The Feel Good Event of 2011

Observations of the Save Our School March and Rally at the Texas Capitol

1. The “Free Mumia” crowd was absent.
2. Most vocal contingent was the Socialist Workers Party. To think that their chants are now the most radical thing in Texas.
3. The displaced Eeyore’s Birthday bunch had a decent tap dancer.
4. Texas ain’t Wisconsin

The approximate crowd of 10,000 was for the most part subdued and many received a nice tan. To think that only this many people showed up speaks volume of a state that mistakenly identifies itself with independent and strong-willed people. Texas-you’re lame, cowed, and an embarrassment to the parts of the country that actually still make a stand for its’ working men and women. Maybe the citizens have been so trampled down by their Republican overlords, that any hint of rebellion causes extreme fatigue. Why there weren’t over 100,000 is a testimony to the apathetic nature of the people who live in this state.

As one teacher from the Houston area said, “I was the only one from my school to come. I tried to get others involved and make the trip, but they had no idea about a march, and said they didn’t follow the news and what is going on.” Sad, very, very sad.

Of course, these people follow the news. They know all about the abortion factories at Planned Parenthood, thousands of illegal aliens voting without id’s, allowing guns on campuses because of all the radical Muslims roaming the streets, American ranchers on the border being murdered by the Mexican drug cartels. They know because their friend sent them an email saying this was true, and make sure you forward this to eight other people.

Media presence at the rally? Almost none. Local Austin KXAN might have been there, but spent most of the time covering a Formula One racing movie at the Long Performing Art Center. Robert Hadlock sure wouldn’t want to upset his fellow Republican acquaintances by giving coverage to the filthy proletariat scum down the street.

Last week, Rick Perry stated that the local school districts were at fault for their own financial mess and would be responsible for the layoffs and closures. Well, he’s correct. Of the districts represented in the march, many elect Republicans at over 65% of the vote. This is the state government you want, this is what you get. Elections have consequences, so deal with it. Unfortunately, there are many people not directly linked to the schools that will be negatively impacted by the disruptions and the ripple effect will devastate communities.

So what did the rally do? Not much, at least for now, but it was a nice day for a walk. Republicans will end up using some of the rainy day fund, delay some cuts for next time, finagle the numbers, and hope voters will go back to their slumber. Which they will.

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6 Responses to The Feel Good Event of 2011

  1. Marcia says:

    I guess everything is relative. Expecting to see 1000-2000 participants, 11,000 looked impressive. But of course, it was a small number when we read of 100,000 showing up in WI. I too, am the lone teacher who converged on Austin. I too, am the lone teacher posting updates in the lounge on the education crisis while highlighting phone numbers and requesting teachers to email their eletecd officals. Maybe 1 or 2 do so. Which brings me to this point, how many teachers actually voted in the last Governor’s race? How many teachers volunteered a few hours throughout the Gov. campaign? (myself personally that would be hundreds of hours) So does this mean having strong unions with collective bargaining makes people stronger and more willing to partipcate or are Texans just disconnected? It is very discouraging. Maybe all those who attended are the lone teachers in their schools. Don’t forget many in attendance were also parents and students. It is very sad. As it has been said, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. I guess we were the 20 % who showed up at the Rally.

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  3. Is it true there was a counterdemonstration? I heard there was a crowd of people off to the side holding up bricks and chanting “We don’t need no education.”

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