My 91 year old mother is always right. Always…
After every election she makes her routine pronouncement that goes something like this: Voters go to the polls not knowing why they’re voting or who will best represent their views. They don’t even know what they want, much less, who’s going to do it for them.
The number crunchers, bean counters, and data miners are frantically disaggregating the data from Tuesday and it echoes my mother’s wisdom.
Late last night, when it became apparent that a complete Republican occupation was taking place, I felt like the weeping Frenchman in George Mejat’s iconic photo; he watched through tears as German troops and tanks filed in to occupy Paris.
I’m not sure that voters realize what they just did, but in the months ahead, they will.
I’m not real big on crystal balls, cat entrails, tea leaves or tarot cards, but the underwhelming anemic turnout of Texas voters is a frightening portent for a future Texas.
For voters still waffling, come on! When early voting ends on Halloween, whether it’s a trick or treat will depend on the voting choices you’ve made. Call it selective memory loss or motivated forgetting but, I’m afraid everyone’s recollections are a little foggy about the egregious acts of the GOP in Texas and Washington since last midterms.
Perhaps all need a heaping dose of classroom drill and kill to relearn what you missed the first time around. Last week, people on Twitter did exactly that.
And so it begins…early voting, that is. As of last Thursday, the State of Texas has over 14 million registered voters, but before you get all-a-tingle, remember Texas’ lackluster voting habits.
Just like a dwindling roll of toilet paper, the days leading up to the midterm elections are rapidly disappearing; like a poorly-written soap opera, the political snipes sift like sands through the hourglass.
I’d like to give a bunch of onions to those who think that Wendy Davis’ wheelchair ad crossed a line. For one thing, her critics missed the entire point of the ad. (Is that because we no longer teach critical thinking skills in school?) It went “whoosh” right over their heads.
Corruption has brought down many a country; think Nigeria and Zaire, look at Pakistan and China. Like a silent contagion, it’s infecting America as well. If we examine the kleptocracy at the state level, the prospect for good ethical governance is dim and portentous.
According to State Integrity, which gives a grade to each state based upon ten measures, Texas received a D+. In five of the ten measures, we received an F. The single measure in which Texas received an A was Internal Auditing.
Equating politics with the ladies of the evening isn't as far-fetched as you’d think. 75 percent of all Americans believe that politicians are corrupt. In my opinion, that’s a bad rap for the ladies, because at least, they're are honest about the services they provide.
Monday and Tuesday could very well be the first in a series of proverbial come-to-Jesus-moments for politics.
There are some days when it seems the world is spinning so rapidly that it could hurl us all into the black void of space. On my part, I feel a sense of profound urgency to lay out facts, figures, and events--all you have to do is read it. Today, however, I’m compelled to beg for your action. Yes, I said “beg”…
Greg Abbott’s long-running game of whack-a-mole continues. The two recent Texas court rulings on HB2 and the constitutionality of educational funding (the ones that Abbott fought against and lost) prove that the Texas GOP, and its 2014 slate of candidates, are on the wrong side of the law.
Perhaps the Texas GOP's new campaign tune should be "I Fought the Law and the Law Won."