September 18, 2003
Are you now or have you ever been?

Hey, guess what? If you support MoveOn, you're a commie!

Snark fails me. No wonder Molly Ivins has never run out of material.

UPDATE: The R&D section of the Quorum Report has a nice free article by Edd Sills that takes the loonies at TexCAN to task. Check it out.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 18, 2003 to Show Business for Ugly People | TrackBack
Comments

It's amazing. Not only do they make a very serious claim, but they don't back it up with any information. It's simply on TCAN's authority.

Fascists.

Posted by: JimTXDem on September 18, 2003 4:52 PM

I wonder if they realize that in the great state of Texas the word communist has its own special meaning as defined by the government code:

SUBCHAPTER C. COMMUNISM
557.021. Definitions
In this subchapter:
(1) "Communist" means a person who commits an act reasonably calculated to further the overthrow of the government:
(A) by force or violence; or
(B) by unlawful or unconstitutional means and replace it with a communist government.

....

(3) "Government" means the government of this state or any of its political subdivisions.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

I like the recursive definition in 1(B), what is a communist goverment in this context, one that seeks to overthrow itself by violence or illegally?


And that a communist party is effectively illegal:

557.022. Restrictions
(a) The name of a communist may not be printed on the ballot for any primary or general election in this state or a political subdivision of this state.
(b) A person may not hold a nonelected office or position with the state or any political subdivision of the state if:
(1) any of the compensation for the office or position comes from public funds of this state or a political subdivision of this state; and
(2) the employer or superior of the person has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is a communist.
[note this only requires reasonable suspicion]
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Note the dates of the legislation (though it could be the recodification of earlier provisions)


Posted by: Kyle on September 18, 2003 6:08 PM

Anybody remember the words to "The Internationale?"

Posted by: Linkmeister on September 19, 2003 4:18 PM

Speaking as one conservative Texan, I disapprove of and regret this kind of nonsense by TCAN for reasons I've stated at more length in a comment on the parallel thread to this one over on the Burnt Orange Report.

Posted by: Beldar on September 20, 2003 7:08 AM