For the Love of God, Give Texas Back to Mexico

This week, the White House dashed the hopes of millions of Americans when it rejected a request for Texas to sever its ties with the U.S. Bad news for the more than 125,000 people who signed the online petition for Texas to secede. Far worse news for the rest of us!

My issue with the Lone Star state, aside from the fact that it keeps launching the careers of politicians named Bush, is that Texas is a colossal embarrassment to our country.… [Read more]

If they don’t want to be part of the social contract, let them go.

I met a woman recently and she asked this question: Why should the government have the right to tax people and tell them how much they should pay in taxes for things they do not want, like feeding the poor?

She did not believe the government should be in the business of taking care of poor people.… [Read more]

Hit the Road, Jack

For today’s Say It In Song pick, Ray Charles’ Hit the Road, Jack is an appropriate choice. Why? Because weeks after the presidential election, vocal secessionists are still making this an issue. The issue of secession was been decided ages ago; still want to secede and don’t believe me? How about paying attention to the rightest of right-wing Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, and what he said back in 2006, long before President Obama was re-elected:

“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. [Read more]

Making the World Borderless: Elevating Human Rights and Democracy. It’s Needed Here, Too

Who would have thought that the simple act of visiting a neighbour could be seen as historic? In this day and age of global communication, technology that facilitates instantaneous news reports and high-speed travel, reaching out to people across the globe doesn’t present the same challenges as it did many years ago. Yet, in the world of politics and diplomacy – with all of its hurdles – making an active effort to learn about other cultures, seeking to come to a place of understanding and attempting to see issues from another point of view is seen as ‘historic’.… [Read more]

“Oh No, Not Again!” Coping with Perpetual Outrage Syndrome

I feel tired. But not for the usual reasons, like trying to balance motherhood, significant other, full-time job, and all the activities and responsibilities that come with the “Superwoman Myth.” I’m tired because there’s only so much outrage I can muster on a constant basis.

It seems like I once had an inexhaustible supply. But after being whipsawed back and forth with rage-inducing episodes like this and this – and ongoing affronts like this – my storehouse of outrage is depleting.… [Read more]

If only the states’ petitions to secede would succeed

Things have gotten so dastardly rotten in the past, um, six days since President Obama was re-elected, that – at last count – citizens from 20 states are circulating petitions, hoping to gather 25,000 signatures in a month so they can make a formal request to the White House to secede from the U.S. In just three days, Texas’ petition grew to 27,000 signatures (which simply tells us that there are at least 27,000 whack-a-doodles in Texas), enough for a formal response from the White House, should the President chooses to issue one – although, as I think about it, it must really suck, having to get permission from their nemesis, President Obama, in order to leave the U.S.… [Read more]