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In the news last week was the platform that the Texas GOP has offered up. It is basically a reversion back many decades. The tone and substance of this document is shocking and abhorrent.

I would advise anyone that is a minority or a woman to avoid Texas. A very clear message has been sent to let us know what Texas thinks about these groups. If the Texas GOP has their way, women and minorities will become 3rd class citizens. I would not trust law enforcement to be fair and certianly not the judicial system.

I will not venture into Texas in the near future. I lived there for 3+ years. I know that there are good people in Texas.. I know a few of them... but bigotry and hate are taking over the Great State of Texas.

I say these things not because I "hate Texas", but because I do not think it is safe for myself and other Nomads to enter Texas at this time. I would not feel safe from being hassled and I am as white as they get ... my friends with alternate lifestyles or my friends of color.. Texas is a dangerous place for you to be.. I cut off my ponytail for two reasons, it uses too much water, and more importantly I did not want to be judged because of it, especially in Texas.

I did not write this to get into an argument, but to let those that do not follow the news to know the lay of the land in places they may travel.
 

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I LOVE TEXAS and I call BS.. It would be best if the warning went out to avoid most major cites controled by dems. Get real high crime, legal drug use, legal theft, tent cities and neighborhoods you dare not drive in where police don't go.

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I thought the rules stated No Political Discussions.

That was one of the things that made me want to come to this forum.
Is that rule still intact, or has it been abandoned?
Just want to know because I make a point of always avoiding political discussions. and forums on which there are political discussions.
 

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d if I asked you if it sounded political, what would your answer be?


I would say that wehave a diverse group here, including those being targeted by The Texas GOP, and they should take extreme care if they are visiting Texas. Many Nomads intentionally avoid the news, and may not have heard this.

This fall when/if the GOP in Texas gains and retains power, it will not be a safe place to be for a lot of Americans. That is my concern.. if the Ds proposed this same set of rules I would post the same.. this is about people and the risks they are taking by entering the State.

I think this issue affects the Nomad community directly and they need to know.
 

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Since I live in Texas I am biased. Even so, I don't see any real or perceived attack on nomads or van dwellers or RVers.

In fact, some of the proposals on the form that you provided the link for, would benefit people living on the road, living in, staying in, or passing thru Texas.

Examples:

190. Government Surveillance: We oppose all forms of warrantless government surveillance of United
1050 States citizens and businesses.

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54. Predatory Towing: We urge the Texas Legislature to enact legislation increasing the criminal
320 penalties resulting from predatory towing and decreasing the state-allowed amount that a tower can
321 charge, to disincentivize the practice of predatory towing

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376 (Transportation)
379 We oppose anti-car measures that punish those
380 who choose to travel alone in their own personal vehicle, and oppose any measure to impose “road diet”
381 mandates designed to shrink auto capacity and/or intentionally clog vehicle lanes to force deference to
382 pedestrian, bike, and mass transit options (whose users do not pay gas tax). We urge the Texas
383 Legislature to protect drivers from these California-style, anti-driver policies in Texas.

384 64. Vehicle Taxes: Vehicle registration should only be a one-time occurrence at the point of sale and
385 should only be based on the price actually paid on the vehicle or trailer. Only commercial vehicles should
386 be required to obtain a state safety inspection.

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387 65. Toll Roads: We believe that tolls should come off the road when the debt is retired, and if the debt is
388 ever restructured or refinanced, the pay-off date needs to remain the same.

402 b. We call upon the Legislature to pass legislation to decriminalize the failure to pay tolls.

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1046 189. Civil Asset Forfeiture: We call upon the Texas Legislature to abolish civil asset forfeiture,
1047 independently or in partnership with federal authorities, and to ensure that private property only be
1048 forfeited upon a criminal conviction.


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I read the GOP 'platform' and there are valid AND questionable statements. But that's all they are. Statements. And many of the quotes were taken out of context.

Political issues and ideas are present in every US state. And one can always find a reason to avoid entering a state based on politics. Or not. But Texas is a LARGE piece of land and some people have to cross thru it in their travels across the USA. I just prefer to have some members here not be alarmed if they need to drive thru Texas and possibly camp for a night or two along the way.

My post here was offered as a point-counterpoint, since this document was called 'shocking'.

A balanced perspective is a good thing.
 
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