The Establishment is Scared

by Greg Stuessel

Here in the Lone Star State, it has been almost 3 months since the Texas Special Session came to an end. Many Texans, who steadfastly believe in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution, fought a long hard battle for states’ rights by trying to get SB 29 (HB 41) passed. As the bill(s) made its way through the Texas House and Senate, it came to be known in the media as the “Anti-TSA Bill” or the “TSA Anti-Groping Bill”. Although many worked very hard to get this bill passed it was ultimately defeated. Despite the bills defeat there are several good things that came from it.

First, the anti-groping bill captured much of the state of Texas’ and indeed the nation’s attention as a “showdown” between the Federal and State Government. It set the stage for conversations to take place of where exactly do the bounds of the states’ powers end and those of the federal government’s begin? These conversations had not been in the public domain for quite a while and it was high time that this issue be re-visited upon the public consciousness.

Secondly, this bill scared the establishment and powerful forces were brought to bear to stop its passage. These forces came not only from outside the borders of Texas but, tragically from the inside as well. The bill’s author, Rep. David Simpson of Texas District 7, was a guest speaker at the We Texans monthly dinner and discussion. Rep. Simpson discussed with the group about the bill’s inception and path through the legislature. He also explained about the concerted effort between all three branches of the Texas Government to kill it. These being:


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Even though it dealt with the rather non-controversial issue of congressional pay, the last amendment to the Constitution (#27) took almost 203 years to be ratified. By contrast, our next to last amendment was passed and ratified in less than four months in 1971 but dealt with an issue that is controversial — extending the vote to kids.

But one must appreciate the times in which Amendment 26 came about: It was the Vietnam War era, when 18-year-old kids were getting drafted and thrown into battle. Anyone serving his country like that deserves the vote, whatever his age.

However, in our culture of extended childhood, 18-year-olds are usually still children. Also, 18-year-olds are ignorant; that’s why they’re still in school. Some of them, the goths, haven’t even shed their fascination with vampires. So rather than enfranchising them all, a better solution would have been to extend the vote only to those kids serving in the military, and let the rest wait until they’re 21.

At the other end of the age spectrum are seniors. And, like 18-year-olds, many seniors aren’t too swift either, having a much higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia, etc. than the rest of us. But none of that keeps them from voting, which they do in droves. Which is why so much of the federal budget goes to them.

To be eligible to vote, seniors should take a test to prove they’re still competent, just as they do to prove they can still drive safely. Indeed, those past the average age of death shouldn’t even be allowed to vote. Allowing folks who are soon to check out of this world to vote on how this world is going to be run after they’re gone is daffy. It’s akin to having a thoroughly repudiated Congress legislate in a  “lame duck” session.