Am I a Deadly Weapon?

The governor, the mother, and the video

Some months ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning mask mandates in his state. In response, several school districts defied — or considered defying — this order. So Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office advised they were ready to file suite against these ISD’s.

First, some applause

Obviously, these are comments that are begging for an incendiary response. I for one refuse to go there. To the contrary, I compliment her — sincerely! I mean, she showed up at the School Board meeting. How many of us have done that? Secondly, she had the courage to speak and refused to be intimidated. And yes, she had ‘chutzpah’ to speak her mind forcefully as a parent.

Some “inconvenient facts” to consider

That said, her remarks serve as an example of raw emotion being used to hand down ‘one-size-fits-all’ judgments that are not based on careful analysis and fact.

Stepping back for a minute…

I for one refuse to paint with a broad brush. I refuse to judge the character of someone who I don’t know based on a 30-second video clip. If I were to see her in the grocery store, I’d shove aside my ideological differences and smile at her. Chance are she’d likely smile right back!



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Gary David Flamberg

Gary David Flamberg

Free-lance writer and fellow sojourner with a desire to communicate hope, convey truth as I see it, and encourage dialogue on important issues.