Earlier this week temperatures plummeted in many areas of the United States. One of the hardest-hit states was Texas, where a combination of factors left millions without electricity: 1) To save money, they did not prepare the supply-delivery power chain for cold weather. 2) As part of an arrogant, infantile "go-it-alone" mentality, Texas refused to participate in a national power-grid sharing plan meant to help balance supply/demand in critical situations.

Record cold temperatures / Map of power outages

So, what do you do if you are a Texan, confronted with freezing cold, lack of electricity? What do you do if you know your neighbors are suffering?

Well, if you are Ted Cruz, the notorious right-wing extremist who eagerly promoted Trump's election lies, you light-out to a sunny Mexican beach resort.
Who cares if your constituents are suffering, who cares if we are still struggling with a pandemic. Ted Cruz channeled the battle-cry made famous in Monty Python's "Holy Grail":

Run away! Run away!

Cruz was caught on camera at the airport, and boarding the plane to Cancun.
This evidence of his cowardice caused an understandable uproar, and he returned to Texas the next day with an ever-changing rationale for his actions.

On the other hand, a variety of people across the country did what they could to pitch-in and help the suffering people of Texas.


For example, from far-away New York, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised more than $2 million to help fund relief efforts. She tweeted "Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan.
People understand that now is the time for collective action and doing what we can w/ whatever we’ve got."
In addition she promised to fly to Houston to help local leaders at a food bank.

 

We must also recognize the efforts of small-businesses in Texas who stepped forward in the spirit of community unity.

Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture opened his stores (which were equipped with their own generators) as refuges for community members needing warmth and comfort.

McIngvale personally helps out. Click the photo to read the Washington Post story.

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The Ted Cruz battle cry: "Run away, run away!"