In a few years, if the United States’ culture war ever become more physical than verbal, then you will likely be able to trace the cause, the match that lit the fuse, to a middle-aged blond in pink running shoes.
It’s not exactly accurate to say Texas is trying to be antagonistic and crazy but since former Dallas television drama villain Larry Hagman died last year, it seems there are a lot of people from that state trying to fill his boots. After President Barack Obama won re-election in November, over 250 thousand people signed a secession letter. Glenn Beck, yeah, he’s still around, moved to Dallas. And the Governor of that humongous state, Rick Perry, wants to fight so bad, he’s even picking on the kind of people he says he admires, Wendy Davis.
This week, Davis, a fifty-year-old Harvard lawyer and current Democratic Texas state Senator, took to the legislative floor to prevent a bill from passing that would have all but outlawed abortion in Texas. Governor Perry and his buddies like Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, have publically stated that their top priority is outlawing abortion after 20 weeks. During the legislative session that would have ended Tuesday, a bill could have passed that would have closed every clinic in Texas that didn’t meet strict medical licensing requirements and made only certain doctors with certain privileges in certain hospitals allowed to perform the medical procedure. Had the bill passed, five places in the largest state in the Union would have been allowed such privilege. So if a teenage girl was raped in El Paso, she’d have to drive six hours or more to hospital near Dallas or Austin. Cue Wendy Davis.
Before Senator Wendy Davis put on pink running shoes to filibuster the legislative session for 11 hours without a break, ensuring the anti-abortion bill wouldn’t get to the Governor’s office, she had a heck of a life. Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, she moved to Ft. Worth Texas at age 11. Her parents divorced a few months later and her single mother with a sixth grade education, tried to raise Wendy and her three siblings. By 14, Davis was working three jobs, an ice cream shop, selling newspaper subscriptions, and waitress. She managed to graduate high school but soon had a baby of her own and an ex-husband at age 19. She attended junior college, mostly at nights, worked two jobs, then transferred to Texas Christian University where she finished first in her class (Rick Perry graduated from Texas A&M in the middle of his class with a degree in animal science. No I’m not making that up) then made it to Harvard Law School, toddler in tow. You’d think with that background, the tenacity she showed to get over difficult circumstances, that even her Republicans foes would admire her. Nope. They hate her blond, pink wearin’ guts. Four times during the 11 hour marathon they tried to shut her down citing obscure legislative rules like “getting off topic” and “leaning against objects”. She still kicked their ass. Now, Governor Rick Perry, with his beloved anti-abortion bill tabled till July or August, is pissed.
Thursday, Rick Perry criticized the star of a Democratic filibuster that helped kill Texas abortion restrictions, saying Wendy Davis’ rise from a tough noogies to Harvard Law graduate should have taught her the value of each human life. The Republican governor expanded on those remarks later, publicly wondering what might have happened if Davis’ own mother had undergone an abortion rather than carry her child to term.
“Who are we to say that children born in the worst of circumstances can’t lead successful lives?” Perry said in a speech to nearly 1,000 delegates at the National Right to Life Conference in suburban Dallas. “Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances.”
No. You. Didn’t.
The jerk kept talking.
“It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters. I’m proud that she’s been able to take advantage of her intellect and her hard work, but she didn’t come from particularly good circumstances, What if her mom had said, ‘I just can’t do this. I don’t want to do this.’ At that particular point in time I think it becomes very personal.”
Somewhere from hell, J.R. Ewing is smiling and cackling.
By the way, Rick, Larry Hagman, the guy who played ole J.R.? Total lefty democrat.
For a man who swears such an allegiance to human life by opposing abortion, it seems Rick Perry doesn’t “get” life, en total. His 2012 Presidential campaign was laughable. He doesn’t know how to debate. He just amasses local power and dominates others with his office. Then, he contradicts himself by going after an American success story who figured out how to defeat him. Oh and there’s this.
The day after trying to outlaw abortion in his state, Perry pulled the switch on Texas’ 500th execution, as 52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy received a lethal does of pentobarbital. Texas has carried out nearly 40 percent of the more than 1,300 executions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. The state’s standing stems from its size as the nation’s second-most populous state as well as its tradition of tough justice for killers.
Texas’ larger than life drama translates across the country. Wendy Davis is symbolic of millions of American women, regardless of political thought. And unfortunately, Rick Perry symbolizes a lot of men and some women across America. I’m not a gambling man, but if I had some cash to lay down, my money goes on the Ft. Worth spitfire Harvard lawyer in pink sneakers.