To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, August 19, 2022


Meaningless Cliches


Name three characters that live only in fairy tales: Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Unfortunately, only the first two did no harm in their Neverland world. Not so with Goofy Greg.

His own Texas Department of Health – an oxymoron if there ever was one – reported this week that fully 93% of the thousands upon thousands of his fellow residents of Baja Oklahoma who have died from COVID-19 did so needlessly because they refused to get vaccinated.

Of course Goofy did take the shots [privately and quietly] while throwing up every barrier and excuse for his constituents not to, which proved to be especially effective among the poor and minorities.

As sad as that horrible nightmare is, let me add one more: By a wide margin mostly white Republicans, from farms to suburbs to city dwellers, are likely to re-elect this mass murderer after they pray about it in their evangelical church settings.

Buzz words such as Freedom, Patriot, God-Fearing, when wrapped in meaningless cliches, are just that … meaningless.

And today is Veterans Day when we honor all those who died guaranteeing our democracy. They are the real God-Fearing, Freedom-Loving Patriots, not the sunshine soldiers like Goofy Greg who, although a lawyer, spent most of his 12 years as the state’s attorney general defending, and then losing on unconstitutional grounds, cases related to the Ten Commandments, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act and, as governor, the so called fetal heartbeat law now being litigated in the United States Supreme Court.

Of course that idiotic proposal, written by men but obviously impacting only women, declares that after a heartbeat is discovered at the six-week moment after conception, an abortion is no longer allowed. One minor problem. Very rarely is a heartbeat even heard at such an early stage of pregnancy but, hey, this is Texas where men are men and women are chattel.

For you Trump supporters who might have someone reading this to you, chattel means an item of property, other than real estate, which is how Goofy Greg and his lawmaking layabouts view their womenfolk.

And sadly, many of the “little women” of Texas will join in next year and return Goofy and The Goofs to office.

Surely we Okies won’t do the same thing by returning Clueless Kevin to the Governor’s Mansion for another four years. Even before he was even elected, remember, he promised to sign any anti-abortion bill sent to him.

We won’t do that will we Shirley? Surely not.

Just because Texans plan to re-elect their dummy doesn’t mean we have to re-elect ours, does it?

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.