Lighten Up, People!

by Russell D. Longcore

I ran an April Fools’ Day prank press release on April Fools Day. I must take this opportunity to thank all those that sent some sort of comment about the prank. It was great fun. I sent the article to Daniel Miller, El Presidente of the Texas Nationalist Movement, two days before we published it so he could see our prank. Daniel, possessed of a rapier wit and a dark delicious sense of humor, loved it and posted it on April Fools’ Day at the TNM website.

But other thoughts come to mind as it relates to some sourpusses who commented…

For Christ’s Sake, people…lighten up! The essence of an April Fools’ Day prank is to do something or say something that is entirely believable, and then when the recipient believes it, you inform him that it’s all been a joke.

I had a few (less than five) who sent elaborate emails, castigating me sorely for having the temerity to joke about such a serious and solemn subject as Texas Independence. It was almost as if they were trying to convince me how big a patriot they were by pointing out my effrontery and their outrage. They told of how hard they had worked for Texas Independence, how many years they had carried the flag, and how sacred their commitment to Texas was.

One ol’ Boy going by the faux-badguy handle “General Quantrill” even suggested that it was now time to “water the roots of the Republic of Texas’ tree of liberty,” an allusion to Thomas Jefferson’s quote that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” General…take a chill pill and go lie down.

I wonder if any of the sourpusses who wrote to me were in attendance on the Capitol steps in Austin on March 5th. I’d make bet they were not.

And let’s talk about obvious political satire. If you really stopped and read the prank press release, you’d have noticed that all the players, from Rick Perry on down, were the very guys who have sofar thwarted Texas Independence. And then, you’d have noticed that they entire Legislature had embraced this Secession bill, further “dissing” the cowards in Austin who would not even sponsor the TNM bill for the referendum.

So now, I’m starting to think that I may have overplayed my hand. After all, what credulous, drooling idiot would believe that these bought-and-paid-for politicians would do the right thing as a pre-emptive measure to save Texas? To do anything else would require leadership, and leadership on liberty is nowhere to be found in Austin…unless Daniel Miller and Cary Wise are in town. These Austin whores won’t make a positive move for Texas until there is no other choice. And even then, the motives and actions of those in the State house will be a flip of the coin.

One of the best ways to demoralize tyrants and strip them of their power is to laugh at them and make them the objects of derision. They hate that. But think about the prank press release. Imagine the shock and horror the politicians would feel if any of them read this prank press release with their names in it? Giggles all around…

Even those in the Texas Independence struggle must find the humor in the daily lives of the human beings we are and those that surround us. To do any less creates a morose and dull life, a trudge to the inevitable grave. People will think you’re a Baptist.

See? there I go again.

So, dear readers, I will leave you with an old rhyme from my state of birth, Michigan: Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

2 Responses to Lighten Up, People!

  1. Vic Populi says:

    The worst thing that could be said of your prank is that it was a disorientating tease. It more than made up for it with cleverness and originality.

    For those freedom-lovers who object to the “press release” . . . why don’t you redouble your efforts so that we may all someday see the day when such a press release is genuine?

  2. SOB says:

    People who cannot take a joke are like hippies without dope: pointless.

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