Oh the hypocrisy. Texas Governor Rick Perry is picky, picky, picky about which day he chooses to revere the First Amendment and exactly whose voices matter (other than the ones he hears inside his own head). Apparently, State Senator Wendy Davis's voice and those of her supporters need not bother to use theirs.
Per L.A. Times, Perry and GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are confident that their dream of anti-abortion legislation will come true:
"It will pass overwhelmingly and will become the law in the state," Perry said in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think the voice of the people of Texas will be heard." [...]
[Perry] called on antiabortion activists to fill Capitol hearings and galleries this week as their opponents have done, to make their voices heard via Facebook and the Twitter hashtag #stand4life.
"We will pass this bill," Dewhurst said, insisting the legislation's supporters are in the majority. "Texas is and will always be the most pro-life state in America."
More from the Times:
Supporters of the legislation — who planned to wear blue — also called on activists to head to the Capitol to speak on the legislation when it comes up in committee.
"The committee hearings have not been scheduled but could be as early as Tuesday at 2 p.m.," the Texas Alliance for Life posted on Facebook. "Please prepare a 3-minute testimony explaining how abortion has hurt you or someone you love. Bring your friends, family, and invite your church. Come prepared for a long night."
Joe Pojman, the alliance's executive director, said time would be on the legislation's side, and he hoped more protesters would be too.
Here is what CNN is reporting this morning:
But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.
..."The lieutenant governor and the speaker both are not going to allow that to occur in their chambers," Perry said in an interview with KFYO, a radio station based in Lubbock, Texas.
Then Perry said this:
"The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring."
Um, Ricky, voicing opposition IS democracy.
Perry said the "absolute anarchy that we saw in the last 15 minutes in the Senate chamber (was) not appropriate or normal."
Well now, Ricky, yes, it was appropriate. What isn't appropriate is your despicable War on Women, their privacy, their reproductive rights, their health services, their equality, their dignity, their freedom to choose to undergo a legal procedure (abortion), and their freedom to decline an unnecessary, invasive procedure (vaginal probe) forced upon them by mostly male legislators.
Next, after whining about how unruly Democrats have no right to express themselves, he "called on the anti-abortion community to have the same intensity as their opponents in the days ahead but to conduct themselves with 'decency, civility and decorum'."
Of course, protesting, pro-forced-birth, "anti-big-government" conservatives are decent and civil, but protesting pro-choicers are indecent and uncivil.