My Plans for the Future
No one knows for sure where this technological advancement will lead. In the near term, it will simply allow you to do all the things you currently do online, only much faster. But once a critical mass of consumers has access to faster internet service, new applications will evolve that unleash uses of the internet none of us had previously contemplated.
But despite the systemic obstacles they face, the politicians I observe every day, up close and personal, are almost universally people with honorable intentions who endeavor to do what they think is right. And despite the high-profile examples of political dysfunction in the news on a daily basis, this country, this state, and this city continue to thrive. I’ll close with a paragraph I wrote back in February:
If the Texas House didn’t exist for the purpose of democratic self-government, it would need to exist for the purpose of sociological research into what happens when you assemble the most diverse cast of characters imaginable, place them in a small chamber every day for long hours over a five month period, and force them to talk about all the things your grandmother taught you not to talk about in polite company - politics, religion, even sex. All in the context of a reality TV environment in which each action everyone takes has the potential to get them voted off the island. People complain about how unproductive the political system can be; the miracle is that anything ever gets done at all.
Thanks for allowing me to be a part of our democratic miracle,