Again in February, Texas regarded like hell had frozen over. The second-largest state in the nation skilled an influence failure in the useless of winter, depriving residents of electrical energy, warmth, and potable water. At the very least 30 Texans died throughout the fiasco, and at the least 450 of them suffered carbon monoxide poisoning on account of determined efforts to maintain heat. This gravely unlucky episode revealed the crucial flaws in Texas’s deregulated power grid, the human price of the thought of freedom.
In the months since that energy failure, and one senator’s embarrassing try and flee from it, the state has gone to nice lengths to additional assert its supposed inherent liberties. And identical to the energy grid failure, every of those efforts comes at the expense of the state’s residents.
All yr lengthy, like in most different majority-Republican states, Texas politicians have been working towards passing payments that put dramatic restrictions on the voting process. The one-occasionally-spoken-out-loud thought is that Democrats stole the 2020 election, and so Republicans are solely using their freedom to guard themselves. In any other case, the push to empower partisan ballot watchers and ban COVID-era voting choices would simply be a response to the most secure election in American historical past.
If Texas politicians had been actually towards augmenting the conventional voting course of to accommodate a pandemic, although, one would possibly suppose they’d be extra vigilant about, , ending the pandemic. As an alternative, Governor Greg Abbott, who not too long ago tested positive for COVID himself, has taken each step potential to ban vaccine and masks mandates, together with a recent executive order, which runs counter to the state’s constitution. The thought of being free from sporting masks or having to take vaccines in a pandemic is so interesting in Texas, it requires banning enterprise homeowners and college superintendents from disagreeing on the challenge.
Elsewhere in the state’s faculties, Vital Race Idea, or at the least the conservative interpretation of it, has grow to be such a boogeyman of the tradition wars, it required immediate legislative action. Apparently, any lesson plan that features the historical past of racism in America infringes on the freedom to recollect historical past in a manner that is extra flattering to white folks. Many lecturers in Texas are against the anti-CRT bill however are powerless to do something about it. Now, the state has simply suspended its first Black principal over accusations of selling CRT, sparing the college students from, uh, mistakenly studying that America has loads of racism in its historical past.
Lastly, Texas just passed a bill banning abortion after six weeks, a time interval throughout which some ladies won’t even bear in mind that they’re pregnant. It’s the most excessive abortion regulation in the complete nation, containing a provision that gives a $10,000 bounty on anybody who helps one other particular person get hold of an abortion in the state. Opposition to abortion, each in Texas and America extra broadly, stems from a perception in spiritual freedom; particularly, a religion that considers abortion to be immoral. However this freedom, in fact, comes at the expense of everybody in the state who doesn’t imagine abortion to be immoral.
Texas is now a beacon of regulation for the sake of deregulation, and oppression in the title of freedom. What the hell is going on down there?