In Texas "today", Senator Wendy Davis attempted to scupper an anti-abortion bill by filibustering (time-wasting) it for 13 hours straight. This lady deserves some serious credit for literally standing up for her beliefs; for the entire duration, she was not allowed to sit down, rest on anything or otherwise take a break from stalling the vote.
People the world over are going hog-wild about this act of bravery and fortitude. Though her protest was cut short, it "should have" achieved its goal, but the vote was conducted anyway - "illegally", after the midnight deadline. Regardless, the bill was killed after hours of late-night protesting.
Now, opinions on abortion aside (let's not open that can of worms), this "tale of heroism" has really got my goat. I'm astounded at how people think that, well, what Senator Davis did was somehow acceptable. As many others have already said: apparently, filibustering outrageously is perfectly okay given you agree with the motive.
If this was the reverse, if it was a person ruthlessly filibustering to prevent an anti-abortion policy from being revoked, how would you feel? If someone deliberately exploited a loophole and bullshitted their way to a victory when they were the minority, bypassing the fundamental tenets of democracy by wasting time?
The simple fact is, you don't have any right to fuck with how a legitimate vote is going to turn out. Regardless of how detestable the bill is, especially to us non-Texans (in my case, non-American), the fact is? Texans voted those representatives in; Texans are now responsible for what they do; Texans, by implication, want this anti-abortion bill passed.
If Texans disagree? Too fucking bad, you voted wrongly. Or didn't vote at all. Get off your arses and fucking vote next time. Be aware of the issues, and contact your representative to let them know how you feel. If they act against your wishes, then where is the alternative? Why isn't there a representative you could have elected who is in line with the majority of the state's beliefs? Why haven't you run for office? Where do you think these politicians come from? Could it be, perhaps, that you actually don't represent the majority of your state?
Hours of protesting is irrelevant. If it was a majority of people protested the bill, then why didn't their earlier voting reflect that? Why were representatives instated that went so flagrantly against the will of their own electorate? Or is it perhaps that it was a vocal minority?
Texas wanted that awful bill passed. Texans wanted abortions to be out of reach for victims of rape (after 20 weeks). They wanted it. Texas is a hideously regressive bastion of hatefulness. And if any Texans disagree with my assessment there?
Say nothing to me. I don't care. Actions speak louder than words. VOTE!
As much as I think Wendy Davis is a full-blown hero, and I absolutely do agree with her politics here, and I would love to see this bill obliterated (and it was), the fact is she abused a stupid loophole to sabotage the bill. That's not acceptable. Respectable, but not acceptable. By rights, the bill should have passed, and that'd be Texas' own fault. This isn't over, because it was achieved by, frankly, underhanded methods and some loud protesting right in the legislature's face. They'll try again.
Unless this shit is killed, decisively, at the root of the cause, a despicably cold anti-abortion bill is going to be back, and they won't let someone filibuster it to oblivion the second time. I don't mean to be insulting to Texas, or to Senator Davis; I am pointing out the fact that action and involvement from the enfranchised public is what's needed here.
If you stayed home on state election day, then you're to fucking blame. You left the fighting to people like Senator Davis, who could only fight with the inadequate weapons afforded to them, and excused yourself from your civic duty with your pseudo cynicism and jadedness. You can't hide behind excuses or accusations of corruption unless you've actually tried to get involved.
Please remember: whenever you don't vote, whenever the majority doesn't vote, that leaves the stage wide open for lobbyists. For whichever group is whipped into a frenzy at that exact moment. If the typical Texan doesn't vote, the rabid ultra-conservatives will.
EDIT -- just a heads up, folks. I actually do understand the challenges Texas especially presents, with the two-party system, homogeneity between those parties, gerrymandering and the like. My point here is just to encourage grass-roots/public involvement. You won't change a THING by sitting there on election day, remaining uninvolved but for a few vocal protests, and so on. Get involved. Contact your representatives. Vote. At least try.
If all else fails, a Mister Jefferson once said something about manure... what was it again? Hm.