Texas Democrats prove how little they think of democracy
One of the things Democrats like doing when they win is to rub everyone's nose in that victory. In January 2009, Republicans wanted to discuss Obama's stimulus package. Obama couldn't be bothered. "I won," he said. Discussion over. In 2021, although Democrats barely hold power in Congress, with a 50-50 balance in the Senate and a bare 9-person majority in the House, they plan to remake America. However, when Democrats are the minority, they abandon the process entirely — which is what Texas Democrats did, running away on a beer-stocked, gas-guzzling private jet to kill a voting rights bill.
The background to the story is that the Texas Legislature, which currently has a Republican majority (18-13 in its Senate and 83-67 in its House), is poised to pass a voting reform bill. As with similar bills across America, the point is to ensure that the people voting have a legal right to vote and are, in fact, who they claim to be.
The most contentious issues for Democrats are cleaned-up voting bills and, especially, photo ID. The problem is that most Americans support photo ID. According to a Monmouth poll, when it comes to photo ID, 62% of Democrats, 87% of independents, and 91% of Republicans support it. Texas, with a strong Republican majority, is intent upon passing a bill that the vast majority of Americans would back.
Texas Democrats fled their state on private jets Monday in order to stop Republicans in the state from passing their voting rights bills through the state legislature.
'Today, Texas House Democrats stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans' freedom to vote,' the Texas state House Democratic caucus said in a statement.
At least 58 Democratic lawmakers left Austin to fly to Washington D.C. on two private jets chartered for the occasion and will use the time in the nation's Capitol to rally support for federal voting legislation.
The Democrats' departure paralyzed the Texas state house as the legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers be present to conduct business. It's also akin to a move Democrats used in 2003 when they fled to neighboring Oklahoma to block Republicans' plan to redraw the state's congressional districts.
The Democrats risk arrest and expect state Republicans to send law enforcement officials, possibly including the Texas rangers, after them.
To permanently block the two voting bills that Texas Republicans are pushing, the Democrats would have to stay away through the end of the special legislative session, which can last as many as 30 days.
In addition to this profoundly anti-democratic (small "d" democratic) act, the Democrats on the lam seem to have forgotten that Greta Thunberg would be very angry at them for using private jets. Depending on how many passengers those jets carry, they "create ten times as much greenhouse gas as an economy class traveller on a commercial flight, as well as 150 times more than those travelling by train." (Think about that the next time some leftist billionaire who only travels by his private jet scolds you about your carbon footprint.)
Oh, and there was that alcohol issue. As the Democrats were ferried somewhere on a bus (presumably to the private jet airport), Julie Johnson snapped a selfie in which she proudly boasted about how the Texas Democrats are protecting democracy by refusing to let the Republican majority vote on an act that comports with the public will.
The whole thing would have been a lot more profound if the snap hadn't caught a case of Miller Lite on the bus, too. Johnson deleted the tweet, but Twitchy caught it:
In case you missed it, here's a clearer version of that picture, with a close-up of the beer. One more thing: I hope you noticed those beaming smiles, courtesy of the fact that none of them is wearing a mask:
These are people who are dead serious about their politics (after all, look at how many people have died because of their bullying insistence on defunding the police), but they treat your values, and those of most Americans, like a joke. They have betrayed Americans' trust, and, while they can no longer be run out of town on a rail (we're more civilized than that), Texas voters should make sure that, since they've left voluntarily, they never come back.
Image: Julie Johnson's now-deleted selfie, with beer. The clear image, above, comes from the Daily Mail.
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