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.)
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.
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!”
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:
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.
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.