I just love how hate and division morph in America. It will always need an outlet. This week its the pathetically false idea that American are taxed without representation. This country, like too many others, has always been a particularly fertile field for hate, nurtured by ignorance, to flourish.
Now Governor Perry of Texas has talked about his state’s succession from these here United States because of Obama’s reckless spending. Mr. Perry is a cotton farmer. Cotton, I learned in today’s NY Times, is the one crop for which the federal government pays for all of its storage. Texas, in addition, receives more federal assistance than it pays in. Moreover, Obama has lowered taxes for 95% of US taxpayers. Texans love talking about their deep, blood-red patriotism, so why does the idea of secession get them all excited and happy?
These tea party people pretend that they are inspired by the men of Boston who rightfully protested against taxation without representation. They are nothing like these authentic patriots, because they not only have representation, but they also are the direct recipients of tax reduction.
So what is really going on?
This is just good old fashioned racism from white – largely “Christian”, proud to be ignorant, america. These people are probably appalled that a man who they believe should be a janitor somewhere is running “their” country. Do you remember when these same people rose in fury when Michelle Obama said in 2008, that for the first time, she was proud of her country, because ordinary Americans could vote for a black man for president. Now these same dividers talk proudly of secession. I say, let them go!
Let’s give them what they want. After all, this is exactly the part of the country which is a terrible drain on federal revenues. Let’s stand together for fiscal fairness and let Texas, Alaska, and all the rest of these unhappy states go their own way and let them haggle with how to apportion farm subsidies, health care, college aid and all the rest.
Why begrudge them their right to be free?