The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 May 2003

The yellow Donks of Texas

Boycotts, as the phrase goes, are as American as apple pie, though it strains the term to stretch it far enough to the fifty-odd Texas Democratic legislators playing hooky on Lake Texoma so as to stall a redistricting vote pushed by state Republicans.

Yes, I'm enough of a child of the Sixties to appreciate a conscientious refusal to take part in something big and institutional and possibly damaging.

But dammit, these guys are getting paid to take part in something big and institutional and possibly damaging. At the very least, they ought to be docked for their absences, and if Texas House rules permit, they should be disciplined. I have no problem with following one's conscience, but sometimes there's a price tag attached.

Posted at 9:25 AM to Political Science Fiction


but, but, but,... they're heroes! They're like the people at the Alamo! They're like the crew of the starship Enterprise! They're like Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic!

They're like Bozo the freakin' Clown. Maybe they can pick up some greasepaint when they go to Wal-Mart for their toothpaste and deodorant.

Posted by: Cam at 10:22 AM on 15 May 2003