Let’s see if we have this right. The Texas Legislature adjourned last week without passing legislation to keep five state agencies — including the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Insurance — operating after Sept. 1, 2010.
So now Gov. Rick Perry says he is going to call lawmakers back for a special session to renew those agencies and deal with other legislation he considers critical. And here is what far-right pressure groups like Free Market Foundation Focus on the Family-Texas say:
If there are any transportation related issues addressed in the Special Session, then we will want to see the Choose Life License plate on the agenda.
This much should be clear about Texas politics: the radical right — which has the support of the governor — is far more interested in promoting fringe political agendas than in dealing with the real issues that working families care about. Instead of letting lawmakers focus on critical issues like transportation and insurance oversight, right-wingers want yet another divisive, distracting battle over turning license plates into platforms for promoting political agendas.
The same thing is happening in education. State Board of Education debates over curriculum standards increasingly revolve around issues like teaching creationism and attacking church-state separation, not ensuring that Texas students get a 21st-century education.
For the radical right in Texas, it’s always about fueling the “culture wars.”