Out of the shimmering surreal atmosphere of a synth-kabuki matinee, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner drowned out the arcane tinkering notes of the grand finale by entering the hinterlands of the nonsensical. The audience, a wily and deviant group and the antithesis to the smug and self-righteous patrons of “Hamilton” experience a temporary plummet in collective IQ after hearing Turner’s response to a bill on the table in the Texas legislature that would prevent adversarial governments and foreign nationals from selected regimes from purchasing property. (And no, Mike Pence did not have the privilege to be in attendance and vociferously booed by a crowd of trendy hipsters)
The legislation, SB 147, drafted by Republican state senator Lois Kolkhorst bars the loosely defined nations of China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, as well as citizens from the totalitarian societies from buying homes or land. Turner adroitly donned the extremist smock in responding to the mandate and displayed an oblivious temperament that is unique to the leadership of Democratically-controlled cities.
While the language in the measure clearly states that non-US citizens from the quintuplet of tyrannical sanctuaries will be banned from owning property in Texas, Turner made a public statement to his leftist base that insinuated the bill discriminates against Americans hailing from the aforementioned countries. And now the Hamilton crowd is flummoxed and spewing a false narrative referencing the legislation at lightspeed throughout the social media marketplace. Mark Zuckerberg is toothily grinning, and the Chinese Communist party has opened the Yangtze floodgates of propo-bots on state venture TikTok.
In the savagely cruel world of digital communities, where both nuance and context are largely absent, the legislation aims to protect US citizens from spiking real estate values will likely be invariably warped to the extent that Kolkhorst and Abbott will be ceaselessly lambasted. Ironically, the four nations specified are responsible for the majority of social networking content which is detrimental to fundamental freedoms in attacking values, economics and free will. Unfortunately, the younger generations have no filter for the brazen myths proliferated by the bots and fake accounts that threaten to deconstruct society and coupled with an elder statesman such as Turner in validating a destructive narrative, hope for the near future remains fleeting, while the timeshare style presentation of selling a fantasy dream world that encapsulates dystopia is bought and sold to billions of listless souls.
As cities such as Seattle and Vancouver, BC are ransacked by Chinese nationals buying property in bulk and essentially protecting their fiscal assets from being seized by Beijing, vacant homes dominate neighborhoods and exponentially increase the cost of living. Texas Conservatives are taking preemptive steps to ensure that residents are protected from this infestation, and are also sending a direct message to leaders in the four rogue governments that in spite of the softball tendencies of the Biden administration, dictatorships and the exploitation of men, women and children will not be tolerated. Tuner’s arrogant moral superiority is indicative of a radical caving into a lucrative payday from special interests, and his indifference to people who have worked hard to establish a lifestyle of their choice is appalling.
Perhaps Houston’s mayor requires a Turing test intervention on ChatGPT to locate his sensibility in conjuring the ghosts of Freud or Jung and correcting his mental disposition. However, after listening to the audio of his circuitous and illogical rant in blatantly framing the mandate, rehabilitation is not possible, as he has been completely assimilated to by the forces of nature attempting to destroy the Republic.
As certain politicians on both sides of the ledger employ ideology to spread propaganda, indoctrination is a bi-product of this incredulous content delivery paradigm. Truth is warped beyond recognition and vital legislation is unnecessarily scrutinized in preventing dissidents from facing sanctions as actors on behalf of governments who do not play by the rules. In the case of SB 147, the bill will likely pass, but the backlash from progressive pundits will be ugly and prolonged thanks to the inability of Turner and colleagues in facing reality.