Roughly 1,000 people had signed up to testify against the abortion bill being pushed through the 2nd special session of Perry’s personal agenda, but only about 10% of those people were actually allowed to speak. So a coalition of independent agencies put together a petition requesting senators to hold public hearings across the state.
Yesterday, (Sunday) I volunteered for a couple hours to make calls on behalf of StandWithTexasWomen.org, trying to add names to their petition. I only actually spoke to 21 people. Of them three cut me off or hung up before they knew what I was talking about. All the remaining 18 people who actually spoke to me expressed their objection to what Perry is trying to do. That was encouraging.
One person described himself as a clinical psychologist who is aware of what happens when women find themselves in a desperate situation and are denied safe professional medical procedures. Everyone else simply voiced disgust at Perry’s disregard for the 80% of Texans opposed to this bill.
Gov. Perry said,“The louder they scream, [in protest] the more we know that we are getting something done.”.
His unreasonable disregard for the strong concerns of a clear majority of his constituents is the sound of a political career coming to an end.
Of the dozen-and-a-half people I talked to yesterday, my favorite was this adorable little old lady who expressed her opinion of Rick Perry in her ancient Granny voice, “I just want you to know, I really hate that man.”
All the other volunteers reported her opinion as being consistently repeated by almost everyone that any of us spoke to.