The New Secessionists

by Linda Brady Traynham

(Editor’s Note: This week is Linda Brady Traynham Week. Linda has been making comments here for a while. I like her writing style and her content is outstanding. She writes about Texas liberty issues and other stuff that engages her mind…just like your un-humble Editor. I am confident you’ll enjoy this week’s offerings.)

Shooters, Ron Holland is the most reading fun I’ve had since discovering C. S. Stirling, and a couple of more articles like the last two may set that mark back to C. Northcote Parkinson. Dear glory, a man who writes elegant prose, has a brilliantly logical mind, and understands the true causes of the War of the Rebellion?! I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he keeps goats, smokes, and had served with the French Foreign Legion or with our guys in Viet Nam as a gunny, making him practically perfect if anything happens to my darling Charles. (I know…odd, the things ladies find attractive…)

Ron also introduced a subject I have been itching to discuss here for at least six months, bless him.

Strangely enough, given that paean, I’m going to begin by disagreeing with my new candidate for hero. He wrote, “We need to forget the causes of the earlier War Between the States, regional differences, slavery, tariffs and other related issues.”

No, no, dear man, we must not forget the causes of the First War of the Rebellion because we are still at odds over precisely the same issues. We still have very strong regional differences and an even larger one of city rats and illegals vs. country mice; slavery now comes in the form of wage and welfare plantation, tariffs are still a big issue (see my modest archived discussion of the nasty jump in the price of tires), and consider that now, as then, the root cause was a corrupt, big money-controlled Congress that had out-run what it could confiscate from the citizens easily. Two ways of solving the problem occurred to the in-crowd back then, the first being to declare that the western border of the US was the Mississippi River permanently and pluck those caged off at their leisure, while the second was to conquer and rape the Southern states which were the wealthy area at that time.

No contest.

A population-dense industrial nation expected to find the less-populated agrarian portion of the nation far easier pickings than they turned out to be, a mistake Washington continues to make in backwaters ranging from Viet Nam to Afghanistan.

Slavery was being phased out as quickly as was feasible primarily because slaves are the most expensive–and least productive–form of labor, and let us not forget that all of the slavers were Yankees, who not only had virtually all the shipping but a great many slaves themselves. Yankees are the ones who came up with a solution to King Cotton’s demand for employees; we didn’t like it, but we had no alternative; everybody down here was already working. Lincoln’s (in)famous “Emancipation Proclamation” didn’t free a single slave in Yankee-held territory and it didn’t free any in the South at the time, either. I am not a fan of the original Illinois politico (or any of his successors), and Lincoln used the slavery issue cynically for emotional effect and spin. READ his opinion of blacks; it is well documented. (Ronald and Donald Kennedy’s The South Was Right is meticulously documented and official correspondence between Lincoln and his generals will turn your stomachs. Their idea, carried out brilliantly in war efforts and “Reconstruction” was to beat the South so far into submission that it would never recover. They were quite successful.) Ah, yesss, the Rothschilds and similar friends have made out well for centuries by funding both sides of wars while Krupps et al. provided munitions to both combatants and both stirred up conflict. That’s why I suggested investing in “defense” stocks in “Juggling Act.”

There is, indeed, a large and growing feeling that fiscal and cultural sanity can be regained only by going our separate ways. North Carolina has a vigorous movement, as do other South’n states and the Montana-Idaho-Wyoming-Utah area, and even Hawaii wants Liliuokalani’s throne and Iolani Palace back. (Chuckle…I say give it to ‘em. An island kingdom 5,000 miles from anywhere that has been firmly under the control of Democrats and the Japanese for half a century is something we need to support about as much as we do southern California.)

There is a very easy, obvious solution to getting the ball rolling, and if there is anything we have an amplitude of at present it is snow, literally and figuratively.

We start with the Republic of Texas.

Pay close attention now, because the facts I am going to give you–and they are facts–are not in any of the history books the winners have written for 150 years. Gentle smile…sounds like a good anniversary to celebrate, to me. Quite a few states would like the simple no-fault divorce the South asked for last time, but Texas has an advantage. We’ve only been living in sin all these years. That’s right: we weren’t married, or, to stop being colorful, Texas has never been a legal part of “those United States.”

1. The Republic of Texas is not, has never been, and could never have been admitted legally to the USA. There is no provision in the Constitution for annexing or admitting another nation. True, there was an unconstitutional Bill drafted to do so, but it has been buried in committee for many a long decade and had a time clause in it. No one has ever dared bring it out for obvious political reasons.

2. Our flag does not fly at the same height as that of the US in recognition of the fact that we “were” once a sovereign nation or to advertise a failing amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas, but because we are still one, albeit under occupation since about six months after the rest of the South submitted. (I started to replace “one” with a more precise “sovereign nation,” but realized that our capitol, Austin, is also a failing amusement park. And we still went into the present deepening depression last and have felt the effects least.)

3. Our current Capitol building was constructed in 1939, and in the Great Rotunda is an enormous, splendid marble and brass mosaic that proclaims proudly “The Republic of Texas.” Once again, that wasn’t “history,” it is how a lot of us see the matter. Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston reposes in the adjoining cemetery. That was when what you think of as the “Texas” flag was foisted upon us. The true Republic of Texas flag, the Burnett, a single golden star on a field of blue, flies in front of the ranch house and quite a few other places. I don’t tilt at windmills or I would prepare a brochure to hand yahoos who fly the US flag above the false flag on a single pole.

Hopeful look. Is anyone expostulating, “Now, Mrs. Traynham, all of that was long ago and isn’t relevant?”

How relevant are treaties–nations deal with each other by treaty, as you should have learned in Civics classes, if those are still taught–between the Republic of Texas and the US? How relevant is the decision of a Federal Judge? He takes himself pretty seriously and as far as I know he is still behind the bench over in West Texas. Is 2004 recent enough for you?! Yes, indeed, you may not have heard about it through the MSM, but in this century that splendid gentleman ordered the Feds “to cease and desist hostilities against the land and people of the Republic of Texas.” The Washington gang didn’t do it–regulations and taxes being very hostile, indeed, to say nothing of troops quartered on our soil–but they went back to D. C. a very unhappy bunch.

Some of you have read my remarks about the project I was engaged upon when I realized we had better shelve it because my analysis said that we were going to have either The Greater Depression or dictatorship before we completed the last two steps (three, if you count a wide-spread education effort) to free our nation. The RoT was it. I had reached the point of preparing a packet for volunteers covering the twenty top concerns of most citizens, and in every instance the answer is “Restore the Republic.” If it will amuse you, send me your question on how an independent Republic of Texas operating under a real, unsullied Constitution would improve the lives of all those who are honest, law-abiding, hard-working, and oppressed under current conditions.

Take heart, America, in how close we are. ALL that need be done is a Resolution from the Legislature calling for a public vote on the matter, and to conduct that vote. If we have a successful outcome Texas will cease to be a “for profit corporation” subsidiary to the for profit corporation known as the federal government. (Look them up in Dun & Bradstreet, along with the Federal Reserve.) We will revert instantly to the 1837 Constitution which has been updated very slightly and quite legally to allow suffrage for females and non-whites. Well over a hundred taxes and millions of pages of regulations will be rendered null and void immediately. (One slight problem is to keep the first Legislature elected and sworn in from restoring a bunch of in-crowd regulations wholesale and thoughtlessly. See Tex Norton’s upcoming article on how and why regulations are promulgated.)

The new President–who will not be the current governor unless he or she runs for that position and wins–will have a mansion and a salary of $10,000/year! The cream of the jest is that the new Legislature cannot raise salaries effective during their terms of office. We’ve got good stuff in our Constitution. For another example, it says simply that we have to come up with a plan to educate children, and it doesn’t say a thing about forbidding prayer or teaching fifth- graders the joys of sex. I’ve got a great plan for educating the children; I figure I can volunteer to be Secretary of Education and have all half dozen choices parents will have up and running in two weeks, at which point I will resign. No salary, no staff, set it up and let it work from home-schooling to on-line schooling to private schools to smiling sweetly and telling local neighborhoods that if they want traditional “free” neighborhood schools, by all means fund them out of their personal budgets no longer subject to income tax, sales tax, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, or property taxes. Nothing in life is free, people.

We have just a few possibilities for President that a lot of Texans (or “Texians,” in ancient parlance) might be excited about, including Dr. Ron Paul and a conservative writer who has a ranch not far from mine, a fellow named Chuck Norris. It could be that Ross Perot could make a comeback, I suppose…

If you look at the Red vs. Blue map you will discover–no surprise–that the Bluebellies hold the major cities and the area which has been invaded by Mexicans. The Red has everything else. Yes, we tend to vote Democrat but that is ancient rebellion against “the party of Lincoln.” In all save the big cities we’re a conservative, old-fashioned, pretty self-sufficient bunch. When I was a girl we called ourselves “conservative states-rights Democrats” rather than Republicans to differentiate ourselves from the “Progressives.”

We have a year before the next Legislature meets, and a useful pastime will be seeking candidates who are receptive to the notion of disentangling ourselves from an arrogant, oppressive government (two of them, actually), and starting over. Reclaiming our freedom is do-able. If I hadn’t thought so I wouldn’t have spent over a year working out details.

If we gain our independence again Texas will become, overnight, the ninth richest country in the world. Not only can we claim a 200-mile limit for oil exploration through international law, but we have a Supreme Court Decision that says the same thing–and the railroad commission controls such funds with schools having first call. There will be lots left over. We have deep water ports and nuclear facilities, tourism, wineries, and many miles of golden corn we won’t turn into Ethanol. We have plenty of gas and sweet, light crude left; the problem at present is Greenie legislation and transportation to refineries, which we also have. Texas has far more than our “fair share” of small farms and ranches, major universities, superb medical and vetinerary schools, and our own distinctive culture. There isn’t any good way for the US to pack up a few handy airbases when we toss their minions over our borders with jovial civility. We have the only independent power grid and several vast wind farms. We even have salt domes which hold “strategic reserves,” although my numerous oil friends tell me that it will be a miracle if 25% of the contents can be recovered, and Washington can try suing us in our courts if it wants first dibs on them.

Courts? Our Constitution calls for a series of common law courts. To simplify, all that is needed to try most cases is an elected Judge/Justice, half a dozen citizens gathered at random, no lawyers allowed, and the decision of the Jury is final. No lengthy waits, no incessant appeals…and one of my bright little ideas is that we outsource prisons for anything more complicated than sleeping it off over night in the drunk tank to Mexico. This would be extraordinarily cost-effective (not that the Republic of Texas Constitution calls for coddling criminals and terrorists, and it certainly does not mandate “Miranda” warnings), and most instructive. Mexican jails are exceptionally unpleasant places, that being the point of incarceration. Recidivism rates for the survivors should be very low; in addition being sentenced for crimes of violence will carry automatic revocation of citizenship if some of us persuade the rest. Let those who are inclined moan over lousy childhoods and evil companions elsewhere because real Texans believe we are responsible for our own actions. Golly…that would mean we didn’t need parole boards or parole officers, either, further reducing the payroll…and our stance will be that Social Security checks–but not taxes–will be enforceable contracts between the US and citizens of the Republic of Texas. Our Constitution calls specifically for minting our own gold and silver money–and the first serious country to revert to the gold standard will have a commanding role in world politics. Everything that needs doing can be funded handily by a 15% tax on non-resident corporations and a 10% tax for two years on those who apply for citizenship.

The breakup of any long-term relationship is at best painful and expensive. At worst it is messy and violent. The advantage the North held last time in terms of armaments was nothing compared to the current disparity between citizens and governments the Founding Fathers dreaded would come to be. Last time, until “we” had access to arms captured on the field of battle, fortunate Southerners used the accurate sniper rifles made by Whitworth, in England, while Lincoln had the precursor to the Winchester, went to the trials for the Spencer repeating rifle and got it into the field, as well as the Colt revolving rifle, Sharps made his sniper guns, and he had Dahlgreens and Parrot to cast canons. A descendant of Dahlgreens’ technology of exterior banding to strengthen barrels is in use currently. Texas is at the same apparent disadvantage multiplied many times.

Think long and well, fellow citizens, before deciding that we cannot, in conscience and in self-preservation, do other than echo Patrick Henry. IS life so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

Those are the words which preceded “As for me, give me liberty or give me death.” It is highly unlikely that Pharoah will let the people go in peace this time, either. It is certain that should hostilities develop once again those who do not care one way or the other will be caught in the middle. Yes, I agree with Mr. Holland that secession is the most efficient way out of the fiat currency mess and many others, but I cannot see it as an “easy” way out. I must point out as calmly as one can say such a thing that a government which staged the tragedy at Waco under the code name “Operation Showboat” might well not eschew a homegrown version of Tienamen Square if it feels threatened.

Despite the strictures of Janet Napolitano and her ilk I do not regard myself as a Bible-thumping, gun-toting domestic terrorist. I love my country and I love our heritage. A primary reason I write is because those of us who can see most clearly what American can be do so from firm grounding in what America was. If left to my own devices I would raise cattle and goats, be happy, and do private charitable good works. All I have ever asked is laissez faire and common sense.

A diplomatic solution is at hand; all the Feds have to do is abide by the court order while we have our vote unsupervised and we will all see whether ending our version of apartheid could be a rousing success. There are at least face-saving legal grounds for acquiescing while Texas and Hawaii strike out on their own. Perhaps, given a fair vote, the preponderance of citizens will come down on the side of enormous, intrusive government. A lot of us have the nerve to put the issue to a test.

Still, I fear that the growing call for secession is on the order of nuclear deterrence, which thus far has deterred nothing but nuclear wars. Heavy sigh…we’re talking about a different sort of nuclear fission, the desire of the nucleus to throw off the useless atoms which have attached themselves to our core principles. I’m no Neville Chamberlain, but the wrath of those who hold the US Constitution prisoner must be taken seriously. That is a question for individuals, whether or not “we hold these truths to be self-evident.”

Linda Brady Traynham is a former editor and analytical project report writer and is now a Whiskey & Gunpowder field correspondent on a ranch in the Republic of Texas. She studied Counseling at Boston University and got her Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.

10 Responses to The New Secessionists

  1. Warm greetings and diplomatic compliments from the Republic of Vermont! And here’s to free trade, economic freedom, and the liberty to rejoice in our differences, rather than submit to the ‘standards’ of a government that has lost all moral authority.

  2. […] New Secessionists Posted on August 23, 2010 by Bill Miller This article by Linda Brady Traynham on DumpDC.com. We have a year before the next Legislature meets, and a useful pastime will be seeking candidates […]

  3. Dear Mr. Wagner:

    Thank you for your charming welcome, and may the time come when we send your country a championship exhibition goat-roping team as cultural envoys and you respond in kind. Don’t send maple syrple makers, though, because we don’t have indigenous maple trees–and don’t let the locals talk you into eating our chili, either. To avoid culture shock don’t come in the fall (our trees don’t change color much) but our wildflowers in the spring are spectacular.

    Strength lies in unity, so y’all jes’ keep on sayin’ “A-yup,” an’ we’ll keep droppin’ terminal consonants an’ teach you th’ local greeting, which is “Hi-dy. Hah yew?” The traditional response is: “Ah’m fine, jes’ fine, hah yew?”

    I’m joking, but I’m not. Preserving our local cultures is as important as keeping our senses of humor. We’re all Americans, and newcomers really need to learn to melt in, but we enjoy our regional differences in heritage and tellin’ tall tales. Whah…back when Ah wuz uh young gull one uh the deah ol’ church ladies readin’ yo-uh lettuh would-uh say-ud, “Don’t he have nass mann-uhs fo-uh a Yankee boy?!”

    Now you tell one.

    Regards, Linda

    • Dutchy says:

      Linda,
      Does the offer still stand for us Missourians to emigrate (‘Gone to Texas’ circa 1865) when y’all pull it off? That extra 10% tax thing stings some, but I’d be tickle “red” to pull a lot of extra weight to be out of the Empire. You got any deciduous trees up in, say, your very Northeast corner? I lived in Shreveport, Texas (LOL, well, they flew the Texas state flag at the local mall!) for a few years, so I know you got plenty of pines!

      Dutchy (Little Dixie, Missouri)

  4. Dear Dutchy:

    My first reply disappeared, so let’s try again. Texas Geography, 7th grade…Texas has 7 geographical districts and 254 counties providing a wide variety of scenery, ranging from the coast, to the Piney Woods, rolling hills, the stark grandeur of the Hill Country, to the desolate desert around El Paso. Get yourself a Texas Almanac (a new one comes out next year, costs about $25, stuffed full of facts, photos, demographics, and other stats.) and check out Texarkana and the Cross Timbers belt, which have trees you will like in the area you are interested in. We have all sorts of trees and climates to please almost everyone other than ski buffs. There are a lot of German settlers around New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, in particular, if that is of interest to you. I enjoy being half Irish, meself, and drop into me brogue of an evenin’ laddie.

    The proposed tax on emigrants is intended to be certain that candidates for citizenship have the proper qualities to become Texans and are able to support themselves (requirements nations like Australia, for example, have always had, and more stringent than that), and I hope you could manage to eke out that amount if you were not paying gasoline, cigarette, or alcohol taxes, to name only three. If you started your own business and settled here…why should you pay the IRS anything? It will all work out.

    The DREAM, Dutchy, is based upon the fact that the day we win the plebiscite we revert to the 1836 Constitution. It will take a while to sort things out, but if we are careful and determined perhaps we can keep the new Legislature from adopting a bunch of current laws, regulations, and taxes wholesale. Our premise is that if it isn’t mentioned in the 1836 Constitution, it doesn’t exist. For example, how can there be taxes on telephones? There weren’t any telephones in 1836, and nobody used gasoline, either. (Kerosene and naptha, yes.)

    Mah goodness, there won’t be any departments of Energy or Agriculture, how evuh will we survive?! The same way we did in 1836, except without Indian scuffles. We can start over on everything, including working out a few SENSIBLE measures to prevent blatant pollution of rivers but not having hysterics over a low spot in the pasture and designating it a sacred wetland. Other than our six big and a few medium-sized cities, this is agricultural land. We’ve been taking conservation measures long, long before the Greens were ever heard of. In over sixty years we have had NO new erosion on my place, for example, because we built dams, contoured, planted special ground cover–some by hand–and CARED for the land. We mow it, fertilize it, plant crops to turn under to enrich the soil, let it lie fallow in rotation and a lot of other things city fellers might not want to know about. We don’t overgraze; my cattle are rotated routinely through six pastures, planning ahead so that now, in calving season, the pregnant cows are in the Home Pasture where we can check their condition daily. It was an excellent precaution, because one of them needed a bit of help this year. The little fellow needed the mucuous plug cleared from his throat and to be shaken a bit to get his circulation going. What is endearing is that Mama #62 had brought herself right up to the gate of the yard, sensing, I think, that all was not normal. That little bull is doing just fine, growin’ like a weed. Chuckle…we spend a lot of time looking at cows’ rear ends and bags, and keeping an eye on Brutus’ love life so we can write down tag numbers when cows are bred.

    Ours is another old dream: you can BECOME a Texan by adopting our quaint ways and agreeing with our outlook on life. It isn’t a requirement, exactly, but it’s a lot of fun and why would anyone who didn’t like our ways want to live here? I’ve got a great example: one of the best things you can say about a Texan is “his word is his bond.” It had better be, too! We don’t cotton to those who do not fulfill their obligations, or liars, thieves, and wife-beaters. Dear Charles and I buy things off Craig’s List all the time because WE know when the man delivers (and is paid for his time/gas, as negotiated) the merchandise will be exactly as described and HE knows that we will pay the full price upon delivery, in cash. One of the most charming things about our small towns is that everybody knows who can be trusted and whose son you shouldn’t let your daughter date!

    We love our Texas jokes. My favorite is, “You bought the lunch, I’ll buy the Cadillacs!” We love talkin’ Takes-us jest fur fun, but we aren’t a bunch of hicks and we’re mighty nice people. At least out in the country (and we’ve got a great deal of that) neighbors help each other. Story: young man came up to th’ door ‘while back, typical well-brought-up Texan youngster. He took off his summer straw hat politely, introduced himself, and said rather dubiously, “Ma’am, Ah found a li’l black cow runnin’ loose on the road. Funny lookin’ li’l thang with real’ short legs. She your’n?” I beamed at him, thanked him, and assured him that she was, indeed, ours–gave him the ear tag number because we only have one who jumps the cattle guard–and assured him that she is a fine specimen of her breed. He was inclined to think I was pulling his leg until I turned him so that he could see a whole herd of pint-sized, short-legged, coal black cows. He then offered to wait while our hired hand hitched up a trailer and take him over to th’ Bar P where he had penned K-K-K-Katy. Now THAT’s “neighborly.” He ensured the cow’s safety and then took his time and gas to come hunt the owners. No, of course I didn’t offer him money! He would have been HURT. Motty nice young man. I smiled brilliantly at him and thanked him most sincerely and asked him what he was runnin.’ Brangus. Didn’t tell him I think his over-sized, hump-backed cattle whut spooks easy ain’t to our taste; admired ’em for the quality of their beef and how fast they put it on.

    We’re working on a way to apply for citizenship in advance but haven’t gotten that far. If you have any specific questions, please ask, and I’ll do my best to get you an answer. Ah’m settin’ here tryin’ tuh figger out a way to void Homeowners’ Associations. Sure, they can vote to reestablish their covenants if they want to, fine with me, but a bunch of us are fed up with fines and bein’ told we can’t fly flags–ours OR yours. Where do those people get off telling a home owner who needs to do about a week’s work on a rental place that he can’t park his motor home in the driveway and stay in it?! Pete cain’t git th’ danged thang in the garage ’cause of th’ height.

    Thanks for writin.’ Why, it was downright “Texan” of you!

    Cordially, Linda

  5. Ron Holland says:

    Linda thanks for the kind words but I don’t raise goats, wasn’t in the French Foreign Legion, only the US army finance dept. “boring” and haven’t smoked in many years. To be clear, when I said we should forget the original causes of our honorable secession and the War Between the States or Lincoln’s War I meant as a reason for secession today as I feel the current tyranny and economic threats far exceed what the South was facing back in the 1860’s. Today’s injustices impact more Americans North and South than did the past reasons for the South’s secession and thus should highlight calls for withdrawal or independence.

  6. Thanks for the compliment of a comment, Ron. That’s just about what you said when the article appeared on W&G following yours. Please provide the title so interested Readers can…silly me! I’ll go look it up myself, because the chances are high that you don’t remember titles any more than I do. I wrote you a long reply, which disappeared. Fortunately, I sent it to Russ, too.

    Regards,

    Linda

  7. C. Session says:

    Who will be the first?

    Well for a little while it looked like Arizona would be the first considering that the U.S.Federal Government is waging war on them through the courts; denying Arizona the right to defend its borders from foreign invaders.

    But since John McCain – the old Fart Face who is a high-ranking EMPLOYEE of the Federal Leviathan on the Potomac – somehow managed to trounce J. D. Hayworth in the Arizona Senate RepubliCRAT primary – even with the help of the Arizona TEA PARTY MOVEMENT – I no longer think that Arizona will be the first!

    Unless that primary was rigged – which is always a possibility America – it looks as though there are just not enough freedom loving people in Arizona to rid their state of John McCain who on a good day is a bonafide globalist-minded phony, CFR-LOVING bone-head, anti-constitutionalist imp, PRO-Federalist fraud, fake, phony “conservative” political hack, suck-up-to-the-powers-that-be goon, and ALL TIME WORST PRESIDENTIAL in American history!

    Tell me it ain’t so Arizona. Tell me that I read the election returns wrong!

    If the Arizona primary is any indication of what will happen in November, then we may be in for a long winter folks.

    So now I think that Texas will be the first!

    I pray to God that Texas will be the first.

  8. Dear C. Session:

    I, too, am an admirer of Mr. McCain, and have wondered about the results of the Primary in Arizona. Perhaps it was merely politics as usual: name recognition, fund-raising, and voting across party lines. The last-named happens quite frequently because the Dems really don’t care which of their candidates make the finals but have great interest in nominating the weakest Republican.

    A splendid example was Washington State in the Nineties, when 7 Republicans were on the ballot for Governor. Ellen Craswell, a female whose voter-base was so extreme even I would be forced to admit that “fundamentalist Christian” in the sense the Left makes that charge was a fair description, had every vote she was ever going to get the day she announced her candidacy. The Democrats’ cross-over voting knocked out the superbly qualified best R candidate (and all the others) leading to years of Gary Locke, who was succeeded by the equally liberal Christine Gregoire. It was a 2:1 bloodbath for Locke.

    I knew all the candidates personally and well (that was during my “political” phase, and I was an elected public official, myself, during that decade), and there was much to criticize about Mrs. Craswell and more about her followers (Otherwise, Ellen was a nice enough old lady.) including that she had cancer and knew she was unlikely to live another four years, which she did not.

    I do not know enough about the circumstances in Arizona to diagnose how such a repudiation of apparent public sentiment came to be. Perhaps it was lack of faith from the electorate, or a feeling of “better the devil we know if/because he can defeat the (other) Democratic candidate.” Perhaps it was the Bob Dole rationale, “He’s senior and it is his turn.” Perhaps he waged a better campaign…and perhaps it had to do with rigged voting machines or counts. It could even be that Mr. McCain, who can be very affable and sensible one-on-one, spent enough time with the voters. He and I had very lengthy conversations during and in breaks of a very small meeting, and since my family had been involved with his mentor, Phil Gramm, since his first campaign…these things just happen to me.

    I’ll check http://www.hezekiahwyman.com and see if Bill commented on it.

    The basic thing to remember is that politics are NOT fair. Never have been, never will be.

    Regards,

    Linda Brady Traynham

    • C. Session says:

      Linda,

      I had not thought about the possibility of cross-over voters killing J.D. Haysorth’s chances so that a Demon-cat might win in November.

      That is entirely possible. We shall see what November brings though soon enough.

      It is not that I think that J.D. would have or could have changed DC. If I thought that then I wouldn’t be a regular visitor to DumpDc.

      In my opinion, the most we can hope for in November is to elect enough people with an (R) next to their name to essentially stall for time.

      Time for what?

      Well, hopefully, time for Texas, or some other state of groups of states to secede. Dc is a quagmire of hopelessly lost and corrupted crooks and con-artists, and, it seems that anyone we send there is almost instantaneously corrupted.

      Finally, I think the guys down at New World HQ threw the election for Ole’ Johnny because he did them a favor by running the worst campagn in recorded history – even worse than Bob Dole’s if that is possible.

      So Ole’ Senior Juan will be a Senator of Arizona for life jsut like his idol Uncle Ted. In the end Arizona and America lose.

      Thanks for getting back to me.

      I love your writing.

      Who will be ther first as Russell often asks?

      Texas will be the first. I pray to God that Texas will be the first.

      C. Session

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