Wednesday, August 12, 2020

#TXLEGE: Larson's ALWAYS been about Disempowering Citizens

"and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
2 Thessalonians 2:10

Over the weekend, Lyle Larson published an op-ed calling for an end to the two party system. There's already been a lot of keyboard strokes spilled over the topic.  PushJunction says it well:
LYLE LARSON, ostensibly a Republican, over the weekend suggested Texas should move away from a two-party system. The maneuver earned him some flack from members of his party, including Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock).

While major parties may begin to fracture organically, Larson seeding the ground is an intriguing development since, correctly viewed, he’s a Straus puppet.

Moderates/liberal members of the GOP have been systematically undermining the Republican party base for years. The establishment flourishes when there are fewer distinctions and more parity.
In terms of analysis, we don't have a lot to add.

However, some history:
  •  2013 -- Larson pushes term limits for the governor...but not the legislature.

    • This would have had the structural effect of empowering committee chairs (which, at the time, were appointed by Joe Straus).
  •  2017 -- Larson tries to unconstitutionally usurp Governor's appointment power.

    • Note: This proposal **might** have merit as a standalone measure.  Especially after Abbott's "reopening Texas committee" debacle.  But, as the rest of this blog post makes clear, Larson's measure wasn't a standalone measure.

    • Note II: Whatever the merits of the proposal, it would require a constitutional amendment.
Bottom Line: None of this is surprising considering who's speaking.

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