Posted 14 May 2003 - 10:18 AM
Boy the Democratic Party has been making me more and more politically active, and in each turn they drive me further away from considering a vote for a Democrat.
After pretty much controlling the state houses of Texas for decades and already forcing the courts to step in on the last redistricting attempt which allowed the legislature to readdress the issue now, they take their little balls and go out of state, moaning and whining how unfair the Republicans are when they (the Democrats, that is) had carved up this state time and time again in their favor. And in so doing, they freeze the legislature and allow other serious items that need to be addressed to potentially fall through. How upstanding of the minority party. How honorable. How freaking ridiculous.
And what a precedent to set. You don't like the budget? Go to Oklahoma. Not enough school funding? Fly to Arkansas. Can't stop changing the law? Head to New Mexico.
For a state that has both houses, most if not all high-level positions, and both Federal Senators all Republican but have what 17 of 32 (approximately) House members as Democrats just shows how the gerrymandering had been dominated in the past. The Democrats can't stand by and take it like the Republicans have for so many years. They cannot even try to work within the redrawn districts. Poor wittle Dems, they can't handle it when they don't have control. This is obstructionist and petty, and I for one will not forget this act, nor will my wife.
Talk about sore losers. I too hope the voters remember this cowardly act in the next session and vote the lot of them out (or if they can petition for recalls or some such now, let it happen). And if they do succeed in stopping it this time I will not complain if the Republicans give an eye for an eye next time, because taking the high road after the Democrats have already shown how low they will stoop just keeps the Dems getting what they want. Shoot maybe we can lock the legislature completely up so we have to scrap the system. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Oh but no, there won't be any long-term ramifications from this. Noooooooo, the Dems maneuver will not affect the state one bit.
I have got to wonder who forked up the money for these trips and hotel rooms as well.
They have abandoned their duty to serve the state and its people to put one issue that will more than likely swing back in their favor at some point anyways over many many others crucial to this state, including our own budget deficit and potential remedies, the insurance problems, school funding, and many many others. This isn't fighting for principle, it is pure partisan politics, and an absolutely shameful example to set for our kids. Oh Bobby, you didn't really lose, just take your ball and go home until they give in. No Amy, it doesn't matter that Tara and Melissa want to play house with their dolls and only give you the littlest doll, just take the one you want and go over to your neighbor's house and hold it till they do what you want them to. After all, only you should ever get your way. It doesn't matter that when you had all the dolls you only gave Tara the little, ugly ones.
I have ranted more than enough.