Deep In The Heart Of Texas

There’s a big damned problem…

Curtis explains.

Texicans, your move…

9 responses to “Deep In The Heart Of Texas

  1. Mark Matis

    Once again, the only good pig…

  2. Characterizing the TX legislature as “knuckling under” ignores the fact that the TX House passed the legislation unanimously (not a single dissenting vote.) The governor has indicated total support.

    The question here is the authority of the Speaker of the House, Joe Strauss, to act unilaterally in over-turning the legislative will.

    This isn’t over yet and in the meantime, there are 49 states that could act on this. Texas at least has some movement on the issue and the publicity is beneficial to highlighting the problem.

  3. Thank you, gents. What can be done from out of state to help?

  4. I’ve been following the TSA bill through the Texas Legislature. Following it has been a lot like riding the Texas Giant, except with the moments of fear replaced by frustration and disappointment. Out of Staters must remember that the Texas Legislature is a part-time institution. Our lawmakers have their sessions every other year.

    First it passed the House unanimously. Then it went to the Senate, where the DoJ first bared its fangs. What happened next depends on whom you ask, I think. Either Lt Gov. Dewhurst went weak in the knees and started talking Senators out of supporting it, or Senator Patrick saw the writing on the wall and withdrew it himself so that he could bring it back if the chance arose. If the Senate had voted, and voted it down, the issue would have been dead for another two years. I am not sure, still, if I think what Patrick did was wisdom or cowardice. If he was in fact trying to keep it alive, good for him.

    There was a public backlash when the bill came off the calendar. Think tanks like Texas for Accountable Government started working to get it back in. The new bills (both House and Senate) were virtually identical to their regular session pre-cursors.

    Fast forward to the Special Session. Enough Representatives and Senators signed on as co-authors to make it clear that the bill could pass by a simple majority, which is how all bills pass in the special session. Based on this information, and a pledge of the Governor to add the bills to the call if they had sufficient support, they were added to the calendar last week.

    It looked like we would have second chance to tell the Feds to shove it. Then Joe Strauss, the Speaker of the Texas House, called it a publicity stunt. It was supposed to be debated last Friday, but lo and behold, the House played hookey that day. There weren’t enough members for a quorum, so nothing at all happened. This week the Legislature started amending the bills so that they would be more likely to survive a court challenge. These same changes also made them harder to enforce on individual members of the TSA einsatz-gropin’. One of those changes was the ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard that Curtis mentioned. Some groups, like, and individuals, like Alex Jones, that had supported the new TSA bills pulled out at this point. I tend to agree with them. The changes take the teeth of the law. They’re a chickenshit move., for example, says the reasonable suspicion standard was invented for officers with more training and less equipment and shouldn’t apply to the The Sexual Assault’s einsatz-gropin’. The ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard, in turn, was established in 1968. The point – that it gives the government more leeway than did the 4th Amendment – is a point well taken, but misses the wider point that the standard itself is now 40 years old. The original bill was not just a rearguard-action, but a rear-guard action developing into a counter-attack. The Texas legislature passing the original bill that applied the probable cause standard would be like the defenders of the Alamo winning their own battle, wiping out the Mexican army surrounding them, and then marching at once to re-fight the Battle of Goliad. Remember that 400 Texians were massacred after their surrender at Goliad. If these 400 had not been slaughtered, perhaps there would have been someone to answer Travis’ calls for aid. Perhaps the Alamo would have come out differently.

    To be sure, I am not defending what the Legislature did. Buckling not once but twice is shameful and infuriating. I truly wish they had taken the Alamo-to-Goliad route instead of playing out a legislative Runaway Scrape. I’m not sure if the current bill deserves to become law, or if it will hurt us or help us if it does. I understand if Out-of-State folks like Karl Denninger don’t want to send money to Texas anymore. That’s their right. I’m still here. I have lost respect for my State legislature and feel positively abused by the Federals, but I haven’t stopped being a Texan. Not yet. I don’t think there’s much chance of Texas declaring itself free and independent before the Union itself ceases to function, but I won’t abandon my state. To (mis?)quote Arctic Patriot, “to be independent, you must first be independent”

    The Republic is dead. Liberty is Dead. Long Live Liberty. Long Live the Republic. Long Live Texas.

    • An excellent reprise of what happened on the bill as well as a good overview of how the TX legislature works. I suspect that Patrick was being cautious and keeping his political chips for another day. The important aspect here is not that the law, if enacted, would have really checked the TSA, but that it showed the public and the rest of the nation that we don’t need to simply roll over to this. The public is rapidly getting fed up with federal over-reach. The win was in the media attention. It is very doubtful if Texas Public Safety officers would have been at DFW arresting TSA slugs.

      • Ed – I think you’re right, more’s the pity. There never was much chance of State Troopers or Sheriffs Deputies perp-walking the Whiteshirts out of our airports. It would have been a hoot to see on the evening news, though.

        I just hope some other States – Wyoming, New Hampshire, Utah, Idaho, or others – follow suit in their next Legislative sessions. Real ID died because many States said no. If Texans stand alone on this issue, we really will be like the dead of Goliad. Goliad itself galvanized the Texians at the Alamo just as the Alamo galvanized the forces who finally won at San Jacinto. I hope the other States of the former Confederacy realize that what the Federals threaten do to one State, they will willingly do to all the rest.

        Remember Goliad. Remember the Alamo.

  5. This bill will help nothing, it will be unenforceable. It will let the legislature claim to have gone to bat for liberty and the people unless the people actually take time to read the damned thing. Better it die than pass. Passage will take tsa’s bullshit off the front page. Andrew took the time to look at it, hat tip bud.

  6. No legislature has ever passed an “unreasonable” or “unnecessary” law, and no agent of government has ever conducted an “unreasonable” or “unnecessary search, or executed an “unreasonable” or “unnecessary” use of force.

    Ruby Ridge – Totally reasonable and necessary.
    Waco – Totally reasonable and necessary.
    Jose Guerena – Totally reasonable and necessary.
    You, your wife, children, dog, and chickens – Ditto – Totally reasonable and necessary.

    Any time you see the word “reasonable” or any variant thereof in any legal document (law, court order, agency policy, or court decision) that pertains to you or yours —- You’re screwed!