Posted On: Tuesday - November 22nd 2022 8:26PM MST
In Topics:   Lefty MegaStupidity  Music  ctrl-left
Call it a trial separation. Let's hope it leads to something permanent, a divorce between the ctrl-left and us patriotic normal Americans. Read this article, and then try to convince me that we don't have irreconcilable differences.
The picture above is on top of a NY Magazine - Intelligencer* - article titled Austin Has Been Invaded by Texas The progressive paradise is over for some, and they’re fleeing to bluer pastures. by one Casey Quackenbush.
Yes, the honeymoon has long been over for the real Texans, but they've been too upright to initiate the divorce themselves. If the ctrl-left wants out though, hey, this may save on a lawyer...
On a late summer evening, friends of John Stettin gathered at a bar called Kitty Cohen’s in East Austin to say good-bye. A carrot cake with “Good Luck” written in orange icing softened in the heat, but as far as they were concerned, the occasion was his birthday. “You can’t say, ‘Happy going away!’” said Jeff, his best friend, greeting him with a hug. “We’re just not happy. We’re all very sad about it.” Good-bye parties are inherently not that fun. They’re even less fun when they’re driven by a far-right takeover of the state government.Far out!!, errr, Far-right!
Where were we?
To hear Stettin tell it, that is precisely why he is moving out of what Rick Perry once described as the “blueberry in the tomato soup,” a predominantly Democratic city full of liberal expats like himself seeking progressive politics and an urban lifestyle at a red-state cost-of-living discount.I'm guessing Rick Perry was making a derogatory remark about the blueberries, not the tomato soup. The [my] bolded part shows how the one party has been taking advantage of the other party. Yeah, that "red State discount", huh? This Stettin fellow probably has no clue how Texas can a afford that discount. Were Austin voters to get their way, the discount would disappear in a stack of taxes, fees, and regulatory hell. I'm sure he was enjoying the lack of a State income tax, while professing his progressive politics to the neighbors.
But then 2020 happened. As the pandemic raged, Governor Greg Abbott banned municipalities including Austin from implementing COVID measures such as mask mandates. The following year, amid a brutal winter storm, the state’s electric grid failed, killing hundreds and leaving millions freezing in the dark, and it has yet to be fixed. That summer, Abbott codified permitless carry and further restricted voting access. This past February, he ordered investigations into the parents of trans children for child abuse.Right, all that freedom is much too much. It's egregious! Now, I'm not sure how the electric grid trouble had to do with politics, but if it did, I could easily guess who's politics caused it.
At Stettin’s party, his friend Jeff swiped open his phone to a note entitled “New Austin Cities” — a list of places thatFIFH.
are what Austin used to be to himthat the ctrl-left had already SCREWED UP before he moved here from New York. It read, “Pittsburgh, Durham, Boise, Columbus, Jackson Hole, Chattanooga.
Bri Jenkins is moving home to Hamden, Connecticut, after six years working with various nonprofits in Austin. “It could be three weeks before I saw another Black person, and that was such a mindfuck for me,” she recalled feeling when she first moved to Austin.Well, I mean, it beats an actual BODYfuck during a mugging gone wrong.**
After a far-right gunman killed 23 people in El Paso in 2019, she stopped going to parades. “Too many vantage points,” she said. “White men with guns and Army fatigues are protected, but people who are peacefully protesting … are always bombarded by the police,” she said, referring to the police crackdowns during 2020’s George Floyd protests.NOT, I repeat NOT, the Babylon Bee. There was no mention in this article of anyone planning on moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin. As I wrote above, the differences are irreconcilable.
Parents of trans children started to flee months ago. In March, Karen had just picked up her 10-year-old daughter from acting camp when she began telling her about an upcoming protest at the governor’s mansion against Abbott’s order instructing Child Protective Services to investigate families providing gender-affirming medical care to their trans children for child abuse. Karen (whose name is being withheld to protect her family) asked if her daughter might want to do a voice recording to share her story with the crowd. “Am I going to die?” she asked. Stunned, Karen asked why she would think such a thing. “Because everybody here hates me.” Karen pulled over, jumped out, and threw her arms around her daughter as they sobbed. “It was that moment when I knew we had to leave,” she recalled through tears.It was at the moment I read this when I knew, yes, you have to leave.
Usually in a divorce, the breadwinner is forced to move out of the house he paid for and kept up. A divorce of the ctrl-left from the State of Texas would be a pleasant reversible of the usual process. Imagine, no big lawyer bills, no alimony, and you get to keep your State and full custody of all the good kids. Peaceful separation sounds wonderful, and we don't even need to pay you off?!
All my exes have left Texas, but please don't hang your hats in Tennessee...
George Strait sang this classic country song in 1987. It's from his album Ocean Front Property.
* The Intelligencer seems to be a particular area of the website, it's not one columnist. Perhaps this is their opinion section, with extra doses of opinion.
** Sorry for the cussing here. It's just coming straight from these ex-Texans' mouths.