If we have learned anything over the past year, it’s that adversity reveals the true character of leaders.
Since this is Texas, this lesson means recognizing we have elected state officials driven by self-interest, not the public’s interest, at apparently any cost. They are ill-equipped to lead and, in many instances, undeserving of their posts.
Without shame, indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton advanced the Big Lie of election fraud to subvert our democracy. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has used his authority to castigate and demonize transgender children. In a moment of crisis, Sen. Ted Cruz, another Big Lie enabler, jetted off to Cancún, Mexico, only to quickly return as a freezing public burned with outrage. And then there is Gov. Greg Abbott, a man who knows better — or should know better — and always plays the angles.
This is a governor who has reopened Texas “100 percent” and rescinded a mask mandate, putting Texans at risk of COVID-19, and then has the nerve to tag the spread of COVID-19 to illegal immigration, tweeting (because this is how politicians “speak” and express “thoughts” now), “The Biden Administration is recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas.”