In Texas, the art of the Quickdraw is not dead. In fact, the Lawmakers with the quickest voting hands get the most votes. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this video of Texas Lawmakers in action. This is despicable and illustrates everything that is wrong with U.S. legislatures today.
Don't get me wrong — this isn't a problem with the system, this is a problem with the voters. This is a problem with you and me. We need to get off our asses and stop tolerating this sort of behavior in our government. I'm going to go on a slight tangent here and talk about lobbying, but although it might seem unrelated it isn't.
We vote legislators into office and then they get there they vote themselves salary increases and make sure it's legal for them to take handouts from corporations — of course they claim it doesn't influence their voting. Riiiiiight. These people are petty, selfish, and most importantly: They are not looking out for the interests of the people who elected them.
Sticking to the example shown in the video, why are all of those absent legislators absent? Even better, why don't they make a stink over someone else casting their votes? Let's assume the best scenario: Every absent legislator has a good reason not to be there and every vote case on their behalf is cast along party lines — even when a Republican is leaning over to push a Democrat's voting buttons (in other words, let's assume the Republican pushed YES on his own vote, but pushed NO for his Democrat colleague) is that how we want our country run? Along party lines? If that's the case then why even pay these people a salary? Just let the party with the majority of seats run congress singlehandedly until the next election.
And no, I was not making an actual suggestion. I think voting along party lines is ridiculous and it is making this country worse every minute. We need individuals with their own opinions and, more importantly, the drive to make sure the opinions of their constituents are heard. In short, no matter the specific details and facts there is absolutely no excuse for the kind of behavior we see in this video and I strongly suspect this behavior is not restricted only to the Texas State Legislature.