Stay and fight
Re: “Walkout Drama Hurts Democracy — Democrats’ hyperbole matches Republican political theater,” July 14 Editorials.
I am in agreement with your view that the Democratic lawmakers should have stayed and stood their ground in the battle over a voting bill that seeks to tighten election laws. Even though they know they will lose, they are shirking their duty.
What they should be doing is making certain that all Texans understand the motivation behind the bill, which is not to counter fraud, but to make voting less convenient. Then, they should make a massive effort to register more voters and get them to the polls.
The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy, yet Texas is the one of the lowest voting states in the country. Seeking to restrict it has been a Republican goal for many years. It’s time for a well-planned backlash, and I believe the public is in favor of this.
Susan Griffith, Plano
The GOP’s alternate reality
Thanks, Dallas Morning News, for shaming Texas Democrats for leaving the state to fight for voting rights while Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP are determined to enact sweeping new voting restrictions. In this Republican alternate reality that you call “political theater,” Abbott would most likely win best supporting actor as a Donald Trump wannabe for his full-throated threats of arrest and calls for continued special sessions until he gets his way — facts be damned.
Trump himself earns a nod for best original screenplay for concocting and perpetuating — for months — claims of election fraud that led to the deadly Capitol insurrection and set off the GOP-led clampdown on voting rights nationwide.
A Democratic overreaction, you say? Check out recent stories in your newspaper about the Conservative Political Action Conference overreactions and our democracy being “lesser for it.” Key words: political grievances, complaints aplenty, election fraud, tall tales and so much evidence.
Becky Hanna, Lewisville
Making good trouble
The Texas Democrats’ walkout “hurts democracy?” How shortsighted to say that. The walkout may save democracy in the long run. By fleeing to Washington, D.C., our legislators’ civil disobedience may finally shine a spotlight on a nationwide problem that urgently needs every American’s attention. Red state legislatures are trying to turn former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” into the GOP’s stacked deck. The Texas Democrats’ activism “hurts democracy” the same way the 1960s Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins hurt sandwich sales. Nowadays they call that good trouble.
Garry Potts, Highland Park
Pawns in Congress
Your editorial clearly shows that the primary reason the Democratic lawmakers flew to Washington, D.C., was not because of the Texas election bill but to become pawns in the Democrats’ push in Congress to pass a federal voting law. Where are they going to fly when they don’t like the federal law?
Michael Bireley, Plano
Dems had no choice
Your editorial is way off base in calling the House Democrats’ breaking quorum “an abdication of their duties.” You rightly called out the Republican so-called “election integrity” bill as “problematic” in both policy and process. These bills were written to specifically target voters in the large counties, especially Harris County, which made good use of drive-through voting, 24-hour voting and expanded vote by mail — all reduced or eliminated in the bill.
The bills were brought to committee without giving Democrats time to review them. During testimony, hundreds of Texans waited hours to speak out against the provisions. Republicans chose to ignore their testimony and the bills passed committee on a party-line vote and would have passed the full House and Senate the same way.
The only option left to Democrats was to buy time — by breaking quorum and leaving the state. They are not “abdicating their duties.” They are doing what they were elected to do: advocating for…