Watched the movie “Apollo 13” yesterday. I’ve always been an “Astro-nut.” When I was a kid I sent for publicity packages from NASA. I got big manila envelopes filled with publications and eight by ten glossies of the astronauts. There were pictures of the earth from space, which was a big deal. If you grew up in the fifties with brown and green globes in classrooms, the image of the “big blue marble” was, well, revolutionary.
So, as I was saying, I was watching the movie, and right toward the end something occurred to me. As the men in the space capsule were trying to maneuver back to earth, not sure if the heat shield had been damaged by the explosion which aborted the mission, the entire country was on point. All eyes were glued to the news. America was one! There wasn’t any talk on TV about the government messing up, or lying to us, or terrorist possibilities concerning what had happened. All that was on the table was those three guys were our heroes! The best of the best. Three men reaching for the stars.
Then I began to wonder, what would have happened if that mentality had stuck? How would Vietnam turned out if the entire country had been behind our effort, right or wrong. What if that rag-tag army over there had watched news broadcasts of thousands of people standing behind the president and let them know in no uncertain terms that AMERICA was going to be there until the job is done? What would have been the result if after 9/11 we had jumped on Afghanistan and not got off until we HAD Bin Laden? Then, just tore up the country, and left after letting them know, one more terrorist attack and we’ll be back! We don’t CARE about your religion! Chew on a rock. And, I know there are some in other counties who say that would be American imperialism, but brothers and sisters, when you’re trying to make a point nothing beats a good ol’ number five butt whipping!
The reason these things didn’t happen was the government we trusted from WWII turned into a big, lie machine. The American people are not fools. They protest for a while, and then, when they get no results, they turn away. We all know the government is now by the banks, of the corporate interests, and for the foreign investors. I appreciate nations climbing out of the rubble of the last world war, becoming self sufficient, and all that, but the very idea of the Japanese building better cars than we do makes me want to puke! And I’m two-faced, too. I own a German built Mercedes because I KNOW the People’s Republic of Detroit simply cannot build a suitable car anymore.
Now, where is all this going. Well, that’s what the Republic of Texas is all about. It’s not just the succession deal. It’s all about bringing back America. We aren’t a bunch of psychos running around in tin foil hats. Well, most of us aren’t. The jury is still out on the Libertarian Party. We are people who are doing what the Yankees have forgotten HOW to do. We have crazy ideas. Ideas like half dollars with the image of Sam Houston on one side, and the Capitol in Austin on the other, made from SILVER! We think a man’s income is his money and no government should lay claim to any part of it until he voluntarily spends it, and then that money is used where he was TOLD it would be. We believe a man’s home IS his castle and if he abuses his wife and kids you call the police, NOT the CPS! We believe that people should be able to worship God in any way they want UNTIL they start preaching violence because then they have just crossed that line between church and state. Then they are no longer a religion, but a political party. We understand that when you write a constitution, with short, direct sentences, in simple English, and yes that’s ENGLISH, you don’t amend it to death just because it doesn’t fit your agenda. We know that we won’t have to have a constitutional convention. We’ll just use the American one. They’re not doing anything with it at the time. We believe that serving in Congress is an HONOR, not a profession, and we want men and women in the state house who don’t UNDERSTAND lobbyists! And oh, by the way, being in congress shouldn’t pay that much. You go to Austin, vote on this or that AFTER asking your constituents how they feel, then go home, back to work and live under the laws that YOU passed! We believe that government is like a bad dog that guards the yard, but when it bites one of the kids you take it to the pound. No government should ever be secure. TEXAS is TEXAS. The government just needs to pave roads, put out fires, serve and protect, and bus kids to school. Government is a raincoat. Don’t let the raincoat wear YOU!
This list could go on and on, but I think you get the message by now. Some of you think it’s unreasonable to imagine such a place, but I have to ask, “Why not?” Why do you want to give your money to a foreign government just so they can hire more people to come down here and rob you a little bit more? That’s what America has become, you know. The American government’s lips are clamped so tightly on the Texas Tit, that if we ever pulled them off riots would break out from New York to L. A. They would literally starve! And I don’t want to hear any crap out of a bunch of Nortés about how powerful America is, and how crazy Texans are. DUDE! Your MONEY isn’t even real. Get it right! And, if you will note, when NASA was largely removed from Houston we had to start hitch hiking into space . . .with the RUSSIANS!
After seeing that movie yesterday I realized America, the America I was born in, was essentially gone. I actually grieved. But then I realized something. It wasn’t really gone, it just moved to Austin.
Oh, one more thing. One of my buddies on RER says I’m his favorite comedian. I haven’t been very funny here, but have you heard the one about the two Rabbis coming into an Austin bar leading an alligator by a leash?