No room for this in our discourse

This is an actual tweet made by an actual Texas state legislator in response to the public showing up to the Texas State Capitol building in favor of a filibuster of an abortion bill. Regardless of your views on the bill itself, I think all decent people can agree that the public showing up to a public place to express a political opinion in a nonviolent manner is the exact inverse of “terrorism.” Shameful.

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Jared Smith

Jared Smith, 30, is a web developer and weather enthusiast living in Charleston, SC.

  • http://www.MichaelCarnell.com/ Michael Carnell

    Some of these people really amaze me. And make me sad.

    • http://jaredwsmith.com/ Jared Smith

      I don’t understand how we let it get this bad, but it is far beyond time for things to change.

    • http://www.managingcommunities.com/ Patrick O’Keefe

      It’s all about retweets now. Hard to see a road back. Well moderated online communities are one of, if not the only, place online where civilized discourse exists on a regular basis.

      Aside, if you look at his other tweets, you don’t see this level of engagement. As I write, his last 4 tweets have 0 retweets. And if you open more of his tweets, you see that replies to him are not any better.

      You have to wonder how someone looks at that tweet, given it might be his most “popular” tweet ever. Does he (or, maybe, whoever is advising him on how to use Twitter) see that and say “well, that wasn’t well received.” Or do they say, “we need to do more of that and get on a wider stage.”

    • http://jaredwsmith.com/ Jared Smith

      This. All of this. Too bad I don’t have more upvotes!

    • http://www.managingcommunities.com/ Patrick O’Keefe

      Haha. Thanks man. :)