There is a saying about South Carolina that is apt for Texas except for the size of the state: South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum. The latter part fits the Lone Star state. Many progressives hope that Texas goes through with its threat of secession. After all, it was stolen from Mexico in the first place. Give it back!
Two days ago Texas state senator Wendy Davis attempted a filibuster of an extremely onerous abortion bill which the
Republicans were ramming through the chamber. ‘Rules’ were invented to stop the filibuster that did not exist prior to her appearance at the microphone. Then ‘strike 3′ was announced and she was cut off.
Odd? Well, not for Texas. That state stands out as little more than a good old boys’ club wrapped in the Christian flag. Texans see things much differently than the other 49.
Last night the state marked the 500th execution [a woman] since Texas resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. How barbaric. Of course Texas is not alone in the barbaric process- 32 states permit it. Texas, however, stands out as the supreme leader in U.S. executions. Did I mention that the newly executed woman was black?
In comparison, no nation is permitted to join the EU if it uses capital punishment. CNN contributor Thomas Cahill in his article, Why do we keep executing people? notes that ‘under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, the state is expected — if all appeals fail — to celebrate its 500th judicial killing. He adds, ‘The United States, however, joins such paragons as North Korea, China, Yemen and Iran in the club of those who attempt to administer the death penalty as a form of “justice.”‘
Celebrates he said. Imagine that.
Perry, by the way, is pushing the state legislature to bring up the same strict abortion bill again. Its odd, isn’t it, that the same governor who celebrates executions abhors abortion. Pro-lifer, to be sure.
By the way, you know that Texas is a strong Christian state. As is #2 in executions, Virginia, led by Lynchburg [interesting name!] home of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty College. Number 3 is another strong Christian state, Oklahoma, with Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. The next four are all in the Bible Belt. Damn. Those Christians sure love execution. Makes you wonder if some political lunatic in one of those state houses might be considering bring back the one of those Medieval torture /death procedures.
Of course, they don’t like non-whites all that much in Texas either. The pipeline from school to prison is getting a boost in Texas where, the New York Times reports in an article,With Police in Schools, More Children in Court:
Police officers based in schools write more than 100,000 misdemeanor tickets each year in the state. Tickets which, of course, lead to suspension, unemployment and eventually jail. Deborah Fowler, the deputy director of Texas Appleseed, a legal advocacy center in Austin, notes that the students seldom get legal aid and they may face hundreds of dollars in fines, community service and, in some cases, a lasting record that could affect applications for jobs or the military.
Further, the Times article notes that black students in the school district in Bryan, TX receive criminal misdemeanor citations at four times the rate of white students which prompted the local NAACP to file a complaint with the federal Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
Additionally, school officers in Texas are authorized to issue Class C misdemeanor citations, which require students to appear before a justice of the peace or in municipal court, with public records.
On a personal note, I have no desire to set foot in the state of Texas. Or South Carolina, for that matter.
Insane asylum indeed.