Today I want to step back for a moment from focusing on the individual issues we at Texas Fights Outloud have identified as “existential,” and look for a common thread that ties them together. A lowest common denominator threat undermining our security and our sovereignty.
A secure border and power grid, fair elections, and reliable food supply chains—what do these issues have in common? They certainly are the bedrock of every Texans’ well being. Without adequate and affordable energy, commerce suffers and, as we recall from Snowmaggedon and are bracing to witness in Europe this winter, people will suffer greatly and even die.
The lack of a secure border is taxing not just our border patrol resources, but those of communities across the state forced to absorb an unprecedented influx of illegals. And the flood of illicit drugs is flat out killing Texans. There is no sugar coating that ugly reality.
And though many of us may not be aware of the threat to our food supply and from whence it comes, every one of us knows that access to food is the first order of our survival. This issue runs far deeper than lack of selection on the shelves of your local grocery store, or shortages of cat food. It too shares a common thread with our other existential issues.
Our last refuge— transparent and fair elections to replace officials who do not protect our sovereignty—is unfortunately a questionable one. The evidence mounting against the reliability of voting machines, their software, and the people who control them, is impossible to ignore. This is not late breaking news. Texas’ own Bev Harris broke this story in 2004 with her book, Black Box Voting: Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century. (You can download her ebook for free here: http://blackboxvoting.org/BBVbook-all.zip )
Furthermore, it is appearing more and more likely that foreign interference (I am not speaking of Russiagate) has also played a role in digitally mediated voting results. While this aspect has yet to unfold, evidence is being compiled.
These issues represent our sovereignty as a state, and we are threatened by a common influence that can be identified. As President Trump so memorably enunciated, “It. Came. From. Chi-na.”
Last week House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy visited Houston to discuss the CCP with fellow Republican House members, and its incursions into every facet of America—supply chains, intellectual property rights, media and academic propagandists. This infiltration is aided and abetted by the Biden Administration that has dismissed espionage charges against 130 Chinese Nationals and dismantled the DOJ investigative initiative into the activities of the CCP in the U.S.
As with all of our existential issues, it is fruitless to look toward D.C. for solutions, the very powers that be who created these situations. We must be responsible for our own answers. As I’ve said repeatedly, we have the resources and wherewithal to accomplish the task, but the political will has been lacking. That’s where we come in. We must apply the political pressure on our officials to tackle these problems. They are not insoluble, but require solutions that fly in the face of political expediency.
Texas Scorecard is doing an excellent series on CCP infiltration into Texas commerce, including the energy, real estate, and manufacturing industries. I highly recommend it and will link articles below. We in South Texas have been home to the "largest single investment by a Chinese company in a US manufacturing facility,” the TPCO plant in Gregory. We’ve allowed the purchase of large tracts of land near a military installation, possible incursions into our grid with CCP connected ownership of wind farms, and the purchase of food processing plants by CCP connected companies. Chinese nationals (the site of Blue Hills wind farm) own more land in Val Verde County than U.S. citizens.
This is a quote from the website of the Guanghui Group that developed the Blue Hills Wind Project in Val Verde County: “We have been and will continue to be driven by the principle of keeping the Party in mind and obeying the Party’s commands. In the future, Guanghui will take Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as its guide.”
Six states have bans against foreign ownership of land. Texas does not. Texas Republican Congressman Lance Gooden admitted that, “The Chinese ownership of land in this nation is very scary to me.” Foreign acquisition of land along the southern border is done in concert with the cartels in order to foster the flow of Chinese fentanyl into our country. These are coordinated actions.
We’ve given them access to our grid, and our food supply and our border with little thought for security implications, nor with any thought of protecting our intellectual property. For example, China has oil shale, but not the technology to exploit it. So they invest in U.S. shale projects to gain the knowledge they need to build out their own infrastructure. Same with food processing technology. This is a transfer of intellectual property without oversight or even compensation. It’s just a bad idea.
The wind and solar farm scheme hawked endlessly by the federal government and wolfed down hungrily by Austin politicians is wholly to the benefit of China, by which they may gain a direct grip on our grid, and access to security industry alerts, private industry insights and national security threat assessments. All subsidized by the Federal government! As if that weren’t enough, China manufactures the junk that harvests “renewables”—turbines, batteries, and solar panels, reputedly made by the slave labor of Uyghur Muslims, coming soon to a landfill near you. Except those batteries. We don’t know what the hell to do with those.
“It’s just crazy,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller (R). “Why do we do that? Are we just, I guess, greedy, maybe?” Bingo. The political expediency of catching the nearest way is undermining us at every turn, whether it be selling off our agricultural lands, or forfeiting control of our grid to intermittent sources, ultimately benefitting the CCP, not Texans.
“For 50 years the Chinese Communist Party has launched an assault on the American way of life,” McCarthy said at his meeting in Houston, and reported that Republicans are crafting a legislative agenda to block CCP interference in our country called Commitment to America. A link to receive information is below.
But we cannot wait for action at the federal level. In 2021 Texas passed SB 2116, prohibiting businesses from hostile countries (China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia) from gaining access to critical infrastructure. That was a start, but we need to go further, much further.
Ag Commissioner Miller recently approached the chair of the Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs Committee (State Senator Charles Perry) about filing a a bill to address the problem of foreign land ownership, but was met with a decided lack of interest. Miller characterized Perry’s thinking like this: “If you want to sell your land to our biggest enemy, you should have the right to do that.” Is that what passes for free market economics these days?
We respectfully and adamantly disagree, and as the Commissioner added, “I think most patriotic Texans would disagree.”