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Social Darwinism At Its Worst

Texas Governor Abbott today issued an executive order ending the mask mandate in Texas. Dr. Kavita Patel, always smart and caring, notes that Houston has all four variants of Covid. Undoubtedly they will have more. Did Abbott not ruin enough people’s lives with the power failure ten days ago? Or maybe he thinks that his order will divert attention from it.

Abbott is doing more than even risking lives, he is assuring that cases will spike in Texas, and probably will spike in the rest of the country, too. President Biden said today that we can likely have vaccines for everyone by the end of May. That is incredible. Abbott couldn’t wait for two months? Obviously not. He has been vaccinated, which probably is enough for him, because he and his rich oil buddies don’t care about anyone else. This is social darwinism in its most immediate and evil form. If he survives, anyone who doesn’t is expendable or deserves it. Aristocrats in Dickensian London, and rich businessmen in Gilded Age New York stepped around or over the penurious, sick and freezing men and women lying in the streets. Abbott is a recognizable current version of those people.

How does somebody like Abbott get elected? Of course, they’ve elected Cruz and Cornyn there, too. Something about “freedom,” I guess, which shows the power of worthless slogans. I would like to think that the freedom to be able to be protected from a dreadful virus is more important than the freedom to make another billion dollars by keeping the energy supply and the power grid in the hands of a few people, or the freedom to do whatever you feel like, no matter how many others you endanger.

Maybe there will be calls for Abbott to resign, or be impeached or recalled? No, that is only going on in New York. I wish that we could build a wall around Texas for at least the next few months, but we can’t.

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  1. “How does somebody like Abbott get elected?”

    Aw, Wills, you know the answer to that by now.

    “The goldanged Dimmycraps are gonna take y’all’s tax money and give it to them lazy criminal ni(*CLANG*)s!”, delivered with one size or another of fig leaf.

    Speaking of Darwinism, too many of my fellow non-elite white Americans, especially those who hail from the Borderer culture, as I mostly do, qualify for Darwin Awards in their voting patterns, or at least DA Dishonorable Mentions (where you don’t actually manage to kill or sterilize yourself before reproducing).

    If this goldanged comment system would let me post images, I would add the standard quote from Davis X. Machina.

  2. IBW, I hope that you are feeling reasonably okay, and of course that the tests come out well.

    Yes, that is a good quote! And it seems to be consistently validated, even though I keep thinking that things like having no power, and then having their power bills skyrocket, would make some of these people think that maybe they are voting against their own self-interest. What is money for, if not for shelter and food and water, and health, at the sturdy base of Maslow’s pyramid of Hierarchy of Needs? Self-actualization is at the top, they can worry about when they can at least count on the bare necessities.

    • Thanx. Angiogram on the 15th. It’s oddly encouraging in a way, since I figure I must not have too much narrowing of arteries if my doctor keeps having to run tests to determine with certainty if I have a significant amount of it. (The angiogram will be the 3rd type of test I will have been given.)

      Meanwhile, I’ve lost about 24 pounds since I started trying on the weekend after last Thanksgiving. (225 to 201.6) My goal is to lose 60 pounds, so I’ve gone about 40% of the way. :mrgreen:

      I’ve almost entered “Onederland” (slipping below 200 lbs.).

  3. Apparently, WP still won’t let me post images on William’s posts.


    From Davis X. Machina:

    The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters, each of whom will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.

    I suspect the only thing we can do with the majority of such nincompoops is turn out in overwhelming numbers for every election and outvote them.

  4. Another great post.

    Texas politics is dominated by talk/DJ radio and the churches, which often lean hard right. The Democratic Party has recently made a lot of headway in Houston and Austin, some in San Antonio (which has many Hispanic voters, but also a large military presence), less in Dallas and Ft. Worth and almost none in smaller counties. I hope this trend will continue.

    I also hope that Gov. Abbott’s terrible performance with respect to the pandemic and the Ice-Apocalypse will wake more people the heck up.

    As for his decision to open Texas up, I think you put it in a nutshell: “He has been vaccinated, which probably is enough for him, because he and his rich oil buddies don’t care about anyone else.”


    If you are interested in Texas politics from a Democratic viewpoint, Juanita Jean’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon blog is a great place to visit.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I might well check out that site, but Texas politics is pretty dispiriting. We’re coming closer, but as my high school teacher (and probably most of them) said, “Close only counts in dancing and horseshoes”

      And as Beata said below, of course the various devices that Republicans use to gerrymander and suppress the vote, make it the more difficult. Still, there are good people in Texas; Beto only lost by 2% or so to Cruz in 2016. I really do think that if there were a fair election protection law, we would win most of the states, but that is why there is not, of course. The attorney for the Arizona legislators who came up with a new repressive voting scheme which he defended before the Supreme Court today, admitted to Justice Barrett that the reason they try to keep Black people from voting, is because they could not win, otherwise. But even if Barrett would somehow vote to find the law unconstitutional, Roberts, who tossed out the Voting Rights Act, will not, and that is where the Trump/McConnell Supreme Court is likely to do the most damage. We must somehow pass a law to stop this, if we can get rid of the filibuster, and get the votes of Manchin and Sinema.

  5. Somebody like Abbott gets elected because of decades of systematic voter suppression. We’ve seen it happen in many states across the country that used to vote for Democrats. I live in one of those states. When I was growing up, we had two liberal Democratic Senators who served us well for a long time. We also had numerous Democratic Representatives and Governors. The State Legislature was just as likely to be controlled by Democrats as Republicans. But gradually, new ways to suppress Democratic votes immerged. For example, in 2005, we became the first state to have a state photo voter ID law. In 2017, almost 500,000 voters were purged from our voter rolls. In the last 20 years, we have been gerrymandered up the wazoo. Now Republicans control the state. I suspect Texas has a similar story to tell. Perhaps someone like Michael Bloomberg could help Texas and states like mine. Georgia is the model. It can be done.

    • That should read “emerged” rather than “immerged”. I hate autocorrect. It keeps me up all night, tossing and turning.

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