Category: Government

Texas’ New Stasi Surveillance Force

During my first Army duty assignment in Vicenza, Italy, I had the opportunity, twice, to go through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. Imagine being a young 24-year-old from the inner city of Atlanta, and the lasting impression left by walking the same streets with Soviet officers. But, the thing that I remember most, even to this day, was the look of abject despair, despondency, dejection, and depression on the faces of the East Berliners, completely opposite of the joy found in West Berlin. I remember going into stores and finding them not well stocked, and the fear in the eyes of the people. They did not want to speak, or even make eye contact, because wherever we were, the East German secret police, the Stasi was there.

I learned what it was like to live in a surveillance state, where the penalty was imprisonment, or worse, your life. Construction on the Berlin wall started on August 13th, the same year of my birth, 1961. The demolishing of the Berlin Wall came on November 9, 1989. At that time I was a captain in the First Infantry Division, commanding an artillery unit. Upon hearing the news, I reflected on the two times I traveled through that narrow passage, Checkpoint Charlie, and just imagined the faces of despair that now could rejoice.

Now, I am a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, my last duty assignment was Ft. Hood, Texas, and now I reside in Garland, Texas. And, something is happening, here, in the Lone Star State that is of grave concern to me. I never thought I would see a potential creation of the Stasi, secret police, coming to fruition in Texas…in America.

As reported by the Houston Chronicle:

“Texas health officials have awarded up to $295 million to a private technology company to quickly grow and manage a large fleet of contact tracers as the state braces for up to two years without a coronavirus vaccine. The 27-month contract, signed late this week with MTX Group, comes as more businesses begin to open and the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in much of Texas continues to grow. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said new outbreaks may be inevitable as restrictions loosen, and has vowed to bring on at least 4,000 tracers by the end of the month to help contain them.”

For those of you who were not aware, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was awarded billions of dollars in the first stimulus package dedicated to the creation of a “surveillance” system.

I have a simple question: why are we creating a surveillance system and contact tracers for a virus that has a 99.6 percent recovery rate? If someone has been tested for COVID-19 I am sure that they provide their contact information in order to receive results. We recently reported the despotic, and absurd edict of Austin Texas Mayor, Steve Adler, ordering businesses to collect the personal information of patrons to be collected by health officials. Why?

Why is the corporation MTX being granted $295 million of Texas taxpayer dollars, for a 27-month contract to “trace” citizens?

We were told that it was necessary to “flatten the curve” in order to not overburden our healthcare system. Well, here in Texas, we had only a 2 percent hospital utilization rate. Texas spent $60 million on a Harris County tent hospital structure at the NRG stadium that did not see one patient. We have seen several states revise their “numbers” on COVID-19 related deaths, Pennsylvania and Colorado most recently.

I am befuddled as to why we need to have “contact tracers” for a virus that can be contained to the most vulnerable demographic. I suffer from a heart ailment called “sick sinus syndrome” and had to have a heart pacemaker implanted. Hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their lives yearly to heart disease, yet we do not need tracers for them? We have been searching for a cure for cancer for ages, we do not have tracers for that?

Okay, I can hear the intellectually challenged screeching that this is different. Well, do we have contact tracers for each flu season? Yes, COVID-19 and influenza are coronavirus-related illnesses, yet we have never had any contact tracers for any previous contagious virus, Avian (Bird flu), H1N1 (Swine flu), Ebola…Heck, imagine if we tried to institute a system of “contact tracers” to combat the virus of Islamic jihadism?

None of this is making sense. For those who believe this is a good idea, well, remember that thing called the Patriot Act? Yep, that gave us the unconstitutional FISA courts, and look at what that has morphed into. I have stated this before, and I will reiterate, I do not like the combination of these words, “government authorized surveillance,” and I don’t give a doggone if you give it a cutesy, nuanced name like “contact tracers.”

What should anger us all is that not a single elected official — those making the determination of who and what is “essential”– has stopped receiving a paycheck. Their compensation comes from the very people they have put out of work, to the tune of over 2.2 million in Texas. Now, the same individual who unilaterally instituted unconstitutional orders is now using taxpayer dollars for the purpose of having us traced.

I will not be told that I must undergo a test, or submit to a mandatory vaccine. So, there will be no need to “contact trace” me. My health is my responsibility, and if I get sick, I will take the necessary precautions. I will not succumb to health kommissars lurking about, tracing me, or any other fee individual, in order to put us on a list. To this date, I have not worn a mask, but I have awakened every day to complete my exercise routine, take my vitamins and medications, and eat well, okay, I do have a burger every other week.

Governor Abbott, this is completely wrong, and a violation of everything Texas, and America, stands for. Going into Memorial Day, this is not what many made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend: the Constitution of the United States of America…individual rights, freedom, and liberty.

I recommend that you rescind this insidious, dangerous, and absurd concept of using $295 million of Texas taxpayer dollars to hire a 4,000 member Texas Stasi.

The Feudal Lords of Texas

Over this past weekend, I penned an open letter to Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson in response to his condescending and offensive letter in reference to the insidious jailing of salon owner, Shelley Luther. I mentioned the characterization quote attributed to Roman Statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero the “arrogance of officialdom.”

It appears that there are elected officials, local city and county ideologues, who see themselves as feudal lords, and the people, well, we are just serfs.

What I see happening in America, and in Texas, is something that I would have never believed would happen in our Constitutional Republic, all over a virus with a 99.6 percent recovery rate. When one turns over to CNN or MSNBC you do not hear reports about the necessity to reopen our nation, or about the indomitable entrepreneurial spirit that defines our country. No, you get more fear-mongering and commentary inducing panic, paranoia, and hysteria.

I landed in Laredo yesterday afternoon and had reservations at La Posada Hotel which sits right there on the Rio Grande in old downtown Laredo. Just over the way is Mexico, but I was shocked as we drove up. A sign told us we must have masks to enter, and as we exited our vehicle, we were met by an employee to take our temperatures. Needless to say, the reservation was canceled and we are staying at the Embassy Suites. I will not be subjugated to petty despotism. As we were driving to the Embassy Suites, I saw a billboard with Webb County Sheriff Cuellar, brother of the Democrat US Congressman Henry Cuellar, with a masked face, stating, “Stay at Home.”

I learned that the entire city of Laredo, some 260,000, are under a 10 pm curfew. Laredo has sadly lost 17 citizens to COVID-19 related deaths. I am quite sure there are more deaths in Laredo attributed to drug violence and crime. Yes, they do issue citations, and remember, Laredo is the city where a sting operation was conducted and two young Hispanic women were arrested for doing nails and eyebrows in their own houses.

This is not the doggone America that four generations in my family fought to protect and defend!

Dallas, Laredo, and yes, the capital of Texas, Austin, is also home to these feudal lords.

As reported by Texas Scorecard:

“As Texans across the state suffer and struggle to provide food for their families under prolonged government-ordered shutdowns (even with the governor’s trickled reopening of businesses), one Central Texas county is continuing their lockdown into the summer.

On Friday, Democrats Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended their stay-at-home orders on citizens; Austin’s order will last until May 30, but the county’s order will drag on until June 15.

The order is an updated version of the officials’ original decree from March. It states, “All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Services and Essential Activities.”

The order prohibits all public and private gatherings, tells “non-essential” businesses to cease operating, and says all citizens over the age of six “shall wear some form of face covering” when going out in public.

Violating the order “may be punishable through criminal enforcement,” with citizens potentially being fined up to $1,000 or even thrown in jail for six months.

It is questionable what effect the order will have because it largely conflicts with Gov. Greg Abbott’s recently updated statewide order that allows for limited reopening. According to Abbott, local officials like Adler and Eckhardt cannot impose more burdensome guidelines than his statewide executive order.

Despite including criminal punishments in the order, the officials admitted their limitation, stating in the order numerous times that “no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed for failure to wear a face covering,” and that their punishments could be “limited by state order.”

Still, the extension of the local order could be used to impose penalties for activities not expressly permitted by Gov. Abbott. Moreover, the order will continue to limit citizens’ behavior as they are unsure of what activities are authorized and what activities are prohibited.

“The governor’s order didn’t say we couldn’t make it mandatory. It said we couldn’t have a criminal or civil penalty,” Mayor Adler said on Monday.

The officials have vocally disagreed with the governor allowing some Texans to begin providing for their families again, with Adler saying he’d prefer to stay closed for another month and Eckhardt recently warning that over 10,000 Travis County citizens could die if businesses reopened too soon.

In Travis County, which has a population of 1.27 million people, there are currently 2,002 confirmed cases of coronavirus—a little over 0.1 percent of the population. Tragically, 59 have died.

From 2017 to 2018, 49 Travis County citizens died from the flu. Of the state’s 29 million Texans, there have currently been 973 coronavirus deaths. This flu season, 6,737 Texans died from influenza and pneumonia. Meanwhile, because of the government  shutdowns, 261,000 Austinites could lose their jobs, and over 30 million Americans are now unemployed, potentially facing a new crisis in struggling to feed their family and provide a place to live.”

Meet the Texas feudal lords of Central Texas, Adler and Eckhardt, who have taken it upon themselves to disregard the Governor of Texas and have declared their own edicts, orders, mandates, and decrees. Just who is this County Judge Eckhardt to say that Travis County will have 10,000 Texans die if businesses are reopened? This is not leadership, it is fear-mongering in order to advance an ideological agenda…and we discussed that with the desire to force universal mail-in balloting. This is no longer about addressing the welfare of the citizens of Texas. We were told that a shutdown needed to occur in order to “flatten the curve,” to ensure we did not overload the hospital system and capacity.

At last review, Texas only had a 2 percent hospital utilization because of COVID-19. If anything, we are seeing hospitals lay off medical professionals because some idiots came up with the stupid idea to cancel “non-essential” medical procedures. Who are these feudal lords who believe that it is their right, or that they have an enumerated power to decide, declare, who or what is essential? If you remember, here in Texas we had those, progressive socialists, who advocated that murdering pre-born babies was an “essential” medical procedure. They took the determination of the Attorney General to court, found a local leftist activist judge who issued a stay, but the Circuit Court overruled.

Yes, in California, we have the feudal lord Gavin Newsom making his unilateral declarations about statewide mail-in ballots and other officials extending this illegal martial law, house arrest, until July.

Yes, what is happening here in our Texas is illegal martial law. Curfews in Laredo? For what? It is all because someone feels empowered to do so. It is not just these despotic actions of lords Adler and Eckhardt. et a load of this, also via Texas Scorecard:

“Austin’s mayor [feudal lord] has a new order for businesses: collect contact information to track every customer that comes in your doors, or potentially face public punishment.

Last Friday, Mayor Steve Adler announced his extended, questionably legal stay-at-home order, in which he “encourages” restaurants and businesses of 75 capacity or less to record an “activity log” of all customers that come in. That means collecting “contact information for all inside or sit-down customers and employees including the dates and times they were present in the business and the location where they sat or were served [in] a restaurant or reopened service with seating.”

Though keeping a log isn’t mandatory, a business could potentially pay a devastating price if they don’t obey. “In the absence of [such] a log, Austin Public Health may need to publicly release, without limitation and in its discretion, the location where people with confirmed infections have been, with relevant dates and timeframes, so as to otherwise trace contacts,” the order reads.

In other words, for the businesses who don’t follow the order, the city government can determine if they were exposed to the coronavirus and has unlimited power to publish their names to the public. “This just isn’t going to work,” said Skeeter Miller, owner of the County Line and president of the Greater Austin Restaurant Association. He said not only will many restaurants not be able to do that kind of tracking, but many customers will refuse to provide that personal information.”

Yes, I am going to say it, these are more like East German tactics, and all we need now is the Stasi, secret police, since we already have feudal lords, like the Mayor of El Paso, encouraging Texans to report on Texans.

Ladies and gents, the feudal system is not who we are in America. Let me remind you of the April 2nd quote of Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), “This pandemic gives Democrats a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Even when we have our honorable and principled law enforcement agents, such as Officer Anderson of Port of Seattle, Washington, who draw a line…the feudal lord of Washington state, Jay Inslee, uses his tyranny to have the officer placed on leave.

Governor Abbott, my simple question to you is: are you going to allow these tyrants in Texas to run amok and terrorize the citizens of the Lone Star State? A day of reckoning is coming, and it is coming rather soon, unless you, sir, get a handle on these arrogant officials. Texas is not about subjugating its citizens by way of fear-mongering and dictatorial tactics and policies.

I am in Laredo now. My next stop will be Austin. I will not be enslaved by these progressive socialists, and will not allow my fellow Texans to be treated like serfs by the feudal lords of Texas.

Forced Isolation, Forced Masking . . . Texas Style

Good TGIF, y’all!

Here in Texas, our “forced isolation” or shelter-in-place order imposed unilaterally by Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins has been extended. As of yesterday noon, the Lone Star State, a state of 28.9 million people, had lost 70 Texans to the Wuhan Chinese COVID-19 virus. Yes, I am sure folks will comment that is because we are not doing enough testing. It is always very difficult to prove or disprove a negative.

But, it appears that some in Texas may be going just a tad too far.

As reported by KGNS in Laredo, Texas,

“[Laredo City] Council came together to discuss and pass motions that will affect just about everyone in the city when it comes to the coronavirus. The stay at home measures continue to change.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, society is having to change how they live.

Tuesday evening, council members came together, while keeping their distance. Some in different rooms, others joined in through their computer in their home.

But something was new: everyone present was wearing a protective face mask.

A motion was passed making it a punishable offense for all ages to be out in public between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of “essential workers” or emergency situations.

You will need to provide I.D. and a letter from work if you are out between the hours of the new curfew.

The City says police will use discretion and you could face a fine between $50 to $1,000, and it’s an arrestable offense.

This new measure goes into effect on Thursday at 12:01 midnight.

A second motion was passed that included the mandate for all Laredoans to begin wearing protective face masks, or “nose to mouth” covers. That includes any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana.

This measure also takes effect Thursday at 12:01 midnight, and it can be punishable of up to $1,000, but a judge could determine the final fine.

If you are exercising in your yard or garage, you do not have to wear a mask.

The executive order was extended, putting all these mandates into effect until April 30th.”

So let me get this right: in Laredo, Texas, the City Council, government, has mandated everyone to wear a face-covering, or else face a fine? I suppose the folks of Laredo should be thankful they aren’t in the Philippines:

“President Rodrigo Duterte is allowing the use of deadly force against those found violating lockdown standards implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.” — NY Daily News

So, I guess a $1,000 fine is better than being shot.

I have never been a fan of collective punishment as a means to adjust individual behavior, but that is a socialist, communist, ideal. It is always done under the guise of 'the public good.' Click To Tweet

Regardless, think about this precedent being established by the City Council of Laredo. They have just decreed that you will do something, under the premise of the public good, or else face a fine. Oh, by the way, is the City Council of Laredo going to provide some type of face covering? What is the difference between this, in principle, and the individual mandate of Obamacare? Remember, you must purchase health insurance, for the better good, or else you will be fined? What happens when government decides that you must purchase an electric vehicle, for the better good of climate change, or else you will be fined? Or, how about you must buy plant-based “meat” products, for the better good, and government will raise taxes on real meat products in order to modify your behavior?

I have never been a fan of collective punishment as a means to adjust individual behavior, but that is a socialist, communist, ideal. It is always done under the guise of “the public good.” Some municipal governments have implemented a Sugar Tax, basically unlawful fines, placed on certain beverage products. Again, all because a group of elected officials has determined what is our “better good.”

No, I do not like this mandated decree to wear a mask, under penalty of a fine. One thing is for certain: I do not want anyone mandating I wear a protective mask that was “made in China!” Thanks, but I will just pay the fine.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

How true.

Austin: Capital of ____________ (fill in the blank)

It is always interesting to sit back and watch an incident play out. And there was one that just occurred in Austin, Texas, that tells those — who are willing to be honest — all we need to know about the progressive socialist left.  It was just last year that the city council of Austin made a seriously bad decision for the city. Let me set the stage.

As reported this week by the Texas Scorecard:

“The story began back in  [last] June when the Austin City Council made it legal for vagrants to camp, sit, and lie down in public spaces across the city. Almost overnight, Austinites saw their streets, sidewalks, and highways littered with campsites, trash, and tent cities. 

The council’s decision sparked a wildfire of public contention, prompting a slew of law enforcement and elected officials to speak out against it, and over 55,000 citizens signed a petition calling for the law’s reversal. Citizens also packed town halls over the summer, testifying to the harmful consequences of the law and angry that registered sex offenders were among those now allowed to sleep directly next to apartments and elementary schools. After four months of public outcry, safety risk, and council inaction—and a public warning from Gov. Abbott over the citizens’ safety—the council finally met in [last] October and changed their law, but they chose to reverse only parts of it.

In [last] November, Abbott took action and sent the state to begin protecting the community, instructing state officials to clean up encampments under highways and to direct homeless individuals to nonprofits for immediate help. Abbott also established a state campground near downtown where homeless people could receive assistance.”

From personal experience, having been in Austin several times last fall, the situation in downtown Austin is appalling. It appears that we have gone beyond “Keep Austin Weird” to make “Make Austin Unsafe.” And, sadly, that is exactly what just happened in the past week.

The left-leaning Patch.com reports:

“The suspect in [last] Friday’s stabbing attack in South Austin that left a person dead and others injured is a homeless person, police confirmed on Saturday.

Citing the ongoing nature of the investigation, police added they will not be releasing the suspect’s name or that of the person who died after being stabbed. An employee of Freebirds World Burrito, a man in his 20s, was fatally stabbed by the suspect after an earlier disturbance at an adjacent coffee shop. Another employee at the eatery, a man in his 50s, also was seriously injured.

The suspect — being described by police only as a Caucasian man in his 20s — then climbed onto the roof of the shopping center before running across it and jumping off — sustaining life-threatening injuries in the process, police said. The man subsequently was hospitalized in critical condition.”

What this leftist media outlet failed to report — as most leftist media outlets do — was that the homeless individual who committed the murder, and injured several others, had a violent criminal history. Of course, many of you are thinking, go figure, same as usual, repeated often in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles . . . two other major cities with epic homelessness issues controlled by the progressive socialist left.

However, the real story is not just the story, but rather the response from the Mayor of Austin, and one of the City Council members in response to Gov. Abbott’s terse, yet appropriate, social media message. Yes, as predictable, Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler responded:

“As quoted in the Texas Tribune [funded by George Soros], Austin Mayor Steve Adler suggested the demonizing of homeless people as a criminal monolith for political gain is a slippery slope.

“It’s misleading and it’s harmful to equate people experiencing homelessness with being criminals,” Adler said. “It’s like saying that immigrants are rapists. There’s a real damage to society when we demonize people in ways that are simply not true.”

So, a homeless person with a violent criminal history takes advantage of the policies of Austin’s mayor and City Council, kills someone, and the Austin mayor is more concerned with demonizing homeless people?

The Texas Scorecard had this to add to the story:

“Now, after all of that and the latest tragic event, Council Member Delia Garza responded defiantly to Abbott’s tweet about the homeless murderer.

“Events today were tragic. But the governor suggesting that ATX Council has the authority to change laws on violent attacks/homicide is more of his scapegoating and a distraction from his poor leadership and the failure to fund the mental health and housing resources Texans need,” tweeted Garza, who is now running for county attorney.

Her post immediately received a storm of backlash.

“What is really tragic @DGarzaforD2 is the fact that your policies are enabling these drug addicts to attack innocent people,” one citizen tweeted. “You placing blame on @GregAbbott_TX is shameful and disgusting. Electing you for County Attorney would be an epic mistake.”

“Lots of people who love Austin predicated that the ATX Council restricting police authority in dealing with homeless people who break the law would result in tragedy,” another replied. “Now it has and it is YOUR fault. Shame on you.”

“The fact [that] Austin is turning into California is a problem. I left California because of stuff like this and in just a few years Austin has changed into the place I left,” one citizen said. “You don’t want Austin to go down this rabbit hole it just gets worse from here.” 

So what is the lesson learned from this exchange between the Governor, the mayor, and City Council member? It is quite simple: the ideological agenda of the progressive socialist left is more important to them than the safety and security of good honest citizens. At no point did Austin Mayor Adler or Councilwoman Garza express any remorse, or concern, about the innocent young person who is dead due to their policy. Instead of correcting the issue, the leftist in control of Austin Texas would rather shift blame. We have evidenced this elsewhere with the delusional mayor of Chicago blaming gun violence in her city on neighboring conservative states, regardless of the onerous gun control laws in Chicago.

Here in Texas, we are the top state in these United States of America for human and sex trafficking, yet the leftists embrace open borders as part of their ideological agenda.

At some point in time, when will we awaken and realize that these leftists do not care about our safety and security? In Virginia, they are endeavoring to disarm by way of gun confiscation, the ability for legal, law-abiding gun owners to protect and defend themselves. Imagine, what Mayor Adler and Councilwoman Garza would have said if the innocent citizen being attacked had drawn a firearm and shot the homeless assailant, killing him? What would the headlines read from Patch.com and the Texas Tribune? Notice, these left-leaning media outlets did not say too much about 71-year-old Jack Wilson who drew his legal concealed carry firearm and with one shot took down a bad person at the West Freeway Church of Christ.

Let me also remind everyone that it was the Austin Independent School District (ISD) board who voted unanimously for a sex education curriculum for 3rd-8th graders that in every sense of the word is pornographic. This was done regardless of the complaints of the parents, as we shared with y’all. Simply because the ideological agenda of indoctrinating your children is more important to the progressive socialist left than your children being educated, properly.

Do not forget that it was Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a Jewish man, who attended an Iftar dinner sponsored by the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), featuring virulent anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar as the keynote speaker. Not to mention the fact that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Islamic terrorist funding trial in US history, the Holy Land Foundation case that was tried in Houston, Texas. Imagine, Austin’s mayor sitting in the presence of, and supporting, a militant Islamist such as Ilhan Omar, whose allegiance to the United States is questionable, though her anti-Semitism is clearly not.

For the left, the victim will always be the person who is associated with their ideological agenda. In this stabbing spree, it is the violent criminal homeless person. But “who cares?” certainly not the progressive socialist leftists who rule over Austin, Texas.

Now, after reading this post, fill in the blank. Austin, capital of ________________. I can attest — along with many others — that the answer does not appear to be Texas.

Today’s Impeachment Proceedings

I just arrived in South Florida, as Angela and I are attending the Turning Point USA 2nd Annual Winter Gala …yes, Mar-a-Lago.

I am sitting here in our home in Plantation, FL — currently on the market — watching the truly disconcerting theater of the absurd called the House impeachment debate.

I am still trying to reconcile myself to understanding what crime has been committed? The message the progressive socialist left is sending to liberty-loving Americans is that their desire for control and power knows no bounds, has no limitations.

What we are watching is the manifestation of what House Democrat freshman and Islamist, Rashida Tlaib, asserted, before she was even sworn in, “We are going to impeach the motherf***er.”

This is the deranged delusion that possesses the progressive socialist left. These hypocrites sat silently during all the abuses of the Obama administration, including incidents that led to the deaths of Americans: US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Amb Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. Not only did Obama contribute to their deaths, but he also lied about them. These Democrats said nothing.

Let us not forget as we head towards November 2020 and send these traitors home, relegating them to permanent minority status. I pledge to do my part to enable that end in the Lone Star State of Texas.

[AUDIO] Kilmeade: West on Impeachment and Clint Lorance

LTC Allen West joined The Brian Kilmeade Show to discuss the impeachment hearings, now in their second week; and, also, the latest for Texan Clint Lorance. Listen to LTC West’s segment below, or the full podcast with all guests online.

Don’t Californicate Our Texas

Last night I spoke at an event in Fredericksburg, Texas, and if there is anything I enjoy, it’s riding through the Texas Hill Country. I love coming down Hwy 281 through Burnet to Marble Falls, then hitting Hwy 290, Texas Wine Row. I have ridden my motorcycle through Hill Country several times and each time it is exhilarating.

Now, I have to tell you, the only issue I had was going through Johnson City, Texas. That is the home of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the “Man from the Pedernales.” Johnson is not exactly one of my favorites, and you can understand why.

But, as I travel all across Texas, either in my truck, Jeep, or on my motorcycle, I am just proud and honored to call the Lone Star State home, again. The incredible beauty and blessings of this state from the pine trees of East Texas to the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend Mountains, over to the Gulf of Mexico — and all parts in between — just blows one away. What’s even greater is that Texas moxie, that renowned swagger that says, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”

I am also thinking about another state, one that is picturesque and offers a variety of breathtaking scenery and terrain, California. The so-called Golden State was once a strong conservative state. Heck, Ronald Reagan was once its governor, but look at what it has become!

Just days ago, it was revealed that California, which has the highest state income tax, also has the highest poverty level. One in every five Californians lives in poverty. We know about the abhorrent and medieval conditions resulting from the homeless situation in California. Yet, the useful idiots that populate that once thriving state elected the “Walking Brain Dead,” who spend more time passing laws about plastic straws, and now banning plastic shampoo, lotion, and conditioner bottles from hotels.

And, now we have the most recent evidence of incompetence and ineptness emanating from California.

As reported by Fox News:

“Power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses went out early Wednesday, affecting millions of people in California. PG&E said it will turn off power to 800,000 customers — that means about 2 million people — in 34 counties in northern, central and coastal California. In Southern California, SoCal Edison warned that it might shut off power to more than 100,000 customers in eight counties as high winds are expected to hit the region Thursday. The city of San Francisco isn’t covered by PG&E’s shutoffs. But much of the surrounding Bay Area and beyond are expected to go dark, including large swaths of Silicon Valley, the cities of Oakland and Berkeley and much of the Northern California wine country hit by wildfires that killed 44 two years ago. The outage also affects parts of the agricultural Central Valley, the state’s northern and central coasts and the Sierra Nevada foothills where a November wildfire blamed on PG&E transmission lines killed 85 people and devastated the town of Paradise.

Thousands of students were getting the day off Wednesday, and possibly Thursday, as school districts across Northern California announced plans to cancel classes. Some school districts in the power outage area, like Berkeley, said they planned to stay open Wednesday but told parents to stay tuned. The University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Mills College canceled classes Wednesday. While critical emergency city and county services were expected to operate, residents were urged to call ahead about routine office hours as many may be closed. Hospitals have backup generators and could stay open, along with all emergency services. Cellphone companies have said most cellphones should work as long as they’re charged.”

One of the great things about Texas is that it has its own power grid! Yes, the Lone Star State is not connected to either the East or West coast grid, thank God. But, think about another one of the ramifications to what is happening in California: electric cars. Yep, you know, the grand scheme of the left to force us all out of internal combustion engines to electric vehicles? Well, even if you had a natural gas vehicle you would be protected from this travesty, but brilliant little progressive socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are against that means of energy which does reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

So, now there are massive lines at electric charging stations all across California with folks taking up to 30-40 minutes, per vehicle to get a full charge. Hmm, it only takes me about 1-2 minutes to fill up my truck, Jeep, and even less for my motorcycle.

Perhaps the elected progressive socialist clowns in California should have been allocating more funding to hardening their electric grid and strengthening those power lines? Instead, they are more focused on providing free healthcare, and other benefits, to illegal immigrants.

Back in July, I shared with y’all an article from The Economist that was titled, “Texafornia.” The premise of the article was that the future of these United States of America comes down to a choice between two different States, California and Texas. One has to ponder, why would anyone want to “Californicate” the Lone Star State of Texas? Yet that is happening.

Consider the fact that this November, Texans will vote on a ballot initiative on whether or not Texas should have a state income tax. As well, just a few months back, the Austin City Council, yes, the capital of Texas, voted to allow the homeless to erect tents within the city limits. It just begs the question, why do progressive socialists move into successful red states where there is growth, opportunity, and prosperity — they are fleeing the lack thereof — and bring their failed ideology and agenda with them?

Folks, that is what ya call the “locust effect,” and it has overrun states like Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Virginia. And this pestilence of ideological stupidity and ignorance now has set its sights on North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and yes . . . Texas. This cancer seeks out and establishes itself in the major population centers, where all over the United States you witness the failure of progressive socialism in the urban centers, which they control. The failure of constitutional conservatives has been that we have not gone on offense against this scourge and consistently play defense, as they overtake our States. All for one thing: political and electoral gain, power.

I often tell folks that when they see that U-Haul pull up into their neighborhood here in Texas, they should find a moment to welcome the new neighbors. Take them some nice Texas dessert, show them that Texas hospitality, and then, with a smile on your face say, “Welcome to Texas, now, why are you here?” Your purpose is not for them to drone on about the job they have moved for, but ascertain their philosophy of governance. Get them to think in-depth about why they have come to Texas or any other successful conservative state. And even better, ask them why they left wherever they were previously.

That is not being intrusive, or nosey. It is a valid, and vital question to ask. See, if we, who are proud to call Texas our home, do not ever explain the reason for our pride, then the infection spreads. You fail to inoculate the new neighbor from the condition called progressive socialism.

As well, folks, we must do a better job of talking with our kids and grandkids as we come to realize that our schools are being transformed into indoctrination centers. Think about it, on a daily basis, how much time do you spend with your child, as opposed to a teacher or professor? This is why I was speaking at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and will be going into our Texas colleges, universities, and high schools.

Read the article in The Economist titled “Texafornia.” There are those who suffer from delusion believing that Texas can never be flipped. I am quite sure many said the same thing about California.

I remember a poll taken this year that said some 46% of people wanted to leave San Francisco. They listed Idaho and Texas as their preferred destinations. Y’all do us all a favor, think about the principles, values, and idiocy that caused you to flee . . . and do not Californicate Texas or other states who were doing well until y’all showed up.

[VIDEO] ACWT: Interview with LTC Allen West

I joined America, Can We Talk? and it’s host, Debbie Georgatos, to discuss topics of the day including my bid for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

LTC Allen West appears on America, Can We Talk (ACWT) with Debbie Georgatos.

The Left’s Policies Are Killing Businesses

If there is one thing no one can debate in America it is the failure of the policies of the progressive socialist left. Let’s just look at it objectively, using our common sense, if things are so great in leftist controlled states, why are people fleeing them? I truly believe any assessment and analysis of population shifts, growth, will evidence that places like California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are bleeding population. States like Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia are exploding, but why is it that some of those fleeing these failed states still support failed policies. Yes, there is only one explanation, delusion.

Businesses are struggling, some are shutting down in these Democrat (socialist) controlled states. Some are able to relocate, others just suffer the fate of closing forever. For whatever reason, no one wants to admit the cause: leftist ideological agendas that are anti-free market and business.

We have another example emanating from the bastion and incubator of insidious progressive socialist left policies, California. I guess it is quite hard to believe that Ronald Reagan was once the governor of California. As reported by ABC7News:

“San Francisco is known as a haven for good food, but restaurants in the city are increasingly finding it hard to stay open. On the Embarcadero, 26-year-old Palomino, once known for its popular happy hour, has just closed its doors. Three restaurants near Oracle Park — Pete’s Tavern, Pedro’s Cantina and Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria — have also closed, according to Hoodline. And in the Mission District, the owner of Dosa is also closing its original location on Valencia Street after 15 years.

“It was a combination of a lot of different things,” Dosa CEO Anjan Mitra told ABC7 News. “It seemed like the perfect storm that hit us, hit the restaurant industry.” 

Mitra said the rise of food delivery companies, such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub, along with tech companies like Munchery and Sprig, which delivered ready-made food to customers, has contributed to the increasing number of restaurant closures.

“The way people order food, you know online, put a lot of price pressures on us,” Mitra explained, “So they took our margins away, so we are giving up 25-30 percent of our prices to the delivery companies.”

On top of that, he said, the high cost of living, along with employee benefit requirements by the City, has led to increased business costs. According to Laurie Thomas with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, who looked at numbers available on Yelp, restaurant closures in San Francisco have outpaced openings by nine percent. She said last year, there were 325 closures versus 298 openings.

Thomas, along with other members of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, recently spoke to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors asking the City to offset some of the costs for small business owners. “If you want to have neighborhood restaurants, keep adding to the vibrancy of each of these neighborhoods,” Mitra said. “You’ve got to think about the laws that you’ve actually put in place that could potentially have a devastating impact across the city and across the Bay Area, potentially.”  

Let’s be honest here: it is not just about the free market competition of DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grub Hub. These businesses are struggling to contend with the government laws being passed that undermine their efforts. As it was stated, small businesses operate with very thin margins, but when you have government mandating your pay and employee benefits, it is only a matter of time. I found it rather laughable, in a hypocritical way, that ol’ Bernie Sanders cut staff hours after he announced a $15 minimum wage for his organization. Yet these progressive leftists come up with these deranged schemes, force them onto small businesses, and what do you expect to happen? They either fire workers, or close shop.

If you think the cost of housing in California, namely the Bay Area, is steep, think about commercial business property rent. As well, when you have the abhorrent homeless problem, which California, and again, namely San Francisco, has embraced, and encouraged, what happens with businesses located in the city proper? Yes, I think you can understand why those free-market competitors are thriving as opposed to brick and mortar restaurants in San Francisco. Who wants to be confronted with the abject filth that has been spawned due to the city of San Francisco’s lack of addressing this issue.

Now, what makes this issue so interesting is that we have cities in the Lone Star State of Texas who are embracing the same failed policies. Consider what downtown Austin, Texas looks like now, a city council that passed an ordinance that homeless people can erect tents. Who would want to venture to downtown Austin, Texas for dinner at a restaurant? And how many of these eating establishments can survive if they are mandated to provide a “living wage” to employees? Again, honestly speaking, these minimum wage jobs were never intended to be careers, or be the means by which to raise a family. These are entry-level jobs, positions, that afford people early work experience. But, since the Democrat (socialist) Party sees people as victims, they have to use this to make their case and advance their failed beliefs, and principles.

What is the bottom line of the left? Heck, they do not care if these businesses are closing. After all, they never believed that these business owners should have been given any respect, recognition . . . after all, “they didn’t build that.” And, the more people made unemployed, well, as stated, the left needs victims.

Since being here in Texas, I have heard folks refer to Austin as the “San Francisco of the Midwest.” My question is, who thinks that is an admirable title? If “Keep Austin Weird” means looking more like San Francisco…I am all in for “Making Austin Texas Normal.”