August 11, 2017      12:47 PM
Smith: Democracy and Trees
QR’s Liberal Columnist Glenn W. Smith argues that for Texas’ GOP leaders, trees are like democratic rights. If they are in the way of their power, cut them down.
it’s time to remind Texas legislators of the fate of Easter Islanders. Some
say their world collapsed because they blindly destroyed all the trees. A new
theory has it that rats stowed away in immigrants’ canoes, multiplied rapidly
in a land without predators, and ate all the trees.
way points to a rather significant leadership deficit.
islanders were smart enough to engineer and leave behind giant carved heads,
heads more swollen even than Texas’ current right-wing leadership. But they couldn’t see the trees for the
The full column by Glenn W.
Smith is in the R&D Department.
By Glenn W. Smith