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Last night I spent almost 6 hours on Twitter liveblogging the filibuster happening on the Texas State Senate floor for the people who couldn't get the livestream on YouTube to work. I hardly ever get political online, because we all know how awful people can be, and rarely do people listen to others' opinions.

It's easy to make Texas sucks jokes. Believe me, I see them every day on Tumblr, LJ, Twitter, etc. Don't think I'm not paying attention. Here's why your easy, cheap jokes hurt: you're negating people like Leticia R. San Miguel Van De Putte, a state senator who came straight from her father's funeral to support Wendy Davis, a woman who has - since 1999 - stood in support of women, children, welfare, veterans, and education, a practicing pharmacist who gave the chillingly-wonderful line, "at what point does a female senator have to raise her voice or her hand to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?" This LITERALLY brought the house down, cheers and shouting and general glee from the people in the gallery for a solid ten minutes and beyond the midnight do-or-die hour. Read moreCollapse )

The squeaky wheel has been getting the grease for a while. Last night you witnessed the other wheels shouting, "HEY, US TOO." That happened in my home state, the home of Molly Ivins (who I aspire to be half as clever and funny as) and Ann Richards. The home of Wendy Davis.

The landscape politically is changing, and last night you just watched Texas Spring. So keep your demeaning, belittling jokes about how backwards we are to yourself, because the majority of Texans don't side with the BS politics that have dominated the landscape. You're ignoring things like Wendy Davis standing for thirteen hours so women can stay out of jail for going to their personal doctor after having an abortion (something slipped in the bill).

I'm not asking you to move here. But understand why I'm going to think you're a jackass if you continue to go for the cheap Texas joke. Last night was nothing cheap, and don't you dare keep treating those of us who are trying to change things like we don't count.

ETA: and in case you didn't see, the bill WAS DEFEATED. Dewhurst (a jackass) admitted defeat just before 2am. And now I'm crawling back into bed. DOMA & Prop 8 DEFEATED/STRUCK DOWN, TOO!! Hot damn, what a great day to be pro-democracy!

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pyro_semi
Jun. 27th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Rick Perry called for a second session on July 1st. Hopefully after what happened on Tuesday the senators are more inclined to vote for no instead of yes. I'm doubtful but anything is possible.

And I understand about the jokes. The amount of times that Florida is on the news and the amount of jokes that occur really ticks me off. Yeah my state is not perfect but shut up already! Not everyone behaves or thinks that way.
mobile_alh
Jun. 27th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
LOVE. What else can I say?
julia_here
Jun. 28th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Late here- up to my ears in the kind of growth you get in a wet June (and noting we've had twice as many June thunderstorms this week than in my entire 61 years of life: Climate Change who me?) and offline most of the time. My vision when I was watching was those grand Texas broads Ann and Molly smiling down on her, glad their voices are having such a fine echo.

Julia, currently full of aphids after pruning an overgrown blackthorn.

Edited at 2013-06-28 12:27 am (UTC)
meridius
Jun. 28th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
I am so proud of her! She gives me hope! I couldn't believe that she was able to succeed in a place where I thought she would fail.
surly_sue
Jul. 6th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
I've been guilty of thinking bad things toward Texas before- I think it started with George Bush. But thankfully, that's changed. You've helped with that more recently by just being an amazing human being.

I live in Alberta, Canada, which is sometimes considered the "Texas of Canada"(we gots oil and lots of Conservatives). The stereotyping that we can get has made me a lot more sympathetic to Texas. The government may be almost all Conservative, but my city(Edmonton) has been a New Democratic Party stronghold for a long time. The province has a vibrant arts culture. And more recently, the mayor of Calgary(who is also the first Muslim mayor of a major North American city) has been gaining so much positive attention for how he's been handling the devastating flooding of his city. Hurray for busting stereotypes!

Also: Wendy Davis is a goddamn hero. It's ridiculous that she had to do what she did, but what a champ. I would have lasted MAYBE four hours.
kseenaa
Jul. 26th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
I might not have tweeted back at you, but I did follow the whole thing on Twitter as you tweeted about it. Just wanted you to know that.
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