July 10th, 2013
abortion · austin · authoritarianism · civil disobedience · control · control structures · filibuster · Gandhi · House of Representatives · justice · liberty · nullification · political rules · regulations · ron paul · rotunda · rules · sneakers · Texas Capitol · Texas Congress · threats to women · Wendy Davis · women's rights
This week Jad and Kevin spend another episode talking about the now famous Wendy Davis filibuster against the Texas Republicans. Our focus is less on the actual abortion bill that she was attempting to block and more so on the reality of how the American political system works.
Contrary to what we’re taught in school, the joke of Americans having any real power in the legislative process couldn’t be illustrated any better than examining how political rules work. Or more to the point, how they don’t.
In other words, any time the rules aren’t adhering to the favored outcome, they’re simply changed or discarded altogether. Ron Paul’s fans learned it, and now Wendy’s have too.