June 27, 2013 | 12:56 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I love Wendy Davis. Truly love her on levels that are deep, even though I only learned who she was recently. She is an amazing woman and I admire her. I do not like Rick Perry. I dislike him on levels that are deep, even though I know I am wasting my energy. Wendy Davis is good for women, while Rick Perry is bad for women. Rick Perry is bad for America, while Wendy Davis is making America better.
I could write about the political views of these two people, but I will leave that up to people who write about politics. I could write about the religious views of these two people, but I will leave that up to people who write about religion. I do not know these people. I have not met them, ever written about them, and have no real knowledge of their political records, religious views, or job history. So why write at all?
I am writing about them because not saying anything seems wrong. After the events of the past couple of days, to not share my opinion gives power to opinions I disagree with. Important to note that this goes beyond not agreeing with Rick Perry. People can disagree, and that is one of the blessings of living in America, but Mr. Perry is trying to violate the rights of women based on his religious beliefs.
In response to the filibuster of Ms. Davis, Rick Perry told his constitutes that Texas values life. Interesting that hours later, Texas executed a 52 year old woman on death row. Apparently they only value some life, and believe they are qualified to speak on behalf of God. Things took an unexpected turn when Mr. Perry decided he was going to get personal with Ms. Davis, which I can’t even wrap my head around.
Rick Perry: "Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters."
Perry crossed a line when he spoke of Wendy Davis on such a personal level. His opinion of abortion is clear, but to comment on her unwed mother and teenage pregnancy is disgusting. Wendy Davis is not a hero because she was a single, teenager mother who went to Harvard and is working to change the world. Wendy Davis is a hero for giving a voice to the women of Texas, who are being told to be quiet. Rick Perry’s attack on her is an attack on all women.
In response to the idiotic comments of Perry, proving she is a classy woman worthy of our praise and admiration, Wendy Davis said: "Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test."
I get fired up when I see ignorance in government, which is probably why I rarely write about politics. In this case however, I feel compelled to say I am offended by Rick Perry. He is ignorant, and his words are not those of God. He is a hypocrite, using my government to push his faith, and I am sick of it. Rick Perry needs to get his morals out of my uterus because God is watching, and this is not how he wants us to keep the faith.
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