Carry The Load
Memorial Day is only a month out and my mind is already turning on a regular basis to those who so willingly risk their lives for yours and mine. God knows that the last few weeks, with first responders putting so much on the line in Boston and West, that the images of their bravery and sacrifice have been clearer than ever. In my new | Read More »
RIP Chris Kyle
On Saturday night we lost a true American Hero. Chris Kyle, a retired Navy Seal, author of American Sniper and devoted husband and father was killed along with one of his best friends at an event he was holding for veterans suffering from PTSD. The suspect is a 25 year old former Marine. He was aprehended in Kyle’s truck last night. Here is the statement | Read More »
“Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – John Wayne, Stagecoach (1939)
Throughout the last two years, Erick, Drew Ryun and myself have introduced RedStaters to many problems within the leadership of the Texas State House. Supporting evidence has been provided, most recently with Erick’s exclusive a few weeks ago, showing the Speaker’s office as the catalyst behind the war against house conservatives. It’s not a new fight but with the January vote on House leadership looming, it’s time to saddle up.
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Ted Cruz Interview at RedState Gathering 2012
From the diaries by Neil… In what is widely being described as one of the TEA Party’s biggest upsets, Ted Cruz became Texas’ Republican nominee for US Senate on Tuesday night. Heavy advantages in name ID, money and institutional support were overcome by grassroots activists, ready to send a fighter to Washington. I’ve known Ted for two years but this weekend at #RSG12 I had | Read More »
Will the Real Texas TEA Party Please Stand Up?
OK, Texas it’s time for a bit of tough love. It’s been said by more than a few people over the last couple years that the TEA Party is dead. We’ve proven at many points that we’re alive and well, across the nation as well as here in Texas. We’ve had plenty of battles in the last several years and are nearing the end of | Read More »
Stand Up With Ted Cruz
From the diaries. It’s decision time in Texas. The last hours of the contest to name the next United States Senator are running down and the choice for Texans couldn’t be more clear. Ted Cruz is our man. Erick wrote just the other day about the need for conservatives to open their wallets to help Ted win this battle against establishment moderate David Dewhurst. Polls | Read More »
Bring Back Mark Davis!
It’s time to stand up for a friend. For 18 years, Mark Davis has been a talk radio staple in North Texas. Over the last several, he has regularly filled in for Rush Limbaugh and had an ever-widening influence over the conservative movement. Through it all, he has been a faithful friend to conservatives, effectively articulated what we stand for and championed the TEA Party | Read More »
Snatching Defeat From The Jaws of Victory: Texas Primary Update
My first introduction to politics was at 10 years old, volunteering with my parents on a State House campaign. What hooked me on political involvement was that we lost by 12 votes on a re-count and I knew that even at 10 years old I could have found 13 more votes if I’d have worked harder. The promise I’ve made myself in every election cycle | Read More »
Texas Election Effort Launched by American Majority Action
From the diaries . . . For the last three years I’ve been working with grassroots organizers here in Texas, training and partnering with conservatives who believe that it’s time to take a stand. This election cycle I’m excited to be launching another effort that will work with TEA Partiers to elect strong conservatives and build the infrastructure to keep them accountable. As many of | Read More »
Time To Defend Our Own
Much of the time we find ourselves fighting liberals and working to roll back the terrible legislation that they’ve passed. During elections we advocate for conservative candidates who promise to charge into the breech for us and we’re often frustrated by how little they do once we elect them. Every now and then a statesman comes along that’s worth defending and when we find them | Read More »
Open Letter to Gov. Perry
Promoted from the diaries. Welcome back to Texas, Governor! You got into this race to provide American conservatives with a choice in the Presidential race. We asked for a proven leader and you stepped up. Five months ago I hoped to be looking at a very different race than we are today but it wasn’t in the cards. The silver lining in this race for | Read More »
TEA Party Leader Recruiting Campaign Chairmen for Trump
From the diaries . . . Just in case all the early primary fun hasn’t put you in a fetal position next to the liquor cabinet, maybe this will finish the job: After his aborted press tour/election tease, Donald Trump nearly immediately went back to hinting at an independent run for President. Speculation has been driven through the last few months by surrogates, media interviews | Read More »
Man to Watch in the PA Senate Race: John Vernon
The last week or so I’ve been hearing more and more buzz about the GOP Senate Primary in Pennsylvania. Among the several candidates seeking the job, it seems that John Vernon is coming out pretty strong and new polling is showing a strong initial lead. Sen. Bob Casey’s favorable rating is sitting at 47% right now, one point less than Obama’s. Against a generic GOP | Read More »
Cross-posted from AmericanMajority.org As one of my mentors, Dr. Larry Arnn, is fond of saying, “A thing is good when it performs the purpose for which it was made.” A chair you can’t sit in or a gun that won’t shoot straight fail that test. So does a guard dog that won’t bark at bad guys. Being a guard dog is an interesting job. He | Read More »
Status Quo or Conservative Agenda?
Conservatives across the nation have been given an incredible opportunity to prove the viability of our ideals. In the November election Republicans gained nearly 700 state legislative seats, a number of Governorships, a majority in the US House and a near tie in the Senate. Democrats were held to the smallest freshman class of any party since 1915. Many lessons can be derived from this | Read More »
Primary Opponents: An Empty Threat?
That’s the title of a blog post written last week by the Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka. It seems that he disagrees with the assertion from my last post that a vote for Speaker Joe Straus will go a long way to ensuring that Republican Representatives will face a primary challenger next year. Here is his rather apt assessment of the attitude conservatives are holding regarding | Read More »
Texas House Members: Your Primaries Are One Year Away
From the diaries by Erick What’s more corrupt than the lieutenant of a sitting Speaker of the House making threats against Representatives who refuse to support that speaker? Is it possible for someone to go further up the shameless meter than to draw redistricting maps to cut Representatives out of their districts in order to punish them for standing up to a bad politician? If | Read More »
Joe Straus Stands Against Free Speech
Freedom of speech is under attack courtesy of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. He is effectively trying to stuff as much speech as possible into the definition of “political advertising,” hassling average Texans out of the conversation. In his interim charge to the General Investigating & Ethics Committee Straus commanded the following: Review the definition of “political advertising” and determine whether the definition should be expanded | Read More »
Your Voice is like Kryptonite to Bad Politicians
I love analogies. The kryptonite analogy really captures the attitude of politicians who have been at the trough too long. Still, most politicians have the discipline not to tell you outright to butt out of the political process, much less investigate you like the Stazi. Like Erick pointed out the other day, even in Texas being a Republican doesn’t necessarily mean you are a conservative. | Read More »
What Will You Do For Liberty?
From the diaries by Erick I wrote last week emphasizing the importance of TEA Party involvement this election cycle. In it I asked the question, “Are You Astroturf?” and I expressed my frustration with TEA Partiers who fail to follow through with meaningful action (phone-banking, block-walking, etc.) to back up their protest. For those of you un-convinced of the impact that TEA Party activists can | Read More »
Bill White Endorses Rick Perry for Governor
Early voting started today in Texas and conservatives have two pretty clear choices in the Governors race: Vote for Rick Perry or dont vote. Apparently Perry’s opponent, Liberal Bill White, agrees 100%! Remember, don’t go alone to vote! Bring friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Also, make sure you vote the FULL ballot. Conservatives often win the top-of-the-ticket races but lose more local races because people | Read More »
Are You Astroturf?
For the last year and a half the TEA Party movement has rallied Americans around the cause of bringing fiscal responsibility back to our Government. We have protested. We have made catchy t-shirts. We have raised awareness. We have confronted our liberal representatives and served notice that they will soon join the unemployed. Each of those activities is important and has a place but now | Read More »