Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:33 PM
TexasTowelie (25,501 posts)
Attorney General Greg Abbott Admits Texas Sovereignty In No Danger
In an exercise in states' rights fetishization, the Texas Legislature tasked Attorney General Greg Abbott with figuring out whether international organizations are usurping Lone Star sovereignty. If you'll recall, there was an ugly scene leading up to the 2012 presidential election, wherein Abbott, chest out-thrust in his best chickenhawk approximation, threatened to throw the book at international election observers, who, by the way, have witnessed U.S. elections for years. In fact, we send our own observers to elections in places like Russia and Ukraine.
Anyway, a little observing couldn't hurt, given the voter ID laws -- still tied up in court -- that were passed to fight the fraud mirage (or suppress turnout among certain voters).
So, at the behest of our august lawmaking body, Abbott did his diligence and discovered that, no, multinational groups are not, in fact, " state law or on the sovereignty of the states," according to his report. That there was any confusion here suggests elected reps might benefit from a few high school-level government classes. But we'll air out a few of Abbott's pertinent findings anyway.
You'll be relieved to learn that international law does not generally trump state law. Unless, that is, it is ratified at the federal level. Now, here's the part that must have set Abbott's fingers to trembling as he typed: The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution -- that sacred document so dear to his heart -- declares federal law the supreme law of the land, as provided for by its text.
More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2012/12/after_chest-thumping_over_inte.php .
WARNING: RANT ABOUT LOCAL POLITICS BELOW!
A couple of paragraphs further in the article, I learned that it is my state representative (Lois Kolkhorst, (R) Brenham) who sponsored the bill providing for the study and that it took 3 sessions in order for her to pass the bill.
I'm angry that she wasted taxpayer money and time with this nonsense.
Why can't the Democrats nominate a candidate for the general election so that we can send Lois from Austin to Brenham on the Megabus?
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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:49 PM
dballance (5,756 posts)
2. Why don't we just let them become the Republic of TX Again?
I apologize to people in Austin and in metro Dallas. But why don't we just let TX go? Let them elect Perry as their President. Let's take all the US military bases and all the support they get out of there.
They can deal with the poor and elderly as they see fit. Of course I doubt it would be in line with all the "Christian" and "family" values they talk about as they continue to call the poor and the elderly moochers. I don't recall Jesus using that term. Oh, and there was the whole loaves and fishes thing where Jesus fed the multitudes. I don't recall him calling them greedy moochers looking for a hand out.