So you just had to know this drudge of the Republican Party couldn’t help but find some way to attack Senator Wendy Davis’ courageous battle to protect women’s rights.
Speaking at the National Right to Life conference, Rick Perry had some choice words that took aim at Wendy Davis and her past:
“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 is 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.”
First, his reference to her as “even the woman” is completely disrespectful. She’s one of his state senators and deserves more respect than that.
But his pathetic attempt to insinuate that all situations in life are equal just shows what level of ignorance this man lives with every day.
While Senator Davis has overcome exceptional circumstances to be where she is today, she is unfortunately the exception not the rule. For every Wendy Davis there are thousands of others who live difficult lives, unable to emerge from the poverty they were born into, because of life events similar to hers.
And I know this firsthand because I’m an exception to the rule. I came from a broken home, poverty stricken, raised by a single mother and my sister. I grew up on the poor side of San Antonio, moved a few times and often struggled to find my way through life. I made mistakes, got into trouble (though nothing criminal, just typical “needs to grow up” trouble) yet eventually went to community college, then to a university where I finished my degree in 2 1/2 years. I worked a full-time job, drove an hour (one way) to class and never took less than 18 hours in a semester. In fact I took 36 hours in my last 5 months as a student (spring semester/one summer term) so that I would graduate before my lease was up so that I could move to Dallas.
But I would never tell someone, “See, I did all of that—you should too.”
Each person is different and everyone responds to challenges differently. Each person is presented with different hurdles throughout their life, and just because one person can overcome certain events, doesn’t mean everyone else can.
So Rick Perry’s assertion that Wendy Davis is a hypocrite because she managed to overcome incredible obstacles to go on to graduate from Harvard Law and eventually become a Texas Senator —just shows how clueless he really is.
And for the record, Rick Perry couldn’t care less about life. Nearly 1 in 4 (18.5%) children in Texas lives in poverty and over 1 in 4 (26.6%) have lived in poverty at some point in their lives. He often pushes for cuts to education. He refuses to embrace the Affordable Care Act, which would provide health care to millions of Texans living in poverty (and Texas ranks near the top in this country for households living in poverty).
So calling Rick Perry “pro-life” is a joke. The only thing he pretends to care about are fetuses and that’s only because abortion is an easy tool Republicans often use to manipulate their voters and blind them from all the atrocities the GOP routinely causes and supports.
But the truth is, Rick Perry has to try and belittle Wendy Davis. In one day she vaulted herself to the top of the Democratic Party in Texas, capturing not just the support of Texas Democrats, but Democrats from all over the country—and that scares the hell out of him.
As it should.
I would encourage everyone reading this to please head over to Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas, a page we created to build support, and hopefully encourage the Senator to lead this state. We want to show Ms. Davis how many support her and want to her to be the next Governor of Texas.