fact that the TX redistricting issue was all about trying to keep Wendy Davis from being reelected and now there is an effort to draft her to run against Perry--TX does have a history of some fine female politicians. And bills to do what Congress was supposed to do in 2005 have been developed that would meet the SCOTUS decision's standards--all of which would find TX still in violation of course.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:41 am
Maybe not Texas, Tom. But Texas republicans are not only blatantly racist, they are blatantly sexist as well. The only good news in this is that what they come up with will be so off the wall as to be challenged again immediately and let SCOTUS take another, closer look at what they have DONE, not what they say they have done. The only really good news for progressive Texans is that the 1% is a rapidly dwindling majority, soon, perhaps as soon as with Arizona, Hispanics will be a majority in Texas, and no matter how good republicans are at gerrymandering, they will not be able to get away with it forever. Today of the children under 5, more than half are not caucasian, by 2043 this country will be less than 50% caucasian, faster I think. And then, our long national nightmare with racism and sexism may finally begin to wane. I just hope I live long enough to see it.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:51 am
Yes, Jim, unfortunately for my BP I did watch that .......ya know what happened after I viewed it.......Sigh, I make my Pit Bulls proud, I tell ya. Yeah...I vented, I amped....I had to go lay down. Soooooooooooo, not going to go there today on Mine Fuhrer Perry the (redacted) .....
Is Texas racist? YES. Most of this state is, but there are people like me who have the misfortune to be living (translate as imprisoned) here with no means to escape. There are a lot of us who are NOT racist but we are heavily outnumbered, virtually surrounded and definately out-gunned (literally). It is just getting worse, not better here.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:17 am
Thanks tom for posting this Tom.
I never been in Texas either,and I even live in Sweden, but I still heard a lot about Texas,And I finding it interesting to read stuff thats "going on" in Texas, and from what I have understood its pretty much just the way "Swedish media painted tha pic of Texas"..
BTW- I liked many of the comments above,and I love when ppl can talk about stuff even if they(in this case) live there. Ya- I hope and think ya all understand what I mean.. lets hope so anyway.. (A bit tired now) ..
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:34 am
Well when at a recent Ku Klux Klan rally at the Texas State Capitol a hundred Austinites, dropped their pants and royally mooned the Grand Wizard and his minions. The action fleshed out as the mooners sang a spirited rendition of If You're Happy and You Know It (Moon the Klan), does suggest otherwise. Still, the GOP are trying to keep Texas in a dark age with Rick Perry who has surpassed George W Bush in stupidity, and would continue to ignore climate change even if Cthulhu is rampaging around Fthagning people, driving them insane in fact I suspect that Cthulhu would be a better candidate for 2016 as why vote for a lesser evil.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:14 am
Rhetorical Question, Tom? I'm sure there are some great Texans but they are overwhelmed by the stupid, blatantly ignorant, zealous cults that pretend to be human beings. If space aliens would just airlift those people to some other planet, Texas might be a good place to live some day....
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:36 am
Paula Deen reminded us of what many lilly white southerners think. How they were raised. How future children will be raised. Elitism has mage this country do a 180 from the 60s & 70s.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:39 am
Unfortunately, if we take this as a generalization Yes.
I'm an old Texas girl and while I was brought up to completely fight against racism and bigotry in any form even back then, I sadly have to admit that it can't be JUST the politicians that are racists and bigots. It's obviously the people that vote them in. In my own family I have folks that have cut ties with me because of how incredibly deep seeded their racism is and we no longer can discuss the matter or agree to disagree. It completely tainted and destroyed our relationship even though we had always had been a VERY close family with values set in trying to love and respect each other no matter what our views on any subject. The cancerous hate that IS racism is thicker than blood. I do see Texas changing slowly but it's because of the influx mostly of folks from states that do not have the horrid history and bias of Texas and a lot of the South when it comes to racism and fundamental individual HUMAN rights for ALL. Texas as far as I'm concerned still revels in the white power "good ole boy" line of thinking and living and they prove it with the all out and overt corruption being played out in the governance of the state. What's the most troubling is, they are STILL "damn proud of it." The Governor and GOP legislature have NO aversion to making it plain they have the power to stomp out any and all that disagree with their cheating, complete disregard for any law that doesn't suit their purpose and disgusting train of thought. These people have no regard for honesty, integrity or have an ounce of competence to make decisions for the state but until the people of Texas make their collective minds up that these slimy people are making destructive and self-righteous decisions for THEIR lives, Perry and the Gang are going to go full throttle to push for a tyrannical and untouchable government. Looks like the people of the state will keep voting for the idiots that they think will keep them "safe from the niggers and the wetbacks" and "keeping the little women in her place." Those terms and ideology are still prevalent in every day conversation and by folks that would scream bloody murder if they were put in a collection barrel and called "cracker or white bread trash." It's very sad to be so embarrassed and disenfranchised by your home state and know that decency, fairness and equality STILL DOES NOT EXSIST and at this point in time seems to be getting far worse instead of better. There are an incredible amount of people in Texas that are giving, caring, fair minded, open minded and highly intelligent. Those are the people I'm depending on to gather their strength and STOMP A MUD HOLE in the scum that is now in office.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:09 am
There are blatant racists and then there are "closet racists". At least with blatant racists you know who they are. With the other kind it's even worse. The closet racists feign equality for all but when they have a chance to sabotage that equality without being detected, they will.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:25 am
What is the big deal about getting an ID? Just curious why people are so against citizens having to show a picture ID in order to vote. I have always had to have some kind of ID card, and it just doesn't seem to be that big of a deal to me. Is it language barriers that are keeping Hispanic populations from getting drivers licenses? Is it the fact that before you can get a drivers license, many states require a birth certificate or proof of citizenship before you can get a drivers license? Is it the inability to read? Is it because when you are extremely poor you cannot afford to drive a car and therefore you don't need a drivers license? Why is it that people are against having to have a state issued ID in order to vote? You don't have to get a drivers license. Every state, I think, issues just ID cards, don't they? I am not one who likes what is going on (and has been going on for quite some time) in TX, but I just don't get the ID thing. Can someone please explain why that is such a big issue? Maddow says that these are registered voters who have no drivers licenses and that is why they can't vote. Why would registered voters not have a drivers license or some kind of legal ID? There are people in this country who are here illegally and apparently they can get registered to vote. Should they be able to do that? I am not fond of the racial attitudes in many Southern States, and yes, I have lived in the South. I am not trying to stand up for racism or anything, I am just trying to understand why people do not want registered voters to have to prove they are who they say they are, that they are, indeed, a citizen, when they vote. Since those in this country illegally can get fake SS cards, they can also be trying to vote? Is that assumption correct? Or is this just an assumption the Repubs are making and that really isn't happening? Wouldn't trying to allow for people who are not citizens of this country to vote be something not wanted? Anyone who is in your country but is not a citizen, should not be able to vote in your elections. If you went to Germany, lived there on a visa, but you were not a citizen, would you expect the German people to want you to vote in their elections? I am just trying to look at this from both sides instead of only looking at my own beliefs. I totally agree with you, TC, about the redistricting. But the redistricting happened in almost every state, so I don't think one can say that is only a TX thing. I don't like what is going down in this country at all. But why do we not want people to prove they are citizens, to prove they are who they are, when they vote? Just a question for discussion.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:44 am
Rural residents have major costs often times to get an ID--distance and fee for birth certificate (especially for home births) and again distance and fee for the ID when no public transport, hours of travel to get there requiring taking off work and going without pay--voter ID laws are designed to keep such persons from voting and this group is heavily minority in many states. That is why Deb.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 12:35 pm
the short answer deb. e is that it costs money and when you charge money for ID it's the same as apoll tax or aka charging people to vote just mull that over for awhile it's aimed at minorities and the poor
Saturday June 29, 2013, 12:56 pm
Except for the Austin area, Texas is a very conservative area... So hatred, bigotry , racism or whatever word you choose to describe Texas will fill the bill for the most part...
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
Um....er......uh.......Pam....I can't speak for the 'moderates' here in TX because they are skeeert caca-lass by the Baggers that surround them. I think they are intimidated by Bagger Bluster and their good-ol-boy-we'll-take-care-of-you-if-you-open-yer-mouth BS. At least that is what I see occasionally.
Of course, dear friend, you know I am anything but a 'moderate' LOL.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:41 pm
The majority in the Texas legislature seems to be racist. Or are they just corporate?
Speaking of Texas and re-districting, is Tom Delay in jail yet? In January 2011, he was sentenced to three years in prison on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations. Perhaps, the IRS should investigate those conservative groups. That's the job of the IRS, after all. What's next? Will the FBI get in trouble for 'targeting' bank robbers?
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:44 pm
I AM JUST GLAD I DO NOT LIVE IN TEXAS.........THEIR GOVERNER IS A CREEP, THE PEOPLE VOTE FOR CREEPS LIKE THAT.....WOMEN SHOULD BY NOW HAVE ENOUGH SENSE NOT TO VOTE REPUBLICIAN AFTER ALL THE SUFFERING REPUBLICIANS HAVE CAUSED IN SO MANY STATES NOT JUST TEXAS!!!!!!!!!........IT WOULD SEEM THE PEOPLE WOULD FIGHT BACK ....HARD!!!!!!!!!!, WITH THE KOCH BROTHERS AND OTHERS LIKE THEM USING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MAKE FALSE TV ADS DURING ELECTIONS...........ANY AD DURING AN ELECTION PUTTING DOWN DEMOCRATS OR OTHER PARTIES RUNNING AGAINST A REPUBLICIAN SHOULD BE TAKEN AS FALSE.......BECAUSE IT IS MOST LIKELY PAID FOR BY KOCH BROTHERS AND IS USUALLY A LIE....I HAVE LEARNED TO IGNORE A LOT OF THOSE FALSE ADS......I VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT....BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS THE BEST PARTY FOR ME,MY FAMILY AND MY COUNTRY!!!!!!........REPUBLICIANS CATER TO RICH...NEITHER IS FOR JOBS THEY OUTSOURCE..OUR JOBS!!!!!!!, THEY ALL OR MOST OF THEM DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE, REPUBLICIANS VOTE THEIR AND RICHES INTERESTS...NOT..OURS!!!!....DEMOCRATS ARE MORE FOR THE PEOPLE.......OBAMA HAS MONEY TO....BUT HAS FOUGHT THE REPUBLICIANS....TO HELP US!!!!!!!!!.....THE RICH NEED TO BE TAXED MORE....TAX HAVENS NEED TO BE CONTROLED....AND WE NEED A HIGHER, MIN. WAGE REPUBLICIANS WANT TO DO AWAY WITH MIN. WAGE AND OTHER ITEMS/PROGRAMS FOR...US!!!!!!!!. DIANA.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 4:10 pm
The whole state is not racists. But the biggest bigot of all of them is Perry. He is anti everything and I am not just talking about race. He is against the female sex and has made it clear that his state is as well. One of these days his state will wake up and see him for what he really is. BTW. I am sure there are plenty of racists in the state besides Perry.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 4:49 pm
Laws which require voters to present ID disproportionately affect minorities, the poor, and Democratic voters. We don't have to speculate about this or that, because the data is already there.
The non racist people, the minorities, the Democrats, those who are not fundamentalist or the American Taliban best start taking part in the direction of their Country and get out and vote in Texas or anywhere else that the fringe elements are taking over. Get rid of these crazed ones and place people in there that are true Leaders and Statesmen/women. It's one thing about these people, call them stupid, idiots or whatever you want but they are smart enough to know that if they get the control of the seats of power they can do as they want. They are far from stupid that way. So vote, or be stuck with these jerks and the rest of the world will be continuing to shake it's head in dismay.
And voter ID is just one more way to keep themselves in the control seat....and THEY KNOW IT.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 5:43 pm
Shirley, your post is Ab Fab and Ann Richards is smiling down on you. The best way to judge any state is by their governors. A bit like the old adage "tell me who your friends are, and I will know who you are" I have lived in two different cities in Texas and go to Houston for business four times a year and I do SEE the prejudice. Sadly, if anything the prejudice is growing logrythmically, especially to Latinos. Have been to forty of the states have prejudice, some more hidden or PC but it is there. Voter ID and gerrymandered areas may be just the beginning of the GOP's last ditch effort to save their lily white arses. By the way voter fraud "MAY" be a small percentage if not minuscule percentage of actual votes, what I am most afraid of is the ACTUAL VOTING MACHINES. Both companies who make the machines are owned by republicans. Shades of Florida 2000 could come back in 2016.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:05 pm
Is a bear Catholic? Does the Pope poop in the woods?
Is Rick Perry the dumbest twit in Texas politics? Well, not as long as they have Louie Gohmert.
I remember the first time I went through Texas in the mid 50s and they had signs that you would get life in prison for possession of one joint at the border. This was back before I was aware of drugs on any kind of knowledgeable basis, but it did explain to me the old saying "If I owned Hell and Texas I'd sell Texas and live in Hell."
Saturday June 29, 2013, 7:34 pm
Would it be better if it was subtly, sneakily racist? Racism still lives in this country, sometimes in the open, sometimes under cover, and it isn't any less toxic for being hidden.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
My GOD!!!!!! I just watched "HACKING DEMOCRACY" I've had my reservations and suspicions ever since we went to computer counted voting machines but Good Grief, We've got to bring this out and have it go Nationwide and viral. THANK YOU Dandelion, I had not heard of this documentary before and don't have HBO so probably would have never seen it. THIS is something for Rachael Maddow to sink her teeth into along with Ed Shultz and any other media outlet that would be brave enough to run it. THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED and it has to be exposed nationally before the next election.
Saturday June 29, 2013, 11:35 pm
Sheryl or Shirley A, can you provide a run down of the video? Unfortunately, Hulu is not available in any other country, although coming to Japan before too long. That would be great. Thanks
Kudos to Louise (Moons over Austin), Sheryl, and many more.
Deb, the big deal is not requiring an ID. It's requiring an ID and than doing everything inhumanly possible to ensure that targeted groups have a difficult, if not impossible time getting it. I lost my ID a while back, and even with no intentional obstacles, replacing it took me over six months and cost me almost $100.
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:57 am
I've sent the Live Leak Hacking Democracy link to Senators, Maddow, Shultz and various Progressive/Dem sites. Hopefully some or all will pick it up, expose it nationally and do some deep investigation. Anyone RIGGING our votes is absolute bottom of the barrel scum, let alone criminal.
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:09 am
All the more reason to have paper ballots that can be seen and counted by independent counters.
In the state of Ohio, 70% of the votes for the federal 2004 election has been "lost". By federal law, records
must be kept. Remember Karl Rove was upset that Ohio went for Obama in 2012.
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:53 am
Ah, Texass! Well considering that they consistently elect Repug controlled State Government that acts racist the answer is yes. But then you can not expect them not be well rounded Repugs and only be Misogynist Homophobic punishers of the poor. They can not help themselves because they know exactly what they are doing and it is what they Believe. Make no mistake there is not, never has been and never will be anything as dangerous as those who believe their political ideology and religious ideology are one and the same thing. Facts have no place or effect; political dissent becomes sin and treason; change from the status quo is simply not allowed.
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:30 am
If someone who disagrees with you is racist then Texas is probably racist. However, the Anglo population will soon be outstripped by Latinos and they vote at a greater rate than Latinos elsewhere. yet, Texas remains a Republican stronghold. In that state they found the cure and its inclusivety and compromise not rabid liberalism.
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:42 am
Thanks Tom for another great post and there is not much I could add with all the excellent comment from everyone so I'll answer the guestion with just one word "YES". Read and noted.