From the AP: “When you move elections to unusual dates, everyone agrees it has a negative impact on minority turnout,” said Nina Perales, an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. “Even the state’s expert agrees, when you have an unusual election day, minority voters are less likely to turn out.”

“We are very, very concerned that the election process has been thrown into chaos,” she added echoing most all Democrats involved in blowing-up Texas redistricting and elections.

Admittedly it’s hard to set the Democrat’s insulting minority-behavior point aside, which essentially says minorities are too dumb, or relatively more dumb than whites, to vote on what she calls “unusual dates”.  But for the point of this column, I will set that bigotry aside and tell you to use this “thrown into chaos” phrase as test of various editorial boards and news writers across the state. When chaos is stressed as a reason why Texas shouldn’t stand-up for its right to adopt its own policy and determine how it will run its own elections, you know you’re dealing with a shill for Democrats.

The reason is two-fold. First, the people who are chanting chaos and opposing letting this Constitutional issue run its proper course, are the very people who created the situation of uncertainty to begin with. It was their court-shopping and lawsuits which created all of the problems they now decry.

Second, if you accept the idea that the Rule of Law, Federalism, State-Rights, and the whole lot, should be abandoned just because such may cause confusion in one election year, you are among the crowd that believes not in the Constitutional Rule of Law but rather, in mob rule which reacts to the passions, no matter how misplaced, of the crowd at the moment.

The issues in Texas’ redistricting case are as important to our future Liberty as is Obamacare. That’s why the Supreme Court chose to get involved and, it should be handled soberly and deliberately.

Pratt on Texas

Robert Pratt has been active in Texas Republican politics since the Reagan re-elect in 1984. He has served as Lubbock County Republican chairman, and in 2006 founded the Pratt on Texas radio network, providing the news and commentary of Texas on both radio and podcast. Learn more at


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