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Let’s not forget that in Texas, the boot was on the other foot, so to speak, for many years – where conservatives were the minority on the Texas Board of Education.
One conservative board member said the majority’s conservative approach to “culture, government and the changing political landscape” was impossible 13 years ago when the social studies curriculum last was updated because conservatives on the board were on the losing side of a 11-4 vote. And, when the curriculum issue surfaces again sometime after 2010 – there’s no telling where Texas will be in all of this – with shifting demographics and political winds that continue to alter the landscape.
As board member David Bradley put it: “There’s been a cultural and political shift in Texas, at least in the policy-making level. We all represent a constituency. Elections matter.”
He’s right. Elections do matter – in Texas and in Washington, D.C. where every procedural gimmick in the book is being employed to force through a health care plan that most Americans reject.
It’s unbelievable – this kind of arm-twisting is usually reserved for crowd-control – not policy making. Consider what’s happening to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich) and other pro-life Democrats who continue to push for a pro-life Amendment that unquestionably excludes abortion funding from health care reform.
Talk about arm-twisting. Here’s what Rep. Stupak told a reporter: What are Democratic leaders saying? “If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing,” Stupak says. “Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.”
This whole thing has degenerated into a mess. Congressional leaders have implemented a ‘we know what’s best for America’ attitude that’s permeated the whole process. Forget about the fact that most Americans think the current health care package needs to be scrapped – that most Americans want Congress to start over. Forget about the fact that most Americans don’t want a plan that provide funding for abortion. Forget about the fact that the House wants to ‘deem’ the Senate bill passed – without actually voting on the bill itself.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is certainly on message – she continues with her mantra: “We will do what is necessary to pass a bill.” Translation – It really doesn’t really matter what the American people think or want. We’re going to do what we want – what we think is best for America.
That’s really too bad. Yes, elections do have consequences – and they do matter. We’re seeing that play out now – and I’m certain we’ll see that play out in November and beyond.
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