Freedom And Voting With Your Feet


Some people in Texas (and elsewhere) are less than pleased at the First Amendment freedom exercised by cartoonist Jack Ohman in the Sacramento Bee this week. The term “grave-dancing” is one of the nicer things being said about Mr. Ohman’s editorial cartoon. Unfortunately, living in a free society means putting up with stuff like this, and Mr. Ohman makes a valid point, however callously he expressed it.

But it’s no secret that Texas is one of the most libertarian states in the nation. Texans like their government small, their beer cold and their taxes low. They love football, BBQ and big hats, and hate regulations, unions and California. They take great pride in not being like New York City.

I live out here in Big Smoggy, a couple hours south of Sac’to. We are the antithesis of Texas. We have Big Government, high taxes, lots of regulations, San Francisco, Hollywood and Governor Moonbeam. Both states have the death penalty, but Texas uses it. A lot.

But that’s cool. That’s the beauty of the federal system. Some people like Texas. Some people like California. Some people like cities, others like the boonies. Some people like the ocean, others the mountains or the desert. Some people even like living in the Midwest where He Who Walks Behind The Rows lives.

Right now Texas seems to be pretty popular. U-Haul charges a premium on one-way rentals from California to Texas, but they’ll practically pay you to take one the other way. Texas leads the nation in population growth because people from other states are moving there.

If you live in Texas and you like Big Government, you are free to vote for it. But don’t be surprised when you lose. That’s how democracy works. But there is another option – move to California or some other “blue” state. And vice-versa if you are already in a blue state but want smaller government. That’s called voting with your feet.

But if you live in California you really should STFU about telling Texans how to mind their own affairs. “MYOB” as Ann Landers used to say. We got enough problems right here at home to keep us busy.

BTW – It still hasn’t been determined what caused the explosion in West, Texas last week. We know what exploded, but we don’t the cause of the fire or whether any laws or regulations were broken.

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15 Responses to Freedom And Voting With Your Feet

  1. SimoFish says:

    Having just moved to Texas from CA I can say this. The people in Texas are the nicest people around. Just amazing.

    • Mary says:

      Yes, indeed. Welcome to Texas!

    • myiq2xu says:

      I’ve only been to Texas once, coming back from Oklahoma. My sons and I stopped for lunch at the Hooters in Amarillo.

      The waitresses were very friendly.

    • HELENK says:

      when I made my trip around the country, i spent three days in San Antonio. people were great and I learned a lot of history about the Alamo from the Mexican perspective. Really enjoyed my stay

    • Jadzia says:

      I lived there as a small child, and my father has lived there ever since; he has been complaining about it for 35+ years, but never did end up leaving. (Mom hated it and packed the kids up and back to the Midwest after about 2 years of being called a “Yankee.”) I LOVE Texas, every last tacky bit of it. (Dad lives in an area that is widely regarded as the armpit of the state.) I love the “Jesus Saves Used Tires” lot down the street from his house, the Czech bingo hall where he met his ass-kicking, name-taking, five-foot-nothing wife, the “House of Guys” in Montrose, the Heathens out of Austin, Kinky Friedman, Ray Wiley Hubbard, the late great Molly Ivins, my dad’s big-ass truck (him trying to get that behemoth out of my tiny LA driveway several years ago is how I learned most of the swear words in the Serbian language), and the kolaches at Shipley’s Donuts. And that’s just the things I could think of in 2 minutes.

  2. HELENK says:

    this may sound far fetched , but it would not surprise me

  3. HELENK says:

    lest we forget

  4. 49erDweet (D) says:

    As to the cause…….yeah, like this was the first ever fertilizer plant to catch fire and explode……..NOT!
    The Bee is a vile prog tool. CalDems are trying everything to stem the taxpayer outflow from CA to TX. Over-the-top cartoons are just part of their scheme. Watch for more..

    • myiq2xu says:

      A while back a residential neighborhood in San Bruno blew up because of leaky propane pipes. Propane tanks blow up all the time. Nobody suggested that we ban propane within city limits.

      But fertilizer is one of those evil non-green thingies that Vile Progs hate. Even though the people who live where green things grow love fertilizers.

      Greenies are the biggest hypocrites in the world. Their lives depend on the technology they hate.

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