Texas is looking more and more like ground zero in the coming civil war over abortion. Red has long argued that overturning Roe v. Wade will lead to the second American Civil War. That would leave it up to individual states to determine whether to outlaw abortion or lessen current restrictions. In that case, you would have Pro-life and Pro-Choice states – much as you had Free and Slave states in the early 19th century. The divide along geographic lines might not be as exact as in 1861, but it would be reasonably close in all likelihood. And there is no other issue (at least that Red sees) that has the moral underpinning to cause people to think a war was justified (fortunately, the States have no real say on immigration issues). So the more traction the Abortion Abolitionists gain, the closer we come to a bloody resolution.
The Texas Observer writes about a Texas group – Abolish Abortion Texas – that is gaining traction. AAT argues for a complete abortion ban now with no exceptions – U.S. Supreme Court be damned. The use of the term “abolitionist” here is key in drawing a parallel between slavery and abortion.
Bradley Pierce and Wesley Thomas draw a distinction between themselves and other anti-abortion activists. They are not “pro-life,” they’re “abolitionists.” The two leaders of the group Abolish Abortion Texas, founded three years ago, compare themselves to anti-slavery abolitionists in their crusade to outlaw abortion without exception. Texas must “ignore Roe,” Pierce said at the state GOP convention last year, in order to end “the Nile River of blood that is flowing through our land.”
As Individual 1 promotes his “Wall” as the solution to a “growing humanitarian crisis” on the southern border, a real crisis is completely ignored by the Trumpian Party (f/k/a the GOP). The Houston Chronicle reports that since the beginning of 2018, 23 children in the Houston area have been killed by guns. Of those 23, at least 7 were accidental shootings resulting primarily from unsecured guns in households. Others were the result of intentional shootings either directed at the kids or who were killed when someone else was targeted. Red personally knows of several children who have been accidentally killed by guns left unsecured by adults who should have known better. Is the price of freedom, the death of children? Must the tree of liberty be watered with the blood of innocents? The Second Amendment absolutists apparently find this to be so.
“Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!”
Trumph – the Insult Comic President™ on his first Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
Red has to agree that RT must have been dumb as a rock if agreed to work in this Reality TV Show Joke of an Administration. Anyone who does gets exactly what they deserve – a heaping helping of abuse and scorn. As for laziness, apparently Trumph is an expert practitioner of that art – so again Red will have to defer. As for Pompeo, Red is betting that when his time is inevitably up, he will turn out to have been a Satan-worshipping child molester.
From the Annals of White Collar Crime – In 2006, Chairman Kenneth Lay and CEO Jeffrey Skilling, the top honchos at Enron Corporation, were convicted of conspiracy, insider trading, securities fraud and making false statements to securities regulators – actions that resulted in the collapse of the one-time energy giant. The Enron scandal affected as many as 20,000 employees – costing many of them their life savings; it also caused massive losses to outside investors. Lay, who seemed somewhat repentant and humbled by the extent of the accounting scandal that affected thousands of lives, would die in his luxurious Aspen home before ever seeing the inside of a prison cell. Skilling, who remains adamant as to his lack of wrong-doing despite numerous books and articles that exposed him as the rotten center of the massive Enron fraud, also remains in federal prison and is scheduled to be released in February of 2019. Red gives props to the Bush Department of Justice for going after these crooks. One of the major failings of the Obama administration was the failure to even attempt to prosecute those guilty of possibly even worse crimes that resulted in the 2008 financial meltdown.
The Greenwich Time reports that last week the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops formally cut ties with the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life. The TCCB is the church authority that sets policy for parishes which serve approximately 8.3 million Texas Catholics.
Texas Right to Life is the oldest and probably most influential anti-abortion group in Texas and is primarily funded by big time GOP donors. TRL largely functions as a wing of the Texas GOP and its endorsements carry a lot of weight in the Republican primary.
The bishops’ directive stated that Texas Right to Life has engaged in misleading attacks against political candidates, lied about the Catholic church’s position on state legislation and argued that church-supported bills don’t do enough to limit abortions.
“We’ve asked our pastors, parishes and Catholic schools to refrain from asking (Texas Right to Life representatives) to come onto our premises because their teachings don’t always align with what the Catholic Church teaches regarding certain life issues,” said Bishop Joe Vasquez, head of the 25-county Austin Diocese.
It’s a bad sign when you are so radical in promoting the anti-abortion agenda that the Catholic Church gets fed up with you.
Showing surprising viability in deep red Texas, Beto O’Rourke hauled in $2.4 million in individual contributions in the 4th quarter of 2017. “Lying” Ted Cruz (as dubbed by Trump) was about a half million behind with $1.9 raised. LTC still leads in the critical cash on hand column with about $2.7 million more in the coffer than Beto. O’Rourke is closing the gap, however, and maintains a respectable $4.6 million on hand with no viable primary opponent. On the other hand, Cruz has the benefit of his willingness to accept money from anyone including dark money PACs; while Beto is relying entirely on individual contributions. Red still puts Beto as a longshot to win but November is a long time away.
Last week Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D- El Paso) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate seeking to unseat “Lying” Ted Cruz (TP-Texas). O’Rourke comes from a political family – his father was El Paso County Judge. O’Rourke himself has been in politics for about 12 years – first serving as an El Paso City Councilman and then barely unseating 8-term Congressman Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in 2012.
O’Rourke carries some baggage from his days as a rock musician and two arrests – neither of which resulted in a conviction. Since then, he has operated a successful business – making enough money to venture into politics. His legislative track record is light, but that would be expected from a Democratic Congressman from Texas serving in a GOP dominated House of Representatives.
O’Rourke has taken strong stands on legalization of marijuana and protecting LGBT rights, but he kicked off his “campaign” when he and Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) embarked on a 3 day road trip to D.C. when airline flights were cancelled. The two representatives live-blogged their discussions as they drove east and created remarkable internet buzz by rationally and civilly discussing the issues.
It is worth noting, that no one from El Paso has ever been elected to state-wide office and that O’Rourke is a long shot against the Cruz publicity and money machine. The only hope would be that Cruz’s overweening ambition and narcissism will turn off enough moderates to consider making a switch. Still it would be remarkable if O’Rourke could crass the 45% threshold. But when faced with a choice of “Lying” Ted or a long shot, Red is not afraid of big odds. Red is fully on the Beto Bandwagon.