I most strongly disagree with you on Gov. Perry, which is a change of opinion for me. During the regular session, I felt the problem was ALL Strauss. I knew Perry would sign the bill if he got it, but Strauss was able to block anything in the house he wanted blocked. I was a little disappointed during the first special session. When it was first called, and contained no gun issues and no other controversial issues of that type, I said OK, this is smart. Call the session for the things that must get done (redistricting, transportation funding, and juvenile death penalty fixes) and get it over with. I wish he had added guns but could accept that it would wait. I did not blame Perry for this and even supported it despite Dewhurst saying we would see the gun issue then.anygunanywhere wrote:That said, special sessions are called by the governor for specific purposes, and lambasting Perry because he does not include other legislation is pointless.
Those of us who pay attention to what goes on in the legislature know where the problem exists, and it is not with Governor Perry.
When abortion was added, I was a little disappointed but said it was okay. I can understand the real politics where he had to add an issue to appease the base and I can see his choosing abortion over guns. It was not my choice but I could understand it so I still did not say Perry was an enemy. And when the abortion issue died at the end, with as much controversy and fight as it did have, I said he was done playing politics and would not add something like it again. I did not think he would add anything controversial to a second special session since it would risk the things that need to be passed.
But when he started the call for the abortion issue and will not add any of the gun issues, I could hide my head in the sand no longer. I will lambast Perry for doing this. Adding abortion was a dumb thing to do (politically) as it will cause more trouble getting anything through. It will not add to his base and I see no valid political reason to add it. Adding guns this time would have appeased another group of the base that may not agree with the abortion issue. Not adding it twice in a row shows us exactly where we stand in his eyes. He likes guns but gun owners are so safe to him that he doesn't need to do anything to help them. He won't use his pulpit to move bills during the session to help, and he won't add things to his special session agenda.
Politically, Perry is not my friend any longer. He is not what I would consider an enemy of guns yet like I see Strauss, but he is no longer my friend. And, while I was not a Republican, I can say I never will be again. I extend my view of Perry to the whole party he represents, much as I would have if he had supported issues I feel strongly about.