If I had any doubts about posting an open letter to Greg Abbott, his tweet this morning erased those doubts. He posted something that is, essentially, saying Texas isn't part of the United States. It borders on treason. Here's what he tweeted, "Texas tells Nancy Pelosi & her Congressional Committees to pound sand. Texas has not subjugated its sovereign status to Congress. Congress doesn’t have oversight over states like Texas."
As far as the blowback I anticipate from the usual suspects, fine if you want to bother, but I am going to grit my teeth and not bother responding. This is my conscience speaking.
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Austin TX 78701-1935
I normally wouldn’t waste my time, effort or money for a letter. And I have no doubt your staff has tossed the postcards I’ve sent telling you what a Trumpist deplorable you are. Nor have I any illusions that you care what I think. But I am self-actualized enough to relish the catharsis I get from doing what I do, although I plan to do more to help any progressive defeat you.
That said, I was delighted to see the Houston Chronicle’s editorial that called you out for your evil complicity in helping to destroy the public health of your fellow Texas citizens. And for all your breast beating about being “pro-life,” setting up our fellow residents to suffer a potentially fatal disease removes all doubt about who and what you really are. Because, you see, you’re an educated person, so logic would dictate you understand the science and therefore consequences of your public policy positions. Ergo, the only reasons for your behavior buttresses the Chronicle’s editorial position: you place political expediency over the welfare of the people who you’re supposed to lead and care for.
This, therefore, shines the light on and motivation for the other policies, such as your advocacy of inserting the Republican Party into women’s reproductive systems and imposing a state policy of forced birth on women. There, too, you put lives at risk, for if a pregnancy is a danger to the mother, in your view, that’s too bad. In this, of course, you’re not alone. You’re part of a disgusting tribe, like Jonathan Stickland and Tony Tinderholt, that hypocritically wants people to think you advocate freedom from government intervention while intervening in the most intimate and private parts of their lives. Tellingly, looking at Stickland’s, Tinderholt’s and others’ discussions about reproductive health, it vividly demonstrates the Texas Legislature is populated with ignoramuses.
Even worse, you hang your arguments on your version of “Christianity.” But, I won’t buy that as the foundation for our laws. Here’s another example of why you are placing political expediency above all else. Because of your law degree, you should know better than to imply or assert that any particular religious doctrine should guide or mold interpretations of the United States Constitution and our laws. I will argue you’re wrong on the basis of Thomas Jefferson’s Jan. 1, 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. Jefferson made clear there’s a wall separating church and state so your religious advocacy debases our legacy as Americans. Jefferson was far smarter than you or me.
In rejecting the notion that religion drives our laws, I side with the notion that there’s a sacred privilege between patient and physician — more sacred that the lawyer-client privilege — and statist intervention for any reason is not only wrong but also an insult to the Constitution and a violation of your (and others’) oaths of office. I also reject that “reasonable men can disagree” shibboleth. It’s clear I don’t think you’re reasonable and that you’re a religious zealot who weaponizes Christianity just as the Taliban seeks to use Sharia law. In short, you are no better.
I don’t know the origins of such a distortion in your thought processes, but I can’t help but wonder if your injury and subsequent paraplegia is part of it. After you received a large settlement for the claim, you advocated legislation that capped further such settlements. It would seem someone truly Christian in his view would think others injured under similar circumstances would deserve the benefit of the laws that you so willingly exploited. Your almost Freudian fixation on trees gives rise to the question about whether you received enough mental health support and ongoing counseling to be at peace with your situation. While Trump’s malignant narcissism has spotlighted the risks of mentally ill leaders, it’s also necessary to have mentally healthy officials at the state level. Otherwise, we’re dealing with unhealthy public policies. With others, like Tinderholt and Dan Patrick — the poor fellow with a genital obsession — it’s clear that some perversion drives the public policy agenda.
I sure wish Texans could expect better, but for now, we’re stuck with you and the rest of the Republicans and the epidemic of egregiously un-American public policies.