Imagine a misanthropic, misogynous, means-spirited, bigoted version of Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam engaged in one of their arguments in which each tries to out do the other, only more caricaturish.
“Oh no you’re not.” “Oh yes I am!” “Oh no you’re not!!” “Oh yes I am!!!”
And now you have a good picture of Texas red’s office seekers and holders who are out there trying to out-conservative one another before an adoring majority voting population as if somehow being a “conservative” was good for anyone but the one-percent.
The sad, if realistic, fact however, is that the majority voting population of the state take to them like flies to well, eh you know the expression. Sadder still is that what these office seeking and holding clowns have to offer isn’t worth a “ ---- ” well, you know the expression.
Texas having been invaded, colonized and occupied almost two centuries ago by those seeking one more slave-state to add to the Union--- it should come as little surprise that the dwindling but still majority population is comprised of those so inclined.
Worse yet, many in the minority population appear to have been struck by the Stockholm Syndrome.
If case you’ve forgotten, the Stockholm Syndrome is what happens when someone who’s been kidnapped takes up the cause of the kidnapper. “These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness. The FBI's Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome. ”
In Texas red “27%” would be wishful thinking.
Listening to Texas red’s GOPers, Blue Dogs and Tea Partyers, if you didn’t know any better, you would think that they had something worth selling.
Don’t forget it was these same folk who when it was Texas “blue” were advocating the same things as those today advocate.
It was conservative forces that enforced suppression of minority voting, “separate but equal” nonsense, segregation, Jim Crow, redlining, steering and zoning. It is that mentality that has led to Texas red being best described as “a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way.”
What these compassionate conservative “Christians” have to sell has resulted in what we have in Texas red today.
Among those proud conservative accomplishments are:
Low unemployment than other states---however among the employed are those earning minimum wage. Texas is tied with the state of Mississippi for the greatest number of minimum wage earners in the nation.
The nation’s largest for profit prison-industrial complex population and also the greatest number of men who’ve been released from prison by the work of organizations-not conservative seeking justice for those who did not commit the crime. In Texas red guilt isn’t necessarily a requirement as long as the bereaved get revenge they refer to as justice.
In Texas red you have a state that boasts no state “income tax” but more than six million uninsured citizens of whom more than a million are children.
“Despite having the highest birth rate, Texas has the worst rate of women with health insurance, and the worst rate of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester, according to the report commissioned by the Legislative Study Group, a liberal-leaning research caucus in the Texas House. While Texas has the second-highest public school enrollment, the state ranks last in the percentage of people 25 and older with a high school diploma. And though Texas has the highest percent of its population without health insurance, the state is 49th in per capita spending on Medicaid, and dead last in per capita spending on mental health, according to the report.
Here's a look at how Texas compares to other states: (as of 2011)
At the bottom:
— Tax expenditures per capita (47th)
— Percent of population 25 and older with a high school diploma (50th)
— Percent of poor people covered by Medicaid (49th)
— Percent of population with employer-based health insurance (48th)
— Per capita spending on mental health (50th)
— Per capita spending on Medicaid (49th)
— Percent of non-elderly women with health insurance (50th)
— Percent of women receiving prenatal care in first trimester (50th)
— Average credit score (49th)
— Workers' compensation coverage (50th)
Near the top:
— Number of executions (1st)
— Public school enrollment (2nd)
— Percent of uninsured children (1st)
— Percent of children living in poverty (4th)
— Percent of population uninsured (1st)
— Percent of population living below poverty (4th)
— Percent of population with food insecurity (2nd)
— Overall birth rate (2nd)
— Amount of carbon dioxide emissions (1st)
— Amount of toxic chemicals released into water (1st)
— Amount of hazardous waste generated (1st)
Tragically, the majority voting population must really like this. The majority voting population has kept its arrogant and ignorant misanthropic governor in office for a decade and a half.
The majority voting population has kept control of the state legislature for two decades or more.
The Texas state supreme court is driven by a corporation supporting and defending conservative majority.
For most intents and purposes, Texas red is a totalitarian state.
The majority voting population is living up to its slave-state roots. And the fine folk of Texas red appear to be okay with that.
Whether they are standing out in the climate-change enhanced heat, gathering at town halls or just voting the majority population seems enthralled and excited to watch the “good ol’ boys” “git” up there and deliver one more fiery speech against anything that might even remotely be construed as fair, decent and non-racist.
Even as bad as things are now, given a chance by the majority voters of Texas red, the caricaturish clowns of Texas red will take us back decades through those “compassionate conservative Christian” values of “separate but equal” nonsense, segregation, Jim Crow, redlining, steering and zoning. It is that mentality that has led to Texas red being best described as “a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way.”
Unfortunately, the out-conservating one another thing has only just begun for the looming campaign season to the delight of the majority voting population of Texas red and chagrin of the rest of us.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…