“Don’t do it the wrong way”: Did Texas try to illegally push through pro-life bill?

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It seem like every big piece of legislation that becomes law under the Obama White House has only been able to pass with back-door, dishonest tactics. The left has usurped the Constitution, lied to the public, used special interest groups, and even exploited children to promote their legislation the last five years. While it may be effective, Glenn knows that in order to win in the long run, those standing for freedom can’t use these tactics.

“We always have to do things the right way,” he said this morning. “We always have to stand up for the people’s rights — even if they’re people that we disagree with. We cannot cheer for someone’s demise if their demise has come at an unconstitutional way.  Cannot do it.  Our problem, and not with people, our problem is with our rights being trampled and so we have to stand up.”

This was in particularly important to note for Glenn this morning because of some legislation being pushed in his home state of Texas. The Texas Senate was set to vote on a bill, known as SB 5, that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. The bill also required doctors who performed the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis had different plans. According to TheBlaze,

“Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began a one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort that would impose stringent new abortion restrictions across the nation’s second-most populous state.

Sen. Wendy Davis, 50, of Fort Worth began the filibuster at 11:18 a.m. CDT Tuesday and passed the halfway mark in her countdown to midnight – the deadline for the end of the 30-day special session.

Rules stipulate she remain standing, not lean on her desk or take any breaks – even for meals or to use the bathroom. Colleagues removed her chair so she wouldn’t sit down by mistake.”

While Glenn is clearly on the pro-life side of this debate, he wasn’t exactly please with the GOP’s response to the filibuster. The GOP controlled House was able to end the filibuster just before midnight and voted 19-10 to pass the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But here’s the thing — while the vote to end the filibuster may have made the midnight cut-off, the vote on the bill didn’t.

This morning on radio, Glenn expressed his feelings that if the Texas GOP is going to pass this law, it has to be done legally.

“The left stood up and they did this whole thing and they tried to be like Rand Paul and the President even tweeted, “#StandwithWendy Something extraordinary happening in Texas.”  Well, they found a loophole and they shut it down, and it actually wasn’t a loophole. When he shut her down, I think he was right.  He gave her three warnings throughout the day. It’s very complex on how it has to work. She violated, he gave her three warnings. On the third one he shut it down. But then they passed this bill after midnight,” Glenn explained. 

” The Senate closes its session at midnight.  It’s time‑stamped 12:02.  That’s — you’ve passed it and you didn’t do it the right way. The Governor has to call for a special session and do it the right way,” Glenn continued. 

“Let me say the words of George Washington: Let us raise a standard that the wise and the honest can repair. And what that meant then and what that means now is you will never be able to go back and have the wise and the honest later fix anything and try to repair it if we’ve ever cut corners.  It’s not worth doing unless we do it right. And it has to be done legally, properly, peacefully.  It has to be done the right way. Because we’re not just, we’re not trying to defeat the left.  We are trying to build something that can last forever.  It is so wildly broken.  We go back and look at the pieces of the way they originally did it, repair what we can, and anything we do to repair or rebuild must be done properly.  The governor has to call for a special session.  It was done wrong.  It’s illegal.  Don’t do it.  Don’t do it the wrong way.”

It was later revealed that once Lt. Governor David Dewhurst was made aware of the time stamp of the vote, he acknowledged that it could not be submitted. If the GOP controlled House and Senate want to bring the bill up for another vote, Governor Rick Perry will have to call a second special session — the first of which was for this bill.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Come on do it right or we are no better than the people we fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002198081296 Right Way

    Sounds to me like Dewhurst did EXACTLY that!. So once again, Liberals win and we take it up the ARSE. I’m at the point where I don’t care any more. Kill all the children you want. Put us in chains, Murder us at will. Screw our kids, by overturning DOMA. That is where the Democrats STAND and what they want. THEY WANT NO ACCOUNTABILITY, but By God, we better make sure the we cross every T and dot every i. They could have “frozen” the clock, it’s been done before. But ya know what, the liberals will NEVER be satisfied until the Muslims & Homo Perverts control this country, we are in chains and our children are sacrificed to NAMBLA. But,yeah Glenn, WE must do it right.

  • Anonymous

    You aren’t.

  • Anonymous

    this may appear to be a somewhat minor point to argue and discuss, but note that it is a basic truth, even on a par with the God-given truths of the Constitution. Truth is immutable, and when man tries to modify, change or subvert truth, he fails to follow Nature’s law and his efforts turn to sand under his feet — no firm foundation.

    “Do it the right way” and it cannot be argued against — truth is its own standard. Shave corners, twist it a little bit, and it all unravels, comes apart under your feet. Even so seemingly small a thing as two minutes past the deadline violates their own self-imposed laws and is a fatal chink (sorry about that word — any bigots want to challenge it, and impose a silly PC thing misinterpreting it?) in the foundation of law.

    Righteous laws must be passed, and followed righteously, or we are lost.

    Well, looking at the big picture, much is now unrighteous, and followed unrighteously, so it must be that we are heading downward, unless righteousness can prevail. It is looking dicey now, isn’t it?

    An ongoing example:
    Remember Benghazi. Who said: “Stand down.”?

    Laus Deo

  • Anonymous

    You guys missed the whole problem, including Glen. They shut down the filibuster so then the gallery (private citizens) which was packed with in state and out of state abortionists, started screaming so load the Senate had to try to remove them, no one could hear anything, as the Senate was trying to pass the legislation, and when the vote was finally heard it was past midnight, but Dewhurst (supposedly) thought he had called it before. Well when they checked it was in fact 2 min after, so the vote was cancelled, I watched it live, so I know what the craziness was. The Republicans were NOT trying to pull anything. The abortionists were the ones pulling something with their supposed “people’s filibuster”, which is illegal.
    NOT TO WORRY. Governor Perry has called another special session on July 1st to finish the work. BTW, we were already in a special session that the abortionists disrupted at the last minote.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    I don’t care what you think.

  • Anonymous

    we’ll filibuster again!

  • Anonymous

    Perry has called for a second special session.

    I watched the proceedings live and confusion reigned supreme.  Is this what we are to expect?  Many (most?) of the “spectators” were wearing burnt orange UT shirts.  A civics lesson for our future leaders?

    Laws without civility are useless.

  • DFW Dann

    The point missed was that the time-stamp was changed to read 6/25 and not 6/26 when originally posted to the legislative website.  Given the ample amount of evidence Glen should have noted this and joined those of us in Texas who are calling for the AG to investigate to see if Texas law was violated.