Texas politicans? I can’t even.

Instead of writing a Seth & Amy-esque Really?! Really  post, I think I'm going to write an I CAN'T EVEN post. Because y'all. I can't even.

Rick Perry calls a new second special session because, "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

I can't even.

You know why? Because I didn't hire you to send all your snakey cronies into my underpants to set up shop and make up rules. I didn't hire you to trample my rights as a woman. I didn't hire you to slice funding to women's health clinics. I DIDN'T EFFING HIRE YOU to thumb your nose at billions of dollars of health care money that could help the state not be ranked dead last in the delivery of health care to its population. I didn't hire you AT ALL. But you know what? You're still supposed to support me. I live in your state. I am not to be ignored. I vote. I have lady parts. That does not make me a "special interest group." That makes me a VOTER. And just because I DIDN'T VOTE FOR YOU, doesn't mean I don't matter. I matter. Everyone matters. So don't sit there and play your candy crush and laugh and joke and ignore people when they bring up a topic you don't agree with. You know why you don't do that? Because it's rude. No… it's not just rude. It's patronizing. It's dismissive. It's arrogant. 

I CAN'T EVEN.

Don't tell me that the people of Texas want another special session. YOU want another special session. Your cronies and pandering philistines want a special session. I think it's pretty clear what a lot of other people want. I mean, come on, dude. This shit you're trying to pull? It didn't get through the regular session because it's BAD POLICY. It's bad for Texas. It's bad for women. So trying to cheat your way through a special session to push this legislation through? That doesn't make it better policy. That makes you and Dewhurst look like you're trying to be the Emperor and Vice Emperor of Texas. 

I CAN'T EVEN.

I mean, really. I know that as Emperor and Vice Emperor of Texas you think you can make up the rules as you go along, but actually, that's not the way to do it. Actually, it's against the law to alter timestamps. Actually, it's sickening and so effing patronizing to say that talking about Roe vs. Wade isn't "germane" to a filibuster about, wait for it, abortion rights. If the republicans in the Texas legislature are working for "the people of Texas" and "standing up… in the pursuit of freedom" then why do you have to cheat to do that?

I CAN'T EVEN.

And, yes, I know a people's filibuster is not how politics is played. A people's filibuster can't be voted out of office because of gerrymandered districts. A people's filibuster can't be antagonized and pestered as it speaks for twelve hours. A people's filibuster is spontaneous and raucus and shows just how much Texans care about women's rights. You think last night's group of angry, passionate, heart sore women and the people who support them are a "special interest group"? You think they're a "breakdown of decency"? A fringe group? You know who made up the majority of last night's "angry mob"? THE WHOLE WORLD. Because it wasn't just the brave people in the Capitol clapping and singing and shouting and struggling to have their voices heard, it was also millions of people from all around the world monitoring the situation from live feeds and social media. It seems to me, when the whole world is watching and cheering on the people in the rotunda, and the people on the floor of the Senate chamber are the ones scurrying around trying to figure out which rules to break, one might want to reconsider who one calls a fringe group.

I CAN'T EVEN.

And don't go on and on and on about how you're trying to protect women and their safety, and how you're trying to protect the lives of babies. If you were trying to protect women and babies you wouldn't be slashing funding for health care. You wouldn't be waging a crusade against Planned Parenthood. You would be working to stop poverty not increase it. So don't get all high and mighty on me and pretend like you're some kind of benevolent father figure who just wants to put his big ol' protective arm around my shoulders to save me from my own frailties. You are the one creating the frailties, Governor Perry. You and your cronies.

I CAN'T EVEN. 

So, yeah. Let's have this second special session. Let's watch you and your cronies push through legislation that causes even more harm to Texas than the harm you've already wrought upon us. And then let's watch as a tidal wave of blue comes crashing over this great state. If this battle is ultimately lost, you better saddle up for the war. Because when Leticia Van de Putte said  "Did the President hear me or did the President hear me and refuse to recognize me?" and then followed later with "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” she wasn't just talking about a moment in a heated special session. She was talking about the state as a whole.

We will not be ignored. We will not be maligned. We will not be patronized.

We are not a special interest group. We are not fringe. We are not hooligans.

We are constituents. We are equal. We want to be heard.

When we go to all this trouble and we can't even get your attention… then maybe that's a sign. Heck, maybe it's even a sign from God (I mean, it does rain every time Obama visits Austin). Maybe it's a sign that you and your cronies are playing too much solitaire and not paying enough attention to what's happening around you.

Or, you know, keep ignoring us. Because I can't even tell you how excited I'm going to be when this state turns blue.

Truly.

I can't even.

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