A Texas-size pissing match

A real Texas-size pissing match is taking place in the state capital of Austin as Governor Greg Abbott is seeking greater control over local law enforcement agencies. The issue is “sanctuary cities.”

In one corner, you have the “guvnah”, the successor to one Rick Perry, who was the successor of one George W. Bush, and on and on, with one exception, the late great Ann Richards. Some of us still remember those days fondly, but nostalgia aside, this ain’t Ann’s Texas any more.

In the other corner, you have the Travis County sheriff, Sally Hernandez. She has a distinct honor these days, the honor of being the governor’s number one nemesis, the kind that makes a mudpie with your own spit, and then rubs your face in it. Hernandez doesn’t care much for ICE detainers, those pieces of paper that tell her who she is supposed to detain for the feds. And, by some accounts, she enjoys the role of antagonist to the governor.

In all likelihood, even though the House is weakening the bill from that which was passed in the Senate committee, Abbott will win this battle. Perhaps, it’s demographics. Or, maybe it’s that Ann has been gone too long for us Texas progressives to survive this one.

Read the Texas Tribune article for more info…

 

Democracy and the whimper of rebellion

(First posted in April 2016, during primary elections)

If we allow ourselves to be courted by politicians whose past performances prove they are impotent and prone to acquiesce to the status quo of the corporate state, we choose to be a victim of the flirtatious advances of narcissistic functionaries who always perform best for the highest bidders.  This is not a democracy; it is oligarchy.

The fact is that, for now, we exercise a meaningless vote every couple of years. It is a relic, an indication that in some distant past, if not a mythical rendition of it, that keeps the oligarchy on track. It assures the citizenry that the elite — the corporate boards and billionaire class  — are acting with their consent and approval. It quietens any whimper of rebellion and marginalizes the steady dissent of the few.

The path to democracy is not the way of the ballot box. It is, rather, a forceful and constant confrontation with the wealthy beneficiaries of the oligarchy.