Let me tell you a little story about a friend of mine who is a lifetime Texan. He served with my dad in the Air Force as a NCO during Korea (replaced propellers on B29 bombers). He had a short stint as some kind of intelligence officer during Vietnam. He retired to a small ranch southwest of Amarillo thatâ€™s been in his family for some untold decades. We talk on the phone every once in a while; he doesn’t own a “g__damn computer” and doesn’t have time for the “g__damn Internet.”
You see, old Thurman Kemp is a man who walks firmly and proudly in the rut of his ancestors. His â€œinternetâ€ is a white and red 1974 Ford pickup has a gun rack in the cab with two weapons: an old 12-gauge pump and a baseball bat. He takes the truck (and accessories) to the local watering hole for â€˜chat sessionsâ€™ that he says is better than that â€œg_damn CNN or any other of those fa__ot journalistsâ€ â€“ present company excluded. The bat says he is ready for anybody he doesn’t like that needs an â€œimpressionâ€; the shotgun is there to help emphasize any point that the bat fails to make.
He has brown hands that look like cracked mud and lines on his face like old leather. He still clings to the dream that history will eventually see that LBJ was one of this country’s best presidents. He is a bitter-minded, opinionated, foul-mouthed, beer swilling old fart that loves â€œoldâ€ country music (â€œnone of that g_ddamn sonovabitch fa__ot musicâ€ that the â€œyoung humpsâ€ listen to these days).
Now that you have a firm picture in your mind of this old Texanâ€™s outward character, you can appreciate what he has to say about Mr. Perry’s recent tirade about secession: “That g_oddamn stupid fa__ot sunovabitch is right off the book – made us [Texans] look like we’re nuttier than a sack of weasels. I don’t need that kind of f__king grief, I gotta tell you. Not one f__king g_ddamn bit. That f__king stupid treasonous sonovabitch fa__ot is f__king gone, Iâ€™ll tell you whut.”
Iâ€™m no Texan and I really donâ€™t know Rick Perry from a hole in the ground, but I get the point, tell you whut.