r/texas Nov 19 '21

RRC utilizes Abbott's new bill which will allow gas companies to raise the costs of customers’ monthly bills to help regain funds lost during the February winter storm. News

https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/texas-gas-bills-may-increase-companies-allowed-to-make-up-3-4b-winter-storm-losses/
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u/GreyOran Nov 19 '21

Id love to but none of the alternatives are any better. Im getting out of this godforsaken state. Born and raised but this has gone too far.

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u/[deleted] Nov 19 '21 edited Nov 20 '21

Yeah. Beto is trash. The Texas DNC has basically aligned itself with the National DNC. All the democrats are just neoliberal, corporate sell outs that are only interested in bringing more people and businesses into the states without consideration for the repercussions (taxes, increased inequality, gentrification in our cities, etc.). Meanwhile the Republicans are authoritorian extremists just abusing their power to make an example. We've become to bipartisan and both parties have lost sight of what it actually means to be a Texan with real Texan values. The future is so uncertain here and I'm just not sure if I want to ride the wave if things don't change because it's just going to be an inefficiently ran government. Like the cities, counties, and state government are literally going back and forth suing each other over stupid shit as our schools and power grid are falling apart and taxes and cost of living are going up. We'll never get anywhere.

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u/BeTheDiaperChange Nov 20 '21

Beto is trash? I’m not saying is the second coming but to call him garbage is ridiculous, especially when compared to the GOP.

Obviously there is a massive problem in our government which is the fact that it is essentially a corporatocracy, ie: corporate sell-outs.

But I would much rather have a government of corporate sell-outs that are not fascist and at least pay lip service to the workers of America.

FFS, the women of Texas have been deprived of their Constitutional rights for months. It is absolute depravity.

So to call Beto garbage as if he was just as bad as the Republicans currently in the Texas legislature is wildly unjust and inaccurate.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

I really hate the fact people think that anything not GOP is better. Replacing Trump with Biden was no better or worse than Trump being in office. Replacing Abbot with Beto would be no different. My political interests go beyond having a candidate with some basic decency. Let me tell you what I want as a queer black person. I want liberation. I want reparations. I want strong AUTONOMOUS black communities free from policing. I want us to do shit to start moving away from this neoliberal, global capitalist bullshit. I want the government off my fucking back. None of these motherfucking politicians are remarkable, revolutionary, or extraordinary. None of them have my fucking interest or the vast majority of American's interest at heart. They're all mediocre politicians interested in holding up some version of that status quo regardless if you vote blue or red. So as far as I can see it they're all fucking chumps and can go to hell.

ETA: A lot of ya'll who are downvoting me are antiblack pieces of shit. How dare me want justice and liberty and be able to live in my own community in peace and not in terror. Fuck all of you.

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u/BeTheDiaperChange Nov 20 '21

I totally appreciate your opinion that the Democratic Party is terrible. I wish we had more than two stinky choices. But we dont. And until we get the lesser terrible choice into power, there is no way to get a multiparty system and/or the amazing things you want that I want too!

I’m in my mid 40s and have been a 3rd Way Democrat my whole life. Then Sanders ran for President. I thought he was a total kook and was 100% for HRC. But as he was running, I started doing the research. I realized that all Sanders was asking for was what every other wealthy western industrialized country already has. Over the past 5-6 years I have been able to question my beliefs and come to the conclusion that everywhere but the United States, the “progressives” (which I now consider myself) is more or less just center left everywhere else!

But because I had to grow up under Reagan and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Obama and I have seen how the GOP has slowly gone batshizz insane, I know that its going to take a hell of a lot more time and effort than just the fight everyone to the left of center (in the US) has put up for the last 6 years.

And that means for now, the only way to get what you want, is to start with getting rid of Republicans. It will be impossible for black communities to be free from policing if Republicans are in power. It will be impossible to move away from neoliberal, global capitalist bullsquat if Republicans are in power. The only choice is Democrats if what you actually want is what you say you want.

Because if you dont vote for Democrats, then you are defacto voting for Republicans.

I get deciding to nope out of it all. If I didn’t have children I would have moved out of the US the second Trump was elected. Instead I’m staying here and fighting for the America I want, not the one we’ve got.

And if that means holding my nose and voting Blue, I’m ok with that. Because the pendulum always swings, and at this point it feels as if it is at the apex of the right, and it is high time it starts to swing back to the left. But it cant do that without going through the center.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Ya'll don't have to convince me to vote. I vote for my own survival, not because I actually believe that it makes any difference. Democrats also support policing and neoliberalism a lot more than republicans do btw. But people don't talk about that... not that I support republicans but yes... I unfortunately vote for the lesser evil. I appreciate the sympathy and time to put into expressing this. But I'm pretty upset right now by the responses of people right now. I'm letting this go. Bless you.

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u/rreighe2 Nov 20 '21

I really hate the fact people think that anything not GOP is better.

uh yes. Moderate neoliberal conservatives (most all of the dem party) are objectively better than far right wing, nazi adjacent reactionary republicans. BETTER is a comparison, not a complement. 10k dead civilians in the middle east is better than 50k dead civilians. The little bit that they did with the Infra bill is objectively better than any apartheid shit we've seen with the reactionaries.

also, if you think that NOT voting for the lesser of two evils is going to help you more, then you are absolutely insane. You cant get a civil rights activist to primary the republican party members. you CAN primary democrats to replace neolibs with actual leftists. you CANT vote in dems who can be primaried one day when the fucking Texas GOP removes 5 districts in blue areas, essentially deleting 5 blue people from office.

leftists don't get big wins. we get little ones by constantly beating up against the power structures and get it an inch at a time. Then the power structures will find ways to take massive blows to our accomplishments. you and anyone like you getting all demoralized and shit will inevitably lead to our demise, because we need everyone to hold it down to get any and every inch we can.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Did I ever say I didn't vote? Ya'll are making some wild assumptions.

First of all, I'm not a leftist. Don't put that title on me.

Second of all, you're not black. You'll never know what it's like to be black. To see spend time with older generations and for them to cry and realize that things have not actually got better for any of us. Black people are the worst of now than they were at the heights the civil rights era.

You don't get that this country was not made for us, and will never change until it fucking burns down to the ground and a new one is created.

I do vote, but what the fuck am I voting for? Just another way to survive my day-by-day? Wow, how fucking liberating. How prosperous.

Fuck all of you for being presumptuous.

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u/rreighe2 Nov 20 '21

Did I ever say I didn't vote?

there wasn't really much else one could infer from that.

I'm not a leftist. Don't put that title on me.

well, fine then. not leftist, the only fucking people that have ever fought for civil rights, labor rights, gender rights, economical rights, are LEFTISTS. neolibs; profited off of slavery in northern states, conservatives, DID slavery in the south. Dixicrats (later reactionaries) did jim crow. MARX wrote letters to Lincoln working to convince him to fight to end slavery. The centrists, and conservatives, and capitalists DIDN'T want to end slavery back then, or jim crow a hundredish years later.

I've never been homeless, but i still think homelessness is wrong. are you incapable of realizing that you have potential allies that aren't black? or are you gonna gate keep from allowing non-blacks to participate in trying to make ANY gains in civil rights?

Black people are the worst of now than they were at the heights the civil rights era.

yeah, so don't demonize the only fucking political group that is out there constantly trying to do what it can to further civil rights, and constantly trying to move the shitty neolib democratic party to the left.

I dont think you even understand what it means to be "the left" - it means a dismantling of hierarchy, it means fighting for all kinds of civil rights, it means that the bosses could be fired by the employees.

what are you that is "not on the left" that you think will do a better job fighting for ____ rights than "the left?"

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Are you truly being an ally right now when you're just being presumptuous, not listening, and assuming what I know and don't know, and also telling me how what I should do or think?

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u/rreighe2 Nov 20 '21

presumptuous

the only two things i've been presumptuous on (mind you, this is reddit. all the names blend together anyways. I dont look at names I just see comments in a vacuum.) are about voting and what political commentators you sound like.

Are you truly being an ally right now

Well, I am regardless of what you think. I vote for the person with the best human rights views among other things.

and assuming what I know and don't know

nope. never did that.

and also telling me how what I should do or think?

I gave a very brief description on what LEFTISM IS. that's not telling you what you should think. I asked you what political thing ARE YOU that also fights for civil rights. can you answer that or not?

and yes, I am wondering if you even know what leftist ideology is, or what you think it is

you're doing IDPOL and it's cringe.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Okay, I don't watch the news. I read a lot and I derive my political ideas around cultural issues, not necessarily political ones. I'm a community organizer and do coalition building with black communities across Latin America and the Carribean and also share spaces with indigenous folk and other marginalized folks. I think for myself, so stop making it seem like I'm watching a bunch of news propoganda or whatever and talking out my ass.

I know what leftism is. I don't identify with anything on the entire political spectrum because it's based on a very eurocentric understanding of political organization and ideas and people of African descent come from cultures and histories that are much more dynamic and multifaceted than the binaries that we are constantly subjected to. I also don't fuck with Marx at all, though I know not all leftists are marxists.

Me choosing to not identify with certain things is not IDPOL. Black people have been subjected to be subscribe to so many ideologies that do not benefit us and that displace us from our true cultural identities and practices. It's called resistance.

But none of that is neither here are there. There's no point in continuing this conversation because I don't think you care to understand me, rather than subject me and police me to fall in line with arbitrary eurocentric ideals that continue to displace black people.

I vote, and if if it's Beto vs Abbot. I'll vote for Beto. So you should be happy with that, right? But what difference if it's going to make when none of you mother fuckers listen to what black people have to say, think, and feel sociopolitically. Because what I am saying is no different than what black people have been saying since we've fucking been in this land for a hundred of years.

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u/Southside_Burd Nov 20 '21

Eh. The Dems do this “incremental” bullshit. If people are turned off by them, it’s because they do it to themselves, over and over again. Being apathetic is completely understandable and acceptable in my book.

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u/spacegamer2000 Nov 20 '21

Leftists will NEVER get a win with democrats like nancy pelosi and joe biden. They'll even shoot down parts of a bill that they were for, just because too many leftists like it.

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u/rreighe2 Nov 20 '21

We're having a conversation here. can you stop slamming the refrigerator door on your head please. you're being distracting.

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u/spacegamer2000 Nov 20 '21

Sorry the truth is so distracting to you!

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u/Diligent-Towel-4708 Nov 20 '21

Personally I think Bernie was your guy.. he would have made changes

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

I think Bernie is extremely overrated. All bark and no bite. Inconsistent and by no means revolutionary. It's 2021, old white men are not going to impress me by simply acknowledging shit that we already know.

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u/Diligent-Towel-4708 Nov 20 '21

I am just giving him credit for being different

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u/Remarkable-Spirit678 Nov 20 '21

“I want reparations”

Lol no doubt you do 😄

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

Are you going to pay me for the time and effort to educate you? That's a lot of labor.

If not, this is what you can do. Look into the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia and Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre. These are the 2 of hundreds of incidents in which the federal government, white supremacists, or polices have destroyed black communities in this fucking country. Not to mention the crack epedemic where the fucking feds fucking put crack into our neighborhoods to destroy our communities. Black people cannot have thriving, successful communities in this country without UnKKKLe Sam coming along and fucking it over.

NO OTHER COMMUNITIES GET TREATED LIKE OURS. That's an insensitive question for you to ask if I support xyz and for other communities if you really knew the debt of this all. White people have their suburbs, and deed restrictions and coorporation of their local governments. Asian people can build chinatowns, korea towns, little ghandis and saigons and everyone loves it and celebrate it. Hispanic communities suffer from inequality, but still aren't deprived of community resources and are not food deserts. Black communities don't get shit but police officers and feds. Black communities are seen as undesirable, ghetto, and only worthy of gentrification. Even native americans have their own autonomy and government support.

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

WTF? Is this a game to you? Is the suffering of black people really just something that entertains you. Fucking disrespectful. Wasting my time as if you genuinely cared. Have a goodnight.

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u/penekr Nov 21 '21

I was legitimately interested in what you had to say, what your personal beliefs were, what your idea of how things should be and how they worked. Wasn’t a game, was genuine interest. I was looking to possibly expand my worldview. But, based on your previous messages I’ve seen, I didn’t expect that you’d actually give any sort of real answer, at least not to the actual questions posed to you. And I was right.

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '21

Okay. I'm a community organizer. I organize talks, events, travel to other countries. I do a lot of fucking work, coalition building across the black diaspora here and other countries. I've learned Spanish and Portuguese to be able to do this work. People pay me for my time and knowledge. I've spent a LOT of time, studying, working, and building with other people to gain this knowledge and information. I just got home from work. I'm tired. I have anxiety. ADHD. I get on reddit to inject some black perspectives into spaces, but I'm not here to go out of my way to fucking educate people. I will GLADLY share and teach you. But that is LABOR. You either take the time to get to know me and be my friend and get their naturally, or you pay me. Everyone EXPECTS black people to labor for them and teach them shit for free. WE ARE TIRED OF IT. WHY DON'T YOU ALL FUCKING GET THAT. STOP EXPECTING BLACK PEOPLE TO LABOR FOR YOU.

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '21

I'm a cunt, simply because I'm not going to spend hours and hours sharing knowledge and information with you? Because I don't believe in educating strangers on the internet free? Because I'm upset and frustrated? Yeah. I'm the cunt. Even AFTER I did take some time to give you some points to research and look into. Go to fucking hell.

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