On Twitter, in front of the Alamo, in your campaign, you’ve been huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf and now you’re dancing around like Little Red Riding Hood. That is not leadership.
In Texas today, those fighting for civil rights don’t wield fire hoses in the streets or collect taxes and administer tests at the polls. But the Texas politicians who fight voting fairness today use the Texas Attorney General’s office and legislative weapons that have the same effect, often using them against the same minority senior citizens who fought the early civil rights battles.
It is profoundly important to honor President Johnson’s historic contributions to justice and democracy — and to appreciate how hard he fought for the rights of every Texan and every American.
We cannot properly honor President Johnson or his legacy, however, unless we are also unafraid to call out the current state leaders who somehow see their own ambitions and political future dependent upon discounting and suppressing the precious voting rights of Texas voters.
Electoral politics in Texas needs more heroes. The established political parties and career politicians aren’t providing them. My hero is me, in seven months, when the people of Texas choose me to represent the state’s most crucial interests: our farmers, and our agricultural economy. They, like all Texans, deserve a government that lets them just keep livin’.
This map tracks the closure of Texas abortion providers, which are increasingly located only in major cities along interstate highway corridors, leaving rural Texans without the safe, legal abortion care they’d been able to access since Roe v. Wade.