Friday, November 27, 2015
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Stop us if you've heard this one before: "Conservative candidate X can't govern." "Conservative candidate X has alienated his colleagues." "Conservative candidate X will lose in November."
Were not talking about Ted Cruz's 2016 Presidential run, we're talking about Dan Patrick's 2014 campaign for Lt. Governor.
Throughout the 2014 election, Texans were warned about the alleged DISASTERS that would befall Texas if Dan Patrick garnered the Lite Guv nomination or was subsequently elected. Dan Patrick was hated by his colleagues!!! Dan Patrick would lose to van de Putz in November!!!
So what happened?!?
First, Dan Patrick won his general election BY ALMOST TWENTY POINTS (and, while we're on the subject, came close to breaking records with Hispanics). Dan Patrick then had a legislative session where, considering the distribution of votes he consistently punched above his weight against the pro-status quo legacy Republicans who have historically dominated the #TXLEGE. Ultimately, Dan Patrick was so successful in his maiden session as Lt. Governor that veteran Democrat Senator Eddie Lucio said, "“This session was incredibly good for me. If I had to choose one of the 15 sessions I have served in the state legislature, I would rate this session as No. 1 and would I rate it No. 1 because of the leadership of Dan Patrick."
As Ted Cruz's viability is questioned today using arguments that were recently used to question Dan Patrick, it's worth reviewing the relevant recent history. Bold conservatism wins. The concern trolls were wrong in 2014 and they're wrong again today.
Bottom Line: Heard this before....
Thursday, November 26, 2015
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!"
1 Chronicles 16:8
While Texas Conservatives are justifiably livid with the lousy legislative results we've seen at both the state and federal level in 2015, it's worth taking today to consider how far we've come since 2010. Five years ago, we had nothing; today, we've got footholds across all levels of government that we can reasonably expect to grow over the next few cycles. Consider the following:
- Ted Cruz:
- Dan Patrick:
who consistently punches above his weight in political negotiations. Even better, he's someone who understands how to use the power his office grants him to advance conservative policy objectives.
- Ken Paxton:
Travis County probate courts or the University of Texas. No one has done more to protect our religious liberty.
- Wallace Hall:
has been subjected to more personal abuse for doing his job than University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. In doing that job, Wallace has turned up evidence that some of the most notorious RINO's in Texas have abused their offices to assist their cronies. While the current days at the University of Texas are dark, patriots like by Wallace Hall make the long term future bright...#HookEmWallace!!!
- Louie Gohmert:
- More Conservative U.S. House Challenger than we can count:
- Konni Burton, Bob Hall, and Don Huffines:
accomplished something similar in 2012). While other members of the Texas Senate are also more conservative than the person they replaced, none of these three had the luxury of running in a special election.
- David Simpson:
like David Simpson. David Simpson brings a level of humility about the effectiveness of government others would be well served to match. As Simpson explains: "Even when we make a wrong choice, it's usually self-correcting if it's not subsidized by the government."
- Jonathan Stickland:
is a courageous voice for righteousness in a wicked legislative body.
- Matt Rinaldi:
a more conservative voting record. Prior to being sworn in, Matt Rinaldi danced circles around of the most intellectually feeble RINO's in the Texas House of Representatives. Matt Rinaldi is on our short lists of legislators we'd like to see run statewide the next time we play musical chairs in 2022.
- The rest of the Scott Turner 19:
that recorded vote on the first day of this past legislative session. Kudos also to Scott personally for seeing that race through to the end.
- More Conservative #TXLEGE challengers than we can count:
- Austin killing THREE BONDS IN THREE YEARS:
- Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair:
stopped bad things, promoted good things where they could, and (even when unsuccessful in the final vote) forced the Council to discuss our agenda. Don and Ellen are an example Republican elected officials across all levels of government would be well served to emulate.
Bottom Line: It's easy to become frustrated with the day to day nonsense, but that's a mistake. Over the past five years, grassroots conservatives across the state of Texas have made head-spinning progress against a corrupt political class that has had decades to entrench itself. While plenty of work remains, take today to appreciate how far we've already come.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
Interesting nugget from the American Phoenix investigation:
- Miller chairs the special purpose districts committee.
- ONCOR has numerous bills before Miller's committee that would grant de facto monopoly over Texas' electric grid.
- Mindy Carr is ONCOR's chief lobbyist.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
[Author's Note: Not to let him off the hook too easily, Randy Diehl's fingerprints are all over this tuition increase.]
Last week, we reported on the anti-Semitic lynch mob that wreaked havoc in a class at U.T. ten days ago. Considering the history, we didn't think anything good would come from the administration's response. We stand corrected:
Bottom Line: We still think the students should be expelled, but this statement in support of the Israeli professor is a VERY good start; in words we never thought we would publish on this website, kudos to Greg Fenves and Randy Diehl....
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Considering the history this isn't a surprise, but it's a good summary of what makes Jonathan Stickland a pro-life champion:
Texas Right to Life considers Representative Stickland a tried and true friend for the preborn, the disabled, and the elderly. Here are just a few examples of Jonathan Stickland’s unapologetic defense of Life:
- When House Leadership refused to allow Pro-Life policies to be heard on the floor of the Texas House, Representative Stickland filed amendments forcing the liberal Speaker Straus/Byron Cook gang to the negotiating table. (Why should Pro-Life policies go to a negotiations table when 103 out of 150 House members vote Pro-Life?)
- Representative Stickland and his staff study and employ needed procedural rules to bring Life issues on to the House floor and to protect Texas Right to Life’s freedom of speech.
- On Planned Parenthood’s lobby day at the Capitol, Representative Stickland took the opportunity to showcase the humanity of the preborn by hanging a sign outside his office that proclaimed Representative Stickland as a “former fetus.” (Anti-Life members were filing bills to dehumanize the preborn in our state’s laws.) That same day, Stickland refused to be silent when some of his colleagues used obscure House administration rules to bully his staff into removing the harmless sign.
Read the whole thing here.
- Representative Stickland filed legislation aimed at eliminating the monopoly held by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) over Pro-Life physicians. The TMA has achieved a 12-year documented history of opposing all Pro-Life measures in the legislature.
Bottom Line: #StickinWithStickland
Monday, November 23, 2015
“You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess."
Matt McCall discusses the failure of Washington D.C., led by 30 year incumbent Lamar Smith, to secure U.S. Borders:
- No more explosive issue today.
- "There was a time when you came to this country you had to prove you would not be a burden."
- "I believe you can get back to the place...where the border actually means something."
Bottom Line: As Matt McCall explains on his website, "When Lamar Smith went to D.C. 30 years ago, we had 3 million illegal aliens in our country. We now have 13 million. It’s time for results on the border."
Saturday, November 21, 2015
"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Spider House Cafe -- Last night, in an event sponsored by the Institute for Justice's Texas Office and the Texas Millennial Institute, Arif Panju spoke about economic protectionism and how those laws have been used to restrict the growth of the food truck industry in El Paso and San Antonio:
- Economic liberty is the right to earn an honest living.
- That right pre-exists government.
- A lot of economic protectionist laws have their roots in Jim Crow.
- El Paso: City Council passed anti-Food Truck laws in 2010.
- Had to stay at least 1000 feet from brick and mortar establishments
- Made almost the entire city a no-vending zone.
- Couldn't stop unless a customer flagged you down.
- Maria Robleto, IJ's client in the case, had build a business from scratch selling candies into an "old school, traditional, taco truck."
- "We sued the city of El Paso in Federal Court" and the city caved and repealed the ordinance.
- Economic protectionism has been around for a long time, but "picked up steam" during the New Deal.
- "The only way that the government could grow was to change the way the courts reviewed economic legislation."
- Saying no to the government is not activism, it's judging.
- San Antonio: City Council passed laws saying you have to stay at least 300 feet away from brick and mortar establishments unless they give you a notarized note with permission.
- San Antonio Food Truck association had no interest in challenging unconstitutional laws.
- They were politically connected insiders.
- IJ sued on behalf of their client Rafael Lopez and the city caved and repealed the ordinance this past week.