WHAT HAVE I DONE????
6/19/03 (There is nothing new under the sun)
It’s now official. The once Democrat, now Republican Governor of Texas has called a special session of the legislature to reapportion the state for the express purpose of securing the dictatorial authority of the Republican Party in Texas.
I can remember when I voted for any Republican who managed to make it onto the ballot, because I believed that Texas needed a two party government.
I remember when, in the days of Governor Mark White, I had my “Gee, I miss Governor Clements” bumper sticker proudly displayed on my pickup.
In retrospect, I can’t help feeling guilty.
Tom Delay says that this reapportionment, having no connection whatsoever with the census, is necessary, because most of the major offices in the state have gone to Republicans, and that we need to change the voting boundaries to reflect the “will of the people”.
When my co-worker Chuckie said, back in the aborted election of 2000, that “the person with the most votes should win the election”. That would have made Al Gore president. I strongly disputed that concept, although as everyone knows, I would much rather have seen Al Gore as President.
When we have finally become a single party Republican state, I will remember that many of the politicians who were Democrats in the seventies are now Republicans, and that little has really changed in Texas.
I sometimes wonder what Thomas Jefferson would say about his United States of America if he could see what we have done to it, but I also sometimes wonder what Jesus would say about Christianity if he were to speak out about what we have done to it.