Texas Repugnantcans hold franchise rights for adopting asinine party platforms; other bodies just rank amateurs
(Full disclosure: I am indisputably straight. In high school I, like others, turned on my friend when he came out, making his life so miserable that he was forced to drop out of school. The fact that I could be so cruel to another human being has haunted me nonstop as I approach my eightieth decade of existence on planet earth. Today, I take enormous pride in having friends who are gay and I have found in them a consistent capacity for intellect, creativity, compassion, and perseverance that could – and should – serve as inspiration for all of us if we’d only let it.)
Having said that, I now call attention to that abhorrent group of individuals in neighboring TEXAS who call themselves Republicans and whom I dismissively refer to as Repugnantcans because on the whole, I find the Republican Party repugnant in every possible way. I make no pretense at journalistic objectivity nor do I make any pretense at apology for doing so. As a recovering Republican myself, it is a deeply personal issue with me.
I simply am at a loss to understand why a group of individuals calling themselves leaders can possibly advocate so strongly for so-called “right to life” and then deny basic human needs to the living – needs such as pre-K, medical care, infant nutrition, a decent living wage (especially for single mothers), education, day care, etc.
I am at a loss to understand why the Repugnantcans, especially those from Texas want “less government interference in our lives” and then adopt an official platform that refers to homosexuality as ”ABNORMAL.” Abnormal by whose standards? The Book of Leviticus? Yes, it does call for the death penalty of gays in Chapter 20, Verse 13. Give me a break. Chapter 19, Verse 19 also prohibits anyone from wearing clothing of mixed threads.
How many adhere that that little directive?
Leviticus also says anyone with a flat nose or who are blind or lame cannot go to the altar of God.
The Book of Numbers? It says, in Chapter 31, Verse 17 and 18, “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones (that would be children, would it not?) and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him” (and just how are they to know that little fact?), and “all the women children (that would be little girls, I do believe) that have not known a man by lying with him (again, how is this determined?), keep alive for yourselves.” (Emphasis added)
Well, that seems pretty abnormal to me.
How about the prohibition against wearing jewelry, found in 1 Timothy 2:9?
And then scattered all through the Good Book are admonitions against divorce. They’re found in Luke, Matthew, 1 Corinthians, Malachi, Romans, Mark, and on and on. How many of either party can hold fast to that “normality”?
And we won’t even talk about adultry, of which I’m quite certain no Texas Repugnantcan is guilty.
That must be why all those non-mixed-fabric or non-jewelry-wearing, straight, once-married, ever-faithful, pro-birth Texas Repugnantcans took such a patriotic stand in adopting their 40-page platform that somehow also included an outright rebuke of the 2020 presidential election in that the party rejected the election of Joe Biden as president and even reserved the right to secede from the union.
But there are a few Bible verses which the Texas Repugnantcans (and apparently, Repugnantcans elsewhere as well) hold dear:
- Slaves must be submissive and obedient to their masters. (Ephesians 6:5)
- Women must be submissive to their husbands. (1 Peter 3:1 and 3:5)
- Women should be generally submissive and should be quiet, never teach or hold any authority over men. They should just be silent. (1 Timothy 2:12)
Now what good Repugnantcan (Texan or otherwise) could possibly argue with such sound logic?
It represents, after all, the best of both worlds for Repugnantcans: a return to the good old days of Jim Crow and to the future of the Hand Maid’s Tale.
Looks like someone didn’t really think this through or ask the obvious question: “Now, how will this end for us?”
Well, there are several things to consider. For instance, if Texas secedes, then US Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, along with some three dozen US representatives, would be placed on the unemployment rolls. Of course, Cruz could simply relocate to Cancun but what would Texas do with all those military bases? They do, after all, represent a lot of civilian jobs.
But do they really think NASA would hang around Houston very long in such a scenario? If Texas secedes, Shongaloo, Punkin Center, or Nip-and-Tuck (real Louisiana communities – Punkin Center is in Jackson Parish, Pumpkin Center is in Tangipahoa) would suddenly appear more attractive.
And what if Texas experiences another of those winter freeze-outs like the one that sent Cruz packing to Mexico the first time? There won’t be any FEMA or federal funds to bail Gov. Greg Abbott out of the next energy crisis – or the next hurricane.
One more thought: If Texas secedes, there would be no more Texas Repugnantcan Party because it would no longer be affiliated with the national party.
I suppose it could rebrand itself as the more appropriate Hypocrite Party.