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A lot of things happened to drive the bill to defeat but one of the most important tactics was the fact that the opposition created so much chaos with loud and virulent protests that Republicans who want to push Texas deeper and deeper into dark ages couldn’t get their act together to put everything in place by a needed deadline and the bill failed.
It’s ironic that the opposition used a tactic often deployed by the rabid right: Noise to muddle the issue.
On one hand it’s good to see the tabled turned on the rowdy right.
On the other, it’s sad to see how our government has descended so deeply into shouting, hyperbole and shrillness.
Substance vanished long ago in the American political system, replaced by screaming and senseless behavior that neither advances a cause or provides a consensus necessary for real success.
One look at the poster children of the rabid right shows a complete dependence on hysteria that is devoid of reality or substantial rhetoric.
Tea party events are filled with those who dress up as Uncle Sam or revolutionary war patriots who too often wave signs with racist slogans or threats of violence.
Those on the right flock to “stars” who offer little substance from their hyperbolic ravings: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Rand Paul.
Tuesday’s display in Texas may have shown that the only real way to deal with the rabid nature of the right-wing is to shout them down.
Sad, but perhaps true.
It may have come to this.
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