I am too young to remember Robert Alton “Bob” Gammage. It would be inappropriate for me to try to comment or ‘reflect’ on his life and legacy.
I asked around for some reflections by people who knew Gammage well.
From what I gathered, Gammage was an extremely active Yellow Dog Democrat following his years in elected public service. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Bill Brannon said,
Bob was a great Democrat, a good candidate, and an excellent judge. He never quit working for Democrats in every election cycle.
Last year’s Student Government election was a miserable experience for the candidates and volunteers involved. Early disqualifications, a ridiculous lawsuit, and more disqualifications left a bitter taste in the mouths of the few students who actually bothered to vote in the end. One campaigner summed the nightmare up pretty well when he confessed,
This has been the most stressful few weeks of my life. … I have three weeks of laundry piled up.”
Out of that circus came two candidates who managed to keep cool throughout the six weeks and stayed above the fray: Thor Lund and Wills Brown.
Their platform had a few planks that seemed to be far stretches to the more established insiders within Student Government. Few gave the “24 hour PCL” much credibility. I did not think we would be able to afford it. Expanding “food options” on campus sounded like it would get lost in the red tape. Their transparency initiatives simply came across as the cookie cutter fillers that every candidate throws into their agenda. Yet, after a very productive summer, Thor and Wills are delivering.
A new school year started today.
- Did you get your season football tickets? Check.
- Did you get your textbooks, (second priority)? Check.
- Did you get registered to vote? Did you really? Are you sure? Is it up-to-date?
Y’all, this is a critical election season for students. We need to elect state legislators who will fight against further cuts to our treasured university. It is our responsibility to support a President who protected us from interest rates on subsidized student loan from doubling. DREAMers are counting on us to perform a civic duty which they cannot do themselves – vote. Continue reading
Ted Cruz’s speech in Tampa had nice rhetoric with all of his favorite buzz words: Liberty, Freedom, and the Constitution. He wanted to share with America a “love story of freedom.”
It’s story of the brave Texians in the city of Gonzales when General Santa Anna demanded that they hand over their guns and the cannon that defended their city. They responded with the immortal cry, ‘Come and Take It!“
Today we celebrated the birth of a man who did bold things for Texas and our country. With the Democratic National Convention just a little over a week away, his allegiance and dedication the Party is topic worthy of a brief reflection.
At the 1952 State Democratic Convention, conservative good-for-nothing Governor Allan Shivers made a ruckus by not taking the party loyalty oath in support of all Democratic nominees. He organized delegates to the national convention who also refused to accept the oath. It was clear that he intended to endorse Dwight Eisenhower after the DNC when he said,
Then I’ll come home and ask the people of Texas what they want me to do.” Continue reading