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CNS News: State-Sponsored Terrorism

In his first op-ed of the year for CNS News, LTC Allen West provides a primer for the left on state-sponsored terrorism, in light of the backlash surrounding Qasem Soleimani’s death.

“It appears that the Ayatollah Khameini received a special New Year’s greeting courtesy of the United States of America. However, what has been utterly disturbing, and perplexing, to me has been the response from some progressive, socialist media pundits, politicians, and yes, some Republicans.

I think it is time we understand what “state-sponsored terrorism” means.”

Read the full article at CNS News »

The Left’s Misinformation Campaign in Texas

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth”  — Vladimir Lenin

The aforementioned quote by Lenin aptly describes the propaganda machine of the progressive socialist left. In and of itself, socialism as an economic model cannot be advanced by way of truth. It relies upon deceit, false narratives, and outright lies such as, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” which was the Politifact “Lie of the Year” in 2013. Yes, I know, the leftist trolls who surf this page are calling President Trump out as a liar. But, he has yet to receive a “Lie of the Year” distinction.

So it goes. The left has now turned its propaganda machine of lies, deceit, and false narratives onto the Lone Star State of Texas. A recent story, found in the Washington Post, owned by the world’s richest man — and, Jeff Bezos is not a constitutional conservative — is an example of what the left deems they must do in order to “turn Texas blue.” In this case, “blue” should read “sad.”

As reported in the Washington Post in an article by Abby M. McCloskey titled ‘Trump is Unpopular in Texas:’

“In Texas, the nation’s biggest, most important red state, Trump’s disapproval rating has consistently lagged behind many of the 30 states he carried in 2016. This potentially puts the state — a must-win for the president if there ever was one — in play for 2020. To think Trump’s unpopularity in Texas is because of Twitter, or Ukraine, or the media, or a smear job by the left is to underestimate the problem. The reality is that Trump’s signature policies are out of step with what most Texans want.

Take Trump’s threat of tariffs against Mexico as punishment for the flow of unauthorized immigrants across the border. While railing against Mexico might work at a campaign rally in the Midwest, Texans perceive it as a direct threat to their bottom lines. Mexico is Texas’s biggest trading partner, accounting for nearly 35 percent of state exports in 2018. In comparison, Mexico accounts for only 5.8 percent of exports for Ohio.

Polling from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin found that roughly half of voters believe that tariffs against Mexico would hurt the Texas economy. Only 16 percent of suburban voters and 18 percent of women — coveted 2020 voting blocs — think tariffs on Mexico would benefit Texas. The president did eventually stop threatening to use tariffs to punish Mexico over immigration. But one wonders whether Texans will easily forget how carelessly their economic health was leveraged for political gain and dubious ends.

Trump’s immigration policy is also unpopular. While one might assume that the state with the longest southern border, the largest share of Mexican Americans, and one of the highest rates of illegal immigration would appreciate Trump’s hard-line immigration approach, the opposite is true. Texas has maintained one of the nation’s most moderate stances on immigration. It is one of only seven states — and the only red state — to provide in-state tuition rates and state financial aid to undocumented immigrants. Those provisions were signed into law by then-Gov. Rick Perry and a Republican-controlled legislature. More recently, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families at the border “disgraceful.

While the United States struggles to adjust to a changing demographic makeup, Texas has been “majority minority” for more than a decade, with Hispanics expected to outnumber non-Hispanic whites in the next few years. Hispanics and non-Hispanics live by, work with, are friends with and go to school with each other, and this familiarity increases fondness. Which is why Trump’s fear and disparagement of immigrants — and Mexicans, in particular — falls flat here. According to a Texas Politics Project poll, more Texans strongly disapprove of Trump’s immigration approach than strongly approve. Only 39 percent of Texans support additional federal spending on border barriers along the Mexican border, according to a November 2019 report by the U.S. Immigration Policy Center.”

First of all, let it be known that Ms. McCloskey is the former policy director for the Howard Schultz for President campaign. Heard anything about that fella lately? As well, Ms. McCloskey touts the polling and studies from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas in Austin, not exactly a bastion of constitutional conservative thought. This is what the left has taken to doing, trying to undermine President Trump in Texas, perhaps Ms. McCloskey did not see the crowd at the Trump rally in Dallas . . . not exactly a city of conservative leadership.

I hate to inform Ms. McCloskey of something, but perhaps she needs to get out of her office, behind a computer, crunching numbers and talk to Texans on the ground. Real Texans are not happy about the situation with a fluid border, okay, an open border. This has led to Texas being the number one state in the United States of America for human and sex trafficking, a scourge on this great State. Dallas and Houston lead the way as the top two cities for human and sex trafficking. Houston and Dallas are run by Democrats (socialists).

Maybe Ms. McCloskey needs to go down and speak to the folks in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) who live in fear of the drug cartels who are freely operating this side of the Rio Grande river. The recent killings of Americans, and of Mexican citizens and police, just south of Eagle Pass, Texas, has many here in Texas concerned. It has nothing to do with ethnicity; folks just want to be safe and secure.

I am quite sure the Texas Politics Project poll was skewed a certain way, politically, because Texans want to have the border secured, and many insist that Texas should not wait upon the federal government. As for this “separating families” narrative: everyone here knows that the drug cartels are using children to assist in funneling adults into our State, as well as trafficking them. Maybe Ms. McCloskey is perfectly fine with trafficking young girls for those like Jeffrey Epstein, and his clientele?

I think Ms. McCloskey should also remember that Texas does not allow “sanctuary cities,” something she failed to mention in her piece.

We all must realize that the progressive socialist left really wants to flip Texas. And, they will resort to their normal tactics of deceit in order to make that happen. Texans understand that our economic success is important, but we are not willing to sacrifice our sovereignty and security. Yes, perhaps there are those business elites who embrace open borders just to ensure they are profitable, but that is not a winning issue when the state is flooded with illegal immigrants, including a criminal element.

To Ms. McCloskey and her ilk, thanks for letting us know how desperate y’all are to take Texas. I am quite sure the funding for the Texas Political Project tells us all we need to know about their real intent, purpose. After all, George Soros is the major contributor to a media outlet here in the Lone Star State called the Texas Tribune, located in Austin.

According to leftist pollsters four years ago, Hillary Clinton was going to drub Donald Trump in the presidential election. Progressive socialists, y’all keep telling yourselves that President Trump is not popular in Texas . . . right on up to his inauguration in 2021. If y’all think for one minute that the Democrat (socialist) Party is popular in Texas . . . think again. Yes, y’all are flooding this state and overtaking our college and university campuses, and believe that the odds are in your favor.

They are not, and, I, for one, will make sure that the progressive socialist left gets a Texas-sized, San Jacinto, type whipping in November 2020 . . . and evermore.

“Don’t Mess with 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.

Response to Speaker Pelosi’s Announcement Regarding Articles of Impeachment

Today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the death warrant of the Democrat (socialist) Party in November 2020. She publicly stated that she is authorizing the drawing up of articles of impeachment. She should know that her Speakership of the US House of Representatives ended on December 5th, 2019 at 9 am ET. Her weak attempt to draw a parallel to the writing of our Declaration of Independence to this absurd charade being perpetrated upon the American people and provides evidence of her utter delusion.

There’s plenty of crap — literally — for Speaker Pelosi to clean up in her own city of San Francisco. Methinks her time — and our taxpayer monies — would be better spent addressing those problems.

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The Democrats railed about President Trump not accepting the results of the 2016 election. The past three years are a testimony to the fact that it is the progressive socialist left that has refused to accept the election results.

As a rebuttal — since Pelosi could not strongly articulate factual, specific egregious actions . . . just partisan hyperbole — here is my own list of Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama, commentary for CNS News. Interestingly enough, Ms. Pelosi and her ilk had nothing to say about any of this.

Election 2020: What We Must Keep in Mind

There is no doubt that the left has the Lone Star State in their sights in 2020. There have been pronouncements from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi to the fact. Of course, they were emboldened by the November 2018 midterm elections here in Texas with the loss of 12 Texas State House seats, two Texas State Senate seats, two US Congressional seats (one of which is the district in which I reside), and 56 Judge positions.

There were some other very disconcerting results from a year ago, such as Senator Ted Cruz barely defeating Bob Frank O’Rourke — including Cruz not winning in the Tarrant County (Ft. Worth) area. Interestingly enough, there are those who are still dismissive of reports that the progressive socialist could win Texas, writing them off as a pipe dream. Not when they are so close to flipping the Texas State House!

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It really comes down to two factors. Having a good ground game . . . registering people to vote, is one. In Texas, we have 6.7M who are registered to vote who do not. We have 4.1M who are not even registered to vote!

The other critical factor is enthusiasm, energy, and that was something the left certainly had in November 2018. Voter energy is derived from inspiration, and if you have been following the results of the Texas 2019 legislative session and the travails of Texas House Speaker, Dennis Bonnen, we have an issue there with grassroots conservatives.

Now a poll has been released by the very left-leaning University of Texas, or Texas University to Texas A&M Aggies, in conjunction with the left-leaning Texas Tribune. The results are very interesting and potentially deceiving.

From the Texas Tribune:

“None of the top Democrats seeking the presidential nomination would beat President Donald Trump in Texas in an election held today — and neither would either of the Texas candidates in that race, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Joe Biden of Delaware, the former vice president, is running 7 percentage points behind Trump in Texas, as is U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont falls 5 percentage points short in a head-to-head with the president among Texas voters. And the two Texas candidates also lag behind Trump: former U.S. Rep. Beto [Bob Frank] O’Rourke of El Paso (who dropped out of the race Friday, after the poll was completed) by 6 percentage points, and former U.S. Housing Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro by 13 percentage points.

In each matchup, significant numbers of Democrats are holding back their votes — possibly a sign that while they oppose the Republican incumbent, they favor a different Democrat. For instance, 89% of Republicans say they would support Trump over Biden, and 5% say they would favor Biden, leaving 6% unwilling to pick. But in the same race, 82% of Democrats favor Biden, and 4% favor Trump, leaving 14% who either like another Democrat more or don’t want to pick yet. The biggest gap was in the Trump-Castro matchup, where 93% of Republicans have a definite choice and only 71% of Democrats do.

“I don’t think this is a reflection of what’s going to happen in the election, but as we move from registered voters to likely voters in Texas, we tend to get more Republican [results],” said Joshua Blank, research director of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin.

While Trump is doing well against those Democrats in Texas, he’s not faring as well when voters are asked whether they will vote for his reelection. Slightly more than half say they “definitely” (46%) or “probably” (6%) will not vote for Trump in 2020. Meanwhile, 40% say they will “definitely” vote for the president’s reelection, and 8% “probably” will.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 18-27 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points, and an overall margin of error of +/- 4.21 percentage points for Democratic trial ballots. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100% because of rounding.”

You can view the poll results charts here.

There are those who may just see this poll and wrongly fall into a celebratory mode. I would advise against this. As a matter of fact, this poll should not even be considered.

First of all, I do not know the survey universe, and the region of Texas surveyed is critical. But, what does concern me is that President Trump is stuck between 45-47 percent in each of those head to head matchups. The goal is for that number to be 55-60 percent.

We need to do a much better job with Independents as they are a critical buffer to preclude the normal practices of progressive socialist voter fraud. Remember, one must win far outside of the “margin of cheating.”

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As well, it is imperative that we do not have voters who just go in and pull the lever for Donald Trump and walk out of the voting booth. We must educate and inform Texas voters about the importance of keeping a strong Texas conservative legislature and win back the losses from a year ago.

When one considers all of the businesses and corporations that are moving into Texas, this poll should reflect much stronger numbers. Then again, it is early. However, Texas is a state with great economic growth, opportunity, and promise for all relocating from here, such as Toyota North America headquarters from California.

Also, we must do a much better job with young Texans on our college and university campuses, and those in our growing tech workforce. Texas is growing in information technology innovation, investment, and ingenuity. The policies of progressive socialism do not support that growth.

As a matter of fact, even Amazon is getting involved in local and city council elections in its home base, Seattle, after the move towards implementing a Head Tax . . . something we have shared with y’all previously. I would not be surprised if a city like Austin, Texas would seek to implement a like-minded tax within its city limits. After all, progressive socialist birds of a feather, promote failed policies together.

There is much work to do here in Texas in the next 52 weeks. Texas remains solid red, strong, in the areas outside of the major population centers. But, we must be laser-focused and strategic in targeting our message of economic empowerment, success, in those blue areas, population centers, and along the Rio Grande River Valley.

The election is a year away, time to git ‘er dun! Yes, again our rally cry here in Texas must again be, “Come and Take It!”

BORDER UPDATE: News About President Trump’s Wall

As you know, Raul Reyes and I just completed a trip to our border — Del Rio, Texas — last week. Here’s the video from that journey where we pointed out many of the issues the Rio Grande Valley is facing:

 

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Allen West and Raul Reyes at our border, discussing the conditions our border patrol faces in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Thus, it was good to see this today via Fox News:

“Construction on a new border wall in Texas where none previously existed has begun along the Rio Grande river, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

While 75 miles of wall has already been built under the Trump administration, until now all of those structures replaced existing ones such as vehicle barriers or dilapidated fences, which were ineffective before being replaced, according to the agency.

The brand-new wall is under construction southeast of McAllen in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector, which sees the most illegal crossings of any border sector, with more than 325,000 people apprehended there through August this year, according to CBP.

“Rio Grande Valley is by far our busiest sector, so getting this new wall system capability down there for [the agents] is truly a game-changer,” a CBP spokesman said. “Just last week, the agents on the frontlines told us the wall is something they need.”

The spokesman said the 75 miles already built to replace weaker structures also helped tighten security.

“People can walk through or across a vehicle barrier with drugs or other contraband, but can’t walk through an 18- to 30-foot wall with anti-climb features, sensors and cameras,” the spokesman said.

The announcement comes as the Trump administration is making a renewed effort to show voters the U.S.-Mexico border wall remains a top priority.”

The Rio Grande Valley is exactly where LTC Reyes and I were, and earlier this year, I toured another spot mentioned in this post, McAllen, Texas. You can read about that trip here.

I can attest to the conditions in both Del Rio and McAllen, and am pleased to see this construction beginning. We have much more work to do, but for now, #PromisesKept!