“We are a backwards-ass state in a fast-forward world. Texas is a land of contradictions. We are creating some of the planet’s most advanced technology while teaching our children that archaeology proves the Bible to be factual.”
– Author and political analyst James Moore, in the Huffington Post.
It would be easy for me to pack up my stuff and run to the nearest place of common sense – say, Hawaii or New Zealand. Politics here in Texas has taken a woefully right-wing turn, especially with the election of such extremists as Sen. Ted Cruz and the ongoing reelection of Rick Perry. I honestly believe it’s not that Texans lose their brains when they head to the voting booth, but rather, that too many of the decent, logical ones stay home come election season. Who can blame them? If you look at any crop of candidates, it’s like you’ve arrived at a going-out-of-business sale just moments before the store closes. There’s not much left.
Alas, I can’t afford to move and I certainly don’t want to leave my aging parents to the mercy of such scoundrels as Cruz and Perry. I can only hope that, in the ensuing years, more of my moderate fellow Texans will drag themselves to the polls each election and start bouncing the extremists back under the rocks from whence they came.