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Went to Sleep in Texas; Woke Up in a Banana Republic
By Carol Morgan
Submitted on July 3, 2013 - 11:24pm
Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India.
What a difference a day makes.
On Tuesday, I went to sleep in Texas, but on Wednesday, I woke up in a Banana Republic.
Over one thousand people were denied the opportunity to testify about HB5 in the House Committee hearings on Tuesday evening, even though the special session will last thirty days. To add even more insult, anti-choice testimonies were unethically stacked together by the Texas Tea Party dominated committee. Thank you to Representative Farrar for pointing out the dishonesty. Add this offense to fake time-stamping, voter suppression, and re-drawing partisan maps. In kindergarten we called it cheating; in Texas, itís called politics.
Last nightís hearing revealed that the author of HB5, Representative Jodie Laubenberg (remember her? the one who claimed that ER rape kits could terminate a pregnancy by ďcleaning outĒ a victim?), didnít even know the average price of an abortion in a state that she represents. (By the way, it's $250 but will increase to around $1200 as a result of HB5) One witness testified that Laubenberg voted to defund prenatal care funds. Really inspires confidence, doesnít it?
It canít get any more Banana Republic than that! O.Henryís famous phrase in his work, Cabbages and Kings describes a politically unstable country, a citizenry consisting of a large impoverished class ruled by plutocracy of big corporations and the military.
Sounding familiar? Thatís because itís not limited to third-world countries whose chief product is bananas anymore.
More at http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2013-07-03/went-sleep-texas-woke-banana-republic .
Cross-posted in Good Reads Forum.
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