For example, when I opened the Houston Chronicle yesterday one of the first sentences I read is a quote from John Cornyn.
This is an unconstitutional abuse of power.
No it isn't. John Cornyn knows he's lying. He very well knows that all Presidents
for the last sixty years have issued some kind of executive action on immigration.
But John Cornyn lies anyway. Why? To please the right wing base and his donors who hate the President? And for low information voters the lies and propaganda give Republicans an opportunity to stir the hate and fear pots. The base is too distracted to know that their "representatives" do not represent them.
But of course all Republicans know that their lies will be repeated repeatedly by the right wing hate machine of talk radio and Fox Propaganda.
Greg Abbott is a prime example of deception as well as a master dog whistle blower. This is a man who boasts about how he goes to work every morning, sues Obama, and then comes home. That sends the signal to his right wing base that Abbott's sticking it to a President who didn't deserve to get elected because Mr. Obama is not one of them.
Great news for the President. Why on earth would he want to be one of them?
Last night, President Obama announced his long-awaited decision to reorient the country’s immigration priorities. Because of his decision, millions living in the shadows will be able to step out of fear and work legally (though notably not gain citizenship), and deportations will decrease to a relative trickle. It’s a huge step.
Congressional Republicans, of course, are preparing to do all they can to roll back the progress. They’ll be joined by Texas’ new governor, eager to continue his legacy of feckless lawsuit distraction. Abbott’s promise as incoming governor of the state with the second highest (1.46 million) number of undocumented immigrants:
As is the case with most Republicans Greg Abbott would prefer to ignore the immigration problem here and continue with the status quo. Immigrants would continue live in the shadows, in constant fear while Greg Abbott's donors and business owners can exploit their status by paying low wages with no benefits.
According to Greg Abbott:
President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed thew ill of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness. Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy and now we must work together toward a solution in fixing our broken immigration system. Following tonight’s pronouncement, I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it is intended under the Constitution.
The fact of the matter is Greg Abbott and Rick Perry are the true dictators. For both men always side with corporate interests and the moneyed powerful over the needs and well-being of Texas residents. Unregulated chemical plants can and will blow up communities, and kill people with few consequences.
The article in the Burnt Orange Report nailed Greg Abbott for his obsession with frivolous lawsuits.
Unfortunately, there’s also a long and established precedent of Texas suing the administration pointlessly, expensively, and fruitlessly. Incoming state executive Greg Abbott sued 25 times as attorney general. In the vast majority of those cases, Texas lost badly and stood as the lead or the only plaintiff. More than 14,000 staff hours were spent on these cases, while Texas schoolchildren, women, air-breathers and water-drinkers suffered without catching the interest of state government.
Greg Abbott's war on the President and the federal government has done little to benefit Texas residents. As I mentioned above, the state's school's finance system has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge. We are not spending enough to give Texas children the education they need to get accepted into distingished higher institutions of learning or to be able compete for jobs in a global economy.
Greg Abbott sued to appeal the ruling.
Does Greg Abbott's hatred for the government blind his vision for the importance of education?
And if Greg Abbott and other Republicans like him are so anti-government, why on earth do they run for office?
Simply to muck it up and loot the state and federal treasuries?
Like Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott is in the game for himself.
So, when Republicans like Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott point a finger at President Obama and accuse him of lawlessness, just know that three of their fingers are aimed dead straight at themselves.
Why Texas Democrats are not giving up. All of the above and below.
Despite the tough recent election, there is positive news ahead in Texas. Battleground Texas held debriefings so far in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Although I could not attend the one in Houston friends who had said the meeting was very productive and energizing.
Despite our losses there were some jewels that were won. In my state's house district 134, Leticia Van de Putte won.
BGTX had a big learning curve in the Lone Star state and admitted it should try to hire more local organizers. Meanwhile we are all committed to the ultimate goal of flipping this state purple.
Because you know what? If most of us voted, I bet we might already be purple. But we won't know for sure until we can get more folks to the polls.
The work will continue. Our next step is for activists to become re-deputized to register voters. All expire on 12/31/14.
In Houston we will hold our second annual voter registration efforts on Martin Luther King Day, January 2015.
Meanwhile, the political director for the Harris County Democratic Party is going to help me re-build a democratic club in my neighborhood.
Turning the state purple will be a long, tough and very mean road. But we're ready to fight and we are definitely up to the job. We have bruises to prove it.
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