Our barber’s one unusual cat. Final time we acquired our hairs chopped, he swept up the trimmings and punctiliously positioned a couple of locks inside a stash of plastic baggage he labeled and hermetically sealed after inserting signed certificates of authenticity. Dude, what’s up with that, we requested. He shrugged.
In case you ever get well-known, he mentioned.
COVID lockdowns made him go cuckoo, we figured. Till we checked out an public sale website final weekend and located some yay-hoo had shelled out almost a grand for a couple of Richard Nixon strands. And greater than that for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s remaining touch-up remnants earlier than he handed. Perhaps our barber was onto one thing in any case.
You by no means know when yesterday’s castoff will all of a sudden develop into a invaluable commodity. Take the 48-star U.S. flag we dug out of the attic a pair days in the past. Oh, positive, individuals thought we had a few screws free after we saved it away after Alaska’s 1959 statehood grew to become official. Completely nugatory, they mentioned. It’ll by no means fly once more. Appears like we’re getting the final snort.
Now that Texas and Florida wish to secede.
Sure, the notion of the Un-tied States of America isn’t just a symptom of dyslexia. Now not content material to take their ball and go residence when issues don’t go their manner, a contingent of parents in each states—together with some pretty highly effective political pursuits — have mobilized for what would be the nation’s latest dance craze — the Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E Shuffle — sooner than you possibly can say hanging chad.
Or don’t mess with Texit.
Florida’s curiosity could also be solely regional in scope. Nonetheless, Victory Perception’s latest polling discovered 53% of the five hundred Southwest Florida Republicans surveyed are open to the state reconstituting itself as a brand new nation even when it means returning federal funding, forming their very own military for border safety, and having no forex of their very own.
In the meantime, Lone Star Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann has taken it a step additional, vowing to introduce the Texas Independence Referendum Act. By no means thoughts that Republicans final month retained their legislative majorities or that the state on Monday forged its 38 electoral votes for President Trump. The federal authorities, he contends, is uncontrolled and doesn’t characterize the values of Texans. His resolution? Crank up The Conflict, and put it to a vote.
Ought to we keep or ought to we go.
However within the high-stakes world of political Texas Maintain ’em, reasserting the impartial nation standing of 1836-45 is small potatoes in comparison with what Texas GOP chair Allen West has in thoughts. Contemporary off final Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court docket ruling that Texas lacked standing to problem how different states conduct their elections, he steered law-abiding states bond collectively and type a union that might abide by the structure.
In no way, he insists. It’s these rabble-rousing states like Michigan, he says — breaking election legal guidelines by means of unlawful and unconstitutional actions — which can be the actual perpetrators of secession. And when the D.C. justices violate the 14th Modification like they did final Friday — he is aware of that’s so as a result of he is aware of the Structure higher than they do — what else are law-abiding states to do?
Nonetheless feels like buh-bye to us.
However, actually, who’d wish to? Even when the Supreme Court docket hadn’t slammed shut the Splitsville Specific escape hatch 150 years in the past, Fleetwood Mac’s go your personal manner tango isn’t a lot enjoyable when Hurricane Main destroys the city and your begging for help is met with Simon and Garfunkel’s sounds of silence. And don’t hassle making an attempt to scrape up some money by promoting your hair.
You’re simply not that well-known.
Discuss Again with Doug Spade and Mike Clement is heard each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to midday Jap Time on WABJ, 1490 AM, Adrian, and on-line at www.dougspade.com and www.lenconnect.com.