Views expressed in this blog are mine alone and are not intended to represent Williamson County policy nor intended as legal advice.

7/9/2022

Not Ready To Make Nice

The last few weeks have been a real rollercoaster, have they not? A rogue Supreme Court, a fourth of July mass shooting, and more revelations from the January 6th hearings confirmed that things were probably worse than we realized. Our County Judge and Commissioners Court doing everything they can to hobble our elected Sherriff, school board trustees breaking quorum during a budget hearing, and egrets taking down the power in Taylor. It surely seems our nation and our county are going to hell in a handbasket.

I don’t know about you, but all that makes me angry. I’m angry by the betrayal of those elected officials who will do anything to retain their power up to and including inciting armed insurrection. Dan Rather wrote in his blog, Steady, that “Anger is potent. It can be a tool for good and for evil. It can lead to progress, and it can pave a spiraling path to the breakdown of society.” We need to marshal our anger for good. That means supporting candidates who share our concerns, working on getting out the vote, and holding our current elected officials to account. We can use this anger against the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, the ongoing and seemingly never-ending gun violence, and the anti-democratic pressures to keep people motivated. To remind them that change doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Some say we’ve moved too far to the left, too far from some utopian center that ceased to exist years ago. As Robert Reich, former Clinton cabinet secretary, said, “Where’s the center between democracy and authoritarianism and why would Democrats want to be there?”

So, how do we do that? We start by retiring Abbott, Patrick, and the rest; by calling and writing not just our Congressmen, losers that they are, but House and Senate leaders as well and demanding that they take the necessary steps to move a Democratic Progressive agenda forward. We reelect those Democrats already in office and add to their number by replacing as many Republicans as possible.

We have the opportunity this November, to make a dramatic change in Williamson County. We can flip the Commissioners Court from 4 Rs v 1D to 4Ds and make a republican the odd man out. We could expand the Justice Court to 4 Dems rather than its current 2-2 split. We can keep our democratic state lege electeds in office and add more Dems to the state House.

Above all else, we must keep fighting. To do anything less is to condemn the American experiment to failure. I don’t know about you, but that’s not something I can do. In the immortal words of the Dixie Chicks, I’m not ready to make nice. You shouldn’t be either.

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