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Remember back in 2003, when the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines said during a concert that she was ashamed the President of the United States was from Texas.

Her shame wasn't based on the fact that George W. Bush lied us into an unnecessary war or was squandering the federal budget surplus he inherited from President Clinton. She was ashamed of W because he was so damned dumb.

Unfortunately, the Dixie Chicks were blacklisted by radio stations across America after Natalie merely stated the obvious.  How could anyone dispute that W wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer?  Afterall, he's the guy who said:  "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

Who can forget when W asked Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso this brilliant question in 2001: "Do you have blacks, too?"

Let's face it, W was a late night comedian's best friend.  He had more flubs than Donald Trump has bad hairs on his head. But I guess lots of Americans (particularly the willfully ignorant who make up the GOP's base) are enamored with stupid.  They embrace it, celebrate it...but just don't want anybody calling them or their leaders up on it.

Although I live in Florida now, I'm originally from Texas.  Like the Dixie Chicks, I'm ashamed that W is from Texas. But really, it didn't begin or end with him. W is just one of the many in a long list of embarrassingly dumb politicians elected by my fellow Texans. Let's see, for starters there's Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, Rick Perry and the latest bird who flew over the cuckoo's nest en route to Washington -- Senator Ted Cruz.

For a minute, I was chuckling at the prospect of the GOP nominating Perry as its 2012 presidential candidate.  I see him as W, Jr.  But somehow the GOP wised up and kicked him to the curb after he exposed that he's probably too dumb to be President even by Republican standards.

Who can forget this disastrous, yet priceless and revealing moment at a Presidential Debate when Perry completely disqualified himself by saying: "I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the -- What's the third one there? Let's see… The third agency of government I would -- I would do away with Education, the -- Commerce and, let's see. I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."

He still hasn't figured out what the third agency is. But not to worry, Texans have sent someone to Washington who will make Perry and W seem like the children of Einstein: Senator Ted Cruz, known as the thinking man's tea partier.  Not quite a badge of distinction in my book.

He embellished his "I'm not smart" credentials even before winning election in November by reportedly saying he was "thankful" for Hurricane Isaac because it's caused VP Joe Biden to cancel a campaign swing through Florida. Blatantly insulting the LGBT community, Cruz served Chick-Fil-A sandwiches at his primary victory party.  As Mother Jones reported, Cruz and RWNJ Glenn Beck believe that a United Nations treaty, called Agenda 21, “will force Americans to live in ‘hobbit homes’ and forcibly relocate residents from rural areas into densely populated urban cores.”  Cruz believes Medicaid is unconstitutional, called Social Security a ponzi scheme and campaigned on how he helped the State of Texas kill an illegal alien.  Pure lunacy.

Other stupid things Cruz has said:

"When a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride that's a statement and it's not a statement I agree with."

“Sharia Law is an enormous problem.”

"I think President Obama is the most radical president this nation's ever seen."

“I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama (during their third debate).”

Reckless. Ridiculous. Just plain ignorant. But Sarah Palin was so impressed she endorsed him in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Hey, are we sure Sarah Palin isn't from Texas?  Even if she's not, if she moves there, she's more than dumb enough to win an election.  Texans seem to have a penchant for electing dumbbells. And so does my adopted state of Florida.  See Rick Scott.

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  •  Ready to Make Nice? (6+ / 0-)


    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: Right-to-Work/Right-to-Live(?)

    by JayRaye on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 09:40:08 AM PST

  •  There's Steve King, Walsh, Foxx, and Michele too (8+ / 0-)

    But Texas does have Louis Gohmert.

    You win.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:02:23 AM PST

  •  apparently Bush accidentally spoke the truth (3+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, JayRaye, Maverick80229

    in that first comment

  •  It's funny people worry about Sharia (3+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, JayRaye, afisher

    When they are going about it the exact same way; access to birth control, abortion, slut-shaming, gender profiling, hatred to those who are different.

    But, then again they do it for much different reasons so I guess it's OK since they aren't islamic

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:34:50 AM PST

  •  I had an epiphany about Texans in 1965, (5+ / 0-)

    when I was a sophomore in high school (Spring Woods H.S., out in the Spring Branch suburb of Houston). There was talk of school integration in the air and a fellow student I was talking with in the cafeteria one day said something to the effect that if they let african americans (which is SO not the term he actually used) eat in here, he would just go hungry from then on.

    I had up until then begun to think that racial attitudes were changing thanks to the influx of northerners into all parts of Houston with the huge expansion of the manned space program then occurring. I had made a number of new friends among kids of NASA by then and found myself much more in agreement with them on a number of issues than with native Texans and with members of my own family, who were Oklahomans mostly.

    Texas was at the time just beginning its total transformation from being what I thought of as a New Deal Democratic state into a Raw Deal Republican state. Circumstances dictated that I couldn't stick around and watch, and I guess that was a good thing. It appears that as far as the ruling class is concerned, Texas has become an Idiocracy.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:41:23 AM PST

  •  I recently heard an exchange on the radio.... (4+ / 0-)

    ...between a scientist attempting to explain evolution and a Texas state senator (I think) in a hearing about textbooks.

    Scientist:   If you take a culture of E.coli and freeze part of it then let the other part grow over many generations, when you compare the older culture with the original frozen one you will see that evolution has taken place.

    Senator:  So are you saying that the E. coli turned into a person?

    That right there tells you all you need to know.

  •  yeah, you got some dumb ones in Texas... (5+ / 0-)

    ...but every state has quite a few as you surely must have found out in your new place of residence.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:48:34 AM PST

  •  I just watched yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    Dixie Chicks Shut Up & Sing .

    The film follows the Dixie Chicks, an extremely successful all-woman Texas-based country music trio, over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London as part of their Top of the World Tour.

    The best part was when they returned to "The scene of the crime" and Natalie banged it right out of the ballpark .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 10:59:58 AM PST

  •  Big hat no cows ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Hey, are we sure Sarah Palin isn't from Texas?
    There is a bit , a tiny little bit , of texas in every state .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 11:02:40 AM PST

  •  "thinking man's tea partier" (2+ / 0-)
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    Kwik, JayRaye

    I'm thinking that's pretty much a  null set.

    Sorta like vegetarian meatloaf recipes.

     Or Republican values.

    Btw, we got some champion idiots here in Ohio too. Boenher to start with.

  •  "Hobbit holes?" I must have missed that one (2+ / 0-)
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    Kwik, JayRaye

    I'm well aware of Cruz's belief that the UN and George Soros are conspiring to steal all our golf courses, but I didn't know of he belief that they're also plotting to force us into this Tolkienesque fantasy land of living in holes in the ground, stuffing our faces and getting baked on Longbottom Leaf.

    Anyone else noticed how much the man looks like Joe McCarthy too? All he needs is the stubble and the perpetual reek of whisky and he'd be a frigging doppleganger.

  •  A lot of those Ted Cruz quotes are more hateful (2+ / 0-)
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    afisher, JayRaye

    and bigoted than stupid.  (Not that they can't be both.)
    Cruz probably isn't dumb.  He may be playing dumb to please his base, or perhaps so his opponents underestimate him.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 11:33:45 AM PST

  •  Texas and Tea Party (2+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, JayRaye

      Perhaps the one thing that I see, as I live in TX, is that these folks take to the airways and are loud and brash.  They go to extraordinary lengths to lash out against anyone who has a difference of opinion.  
        It isn't that they are correct - they are just loud.  

         One of the best things that happened during the 2012 cycle was Perry's wannabe run - as paper's across the state published his many mistakes.

          The legislator's in Austin:   The number of House Bills submitted for 2013 is 984 and this is from a  "part-time" legislative group.    Trying to keep track on them is a logistical nightmare.  
          I'd bet a nickel that most people haven't a clue about what the State legislation passes, until after they feel the impact.   If one is looking for transparency in TX - bring a microscope.

           Yes, it does wear one down, but I keep hoping for good D candidates.

  •  Plenty of dumbest politicians from... (1+ / 0-)
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    other states in the union...

    Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by number six on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 02:49:21 PM PST

  •  They are not dumb . . . (1+ / 0-)
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       They control the 2nd most populous state and, frankly, have done it easily. When are Democrats, particularly the national Democratic party going to lift a finger? They see Texas as just a place to raise money.

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