Letters To The Editor
Molly Ivins used to say the Texas legislature was the best free entertainment available. She could have broadened her scope to include the governor, the lieutenant governor, the State Board of Education, and the congressional delegation from Texas – just about any elected official in Texas, in other words.
One candidate for lieutenant governor, Jerry Patterson, said Texas should not secede, as suggested by Governor Rick Perry. Instead, he said, “No, I’ve got a better idea. Instead of secession, I’m a proponent of expulsion. I want to kick about four states out of the union.” He always has a .22 caliber Magnum in his boot and often a .380 in his waistband. His view of the Endangered Species Act is that it protects “critters that ought to die, anyway.” The states he would expel to achieve ideological cleansing are California, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They’re just too liberal for him.
The current lieutenant governor (a powerful position in Texas, by the way), David Dewhurst, has pronounced Barack Obama to be against God: “This election is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. . . . Barack Obama ought to be impeached. Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”
Thus, in a few words, Dewhurst has made Obama a heretic against God and he has perpetuated the thoroughly debunked Republican claims about the attack on the consulate in Libya. The Church would have known what to do with Obama during the Inquisition, let me tell you. Dewhurst was born too late to burn Obama at the stake.
The Texas State Board of Education, an elected group of 15 members, continues to debate biblical creation vs. Charles Darwin. They are now the subject of yet another documentary. I already have a copy of the earlier one, called The Revisionaries.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler), a Baptist Sunday School teacher when he is in town, surely ranks among the looniest of all congressmen. He believes the warmth emanating from an oil pipeline in Alaska will encourage caribou to mate and thus increase their population. He believes Arabs are sneaking across the border, posing as Mexicans, so they can have babies in the U.S. Then the babies can be trained as terrorists and return easily, because they will be U.S. citizens. Gohmert is now accusing John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, of supporting al-Qaeda. He bases this on McCain’s trip to Syria and his meeting with Syrian rebels.
Two things are clear. Lunacy is a qualification for public office in Texas, and there is a civil war going on within the Republican Party, and it extends well beyond Gohmert vs. McCain. The Dallas Morning News reports that Tea Party activists are urging Louie Gohmert to challenge Senator John Cornyn in next year’s primary. Cornyn already seems as bad as they come, until one takes a look at Gohmert. And if Texas can elect an unschooled State Board of Education and Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate, I’m afraid a U.S. Senator Louie Gohmert is a real possibility. He and Cruz would really make a pair.
God help us!