Democracy or mobocracy?

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State Sen. Wendy Davis released a video defending what happened in Austin last week and concluded it by saying, “That was not disorder. That was democracy.”

That’s right, Senator. What we saw on June 25 in Austin was democracy in action, which is precisely why our Founding Founders wisely declined to inflict democracy on this nation and instead created a constitutional republic and a Constitution that specifically guaranteed to each state a republican form of government.

Democracy results in mob rule, which Davis and her merry cohorts amply displayed. We will not permit the state of Texas to devolve into anarchy, attempting to thwart the will of the people via threat and intimidation.

— Adrian Murray, Fort Worth

How does the claim that “every life is precious” fit with the fact that Texas ranks nationally at the bottom in conditions for children: education, affordable/quality healthcare and childcare, as well as prenatal care.

Republicans want to close Planned Parenthood facilities that provide myriad health services to women, especially cancer screenings. In many rural areas, they’re the only providers of women’s health services. If they’re truly concerned about life, why limit these services, including birth control, which is the real way to limit abortion?

— Franya Wilhelm, Arlington

In Saturday’s Cheers & Jeers, a reader cheered Wendy Davis for her “courageous” filibuster.

My son has served five combat tours — three in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. That was courageous. The men who signed our Declaration of Independence were courageous. Those who stood up to the tanks in Tiananmen Square were courageous. The men who landed on Omaha and Utah beaches were courageous.

Davis stood for several hours in a safe room, filled with unarmed people, and babbled in defense of the legalized massacre of unborn children. To say that she was courageous cheapens the word.

— Mark Stewart, Crowley

As long as the Republicans control the Texas Legislature, there is no hope for fairness and reason in Texas government.

Kudos to the thousands of women who were there to show support for Wendy Davis, and a special high-five to state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, for asking: “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room?”

— Barbara Rubin, Fort Worth

Why is someone who supports murdering unborn babies considered a heroine by left-wing nut jobs?

— Jack Owen Kendrick, Weatherford

Hallelujah! The Democrats haven’t become totally extinct.

Thanks to Wendy Davis for leading the way in the battle with the self-righteous, self-anointed Republican puppets to the almighty dollar. They’ll never be able to see that the rest of the world actually exists.

Wendy, please run for governor against whatever Republican. If Rick Perry runs again, you should be a shoo-in. Every time he opens his mouth, he elevates you in the polls

— James L. Anton, Arlington

I am appalled that some condemn the execution of criminals who have taken the lives of innocent people but have put Wendy Davis on a pedestal for advocating the murder of late-term helpless babies. Such rationale is unbelievable!

— Bob Stewart, Bedford

When Gov. Perry tried to ram through 1950s-style anti-abortion legislation demanding that Texas women surrender their reproductive rights, Davis rallied thousands of women to her cause. Perry dismissed the women in the Senate gallery as rabble.

Davis may lose the initial fight with Perry, but a major engagement between Texas women and the men who control the Legislature has just begun.

— Terry Thompson, Jacksonville

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