Politics Budowsky: Texas Mr. and Ms. Smiths come to Washington for democracy
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Gershman’s promotion of democracy has earned him the honor of being denounced by dictators and despots around the world. Most recently, Gershman last year was one of five leaders of U.S. organizations to be sanctioned by the Chinese government for NED's support of Hong Kong activists and Uyghur organizations.When the endowment was incorporated almost 40 years ago, a little over a third of the world's population lived in a democracy. Today, that figure is well over half. The percentage of democratic governments around the world has doubled in that same period.
In a daring move that electrified believers in voting rights and democracy throughout Texas and across America, more than 50 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives have airlifted into Washington to escalate a heroic battle for the right to vote that is under fierce attack across the nation.
This battle is being waged in state capitals across America and the Capitol building in Washington, which was recently invaded by a criminal mob committing defamations against democracy that small minds try desperately to support or forget.
This should be the only priority for Democrats (Opinion)
Dean Obeidallah writes that Democrats must focus on one priority: saving democracy. With voting rights on the line in states across the country, no more important task is at hand for legislators and leaders.Democrats from President Joe Biden to the most junior member of Congress must immediately make saving America's democracy their only priority. That means everything from raising the issue nonstop in the media to publicly pressuring their colleagues in the Senate to reform the filibuster to allow a vote on voting rights legislation and even threatening to withhold federal infrastructure aid to states that enact laws that restrict voting access.
In Austin, the courage and conviction of these Texas Democrats prevents the Texas House from achieving a quorum and passing another aggressive attack against voting rights in the Lone Star State. In Washington, these Texas legislators aim to inspire every Democratic member of the United States Senate to pass historic legislation to prevent massive voter suppression and hyperpartisan gerrymandering by those who would steal the midterm elections in 2022 and the presidential election in 2024.
Many of these GOP voter suppression attacks are aimed at preventing Black and Hispanic voters from making their voices heard. But they also attack the rights of millions of voters who are senior citizens, disabled, female and young.
Texas House Democrats Invoke the ‘Nuclear Option,' Fleeing to D.C. to Stall Voting Restrictions
“We are holding the line here in Texas,” says Texas House Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who was among those flying to D.C. “If Republicans are silencing our voices here, they’ll do it anywhere in America and we’re going to stand up to that.” Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement Monday that Democrats’ actions “inflicts harm on the Texans who elected them to serve.” “As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state,” Abbott said.
As Texas state Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and a leader who some key Democrats believe would be a great governor if he ever chooses to run, says: these courageous Texas Democrats are coming to Washington with a simple message - Congress must act NOW to defend democracy against the pandemic of voter suppression.
These Texas Democrats are a beacon of light for democracy in America. They are reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," except in that film the hero waged a filibuster against corruption, and now the heroes wage a battle to persuade every Senate Democrat to thwart a filibuster against voting rights that is a dagger aimed at the heart of the right to vote in America.
These Texas Democrats come to the Capitol at the very moment that President Biden has begun addressing the nation with a passion for voting rights, initiating a grand and historic battle.
Texas Democrats launch a war they probably cannot win
The Democratic gambit will be deemed a failure to the extent to which GOP attacks on Democrats for “dereliction of duty” resonate with Texas voters,The best Democrats can probably hope for from this effort will be some GOP concessions on the election reform legislation before it eventually reaches the governor's desk, unfavorable national and statewide media coverage of the Texas Republican Party and some new donors whose funds will support current activities and who will be tapped again for the 2022 campaign.
Democrats and all believers in democracy are inspired that these Mr. and Ms. Smiths who came to Washington from Texas are demonstrating creativity and political courage and daring. They are ready and willing to put their political careers on the line and make personal and family sacrifices to defend the great cause of American democracy.
The attacks against voting are promoted by the big lie of those who claim that the 2020 election was not honest; and the ludicrous lie that the loser of the 2020 campaign will become president again this August; and the poisonous lie that voters should be suppressed in 2022 and 2024 because of fraud that did not happen in 2020.
By dramatic contrast, the Texas Mr. and Ms. Smiths who come to Washington tell Congress the great truth that the right to vote is the blood, the soul, the heart, the spirit and the essence of America. They tell Congress the great truth that the right to vote is the sacred trust that protects and defends the American dream, and anyone who seeks to destroy this is committing a defamation against democracy that historians will condemn for centuries to come.
As I write these words, for inspiration I am watching a tape of Bruce Springsteen singing "Chimes of Freedom" in East Berlin, in 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
While Springsteen sang "Chimes of Freedom," hundreds of thousands of East Berliners, defying their communist dictators, sang with him with stars in their eyes and hope in their hearts for the dream of democracy they joyously celebrated one year later - as others in countless places have across centuries.
The timeless truths told by Texas Democrats who come to Washington include the greatest truth of all: If every Senate Democrat backs voting rights they - and we - and democracy - will win.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives.
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NEW SUMMERFIELD, Texas (AP) — Three men charged in the fatal shooting of four people at a home in East Texas this week met up with one of the victims under the pretense of buying a gun from him but planned to steal it, authorities allege. Jesse Pawlowski, 20, Billy Phillips, 37, and Dylan Welch, 21, have been charged with capital murder in killings near New Summerfield, a small community about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. AJesse Pawlowski, 20, Billy Phillips, 37, and Dylan Welch, 21, have been charged with capital murder in killings near New Summerfield, a small community about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.