MSNBC pundits feasted upon the Wendy Davis’ attack ad stumble against her Republican Greg Abbott as if it were Christmas morning on Fox & Friends. The first 10 seconds should /could have an alternate video other than the empty wheel chair but retained the audio. Yes, it is tasteless, a bit crass. The campaign did a disservice to the remarkable hard work of their candidate, potentially forfeited a competitive election and protracted the timeline of turning Texas purple.
I’d like to discuss individuals like Greg Abbott who belong to marginalized or minority segments populations. Marginalized segments of society must overcome complex obstacles to achieve equitable standards of living or success compared to ‘mainstream’ America. Nevertheless, there are individuals, members of discriminated groups who not only overcome insurmountable challenges, sometimes with the assistance of social, legal or political policies. Occasionally, an outlier/aberrant self-servicing person defies the best interests of the collective segment by advocating the termination of the exact policies that buttressed their status. It is a reflection in a dearth of character and betrayal of their arguably undeserved prosperity.
Here is my run down of odious individuals lacking the character to champion uplift the lives of folks facing similar circumstances and challenges to themselves:
Affirmative Action Beneficiary are Anti-Affirmative Action: Mute dote, Clarence Thomas, was Bush 41’s nomination to the Supreme Court and black token to assist in dismantling affirmative action. His appointment conveyed / served multiple purposes and messages. He was a conservative, a black jurists receiving a ‘qualified’ endorsement from the American Bar Association in 1991. A far fall from other high court appointees normally rated ‘well qualified’ and best of all he hungered to dismantle affirmative action the very policy providing him this historic nomination. The irony lay in the fact throughout Thomas’ maturation, he was “in the right place at the right time” to avail himself to the opportunities afforded by affirmative action in the 1970’s. His term a relentless insult to African Americans, liberals as a profane forgery for the legendary Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshal. Side note: Ben Carson extends the hubris of Thomas to the infinite intergalactic ego embodied by a brilliant surgeon. Both men foolishly perceive the embodiment of their personage would have elevated them to the successes they currently enjoy, maybe so, but given the overt effects of institutional racism on African Americans, minus the enlightened necessity of affirmative action, probably not likely.
Anti-Women or Women Warriors Attacking Women: Conservative women in the legislative branch vote against Pay Check Fairness Act considering the law entitles and protects their rights of undeserved equal pay. Identical to their male counterparts, these women pretend work and more frequently vacation during crises and use public office as a stepping stone to lucrative lobbying gigs. Hustlers like Ayotte, Collins, Fischer, Blackburn and Bachmann don’t depend upon their obscene salary of $174,000 to live but have no conscience of denying REAL WORKING Women the surety of an equitable wage. Surprisingly, the women senators voted for the Violence Against Women Act, but the vigilant ignorance of Blackburn and Bachmann correlated with their GOP male colleagues of maintaining the War Against Women. I can only speculate someone close to the individual Senate female conservatives were victims of domestic abuse, since this is the usual motivator for republican empathy or decency. Despite GOP callousness, VAWA was eventually renewed in 2013 but women voted against the interest and protection of their female constituents.
LGBT Candidate supports GOP, the Anti-LGBT Party: In this 2014 midterm season, a clash is blooming in the 6th Congressional district in Massachusetts between a democratic Rep. John Tierney (D) – MA and his openly gay Republican challenger, Richard Tisei. The contradiction circulates around Tisei’s support of LGBT rights endorsement from Victory Fund, an organization committed to increasing the number of open LGBT representatives, vs. professing he would vote with Speaker Boehner, who has spent millions defending DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act and vehement marriage equality opponent. Compound Tisei’s joint fundraising event with anti-same sex-marriage, New Hampshire congressional GOP candidate Frank Guinta. Conversely, Rep. Tierney’s record on LGBT rights is a demonstration of unquestionable, consistent support. Former Congressman Barney Frank (D) – MA, nails the predicament of selecting an allied incumbent for the LGBT community or a gay candidate who will be aligning with their party and voting against LGBT interests. Sound mind and logic dictate voting for Congressman Tierney, who unquestionably champions with LGBT issues.
Nation Immigrants of Hating on Immigrants: The most obvious hypocrisy is our nation of immigrants who invaded North America, ravaged the native inhabitants, stole slaves clamor for cessation of immigration. The anti-immigrant feverish pitch trolls upon the undesirability of new comers because they are often non-west-European-whites.
Climate Denier, Aid for My State, “Not Your’n!”: One of my favorites is Senator Jim Inhofe (R) – OK, an infamous-fool climate denier, voted AGAINST Hurricane Sandy Aid yet claimed the same type of federal aid provided to Oklahoma would be different. The only difference is ‘blood-red conservative’ Oklahoma is his state, the northeast affected by Sandy is populated by a majority of ‘blue state-democrats’.
Reasoning Against Abbott Hypocrisy: I could continue with a multitude of examples of the grand hypocrisy the Wendy Davis campaign was attempting to convey to the voting public of Greg Abbott’s hubris of removing the similar benefit he exploited /enjoyed after he was injured. As Attorney General, the man argued a woman with a prosthetic leg wasn’t disabled and therefore, not entitled to damages she incurred through her injury. Comparably, the argument could be made although he may not have use of his legs, but possess a wheelchair as a legitimate substitute for bipedal ambulation… Outrageous, equally stupid insensitive logic!
Abbott appeared on Fox pitifully lamenting, if Ms. Davis wishes to pick on a man in a wheelchair, then so be it. Yet, he has no compunction victimizing proliferating LIES about his opponent being under a FBI investigation, nor arguing for voter suppression id-laws, or limiting women’s healthcare by advocating for closing clinics unable to function as a hospital across the state. As the commercial mentions, Abbott protected surgeon Dr. Duntsch from malpractice suits from patients either maimed or killed by this scalpel-wielding drug-addict. Abbott has a litany of skeletons in his professional closet as AG from lying during a debate about cutting school funding against Ms. Davis to denying the storage of harmful chemicals, siding against sexual assault victims and his cover-up in the Texas Enterprise fund costing taxpayers $22 million.
Hope / Recovery for Wendy Davis Campaign: Most fair minded individuals desire to impart good fortune, opportunities to subsequent generations or people who follow / share similar circumstances or characteristics to ease their path through life. In artfully, the Davis campaign fumbled in conveying to Texas voters, Abbott is not one of those people. But maybe after the fall out, they’ll become curious, like me. They will google records on Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, educate themselves on both candidates. When they do, they will know Greg Abbott’s condition hasn’t hampered him from dedicating his career to ensure people who suffer misfortune or are unjustly treated will not reap equitable remedies to soothe their suffering/pain. Ms. Davis’ campaign was right to focus upon such entitlement of a truly selfish man. I hope others will see pass the Davis’ campaign faux pas and Abbott’s disability to his maliciousness.