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Wow, that was...really true to my experience? I don't really know what to say, except that this captured a lot of my own feelings in a way I really wasn't expecting. Funny, well-executed, and very cathartic for me to watch. I'm kind of blown away!
@TheBourneApproximation The Supreme Court is legitimately like 70% of my decision making for president (not that it's ever been a toss-up, but if it ever is).
Thank you SO much for posting this.
@Pinners. It has been CRAZY here in Austin over the last few days. Pro-choice Texans have been turning out in droves to protest the flagrant disregard for the will of the people that has been occurring. We had 1,000+ protesters flooding the Texas Capital the day that the House took up this bill.This clip from the Rachel Maddow show details all the twists and turns this bill has taken, and all the roadblocks pro-choice Texans and Texas Democratic legislators have thrown up to stop it. The clip is about 6 minutes long, but it's a really good summary of what's been going on.
Amy Gentry (who used to comment pretty frenquently on the 'Pin as @oeditirx) was at the House debate and wrote a really moving opinion piece on this issue.
Y'all, take heart. We have an amazing champion in Wendy Davis, who is elegantly filibustering this shit into the ground. Texas House Representatives Jessica Farrar, Dawnna Dukes (that's my rep!), Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner, Gene Wu, Nicole Collier, Alma Allen, Mary Gonzalez, and many others fought tooth and nail to delay passage of the bill in the house long enough to give Senator Davis as short a filibuster time as possible. It was amazing and inspiring to watch.
There's also a sense - at least from what I can tell on Twitter and by living in Austin - that Texas Democrats are really getting energized, with this issue as our flash-point.
As shitty & terrible today has been, at least we have two new patron saints of Bad Ass Motherfuckery: RBG & Sen. Wendy Davis. I'm lighting a candle/taking a shot for each of these righteous ladies tonight.
@fondue with cheddar of all of the things that infuriate me about this (and OH are there so many) it's that fucking JOHN LEWIS has to see it. The man was beat and jailed & watched so many friends die fighting for the VRA, & he deserves to live the rest of his goddamn life in peace, because despite a lifetime of fuckery endured, he's still a fundamentally kind and righteous dude. FUCK THESE ASSHOLES TO HELL FOR SO MANY THINGS, BUT AT LEAST A LITTLE FOR MAKING JOHN LEWIS SAD.
@TheBourneApproximation This is why I'd still vote for Obama twice all over again.
@Ava Given that we got Alito and Roberts from Bush 2, Scalia from Reagan, and Thomas from Bush 1, while Breyer and Ginsburg came from Clinton and Kagan and Sotomayor came from Obama, there's a definite correlation (Kennedy, the "swing vote," from Reagan, is the only semi-outlier). Nominating Supreme Court justices is one of the few ways that a president really can directly affect law, for *years to come* after their administration.
The court seems perpetually balanced at 5-4 right now, and one more conservative judge would push us over the edge. I've got problems with Obama and stuff he's done recently, but the knowledge that the president's SC choices can affect the nation's laws for a *generation* is going to keep me going back to the polls and (barring extraordinary circumstances) voting Democratic.
@TheBourneApproximation As disappointing as Obama has been, at least he did put in Sotomayor and Kagan - appointing supreme court justices is an incredibly important presidential power, and is often overlooked during election season. The president next term probably won't get to choose any, unless unexpected health problems come up (I would never wish ill on anyone, except I totally wish ill on Antonin Scalia, for the good of our country, but only if a democrat is in office).
Wait, all they have to do is come up with a map that shows where racial discrimination exists in the U.S.?
Easy, just use any map showing the current borders of the U.S.
It only is causing me to want to break his face.