Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waco II

They've got Louie Gohmert, but we've got Steve King. Still, it was Louie Gohmert who laid out the plain truth: "We've got some people who think Shariah law oughta' be the law of the land, forget the Constitution," he said while defending his good Christian people. "But the guns are there," he said, "the Second Amendment is there, to make sure all of the rest of the amendments are followed."

Just in case you're wondering, that is.

And those guns are there not just there to defend the constitution either. You never know what's going to happen, even when you got to take a leak sometime, you know? I mean, a guy goes to the can, and some dang fool comes along and makes some kind of crack--who knows what about?--when he's standing there minding his business. Well, what's a guy do, right? I mean, what you really got if you've got no respect?

Or so it went in Waco last week. It all started in the men's can over some provocation between a couple of biker thugs who had enough of each other. Fists became knives, knives became heat, and soon enough all-out war erupted, not a supporter of Shariah law anywhere close. 

You wonder why all that shooting went down at Waco because guys like Gohmert know dang well that we face more dangerous enemies than beefy guys on Harleys decked out in leather vests. After all, not a month ago, Texans were keeping their guns close because the U.S. Army was coming to take over the whole region and turn it into an Islamic State because the whole country's falling flat on its face anyway with a honest-to-God Muslim running things, a man who has surrounded himself with Muslim Brotherhood. 

You didn't know? Tune in.

The U. S. Army is coming to the Lone Star to grab Texas's guns because Obama knows that Texans hate him--and they do. Jade Helm, Obama calls this military thing, this lie; and the feds got the gall to send down military people, liars all, to try to tell God-fearing people that all them military are here just for some kind of games thing. Sure.  And I got a bridge. . .

But Louie Gohmert knows the truth, and so did the Governor himself who ordered the Texas guard to keep watch over the U.S. Army and take corrective measures if they started into confiscating the guns of good people. That sort of thing. 

But we were talking about Waco, and the big parley at Twin Peaks, where some of Texas's finest gun-toters hang out and drink beer served up by good-looking women wearing hardly any clothes, as in "twin peaks." Sweet, huh? What could be more American? 

That whole battle-thing started in a bathroom, got swept outside, and ended in gun fight between three or four or five different gangs--bikers and finally lawmen too, in a battle for turf which was just another range war, a gun battle that made OK Corral look like a pre-school. It was the Texas Rangers kind of thing in a strip mall. Nine dead. The wild, wild west. Like TV. I'n't that something?

Nine dead and 180 arrested. Old George W used to say it--"Don't mess with Texas."

Phillipp Meyer's The Son is a terrific book, but if the story it tells is the whole of a region's heritage, then Texas is as scary as last weekend's bloody biker brawl at in a city that will, for years, be remembered for Branch Davidians self-martyring and murdering their children by refusing to leave a burning building. Now, with the battle of Twin Peaks, there's just more to tell, yet another museum display a couple of decades hence.

The Bullock is not a museum to be missed. If you're ever in Austin, stop. It's a great museum, in part because Texas has such an incredible story to tell: the Comanches, the Alamo, slavery, cattle, oil, and a statehouse full of Louie Gohmerts. Dallas is classic television. Who killed J. R.? Texas has stories. Twin Peaks is just another.

Once upon a time I knew a man who was constantly in trouble for this, that, or the other thing. Wiry, strong, and opinionated to a fault, he made a practice of sticking sharp sticks in the eyes of those he didn't like. Once upon a time, he wired a consistory room because he wanted to hear what the church elders were saying about him. I'm not making this up. 

That man told me, years ago, smilingly, that he thought most people lived really boring lives. He was probably right.

Not him.

And not Texas.

Jade Helm? Shit, real Texans know what's going down. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Heck. All I wanted to do was buy some 22 long rifle bullets, I ran out! i got a skunk in my barn that picked the wrong spot to make a home and a nest. They often are rabid and I got grand kids running around this farm.

No 22 shells available... the word from the store clerk was...Obama bought em' all up... he does not like guns. I have been shooting guns for 55 years or more and never thought I would live to see the day...

True story.