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Texas Fights Outloud

Texas Fights Outloud

        What is Texas Fights Outloud?

 

Texas Fights Outloud is a new weekly feature Mondays at 9 am on the Bob Jones Show. Each week we’ll choose one burning issue with a “Texcentric” focus, discuss its ins and outs, and give you the tools you need to make your voice heard, whether that’s phone numbers, website addresses, scripts for emails or talking points for phone calls.

 

We’ve realized that the only antidote for frustration and despair is activism. Being informed is essential, but can leave us in a morass of bad news. The energy to pull us out of that downward spiral comes from taking action. We must make our voices heard, and we recognize that our base of power is in this proud state of Texas—in our municipalities, counties and statewide. This is where our voice can be the loudest. We are the immediate stakeholders.

 

So we’ll be choosing issues that impact at all those levels of governance, including the hyper local.

 

 

            Why Texas Fights Outloud?

 

There is a very real thing called learned helplessness. I think we can see it in overdrive right now as the left, the elites drive us to the edge of what we can stand. On every front—cultural, economic, geopolitical—their agenda is barreling forward at mach speed, with all the levers of power which are our usual recourse ripped from our hands. The judicial branch betrays us, law enforcement at every level has betrayed us, our elected officials betray us, and the electoral system itself betrays us.

 

This overwhelm and impotence is a psychological recipe for learned helplessness which is the behavior exhibited by a subject after enduring repeated aversive stimuli beyond their control. This is what happens when people or animals become conditioned to believe that a bad situation is unchangeable or inescapable. They give up. They submit. The clinical view of this condition is that it leads to depression and mental illness.

 

It should be obvious to our listeners that this is a big part of the psychological operation being waged against us relentlessly. Because what is the desired outcome? Precisely that we give up, we submit. And our silence, our inaction will be construed as consent. These are the rules of engagement.

 

This is a vital concept for us to be aware of and on the lookout for in the days to come, because it can only get more challenging from here and we have to be on top of our game. In this spirit we offer Texas Fights Outloud as an embattled but unyielding outpost on the psychological front of this war in which we are all engaged, like it or not.

 

Return here weekly to listen to our Texas Fights Outloud podcasts, read our blogs, and find the resources you need to take action on the issues that matter to you as an American and a Texan.

Get in the Fight

GET.IN.THE.FIGHT.

 

There are a number of quotes widely circulating among conservative websites these days meant to inform us of our civic obligation and inspire us to take action. Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena,” is one such quote: It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause.”

 

Roosevelt was not describing the deeds of generals or presidents. This short excerpt is from a 35 page speech Roosevelt delivered entitled Citizenship in a Republic.” He is describing the civic duty that conscripts each of us as citizens of this country. It is not for our leaders to reap the glory forfeited by our silence and inaction; it is for each of us to take up the mantle of worthy causes. This is both our responsibility and our privilege.

 

As the midterms rapidly approach and we enter suppression poll season in earnest, many among our ranks are tempted by the kool aid of despair. I hear people loudly complaining that the elections will simply be stolen again, what’s the use, not realizing their fears will be realized as a direct result of their own passivity.

 

Texas Fights Outloud was conceived as an antidote for such cynicism and despair. Recognize that a military psychological operation is being waged against the American people and you will realize that keeping your mind unwaveringly centered on our goals and their successful outcome is the strategy that counters the barrage of propaganda, weaponization of our institutions against us, and the deeply entrenched corruption that usurps our Constitution.

 

The familiar quote sported on tee shirts everywhere these days, Evil triumphs when good men do nothing” is commonly misattributed to British statesman Edmund Burke, in no small part due to the fact that John F. Kennedy mistakenly repeated it. The actual origin is to be attributed to philosopher John Stuart Mill: Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

 

Thomas Jefferson echoed the same sentiment more concisely, “Tyranny prevails when good men do nothing.” The idea of passivity as permission echoes throughout the halls of classical liberalism. Translated into a more contemporary context, here’s the bottom line—silence is construed as consent. If each of us waits for another to act on our behalf, our fate is sealed and we will have courted it.

 

Here is the good news. A populist movement to foil globalism worldwide is rapidly arising, reflected in recent election results in Sweden and Italy that are sharp political realignments rightward. Even Iranians, it would appear, are bridling under the weight of authoritarianism as men and women joined together in seven days of protests across the country following the death of a young Kurdish woman at the hands of morality police for wearing her hijab “improperly.”

 

This is The Great Awakening VS. The Great Reset, and there are no sidelines. The whole world is at play and everyone is on the field. What will you do? What part will you play?

 

Texas Fights Outloud is focused on Texcentric issues that most impact our state sovereignty—the border, the grid, our elections, our food supply. But there is no shortage of political passions to engage you. Pick one. Dive in. Immerse yourself. Then move, however shyly or boldly but with resolve, in the appointed direction. It should be abundantly clear at this juncture that we forge our own freedom. And “we” means me and you.

 

Spend yourself in a worthy cause. Get.In.The.Fight.

 

Alliance for a Safe Texas

https://www.securetheborder.us/

 

Act for America

https://www.actforamerica.org/

 

Americans for Prosperity

https://www.americansforprosperity.actcentr.com/

 

CCDF (County Citizens Defending Freedom)

https://www.ccdfusa.com/

 

Election Integrity Network

https://www.whoscounting.us/

 

F.A.I.R. Federation for American Immigration Reform—Donate

https://www.FAIRus.org

 

Food Freedom/ Institute for Justice

https://ij.org/issues/economic-liberty/homemade-food-seller/texas/

 

Moms for Liberty

https://www.momsforliberty.org/

 

NRCC—Donate to key candidates

https://www.nrcc.org/

 

Texas GOP Poll Watchers and Election Workers—Volunteer form

https://texasgop.org/electionworkers/

 

Texas Values

https://txvalues.org/

 

Turning Point USA—Donate

https://www.tpusa.com/donate

 

Young Americans Against Socialism—Donate

https://www.donorbox.org/fightsocialism

Commitment to Texas

COMMITMENT TO TEXAS

This week’s call to action was spurred by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent visit to Houston to discuss the Communist Chinese Party with Texas House GOP members, and its incursions into every facet of America—supply chains and infrastructure, intellectual property rights, media and academic propagandists. This interference touches upon key areas of commerce and infrastructure in our state identified by Texas Fights Outloud as “existential” issues—the grid, the border, and food supply chains.

CCP 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.

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. Here’s a link to receive more information: https://www.republicanleader.gov/commitment/

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. Texans recognize the threat on multiple fronts and are mobilizing to take action. We need to tell our elected officials in no uncertain terms, that CCP influence that impacts our border security, our grid security, and our agricultural and food security is unacceptable and should be made illegal.

 

Several states already have in place legislation to ban foreign land ownership. Our Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, is in favor of following suit. He asserts that we do not need Federal action on this issue, that “we can stop it at the state level.” My point exactly, Commissioner.

 

Let’s write letters, emails, make calls and flood the following committee members with our support of restrictions on foreign land ownership to be taken up urgently in the upcoming legislative session.

 

And let the Commissioner know you are in his corner when he says, “There’s already six states that ban this, and Texas needs to be one.”

 

 Don’t forget to tell ‘em, Texas Fights Outloud sent you.

 

Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller

P.O. Box 12847

Austin, TX 78711-2847

(512) 463-7476

 

 

Senator Charles Perry

11003 Quaker Avenue, #101

Lubbock, TX 79424

(806) 783-9934

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=28&lang=en
 

Senator Drew Springer

First Capitol Building

2525 Kell Blvd.

Suite 413

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

(940) 720-0831

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=30&lang=en


Senator Brandon Creighton

2829 Technology Forest, Suite 240

The Woodlands, Texas 77381

(281) 292-4128
https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=4&lang=en

 

Senator Sarah Eckhardt

Bastrop County District Office

211 Jackson Street, Suite 104

Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 463-0114

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=14&lang=en
 

Senator Roland Gutierrez

3175 Sidney Brooks

Building 470

San Antonio, TX 78235

(210) 532-2302

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=19&lang=en

Senator Nathan Johnson
Merit Tower

12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1010

Dallas, Texas 75251

(972) 701-0349

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=16&lang=en

 

Senator Lois Kolkhorst

5606 N. Navarro

#300M

Victoria, TX 77904

(361) 573-7300

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=18&lang=en
 

Senator Beverly Powell
1612 Summit Avenue, Suite 101

Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 820-0007 (TEL)

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=10&lang=en

 

Senator Larry Taylor

6117 Broadway, Suite 122

Pearland, TX 77581

(281) 485-9800

https://senate.texas.gov/member.php?d=11&lang=en

Declare an Invasion Now

DEMAND ACTION ON THE BORDER

 

Five more Texas counties have joined in calling the crisis on our southern border “an invasion,” bringing the total number of counties that have done so to seventeen. Ellis County was particularly pointed in placing responsibility on the Governor to “immediately prevent and/or remove all persons trespassing as well as invading the sovereignty of Texas and that of the United States.”

Ellis County is south of Dallas, a full seven hours away from the border, yet to a man, the Commissioners recognized that the flood of drugs and unvetted illegals issuing from those border counties affects all of Texas. Just the explosion of fentanyl alone in the state has far reaching impacts on the safety of our communities, and the mental health and well being of our citizens. Crime rates and incidence of drug overdoses are the stats that tell the story.

The open wounds at our border can only be staunched if you, Governor Abbott, invoke Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and Article IV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution. Returning illegal border crossers to their point of entry or bussing them to hotels in New York City and D.C. is ineffective in stemming the tide of drug smuggling and human trafficking.

We’ve seen the drone footage of the cartels’ foot soldiers imbedding themselves on the U.S. side of the Arizona border. They are taking ownership of the border on both sides. How long until the narco-terrorists do the same on Texas land? This sort of thing has been commonplace in Mexico, and now it’s here. Will it take the invasion becoming a full occupation for you to take the vital and necessary action to uphold and protect our state’s sovereignty? By then, Governor, I’m afraid it will be too late. By then you will need more than the National Guard. You will need an army.

The hour is late. The time is now to take decisive and definitive action to protect our sovereignty. Declare an invasion, invoke the Constitutions of our country and our state. Unshackle law enforcement at all levels to do its job.

Do the right thing.  The citizens of this great state implore you.

SEND A LETTER TO GOVERNOR ABBOTT

Governor Abbott

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, TX  78711

(512) 463-2000

https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx

 

CC: THE INTERIM COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

District 20

602 N. Staples Street, Suite 200

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 882-0900 (TEL)

(361) 882-0901

(361) 882-0902 (FAX)

 

Email contact form:

https://senate.texas.gov/memberform.php?auth=lz1SUCkkxyP3jfULHsjEi%2BZTeIsRVqYmQYBqBV7rtVs6XzpfOmApdE22lLvrs8pWXxyH5gOCc8Uhbua%2B%2Fxq8g4%2BIh6KT6p5YOnw6fDqvTEEAB8%2FNAVbQTMf4UoAu&lang=en

Senator Brian Birdwell

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

(817)559-9585

brian@brianbirdwell.net

 

Senator Bob Hall

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0102

SenatorBobHallDistrict2@gmail.com

Volunteer, Not Victim

We have to talk about election integrity again. With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, what are we now, 73 days out, confidence in the inevitability of a red wave is receding. Not because we believe Democrats will out vote us. That won’t happen and we know it. But we also know that they cheat. Big time. And right now they are getting their dirty little ducks in a row for the next Big Steal. There are several recent stories that will give even the most ardently faithful conservative pause.

 

Democrats are lauding a new Post Office division called Election and Government Mail Services created in order to deliver ballots in advance of the midterms, regardless of the well recognized fact (or precisely because of it) that mail in ballots are far more susceptible to fraud than in person voting. It is widely suspected that part of the motivation for the pandemic lockdowns was to influence the 2020 election results by injecting massive mail in ballot fraud. The USPS delivered more than 135 million ballots in 2020, and now we are looking at a preview of the big budget sequel—The Big Steal Part Two, brought to you by the United States Postal Service.

 

And this late breaking item beggars the imagination, from The Gateway Pundit: “Joe Biden just welcomed TikTok into a formal partnership with the Federal Voting Assistance Program, a U.S. government agency set up to help overseas voters in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.” TikTok, the same Chinese company Trump banned by executive order for the serious national security threats posed by its mobile app, just launched their U.S. Midterms Election Center at the behest of our duly installed WH resident.

 

Anyone else out there getting serious outrage fatigue?

 

Well, yes. Ken Paxton, for one. He fought the good fight in the lead up to 2020, recognizing that there was an “orchestrated effort” by someone outside the state with a lot of money (who could that be?) to make sure mail in ballots went out to as many people as possible, in clear violation of Texas law. He sued and won.

 

But even with those victories, Paxton says Texas elections are still at risk. A ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the State Attorney General cannot unilaterally prosecute election fraud. So until the Legislature meets and passes new legislation to the contrary, Paxton warns us that it will be up to Soros-backed DA’s in big counties like Harris, Travis, Dallas and Bexar to prosecute election fraud. All part of the opposition’s well implemented long game. Not bullish for our side.

 

So that’s all the bad news. Now for the good. Nueces County looks clean. In the person of Kara Sands, we are blessed with a diligent and experienced official to run our elections.

But the key point here at home as well at throughout the state, remains. I reiterate, we must have eyes and ears in every polling place in every county across Texas. Many election irregularities can be addressed on the spot or reported by poll watchers and poll workers who are trained and observant, shining light into every nook and cranny of the process.

We have already seen a pattern in some counties of insufficient numbers of Republican ballots, or ballots missing certain races. We’ve seen attempts at the same vote counting stoppage that cost us Fulton County, GA. Success at barring GOP observers from the process, while grossly illegal, has become notorious.

Rapid response teams of well trained election workers and poll observers can make sure the correct ballots are made available in sufficient numbers, that voting continues until all votes are counted, that mail in ballots meet signature verifications, and that any problems are brought to the attention of the County GOP chair immediately.

This is our job as voters who care about election integrity. It’s your job if you want your country back, because we can only reclaim it one county at a time. And it is time.

Do your part. Send an email to election@texasgop.org. This goes to the County Chair, Barbie Baker. She will reply with an email containing a link to a form for volunteering and training.

She’s waiting to hear from you. And as General Flynn recently said, it is time to activate every single American to take immediate action. That’s what Texas Fights Outloud is all about. So don’t forget to let her know, TFO sent you.

The Eyes of Texas

THE EYES OF TEXAS

Election tampering is not new. American history is replete with electoral irregularities, misconduct and outright fraud. In a state where LBJ’s shenanigans have been documented as “the most brazen thievery of an election up to that point in U.S. history,” we should hardly feign surprise.

Nor should we allow the issue of free and fair elections to be weaponized and directed solely against one political party. Over history, there has been plenty of malfeasance to go around.

Most importantly, however, we cannot inure ourselves to the fact of insecure elections, which have only gotten more vulnerable with the advent of electronic voting, and in the wake of Covid-19 responses that led to the proliferation of mail-in ballots, extended early voting periods, drive-through voting, and the interruption of the vote counting that has become routine.

The result has been predictable. DA’s have identifiedmail-in mafia,” people who profit from organized mail-in ballot fraud. Legal voters have been disenfranchised, and officials have been allowed to alter election procedures in violation of our state constitution. Recently, the Harris County Elections Administrator was forced to resign after presiding over an an election that Lt. Governor Patrick called “a disaster.”

We must insist that decisive steps be taken in the next Legislative session to address election integrity and secure the future of free and fair elections in Texas. In the meantime it is up to us to step up during the midterms and volunteer and train to be poll watchers and election workers. Let politicians, election officials and voters know that the eyes of Texas are upon them.

The Texas GOP is looking to maximize eyes, ears and boots on the ground at at every phase of the election process, with grassroots volunteers who know the law and understand election code working closely with election officials to observe and report irregularities of any kind. It was just this kind of rapid response team in Houston that prevented shut down of the counting process in the primary run off election.

Texas Fights Outloud wants you to volunteer! Go to election@texasgop.org. You will be sent a link to a volunteer and training form.

And let ‘em know Texas Fights Outloud sent you.

Fix the Grid

This week we are tasking members of the Legislature to take a more realistic and practical approach to fixing the state’s energy grid than ever before. No, we’re prodding them, because inaction on the structural problems that plague our grid has become an Austin trademark. They, along with Governors and Lt. Governors have been kicking this can down the road for over ten years.

 

Now we face an aging grid that is flirting with failure just as people are moving to our state in droves and energy demand is on the rise dramatically. It will take four years to bring new thermal plants (non renewables) on line, and that’s if supply chains are functioning.

 

But we say what Mission Control said: failure is not an option.

 

This will take real leadership to solve. Previous Senate Bills did NOT. So enough with good ole’ boy politics and Green New Deal boondoggles. Neither a hide bound, nor a “Progressive” approach will win the day for consumers and ratepayers. We need a clear eyed, radical rethinking of our grid, and the grit and determination to see it through, before we allow lack of leadership to make Texas’ electricity as expensive and unreliable as California’s.

 

Texas Fights Outloud offers several points of consideration that we want reflected in legislation in this session.

 

Eliminate subsidies for renewable energy

Make wind and solar generators pay for the reliability costs they impose on the grid

Ensure that customers pay only for the energy supplied to them, not the energy transmitted

Reimburse consumers for ERCOT’s gross mismanagement of the Uri Storm grid failure

Incentivize grid operators to build more generation by levying a small fee on consumers

Allow utilities to face penalties and legal liability for grid failures

Prohibit ERCOT brokering contracts in the wholesale electricity market

Eliminate the PUC and Railroad Commission’s authority to manipulate market prices

Create a Texas Energy Commission that combines the PUC and the Railroad Commission

 

Read the blog post on the Bob Jones Show webpage. Educate yourself. Then write. Call. Show up on their doorstep. Make a fuss before they make even more of a mess! And don’t forget to tell ‘em Texas Fights Outloud sent you.

ENERGY RESOURCES COMMITTEE MEMBERS (just a few—there are 11 in all)

 

Rep. Abel Herrero

101 East Main Avenue

Robstown, Texas 78380

(361) 387-0457

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=34&session=87

 

Rep. Ron Reynolds

2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 102

Missouri City, Texas 77489

(281) 208-3574

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=27&session=87

 

 

Rep. Ben Leman

401 South Austin Street

Brenham, Texas 77833

(979) 836-1238

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=13&session=87

 

Rep. Tom Craddick

500 West Texas, Suite 880

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 682-3000

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=82&session=87

 

Rep. Drew Darby

36 W. Beauregard Suite 517

San Angelo, TX 76903

(325) 658-7313

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=72&session=87

 

Rep. Tracy King

5500 S. Zapata Highway

Building F, Room 130

Laredo, Texas 78046

(512) 463-0194

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=80&session=87
 

Respond or React

FOOD SECURITY: RESPOND OR REACT

 

We’re all seeing the thinning of items lining the shelves of our grocery stores, and the rising prices of the items that are available. The dire warnings of pundits are gathering like ominous thunder clouds. Fox Business News predicts food shortages and peak prices this fall.  The CEO of Goya Foods says, We are on the precipice of a global food crisis.”

 

There are many factors contributing to this gloomy scenario. Rising fuel costs drive up the price of both fertilizer and of food distribution. The war in Ukraine takes offline one of the world’s major bread baskets. They produce 50% of the world’s fertilizer, and export substantial amounts of its wheat and corn. Break downs in supply chains due to trucking, shipping and rail disruptions play a role, as does the recent spate of arson torching food distribution plants around the country.

 

And to make matters worse, much of our food comes from large corporate farms owned by other countries. It seems like a perfect storm. Meanwhile, 20 different federal departments and agencies play some role in shaping our food system.6We can lay at their feet this failure to secure our food supply. But why waste breath? If the federal government won’t secure the border, how likely is it that they will address food security? The failure of leadership is across the board.

 

Yet state governments are not powerless in the face of this failure. Texas can regulate (or deregulate) food sold within its state lines. State initiatives can foster innovation and cottage industry production, and help buffer the agricultural sector from excessive federal regulation, particularly around water use issues, emission controls and other Green New Deal fallout. They can protect farm and ranch land from foreign control.

 

Texas can take a pro-active stance toward this looming crisis, and Texas Fights Outloud calls upon our great state to do so, before a crisis point is reached.

 

On a practical level it matters little if the problems that threaten our food supply originate here in the U.S. or abroad. We know that the solutions will only be forthcoming closer to home. Let’s task our Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, and other elected officials with coming up with those solutions. Our own Abel Herrero sits on the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, and Senator Kolkhurst sits on the corresponding Senate committee. Reach out and let them know this issue is on your radar. Oh, and let them know Texas Fights Outloud sent you.

 

We can respond now, or react later. I know which I’d choose.

 

 

Commissioner Sid Miller

Texas Agriculture Commissioner

 

Customer.Relations@TexasAgriculture.gov

 

P.O. Box 1287

Austin, TX 78711-2847

(512) 463-7476

 

 

Representative Abel Herrero

Agriculture and Livestock Committee

https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=34&session=87

 

101 East Main Avenue
Robstown, TX  78380
(361) 387-0457

 

Senator Lois Kolkhurst

Committee on Water, Agriculture and Rural Affairs

 

https://senate.texas.gov/memberform.php?auth=sGw15ua9B%2BiJ05iKStkT2BLdTj16N6z2oJm74aQRASU6XzpfOqOJr98L5avCfRHMrpsHSFPTku27wCosDbWDShvc%2FIVr8eqBOnw6fDrRmUCnM86qE%2Fo8Z3jQLTGl&lang=en

 

5606 North Navarro #300M

Victoria, TX 77904

(361) 573-7300

Texas' Date with Destiny

TEXAS’ DATE WITH DESTINY

 

The Texas State Comptroller has announced that we have a 28 billion dollar surplus in tax revenues. As the nation faces record inflation, shrinking GDP, deepening supply chain ruptures, and inevitable recession, this is an enviable position to be in. We have a nest egg.

 

This begs the question, what will we do with it? Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stated in a press release, “Every member of the Texas Senate will have ideas on how this additional revenue should be spent and I will give them full consideration.” Sounds a bit like a shopping spree in the making, doesn’t it? I for one am not feeling enthusiastic about hearing their shopping lists.

 

He goes on to say, However, I believe, first and foremost, any surplus should first go back to the taxpayers of Texas. Texas homeowners must receive tax relief before we commit to any new spending.”

 

But turns out Patrick’s current proposal allots only $4 billion to property tax relief, with other priorities including a 13th check for retired teachers and suspending the state gas tax for the rest of the year. Really? This is what passes for leadership? I find this both galling and appalling.

The State’s energy grid is broken, we have an invasion on our southern border, we face the most important midterm election in our history with a system vulnerable to fraud, and supply chains that provide food are breaking down across the globe. And we are going to spend our nest egg on suspending the gas tax? That, my friends, is Idiocracy in action. The two choices that are shaping up here are 1) blow out this cash in a business as usual pigs-at-the-trough-fest, or 2) give it back to citizens in property tax relief.

These choices present a false dichotomy, and a breathtaking lack of vision. What I see, rather, is neither business as usual nor Reaganesque rebates, but a unique carpe diem moment to solve the big problems we are facing, and I mean really big. These are the existential ones which our Constitution actually tasks governments with and which, left unaddressed, presage our undoing.

The four policy priorities which must be addressed to ensure our security, even in the face of disastrous and self destructive Federal policies are:

1. Secure our border.

2. Secure our energy grid.

3. Secure our elections.

4. Secure our food supply.

 

So let’s look at this. We can allow the politicians to squander the excess on, well, excess—pet projects in everyone’s district to buy them votes to ensure they stay in office. Or, we can give the money back to those who paid it, namely us, the taxpayers. Or we can invest our surplus in our own sovereignty, carving out our destiny according to our vision and values.

I am singularly disinterested in Dan Patrick’s deciding what to give his “full consideration.” What interests me is telling Dan Patrick and the rest of our elected officials exactly what we want, then tasking them with accomplishing it.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to take Bevo by the horns and shape our future. I cannot think of a better way to thoughtfully and wisely spend our tax dollars. We can model this kind of maturity, or we can squander the opportunity. It is Texas’ date with destiny. What will it be?

Protect Texans

SECURE THE BORDER AND PROTECT TEXANS”

 

This week on Texas Fights Outloud we hold our Governor and State Representatives accountable for the border crisis. Following the lead of the Texas GOP and the law enforcement bodies of our border counties, we call on them to make “Secure the Border and Protect Texans” a priority for the legislative session that convenes early next year. The priority statement crafted by the state Republicans says:

 

“Texas shall immediately deny all taxpayer funded services and subsidies to illegal aliens. We call upon the Governor to assert his duty under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution to declare an invasion on our Texas border and do everything in his power to protect Texans from this invasion. The legislature shall direct the Governor to enter into an Interstate Compact with one or more states for Border Security.”

Declaring the crisis an “invasion” is the lynchpin to invoking Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution, granting Texas the right not only to arrest and detain, but to deport illegals. And only the Governor can do it, but we can and should bring pressure to bear upon him through our elected officials.

Other measures to be considered include curtailing the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize illegals in our state. Ken Paxton estimates that Texans pay upwards of $900 million per year to provide a multitude of benefits to this population.

Texans can solve this crisis with the tools at our disposal. We have the know how. Now we need to mobilize the political will to make it happen.

WRITE, CALL OR VISIT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR

 

Let them know that you support the “Secure the Border and Protect Texans” priority statement and want it to take front and center stage in the next legislative session which is being planned right now.

 

Gov. Abbott

(800) 843-5789 - Information and Referral Hotline (for Texas callers)

(512) 463-2000 - Office of the Governor Main Switchboard
(office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST)

Mailing Address:

Office of the Governor

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711-2428

 

Email contact form:

https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx

 

 

Rep. Todd Hunter

District 32

15217 S.P.I.D., Suite 205

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-4603 (w)

(361) 949-4634 (f)

 

Email contact form:

https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=32&session=87

 

 

Rep. Abel Herrero

District 34

101 East Main Avenue
Robstown, Texas 78380
(361) 387-0457
(855) 850-0271

 

 

Email contact form:

https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/email/?district=34&session=87

 

 

Senator Lois Kolkhorst

District 18

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0118 (TEL)

 

Email contact form:

https://senate.texas.gov/memberform.php?auth=LKDViQWWQTuCwSrUpYvmt1hkeL4T1vGOF7YZovnk7l46XzpfOuJKrEhSsRDJv6tUZBd5MN01MmRatpkxYY9fHiO%2BdyLULMD4Onw6fDoQfMEv2i6hWlfEReqpCupr&lang=en

 

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

District 20

602 N. Staples Street, Suite 200

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 882-0900 (TEL)

(361) 882-0901

(361) 882-0902 (FAX)

 

Email contact form:

https://senate.texas.gov/memberform.php?auth=lz1SUCkkxyP3jfULHsjEi%2BZTeIsRVqYmQYBqBV7rtVs6XzpfOmApdE22lLvrs8pWXxyH5gOCc8Uhbua%2B%2Fxq8g4%2BIh6KT6p5YOnw6fDqvTEEAB8%2FNAVbQTMf4UoAu&lang=en

The Gun Grab Part 2

The Gun Grab, Part 2

TEXAS BIG CITY MAYORS

 

 

After our very own Senator John Cornyn aided and abetted the U.S. Senate in passing the gun control legislation called the “Safer Communities Act,” Texas mayors immediately jumped on the bandwagon. These “Big City Mayors” from our state’s 13 largest cities, penned a letter asking Gov. Abbott to call a special session of the legislature.

 

Claiming that “most Texans want common sense reform,” they proscribe the people’s will with the following list of demands, the very ones cited in the Federal bill:

 

  • Require universal background checks for gun purchases
  • Increase the age to purchase assault weapons in Texas to 21
  • Pass Red Flag laws to identify threats before shootings
  • Significant increase in mental health support funding
  • Train and properly resource school safety officers

 

That these proposals merely parrot federal legislation is suspect in itself. It sets us up to take federal funding for programs that will bind us to federal policies, whether they are a fit for our communities or not.

 

Specifically, red flag laws have no place in a state that intends to abide by the Constitution. You cannot subvert due process and still color within the lines of our founding document.

 

Further, if 18 year olds can vote and go to war to die for this country, they can buy assault weapons. The same standards of accountability and responsibility apply. If we do not think these standards well reasoned, then we should be consistent and raise the voting age and age of military service. You are either an adult at 18 or you are not. It is not a matter of expediency for the purpose of building a Democratic voting bloc.

 

Finally, the increase in mental health support funding is entirely likely to be a further boon to the pharmaceutical companies, whose psychiatric drugs have long been their bread and butter, at least til COVID came along to overflow their coffers. These drugs have been implicated in over 98% of mass shootings. What we call mental health services in this country are a joke perpetrated upon us by these companies, whose SSRI’s are known to induce aggression and violence. What I find likely to happen is that this funding will open the floodgates to subsidized medication for our school aged children. I cannot imagine a worse outcome in the name of protecting them.

 

The anti-gun reaction of the Big City Mayors is just that—a reaction, rather than a reasoned response. Responsiveness might include actually looking at the role psychiatric drugs are documented as playing in these shooting events, and redefining how we address mental health issues in our youth.  And certainly, “hardening” our schools against violence by providing training and effective security, and an end to the “gun free zone,” another word for shooting gallery.

 

Yes, Mayors, I do believe we can address these difficult issues, but it will take the very difficult work of research, debate, critical thinking, creative problem solving and true bi-partisan cooperation. Railroading your constituents with the posture of bi-partisanship will not solve the problem, but merely contribute to the further shredding of the Constitution which not only enshrines the right to due process, but whose Second Amendment clearly and unequivocally states, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Founders meant it, and so do we.

 

We call on Mayor Guajardo to reconsider her signature on this Big City Mayors document, no doubt made in the heat of the moment, and to walk back her decision in the cooler light of reason. We invite you, rather, to engage with citizens to solve the many problems that beset us, including those of gang activity, crime, drugs, and domestic violence.

 

We seek substantive solutions rather than those born of expedient political posturing. It is not, Madame Mayor, about catching the nearest way. It is about the very difficult but noble work of thoughtful governance within the framework of the Constitution.

 

CALLS TO ACTION:

 

Call, email or write a letter and drop it off at the Mayor’s office. Let her know that what works in Dallas or Austin will not work here. We do not want Federal money that subsidizes the subversion of our Constitution. We want substantive solutions to the problems that face us. That is the true meaning of bipartisanship. We can do better than Texas’ big cities, and that is the beauty of Corpus Christi, a city that can think for itself.

 

Email: paulette.guajardo@cctexas.com

 

Phone: 361.826.3105

 

City Hall

1201 Leopard St.

 P.O. Box 9277

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

 

Attend City Council Meetings

 

Attend a City Council meeting and sign up to speak for 3 minutes about this issue. Let our City Council members and the Mayor know that we are not Dallas, Austin or Houston, and that Corpus Christians insist that the letter and law of the Constitution be honored in our city. Assert that we can do better than the big cities that simply follow the Federal playbook. We can think for ourselves and solve our own problems, without relying on the federal funds that will dictate the outcomes of this debate and undermine the very foundations of our freedoms.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE:

(All meetings held at City Hall)

 

JUNE 28TH   11:30

 

JULY 19TH   11:30

 

JULY 26TH   11:30

Gang of 20

GOP Convention Resolution against the Gang of 20 Gun Control bill:

 

Whereas those under 21 are most likely to be victims of violent crime and thus most likely to need to defend themselves.

 

Whereas red flag laws” violate ones right to due process and are a pre-crime punishment of people not adjudicated guilty.

 

Whereas waiting periods on gun purchases harm those who need to acquire the means of self defense in emergencies such as riots.

 

Whereas all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God given rights.

 

We reject the so called bipartisan gun agreement”, and we rebuke Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

The Gun Grab, Part 1

The Gun Grab, pt. 1

Posted by HM

TEXAS FIGHTS OUTLOUD

        Action item for week June 20, 2022:

       

“Protecting our Children” and “Extreme Risk Protection Orders”

H.R. 7910 and H.R. 2377

 

“Protecting Our Children”: The House passed H.R.7910 (223-204), which would make various changes to federal firearms laws, including to establish new criminal offenses and to expand the types of weapons and devices that are subject to regulation.

 

“Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order”: The House passed H.R.2377 (224-202), which allows courts to issue "extreme risk protection orders" that bar particular individuals from possessing firearms based on a showing of imminent danger or a risk of misuse, and it creates a new grant program to assist states and local governments to implement and carry out similar legislation, known as "red flag laws.”

 

 

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON THIS VITAL ISSUE, HERES WHAT TO DO:

 

* WRITE, EMAIL, AND CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE

 

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

I’m calling to categorically voice my opposition to Senator Cornyn’s “compromise” on gun control. There is no “compromise” on the Second Amendment, which plainly states that the right to bear arms will not be infringed upon. Several  bills have now passed the House which do just that. No one in his constituency, even in Uvalde, asked him for this—a direct threat to our Second Amendment and the right of private citizens to defend themselves. Texas is a solidly pro 2A state and his actions have betrayed us. Shame on him for putting his political ambitions ahead of his constituents.

 

SAMPLE LETTERS

 

Dear Senator Cornyn:

Texans are proud supporters of our Constitution’s Second Amendment which states that the right of citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. What else can we call the steady erosion of gun owners’ rights but infringement? A journalist for The Washington Times stated the matter concisely: “To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless.”

This exact inversion of logic has led to the most damning example of the uselessness of gun control laws in our country, Chicago, where the strictest of gun control laws have done nothing to curtail gun violence.

As law enforcement budgets are cut across our nation, and officers passively stand by witnessing riots and violence, citizens understand that government is no longer accountable for our safety, we are. We get it. And responsible citizens use firearms responsibly; criminals do not and never will, regardless of any legislation you may pass.

The issue lies with lawlessness and the proliferation of mental health issues in this country. But your “collaboration” with Senate Democrats looks less like problem solving and more like political theater, virtue signaling all the way down the slippery hill to gun confiscation and the repeal of the Second Amendment.

We the people of Texas say a resounding “no!” We do not consent, will not consent to further infringement. Shame on you for implicating our great State in this sham.

 

Senator John Cornyn

United States Senate

120 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20510-4305

(512) 469-6034

(202) 224-2934

https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

 

 

Dear Senator Cruz:

Your constituents have been handed a disgraceful drubbing at the hands of your colleague, Sen. Cornyn. His “collaboration” with Senate Democrats on the issue of gun control, capitalized on a tragic event in Texas to further political agendas on the other side of the aisle.

I cannot explain this, just as I cannot explain why virtually every mass shooter is found to be on an F.B.I. watch list, but not restrained from criminal action. What I can say is that the problem does not lie with guns and their restrictions. It is systemic and cultural and will not be abated by infringing upon the rights of those who obey laws.

A journalist for The Washington Times stated the matter concisely: “To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless.”

The issue lies with lawlessness and the proliferation of mental health issues in this country, but we in the U.S. have become expert at getting things entirely backwards.

Cornyn’s “collaboration” with Senate Democrats looks less like problem solving and more like political theater, virtue signaling all the way down the slippery hill to outright gun confiscation and the repeal of the Second Amendment.

We the people of Texas say a resounding “no!” We do not consent, will not consent to further infringement. That our great State has been used to further this sham is a disgrace. We would ask that you stand up proudly for your constituents and voice your support for the Second Amendment, uninfringed, as it was meant to be and precisely penned.

 

Senator Ted Cruz

United States Senate

2 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20510-4306

(512) 916-5834

(202) 224-5922

https://www.cruz.senate.gov/contact/write-ted

H.R. 4593

TEXAS FIGHTS OUTLOUD

        Action item for week June13, 2022:

       

“Securing Our Border States Act”

H.R. 4593

 

Congress has introduced legislation to establish a block grant program to financially assist southwest border states in constructing barriers along their borders with Mexico.

 

The Securing Our Border States Act, H.R. 4593, provides $22 billion of funding for this grant program, rescinding and repurposing $22 billion from funds for various COVID related assistance programs. It requires the Treasury Department to provide grants to states for building barriers and related infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days of receiving notification of that state’s intention. The money flows directly to the individual state from the “Empowering States to Build the Wall Fund,” eliminating the necessity for Presidential approval.

 

 

TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON THIS VITAL ISSUE, HERE’S WHAT TO DO:

 

* WRITE, EMAIL, AND CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE

 

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

 

I’m calling to voice my support for H.R. 4593, the Securing Our Border States Act. I want Representative Cloud to know that as his constituent, I’m counting on him to support this legislation and to make our case on the House floor. Texas is ground zero for this tsunami of illegal immigration. We need unapologetic advocacy, and we count on Representative Cloud to be that for us.

 

I’m calling to voice my support for H.R. 4593, the Securing Our Border States Act. I want my U.S. Senators giving their vocal support to this legislation, even if it never reaches the Senate floor. Texas is ground zero for this tsunami of illegal immigration. We need unapologetic advocacy, and we count on our Senators to be that for us. What they say matters as much as what they vote. Say it loud: Texas will protect its borders.

 

 

SAMPLE LETTERS

 

Dear Representative Cloud:

As a resident of Texas and your constituent, I am asking you to support H.R. 4593. We cannot rely upon the same Federal government that has created our border crisis to solve it. Thus, it falls into the hands of each state directly impacted by this invasion to do all it can to stop it. Absent the cooperation of this administration, we need legislation that will side step it. H.R. 4593 offers us this option, to finance unbuilt portions of a border wall with our own tax dollars without the need for federal approval of funds.

 

Nothing could be more just than to allow our citizenry to spend our money as we will. And it is clear that the will of the people of Texas is to stem the tide of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling that is overwhelming our border.

 

Please throw your support behind H.R. 4593 with not only your vote, but vocally. Texans need a voice in this fight, and we depend upon you to provide it.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dear Senator:

As a resident of Texas and your constituent, I ask for your vocal support for H.R. 4593. The border states are in a unique position in this fight against the flood of illegal immigration, and we need our leaders’ voices to rise above the fray, for it is our neighborhoods and communities, our law enforcement and border patrol that are on the front lines.

 

Won’t you speak out in support of H.R. 4593 to help ensure it gets a proper hearing in the House? And should the bill make the Senate floor, assure your constituents that you will vote in favor?

 

Nothing could be more just than to allow our citizenry to spend our money as we will. And it is clear that the will of the people of Texas is to stem the tide of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling that is overwhelming our border.

 

Texans need a voice in this fight, and we depend upon you to provide it

 

The Honorable John Cornyn

United States Senate

120 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20510-4305

(512) 469-6034

(202) 224-2934

https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

 

 

The Honorable Ted Cruz

United States Senate

2 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20510-4306

(512) 916-5834

(202) 224-5922

https://www.cruz.senate.gov/contact/write-ted

 

 

The Honorable Michael Cloud

United States House

25 Independence Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20515-4327

(361) 884-2222

(202) 225-7742

https://cloud.house.gov/contact

 

 

 

 

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