I just completed a failed attempt to become Mayor of the hometown of President Lyndon Johnson. It was an amazing and very illuminating experience. I'm in the process of writing a piece about it and will post it soon. Through my mayoral journey I discovered a disturbing phenomenon occurring here in the Texas Hill Country -- we are experiencing an influx of folks from the North and West packing guns, bibles and very bad attitudes. We are becoming the playground for the recreationally barbarous Christian crowd.
Texas, with the help of our Governor reaching out in the familiar depraved vernacular of those bygone geniuses that championed manifest destiny and promoted the wholesale slaughter of the buffalo as a genocidal battle strategy to subdue and obliterate Native Americans, is being promoted as a haven for those escaping reason -- folks that love Jesus, Guns and dead animals -- one particularly offensive recent arrival is the ever odious and carnivorous guitar god, Ted Nugent.
This is particularly offensive to me because I have a healthy respect for Jesus, guns as tools and hunting. We, sane, true Texans were raised with all three. Watching what is happening around here is chilling. My state is fast becoming a Right Wing amusement park. For many, many of us Texans hunting and guns were a fact of our upbringing, a cultural tool. We do not have them as twisted totems, ideological protest phalluses or bizarre mind candy. Texas appears to be courting a new form of parasitic terrorist -- the "local culture bootlicker worm" that ingratiates himself to the host and then slowly destroys what is decent in him byway of flattery, manipulation and money.
"Come and Take It" t-shirts, bumper stickers, tattoos and toddler teething rings are becoming ubiquitous around here. The Second Amendment has become a type of Field and Stream porn. I overheard a group of Texans, infiltrated by a bootlicker worm, talking in a local restaurant about, "the govment comin' round in black suburbans pickin' up guns." The discussion caused the men at the table to shake and become flush as if they were watching some nasty starlet work her earthy magic.
The "Come and Take It" phrase began with Leonidas back at Thermopylea, was used in the Revolutionary War and, most famously for us Texans, at the Battle of Gonzales in the Texas Revolution. Each time it was used by a group of fighting men as a rallying cry against superior forces. Which I guess kind of applies to its present meaning: middle-aged men, wiry women and indoctrinated young boys armed with shot guns and AR-15's against Apache helicopter gun ships, drones armed with rockets and tanks.
It is unsettling to realize that your homeland is being invaded by pests mimicking the caricature you have created of yourself. It is time that we true Texans stand up and express ourselves in ways that put the lie to the myth of us. We can be loud. We can be obnoxious. We can be stubborn. However, we can also be reasonable and sane.