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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just a coincidence?

Maybe it's just a coincidence, an unfortunate choice that sends the wrong message. I'm referring to some of the images and rhetoric coming form the Texas Nationalist movement. Take the map below for example. Is it just by chance that the rest of the United States is depicted as black? Hmmm.

The Texas Nationalist website has some equally questionable rhetoric. In the closing of their  "What we believe" section they state their reason for secession is...

 "... to be an independent light in a world that is being plunged into darkness."

Maybe I'm reading too much into these choices. Would any rational person believe there is an undercurrent of racism behind a movement to secede from the union following the re-election of a black president?

In the novels of the Class H Trilogy, a third party called the Nationalists emerges as a force in U.S. politics. Eerily, the Nationalist Party of Texas exhibits many of the same tendencies. I hope the similarities end there. If not, the nation may be facing a disturbing future.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez


Carl Tropea said...

Perhaps you might be reading too much into it(although I think not) but at the very least they, and other groups, tend to portray anyone with opposing economic, religious,political, or moral views as un-American and un-patriotic. There is great danger in their desire to eliminate opposing views. Do they really want a one-party system? Their response to their candidate losing is to want to form their own country, which tells me they have no faith or belief in both the two (or more) party system or the Constitutional system of checks and balance among the three branched of government. Therefore, one can only assume they want a tyrannical oligarchy that espouse one viewpoint only. That concept, is both un-democratic and un-American. They cloak themselves in flags while they bespeak treason to all the ideals this country has tried to stand for. They should rename themselves " The American Taliban". Thankfully, Obama's re-election proved that the majority embraces not only diversity of thought but of race and gender ad well. I am hopeful that we shall see democracy right here on the USA one day! Yet it is a long slog through the mud of history to achieve social progress..

Raul Ramos y Sanchez said...

How ironic that some people who like to brand themselves as "patriots" are ready to abandon the union when it no longer suits them. As William Samuel Johnson said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels."