The Texas Democratic Party State Convention began its three day convention yesterday Thursday 7 June 2012. Party faithfuls, power mongers and those new to the process are convened for three days of playing out what is likely a foregone conclusion and the result of pre-convention power brokers’ efforts.
On its face the convention engages what would appear an ambitious agenda. Only the unindoctrinated believe that. The experienced know better.
Still it’s likely that’s been the case every time Texas Democrats have met over the last two decades and the result has been the same, more status quo.
Why would that be you ask? Please. Texas Red Democrats are only marginally less conservative than it’s reddest GOPers. In another life they were GOPer. Always have been. They’ve changed skins only in reaction to the actions of first Abraham Lincoln and then Lyndon Baines Johnson.
What does that mean? It means we have no realistic, lucid reason to believe that anything meaningful will come of the convention that challenges the status quo. The standard bearers have way too much to lose by changing things as they are.
Of course there is a wild card—Rachel Barrios Van Os. If the name sounds familiar it should. Rachel ran for the post of Bexar County Clerk in 2010. She is also the wife of David Van Os, attorney, state attorney general candidate and a real Texas Patriot. Rachel coordinated her husband’s visit to every county seat in the state when he ran for office. She is a San Antonio native, tireless, caring and ready to make a difference. I’m not the only one who believes that. Legendary progressive journalist Ronnie Dugger (Recently featured in “Ronnie Dugger: The Free Man”, Austin American-Statesman, 4-29-2012) endorses Rachel’s campaign for State Party Chair.
Whether the rank and file choose to opt for “no kidding” real change, even I can believe in, remains to be seen. Either way, the stage is being set for Rachel. If anyone can shift things for the party and citizens of the state, she’s it.
Democrats haven’t won a statewide race since 1994. Maybe that why the state’s governor calls it the “Texas Miracle.” I say the miracle is that things aren’t worse. Given the state’s “oops” excuse for a governor and two incredibly Neocon US senators and a majority population intent on maintaining that status quo we’re fortunate things aren’t worse. But they could be Texas GOPers are also meeting and they’ve been booing the “oops” governor. It appears the state’s “real conservatives” don’t think the Medieval conditions they’ve created are Medieval enough.
Those calling for more conservative measures are majority Anglo. It’s the part of the Texas population that lives marginally well. So yes for them things are okay. For all of the rest of us—not so much.
The “as is” state of conditions in Texas Red is that the state has a $27B dollar deficit. The deficit was completely GOPer contrived, driven and created. It comes at a time when there is more food-insecurity in this state in general and in San Antonio in particular (1 in 5 citizens) than ever before. It comes at a time when there are more citizens without access to affordable healthcare (1 in 4) than ever before. In fact no other state has less access to healthcare than Texas. The state has a critical dropout rate and an apartheid public education system with an ever increasing flow of school house to jail house pipeline. It’s flowing faster than ever and filling the prisons-for-profit system with what those in control (Anglos) consider the “surplus population.” This serves to enrich corporations, entrench Jim Crow and create the latest iteration of slavery by another name.
GOPers and the majority population are heralding the “Texas Miracle” even as Texas is tied with the state of Mississippi for the greatest number of minimum wage earners in the nation. Enough! We have elected officials who are turning the state more and more into a Third World economy to the detriment of the average citizen and benefit of untaxed corporations. Enough!
What is the “desired state?” It should be for improvement of the status quo. Whether those at the convention agree or prefer to protect their best interests and those of the special interests they serve over that of the under-served and unrepresented of this state is something that remains to be seen. Good Luck, Rachel but I’m not holding my breath.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…