Views On Candidates

Rush Limbaugh has been advising each of us to become the “Go-To Person” in our group of family and friends concerning political issues. We are aware of the critical point this election holds in the direction of our nation and state.

I am listing my personal choices for some of the races in the 2010 primary election. Please leave comments of your own.

(Edit Mar. 1, 2010: The fact that I posted my own preferences for these offices makes me need to apologize for not making one thing very clear: I am not the B/CS Tea Party. The B/CS Tea Party is a divergent group with a multitude of opinions that fluctuates according to issue and/or the makeup of the attending group. Please leave comments because those too, make up the voice of the B/CS Tea Party. Again, I am not speaking for any group, it’s just me and what I think.)

District 17

Dave McIntyre would be a war-time representative in a time of war. If you complain that Washington D. C. doesn’t seem to appreciate that our nation is under attack, Dave is your man. Even more, Dave specializes in teaching strategic thinking, which is the art of being able to accurately chart the results of your deeds. I find such an ability intellectually sexy, and if D.C. needs any kind of new thinking, it’s the kind that can accurately predict the results of their deeds. Dave’s war-time mentality equally applies to both the War on Radical Islam and to the American Culture War as well. Dave is a serious thinker about threats America faces on all fronts, including our crushing debt.  Dave’s call upon each of us to defend our culture and values as we go about our day inspired me very much because that’s is what we are doing in the Tea Party Movement.  His expertise is called upon regularly by news organizations and Homeland Security agencies.  Dave has been to D.C. and it has made him angry. While the other candidates are capable men who could make good representatives, Dave’s experience makes him the strongest candidate. District 17 would not only have strong representation, the other states would benefit from the strength of our Representative. The nation needs us to send the best candidate we have the opportunity to vote for. Dave is a wise vote.

Texas Governor

Rick Perry. Texas is the number one destination for U-Hauls and moving vans for a reason—our economy is still working. Without tort reform Texas would not be the model for the rest of the nation to follow. Thank you, Governor Perry. Of course, with all those U-Hauls heading to Texas, the problems that come with a rising population are creating panic. Rick Perry is a leader among governors trying to get more states to follow the Texas model.  Also, Texas is leading by asserting our 10th Amendment Rights. As Perry told the crowd at the Texas Conservative Coalition’s Town Hall regarding the 10th Amendment, “Texas will not secede from the Union, but Texas will not cede our rights to anyone!”

Attorney General

Although unchallenged, it is so refreshing to vote with pride for Attorney General Gregg Abbott. If you were lucky enough to hear George Scaggs explain what Texas was doing to assert our 10th Amendment Rights at our last potluck (the recording here), you heard first hand what Gregg Abbott is doing for Texas, the U.S. Constitution, and our Texas Constitution. That Mr. Abbott will be presenting oral arguments in defense of the 10th Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2nd – Texas Independence Day – ought to make your scalp tingle a bit in reverence to those who fought for our Texas Independence!

State House Representative District 14

Fred Brown receives high markings for his votes in the Texas Congress from groups like Americans For Prosperity – Texas and Empower Texas. These groups rate votes according to preservation of freedom, low taxation, and personal property. The 2010 legislative session is going to be intense. Due to the failing national economy, people are migrating to Texas in search of jobs and freedom from high taxes. This influx of people is causing stress on state services. We are blessed to be well represented here in District 14. My philosophy: why fix something that ain’t broken?

State Senate District 5

Ben Bius. This next legislative session in Texas is going to be difficult. Democrats were able to shut down the Congress over Voter ID in the last session. The incumbent Steve Ogden, in interviews on WTAW, straddled the fence on this issue believing it was mostly political posturing on both sides of the aisle. This fence straddling is also evident in Ogden’s voting record ratings of 53 (out of 100) by Empower Texans. I must recant this rhetoric in regards to fence-sitting. Senator Ogden stayed well into the night to vote on the voter ID bill. Also, I must note that score ratings by groups like Americans for Prosperity-Texas and Empower Texans don’t always indicate exactly what they appear. See this quote from Empower Texans:

Rating the Texas Senate continues to be a difficult proposition. The rules and traditions of the Senate tend to obfuscate the members’ views. The most famous of these is the “rose bush” rule, requiring two-thirds of the Senate to agree to an item moving to the floor for debate.

A disproportionate number of votes are taken by voice-vote, with all members deemed to have voted for it unless they register an opposing opinion. Texans should demand that their Senators remove the “blocker” rule and take more recorded votes.

For his part, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, president of the Senate, appointed committee chairs roughly in line with the philosophic bent of the body. The Senate average was a 47.69, while the committee chairs rate a 47.72.

I agree with Empower Texans‘ assertion that the 2009 legislative session was one of lost opportunities. Empower Texans, Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity- Texas make their positions clear and provide lawmakers with research information that supports these positions before votes are taken.

I have often compared Texas Public Policy Foundation with The Heritage Foundation. I find it frustrating when the collection of information from conservative institutions of recognized respect is communicated to lawmakers, yet they ignore the information and vote politically. The lawmakers are aware of the votes that will be rated by these groups, are given the researched information, and yet vote otherwise. These foundations support and defend the views of the people in regards to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, and yet the lawmakers fail the test when given the answers in advance. This is hardly bold action or the change in the direction of government that the people are clamoring for in mass protests in Austin, Washington, D.C., and even in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

While Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan has endorsed Senator Ogden, I just can’t help wondering if we are mired in the status quo because our elected leaders will not lead on these integral issues. I again refer to the Empower Texans’ site:

Top Lawmakers
The highest-scoring member of the Texas Senate was Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). The top score in the House was shared by four member: Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco), Wayne Christian (R-Center), Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall) and Ken Paxton (R-McKinney).

There were 50 House members and four senators rating a “B” (80%) or better.

Failing Republicans?
Given the emphasis of the rating on limited government and low taxes, the most commonly asked question is, “Which Republicans rated below 70 percent?”

Only nine had that distinction in the Texas House. They are: Jim Jackson (R-Carrollton), Will Hartnett (R-Dallas), Todd Smith (R-Bedford), Vicki Truitt (R-Southlake), Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), Tommy Merritt (R-Longview), Brian McCall (R-Plano), Susan King (R-Abilene) and Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie).

Meanwhile, there were 13 Senate Republicans who rated less than 70%: Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), Florence Shapiro (R-Plano), Chris Harris (R-Arlington), Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), John Carona (R-Dallas), Bob Duncan (R-Lubbock), Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), Kip Averitt (R-Waco), and Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio).

Are the votes of these 13 Senate Republicans holding back the people’s request for more personal liberty and less taxes? I don’t know. Politics gets in the way of politics it seems. And I become confused. But, one thing I do know, there are absolute truths and I trust the research of the foundations I have listed. I want the objective of my elected official to be a steady rejection of the encroachment of state and federal government that has become the status quo. Why can’t District 5 have a A+ Senator or even one of the four B Senators? That is my quandry and the basis for my opinion. Again, it is simply my opinion and that and $5 will get you a nice mug of coffee.

District 5 needs representation that stands resolutely against those that are voting away our rights as citizens for their own personal political gain. Indeed, at the end of the session, Ogden sounded tired and was either contemplating retirement or running for another office. Ben Bius is fresh and ready to represent us. Texas will be deciding whether to “drill here, drill now, right now” under 10th Amendment guidelines. This would be a bold step and we can’t expect to get bold results with a status-quo middle road-er.

State Board of Education

Don McLeroy. If you attended our potluck dinner, you heard Heather Liggett (recording here) reporting what was at stake for not just Texas, but the rest of the nation in the re-election of Dr. McLeroy and other conservative members of the State Board of Education. Because of the population in Texas, all the major textbook publishers want to get Texas approval because that approval transfers to a majority of other states. Atheists want to remove McLeroy from the SBOE because McLeroy was successful in having Intelligent Design Theory included in our science and biology textbooks along with Darwin’s Theory. If you saw Ben Stein’s movie Expelled (and if you haven’t, please do!), then you understand how Intelligent Design is being demagogued and mischaracterized.  When Gov. Perry selected McLeroy to chair the SBOE, rebellion occurred. This next session has the teaching of American Exceptionalism in the cross-hairs (see the current issue of National Review for more details). Remember, what happens in Texas will echo across the nation. See this election as one of the most important votes you will be called to make.

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14 Responses to Views On Candidates

  1. Frieda Isbell says:

    I can’t believe that the Bryan College Station Tea Party would endorse Rick Perry over Debra Medina. Mr Perry has taken billions in bail out money from tax payers. He is nothing but a politician, just like the rest.
    Debra Medina is the ONLY candidate who has the backbone to make the REAL changes that are absolutely necessary to keep Texas from going the way of California and other states.
    VOTE FOR DEBRA MEDINA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Frieda Isbell says:

    I want my banner back. Don’t you dare use it in connection with Rick Perry’s campaign.

  3. Glen Boote says:

    Rick Perry ? Tea Party candidate? No Way !

  4. Stan says:

    Well, she said these were her personal choices. The whole idea of the Tea Party movement is that everyone involved are individuals, not following a “leader” but their own idea of who will best represent conservative principles.

    I do understand the arguments against Perry and for Medina, and wonder how many in this movement will vote for each in the primary. But this is a serious time, and Texas and a few other states will be relied upon by conservatives around the country to lead the way against increasing federal overstepping, and we need a governor who has the willingness, determination, and ability to do so. Vote for whom you believe will!

  5. Zelma says:

    I have real issues with Medina! She is for the transportation tax, favors legalized gambling, is against divorce reform and against the a federal marriage amendment. I have views exactly opposite of these. I strongly favor Perry over Hutchison as she is only surface pro-life. I’ve written her on numerous occasions and get mealy mouth responses (sitting on the fence) when it comes to pr0-life issues. I feel she is “running to the middle” to try to win the election and won’t govern as conservative as she is currently sounding!

  6. Zelma says:

    I’m having a hard time with the Bius versus Ogden race. I like Bius’ reported stands but feel he is being dishonest in his advertising – telling half-truths to get elected. If he’s twisting truth now, how is that different from Chet Edwards and how can we tell where he really stands?

  7. Mr. B says:

    Regarding the race for CD 17 Representative, let me preface my opinions by this – I have met and talked with all candidates, except for Wilson, on multiple occasions and have attended a number of events where one or several of them spoke.

    In my opinion, the spread on what to expect from the 5 candidates is very clear: McIntyre, Wilson, and Flores are likely to be status quo GOP, more or less easily swayed by lobby groups, wishy washy on the issues, and perhaps proponents of the military industrial complex that Eisenhauer warned us about in 1961. I could easily see either McIntyre or Wilson becoming borderline war mongers if they were in office, so they will definitely not get my vote. Flores is too liberal for me, as it is my understanding that he voted in the 2008 Democratic primary and in this election term has contributed substantial amounts to Kay Bailey for governor. I perceive the Flores campaign to have tons of money, and they don’t seem to be fiscally conservative about how they spend it as I have received many pieces of direct mail from them, sometimes 3 pieces in a single day.

    Curnock and Delasandro are in my opinion the two best choices, as they stand philosophically far apart from the other three. Of these two, Delasandro is very clearly the most Constitutionally-minded and well read on liberty debate, but he has very little name recognition because he has little money to throw at this race. From a platform standpoint, he is probably the best candidate. Curnock is close behind Delasandro on platform, which is great. And Curnock has good name recognition as he came within 4 percentage points of beating Chet last time.

    I think Curnock and Delasandro are the best choices. Recall that Curnock spoke at our Tea Party event in Tanglewood Park on April 15, 2009.

  8. bellaliberta says:

    I wasn’t crazy about Bius either, but Ogden has to go. I listened to Bius at Brazos County Young Republicans. He didn’t seem to have much of a problem with the law that requires Wellborn citizens to ask College Station for permission to vote on incorporation (which College Station denied). He doesn’t seem strong on the 2nd amendment either. But Odgen is on the side of big government and gave us the TTC. I absolutely could not vote for him. If Bius doesn’t work out, we must be diligent about replacing him. I have a hunch Bius won’t work out.

    I voted proudly for Debra Medina. Unlike the other two, she supports nullification, a process once used by many of the states (north and south). After seeing my tax appraisal go up $40k in one year, while my actual home value decreased, I realized how “disguised” property taxes are. They are not uniform, equal, or fair. I would much rather have a tax that is predictable and more transparent. Of course, her position on gun rights is stellar. At 5’2″ and 110 pounds, I am no match for most men. Being denied the right to level the playing field in certain places is unconstitutional and immoral. As a mother, Perry’s executive order on the STD vaccine is also immoral. Executive orders circumvent the legislative process and are opposed by the Republican Party of Texas. The Gardasil vaccine helped his cronies and harmed many young girls.

    I voted for Delesandro. Of all, he seems most on target for constitutional issues; however, his ideas for social security scream big government. After McIntyre spoke at BCYR, I asked him several questions. He didn’t have a problem with the federal government being involved in education. He also thought a constitutional amendment for prohibition was unnecessary. Drugs and alcohol could be regulated through the FDA, which he felt was a successful organization. He is very comfortable with the federal government, not unlike Chet.

    Brian Alg got my vote County Judge. He looks younger than he is. He is the only candidate talking issues, especially the massive money pit called the Expo Center. His profession is economics, so he’s perfect for dealing with budgets, taxes, and spending.

    The furniture rating for Fred Brown is fairly accurate. He has done little. Brick seems a little liberal to me. Rick Davis got my vote. He’s gotten in trouble for being too vocal on his opinions, but I also know him personally. He is a constitutionalist through and through. He’s not afraid to stick his neck out for what he believes in. We need more people in office to have the guts to do what’s right, even with no personal gain.

  9. ncoppock says:

    Bellaliberta, your paragraph on the Ogden/Bius race is superb! Your pondering mirrors my own so well, that I wish I had written what you wrote. Thank you so much for participating in this discussion.

    I agree with your support for Rick Davis. Everything you wrote is correct. I love Rick Davis. However, there were some things that made me go for Fred Brown for one more term.

    What the Bryan/College Station Tea Party and group like ours must focus on is the chairmen of congressional committees that are blocking good ideas from being moved forward. I reference Brown’s idea of consolidating school districts by county to cut administrative costs. Whether that particular idea is the solution to the escalating education costs deserves debate.

    In attending different forums, I have heard repeating charges that great ideas are being bottled up in committee by more left leaning chairmen. Hopefully some of those types will be removed in this election.

    Texas is set for a hard legislative session and passions will be spirited as our budget must be checked out line by line in search of ways to cut costs while also cutting taxes. We must demand that committees be more transparent about the ideas being put forth and then demand a hearing for ideas bearing merit.

  10. Stan says:

    The CD 17 vote is so crucial that we really have a strong group here in the primary.

    I have the greatest regard for Timothy Delasandro because of his passion for conservatism and willingness to put his own modest resources on the line for what we all believe in. Men like him reassure me about this country’s future. I’ve heard him referred to as a John Adams, and that is saying something.

    Rob Curnock deserves our admiration for pulling off the impossible in 2008–a scrappy upstart with no support from the visionless national party giving an arrogant, worst kind of entrenched incumbent a serious run for his (union-supplied) money. If Rob does not win, whomever does had better publicly state his gratitude for Rob having cleared the way.

    Dave McIntyre has articulate, specific and encouraging answers to serious problems that the current government isn’t fixing. As much as I admire Timothy and Rob, and agree with the other statements by previous commenter Mr. B, I think that Dave may be the best person for this office. He has too much experience and knowledge to be suckered by smooth-talking lobbyists. And as far as war-mongering goes, the only thing worse than going to war is not being willing to do so when it’s the only choice.

    One more time reviewing my notes and listening to the recordings of the debates and it’ll be time to choose. Again, we are very fortunate to have this caliber of candidates. It is indeed time to scrape off Democrat Party control of this district.

  11. bellaliberta says:

    As a former public school teacher, I strongly disagree with consolidating school districts, unless the people of those communities choose that route. Schools should be decentralized to allow for the most community input. To truly reduce costs, schools should refuse federal funds. Federal programs always cost more than the government pays. Many federal programs target illegal immigrants. Not only are we paying to educate illegal immigrants, we’re paying extra due to the participation in federal programs. Look to your local school board for efficiency. The public needs to demand that they opt out of expensive and wasteful programs. And they must avoid the temptation to make schools architectural wonders. Children can learn in a plain building just as well.

  12. ncoppock says:

    Bellaliberta, you and I must be twins separated at birth. Yes on community input of schools. Education happens in a just environment, not an architectural wonder…however the artist in me respects the intent of those building wonders. The whole reverence thing that stopped the savages in their tracks when viewing the Parthenon…but I digress, as the spirit of education is in the body, not the building.

    I just wonder about the redundancy of curriculum or transportation directors. Community involvement at the local schools would set the standard expected from those in administration rather than the top down model we currently have.

    The most important thing is to stop with the socialization aspects of Federal interference and allow every campus to operate in fairness and justice. When rules are simple and clear and applied with fairness, justice prevails. When justice prevails, there is safety and respect for all students and staff, and the joy of learning flourishes. That neither Bellaliberta or I teach school is a disservice to our community. grin.

  13. TheAnswerto1984is1776 says:

    First, McIntyre is horrid neo-con. The “War on Radical Islam?” The “American Culture War?” What is this nonsense? The only reason that the invasions & subsequent occupations of Afghanistan & Iraq were able to occur in the first place was because 9/11 was used as the pretext for the so-called “War on Terror” (right now, it doesn’t matter whether LIHOP or MIHOP or correct; either way, the government is culpable).
    Never forget, Ron Paul got a standing ovation at C-PAC & won the straw poll of who was favored most to be the next president. My God, true conservatives are not for imperial wars! May I remind everyone that Curnock & Delesandro were FOR the USA Patriot Act when I asked them in person? At least Delesandro was in favor of nationalizing the Federal Reserve, Curnock did not even want to audit them. You want sound monetary policy? Then end the Fed & restore to Congress their constitutional duty (under Article 1, Section 8) “To coin Money [&] regulate the Value thereof…” instead of borrowing money from the Fed AT INTEREST, using all of us taxpayers as COLLATERAL.

    As for Perry, he is a notorious establishment Republican who attempted to push the Trans-Texas Corridor (aka the NAFTA Superhighway) & in the process not only effectively end Eminent Domain, but in the long view of history, the erosion not only of Texan state sovereignty, but eventually of the United States, merging us with Canada & Mexico into the North American Union (akin to the European Union) alongside a common currency, the Amero. But at least Perry only attended Bilderburg meetings (as reported in the Dallas Morning News & are a violation of the Logan Act); Kay “Baby” Hutchinson is worse since she was a steering committee member at Bilderburg.

    • Bella says:

      Dear TheAnswerto1984is1776, If I haven’t met you yet, I’d love to meet you. I think we could be friends.

      I am curious about your thoughts on the CD17 run-off. Curnock or Flores? It is rare to find a candidate who matches all one’s beliefs. Are either of those two even close?

      I find it interesting how many Republican politicians still support the Patriot Act. Even the Republican Party of Texas 2008 Platform opposes the Patriot Act. And the property tax (who da thunk it?). Likely, most candidates have not read it (the platform, or the Patriot Act).

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