In the know-nothing spirit of the day, when radical conservatives have succeeded in pushing the U.K out of the E.U, perhaps it's time to re-visit our own little "problem".
Let's let good ol' Texas vote to secede. It's a bastion of ignorant conservatism of the worst stripe, seeks to oppress women, impose creationism, and promotes the worst possible gun laws. Kind of like Saudi Arabia.
I've always been a registered Independent. I never felt like I could stand the stink of belonging to any political party, with all their hypocrisy and corruption. Though I always found myself voting Democrat, I was very happy to not be a member of their party. Whenever a scandal might erupt, a debauched Congressman, a corrupt local legislator, a thieving elected official, I was always relieved and felt that I could avoid the stench that wafted off the offending hypocrite. I was not a Democrat. I was an Independent.
Nowadays, with Congress hopelessly locked in dysfunction, it's been quite easy to maintain my Independent status. I'd certainly continue to vote Democrat, but continue to revel in my Independence.
Tonight, however, I find myself moved in a way I don't ever think I've experienced before. As I write this, the U.S. House of Representatives is occupied by the Democrats of that body, along with Democratic Senators, to protest the Republican majority's intransigence in not bringing to a vote common sense gun legislation. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the Democrats are actually putting themselves on the line, demanding that they at the least, get to vote on a gun bill.
They are breaking the rules of order and bringing much needed attention to the Republican majority that, in the pockets of the NRA and gun manufacturers, refuses to govern, refuses to legislate, and refuses to represent the best interests of the American people.
I believe that the House Democrats efforts, while inspiring and noble, are likely to go down in defeat. But that may just be a lost battle in a war that may yet be won. Just getting a vote won't insure passage, with the Democrats in the minority, and the chances of getting a bill through the Senate are hopelessly dim. For now.
With Donald Trump dragging the Republicans down, and the events unfolding now at the House of Representatives, the country may actually be on the cusp of an era where progressive governance finally has a chance to succeed after decades in the backwaters of Republican obstruction and slavish obeisance to the one-percenters.
The sit-in at the House of Representatives is a political battle for morality in government. It's a battle I'm proud to join and support. When I vote for Hillary Clinton this November, I will be voting as I never have before.
Someone should tell the Republican elites that the party is falling apart.
With the rise of Trump, the unquestionable preference of the Republican electorate, the party poobahs are stuck with a clown of a candidate that has shown himself to be unfit for the presidency in any way whatsoever.
Trump doesn't fit into the radical conservative, Tea Bagger box that has taken over the Republican party. Therefore, the hacks can't hack him. But if the voters have chosen him, who then do the Republican establishment really represent?
While any thinking person can sympathize with the nascent "#NeverTrump" movement, what does it say about the Republicans that the party leaders, in their heart of hearts, want to undo the selection of their party's choice of a candidate? Apparently they have no use for democratic principles when the democratically elected choice doesn't suit them.
Then again, nothing new there. When Barack Obama was elected, the Republicans hunkered down and chose to obstruct and not to govern for the entire length of Obama's two terms.
Clearly, the Republicans don't represent Republican voters. They want nothing to do with the business of governing. They only represent the "donor class", the billionaires like the Koch brothers and others, that see the government as only a means to their selfish ends, the economic raping of our society and the total destruction of the middle class.
Hopefully, for the sake of the country, the flailing Trump will continue down his incoherent path and perhaps take his party down with him.