The following refers to a New York Times article last week about Michael Morton who was found to be innocent after serving 25 years in prison in Texas. The prosecutor (now a state judge) used egregious methods (withholding evidence, general misrepresentation of statements by witnesses) to get Morton convicted.
G.W. Bush frequently used that phrase (while wearing his signature moronic smirk). Not all Texans are in this mindset of right-wing ignoramuses.
To Bush & Co., “Don’t mess with Texas” means:1. A consciousness of non-accountability for acts of white-supremacy, including executing and imprisoning of innocent people of color – with Texas as its shining representative.
2. An implication of violent retribution for criticism of the bigotry and greed routinely manifested in a corrupt criminal justice system – with Texas as its shining representative.
3. A cultural value equating scapegoating of and theft from the disadvantaged as a God-given right – with Texas as its shining representative.
4. An absence of compassion combined with an intrinsic arrogance that is tantamount to soullessness – with Texas as it’s shining representative.
5. A celebration of living in willful ignorance – with Texas as its shining representative.
6. A representing of the cowardice of bullying the weak as cowboy bravery – with Texas as its shining representative.
What happened to Michael Morton is shocking. It is absolutely no surprise.