So this past week Meg and Leo celebrated a full year in Texas, and the POTUS delivered his traditional State of the Union address. Meg thought it would be a fun exercise to compare and contrast the President’s speech with her year, kind of like you had to do in AP High School English class! Shall we begin?
Meg thinks she has somewhat settled in after a year. And by somewhat, she still laments the lack of green trees and the Atlantic ocean, good pizza delivered on 10 minutes notice (with a side Greek salad, OK?) and crazy ass politics.
But wait, there *is* crazy ass politics down here!
Over the past year, Meg has sat back and observed the social strata quite a bit. She has managed to create opportunities in many ways, meeting fellow dog lovers through walking and trips to the dog park, joining yoga and pilates classes, working on an art journal with creative and crafty people, and belonging to a book club and a civic organization. She is even hosting a giant party for the HOA (Home Owners Association) and opening her house for all newcomers to her neighborhood. It’s a sense of accomplishment and relief she has met kindred spirits and formed lovely friendships.
But, one thing Meg cannot comprehend is the state of politics and religion. Meg is constantly untangling the delicate (or NOT SO DELICATE) fabric of these two subjects; two mighty topics that define the Lone Star State.
Let Meg share come personal thoughts, some from from herself and some from various nice folks she knows:
It is almost impossible to leave religion out of the classroom. Teachers post Bible quotes, and creationism is taught in the public school classrooms. (Meg knows this because she worked for a educational book publisher in Boston and had to review the Texas State guidelines for science). To boot, being gay is considered a mortal sin, and she has often overheard people saying “gays should be shipped to another state”. Uh-uh. PTO parents rail against homosexuality in their kids classroom, in front of children who aren’t even old enough to understand what the concept means. Second graders ask their other classmates “are you a Christian or a Devil“?
So let’s turn to politics. Meg is super annoyed because this keeps appearing in her Facebook sidebar:
The little symbol also contained a blurb shilling for a candidate, namely for the Justice of the Peace.
You see, Meg was trying to understand home come so many people here were running for Justice of the Peace, and why it is an elective office? So Facebook, stop assuming I like a candidate when I am only trying to figure out who these candidates are and can I even vote for them?
I’m sure you guys have all seen Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on TV reading “Green Eggs and Ham” during last year’s goverment shutdown. And yes, I am technically a constituent of his. So here’s the deal kids. If you calls Ted’s Texas office to register your support for the Affordable Care Act (the one he keeps trying to derail) you can get an actual person on the phone that will tell you:
The President of the United States of America based that program on ones that were similar to what Hitler proposed in Nazi Germany, and that is why Ted works so hard to squash it. And P.S. he NEVER shut down the government. Obama did it.
A few months ago Meg attended a festival, and there was a great booth set up to help people sort though their medical choices and enroll in a plan that would work for them. And you know what Meg heard? “You people should be ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES for selling Obama care”!
Meg could go on, but she is going to let her fake husband Jon Stewart do the rest of the talking this Friday.
Wish Meg luck as she continues to navigate the tightrope walk over the river of politics and religion. May she be graced with the ability of a Flying Wallenda.