Texas Republicans’ Reaction to the Election: Buy Guns, Secede

How did Texas Republicans react to Obama and the national Democrats’ very good night? By hailing Texas as the conservative Shangri-La that will show the nation the way, or at least serve as a safe haven while Socialist America descends into an orgy of gay-married pot smokers and Black Panthers using Obamaphones to order free government pizzas.

Here’s Austin conservative blogger Robbie Cooper (who, by the way, predicted that if Obama lost, “black folks… will riot over the pending loss of their EBT cards and other government entitlements”):

Here was Michael Quinn Sullivan, an Austin-based kneecapper who leads frequent ideological purges of Republicans deemed “moderate” or “liberal” and has all the subtlety and political imagination of a piece of scrap iron:

And here’s Josh Treviño, who recently returned to the employ of the corporate-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation after very short stints at The Guardian and Texas Monthly:

But perhaps the most apocalyptic take came from Peter Morrison, a tea party activist from Lumberton who puts out a newsletter for right-wing activists. “Hyperbolic” doesn’t even begin to capture Morrison’s screed and its blatant racism rightfully belongs in a different category than Sullivan or Treviño’s. Morrison manages to insult liberals, Asian-Americans, Latinos, blacks, and if you think about it, most white people too:

Like the remainder of Lee’s army after Gettysburg, it is our duty to keep fighting to the bitter end, in hopes that Providence might shine upon our cause before it is too late.  We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity.  But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.

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“They” re-elected Obama last night.  He is their President.  And we must admit to ourselves at some point, it is now their country.  Just as Scotland is currently contemplating her own independence from Great Britain, it is time for the more conservative constituent parts of this country to consider whether this sacred union is really quite so sacred anymore.

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In this respect, Texas can lead the way.  Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state.  We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue.  Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?  Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.

The last time there was this much loose talk about secession, slavery was the cause. This time, it’s over… the peaceful re-election of a black man by a majority of the country. Pure coincidence, I’m sure. Actually, in Morrison’s case, it really isn’t a coincidence—he explicitly throws himself in with ole Robert E. Lee, still waving that bloody flag and nursing the wounds inflicted during the War of Northern Aggression.

You might marvel at how far we have come from slavery to Barack Obama’s second term. But Morrison doesn’t see progress, he suspects a growing cancer within the body politic. Obama didn’t eke out a relatively narrow victory by convincing a majority of voters to give him a second term—no, an alien “They” snatched the nation from its rightful owners.

The problem for the Morrisons of America right now is that there is no way to get away from the dread “They.” Not even in the Republic of Texas. Especially not Texas. This state may never become the blue enclave that many Democrats expect will come soon. But the “They”—black, brown, Asian, immigrant, young— are the present and future of Texas. The “They” is increasingly “We, the People.” Sorry. Those who refuse to learn to live (and hopefully love) this new multi-cultural, multi-racial state and nation deserve to lose every election from here to Kingdom Come.

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is the editor of the Observer.

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