If you wondered why launching a Milam County chapter of the Texas Democratic Women was important, the events of this week should make it clear.
First, there was Sheriff David Greene’s abandonment of local Democrats. I can’t really characterize his announcement as a surprise but I was disappointed. In his announcement, he said that, despite being a life-long Democrat, he is really a conservative. He told me the night of the election in November that he was worried about running on a Democratic ballot with Pres. Obama at the top of the ticket.
What’s more, I know that he and other elected Democrats have been subjected to intense pressure from our new Republican elite to run as Republicans in the next election … pressure that has included not-so-subtle intimidation and veiled threats. It’s disappointing that David lacked the courage to stand up to that, or to stand up for our president.
An active chapter of the Texas Democratic Women that openly supports elected Democrats can help counter the efforts of an aggressive group of wealthy Republican women, and the lies, misinformation and intimidation that is being spread by unsavory elements within the state, national and local GOP.
This week’s second item demonstrates rather clearly that there really are lies and misinformation being spread and that local people — who really should know better — believe this stuff.
The folks working to establish a local TDW chapter had originally planned to hold their organizational meeting at a church in Rockdale. The lady putting it all together is a member of the church and her husband is an officer in the church’s leadership … and they had permission from the president of the congregation.
But by Thursday afternoon, the president of the congregation — of a denomination that is generally considered to be “moderate” — bowed to pressure from people who called saying that the church had no business hosting a meeting of Democrats because Democrats believe in killing babies and letting homosexuals get married.
(If I were to be so ungracious as to respond in kind, I’d say that Republicans think it’s okay to poison our air and water, keep poor kids out of school and let their parents starve to death … none of which are very Christian attitudes … but I won’t say that.)
So, yes … it is past time for Milam County to have a chapter of Texas Democratic Women. The organizational meeting will be in Rockdale at the Busy Bea at 1:30 Saturday.
I’ll see you there!