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We need more donkeys and here is why

Illustration by: Maria Tahir | Staff Illustrator

Call the ringleader because the elephants are running amok.

The time has come to introduce more donkeys into the Texas political circus because a rise in Democratic Party representation would be good for the red-loving state.

In all my years on Earth, Texas has been a Republican state. Republicans have occupied most—if not all—executive positions and held majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

This one-party rule has resulted in limited access to reproductive healthcare and made it more difficult for non-Republicans to vote. Similarly, if Texas government was controlled by Democrats, there would still be an issue. Single-party rule is not good, no matter which side is ruling.

In 2014 only 33.7 percent of registered voters turned out in Texas. Anything less than 100 percent means our government does not have the consent of the all the governed, but only some. Consequently, our representative government does not truly represent us.

One possible solution to the turnout dilemma is getting more people to vote. However, many Texans who do not identify as Republican have difficulty voting. Having more Democrats in elected offices, and on the ballots, would make our state government more representative of its people and increase voter turnout.

If each race for a position in state government were not immediately decided in a Republican primary, or by gerrymandering, each candidate would have to fight for every vote in order to win. Politicians would have to be better candidates, which would lead to improved government for all affected.

In turn, voters would see the power of their vote go up because races would no longer be written off. This would imbue people with the desire to vote and make sure their candidate gets elected. More people voting is obviously a good thing.

Let’s pretend we are in a state where the certainty of a Republican winning our Electoral College votes does not exist.With a population our size, candidates would be here once a week holding rallies to get our 28 electoral votes. The amount of money spent here during presidential election season would be good for our economy.

It is sad that I cannot remember seeing an ad promoting Mitt Romney or Barack Obama during the 2012 election. Texas deserves more recognition from campaigners than it currently receives.

Democracy is about the plurality of ideas, and Texas has this variety only on paper. We need more Democrats in office to foster further debate in order to better govern our beloved state.

Good bills get passed through discussion and compromise, and when they get passed, the people of Texas benefit.

Former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock used to ask himself when considering a bill, “Is this good for Texas?” The one-party rule we have experienced, from well before Republicans controlled the state government, is not good for Texas.


  1. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support among voters) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states that have just been ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    The National Popular Vote bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.


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