Tag: Gov. Abbott

Texas Says, “America First!”

It is clearly apparent what — and who — the progressive socialist left prioritizes. If you are aligned with their ideological agenda, then you are a protected class.

We see the law-abiding, legal gun owners of Virginia fighting for their constitutional right to keep and bear arms by declaring sanctuary counties, cities, and towns for the Second Amendment. What does the left say? We will order the National Guard to confiscate your weapons, for no other reason than we say so, and we will fire and arrest sheriffs. But, if you declare yourself a sanctuary state or city for illegal immigrants, well, that is just fine.

The leftists will not even condemn their own who make blatant anti-Semitic statements and fully support the BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement against Israel. We have watched the progressive socialist left respond with insidious incredulous statements in the aftermath of the killing of the Quds Force terrorist leader, Qasem Soleimani. The left cozies up to domestic Islamist groups such as CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, and MAS. Heck, a leftist judge even released Islamists responsible for a training camp and the death of a child in New Mexico.

But, be a Christian who does not want to bake a cake for same-sex marriages and find yourself before the Supreme Court, and your business targeted, ruined. Even the announced sanctions against Iran have met with disapproval from the left in America. And, what action does the left take after President Trump’s approval to kill the person with American blood on his hands? Well, they vote to restrict his constitutionally enumerated powers to do so in the future. Never mind not saying anything when Barack Obama was sending pallets of laundered cash on unmarked airplanes in the middle of the night to Iran, or outsourcing our military to Islamic jihadists in Libya. Oops, I forgot, abandoning Americans to die and then lying about it. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

The progressive socialist left is now going apoplectic about a decision made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, one with which I agree. As reported by the Washington Post:

“Texas will reject the resettlement of new refugees, its governor said Friday, becoming the first state to publicly do so since a Trump administration executive order granted such unprecedented veto power.

In a letter announcing the decision, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) argued that Texas has “carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process” and said the state’s government and nonprofit agencies have also been strained by “a broken federal immigration system.”

“Texas continues to have to deal with the consequences of an immigration system that Congress has failed to fix,” he wrote in the letter, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Under the order, refugees could still make Texas their home — but only after settling in another state first, Abbott said. Critics said the policy change underscores a growing hostility to the country’s refugee resettlement program, especially in some conservative states and the White House. In September, after slashing the annual national refugee cap to a historic low, Trump also gave states and localities sweeping authority to block refugee admissions by requiring their governments to consent in writing before people are allowed to arrive. So far, 42 states have agreed to accept refugees, according to a tracker maintained by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Texas is the first state to refuse them.

Human rights advocates and the state’s Democratic lawmakers condemned Abbott’s decision, calling it cruel and antithetical to Texas’s history of welcoming those who flee their home countries. “This is a disgraceful move by Texas Governor Greg Abbott,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat whose district includes San Antonio, tweeted. “He has completely submitted to bigotry and xenophobia.”

Texas has long been among the country’s leaders in refugee resettlement. Last fiscal year, it took in more refugees than any other state, according to federal data. This year, of the nearly 3,350 refugees resettled nationally, Texas has taken in about 260, putting it third behind Washington and California. “Texas is one of the most welcoming states for refugees seeking to escape dangers abroad,” Abbott wrote, adding that 10 percent of all refugees resettled in the United States have come through his state.”

This does not include the domestic refugees coming to Texas from California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey seeking liberty and freedom, respite, from the failed economic policies of progressive socialist states. What the left wants, more than anything, is to topple, by way of demographic shift, the conservatism of a state such as Texas, and others. The decision by Gov. Abbott has nothing to do with bigotry or xenophobia, as Joaquin Castro asserts. Remember he is the same socialist who created a “blacklist” of President Trump supporters, so that is okay.

What Gov. Abbott wants to ensure is that Texas is a place where we care for Texans, first and foremost.

I have never heard Rep. Castro, who, along with his brother Julian, embraces the policy of open borders. Even though that has resulted in Texas, the Lone Star State, as the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking. Then again, for these leftists, who cares? That is not part of their ideological agenda. There are Texans living along the Rio Grande Valley in fear because of the Mexican drug cartels and their operating on our side of the border. I have yet to hear any of these progressive socialist showing any concern that Mexico is a failed state where 80 percent of the country is controlled by drug cartels.

Last week I was in Lubbock and received a security briefing from local law enforcement. In the city of Lubbock, as of last Tuesday, there had already been four shooting deaths. There are between 1,700-1,800 identified gang members operating in Lubbock. As well, El Chapo’s drug cartel gang is operating in Lubbock, where crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine are flowing freely.

But, concerns about law enforcement, safety, and security of Texans are not exactly a preeminent concern for the progressive socialist left. Illegal immigrants, drugs and drug cartels, gangs, and human and sex trafficking . . . and Joaquim Castro is upset about not taking more refugees into the Lone Star State?

To all you other governors out there, who are y’all more concerned about? This does not even factor in the massive homelessness problem, mental health issue, or veterans that are homeless and jobless. Y’all think we are supposed to be more upset about accepting more refugees, who will more than likely be recipients of taxpayer-funded benefits?

Let me remind you so-called “woke” leftists of something: America is a kind and benevolent country. We opened our doors to Somali refugees and what did we end up getting? Yes, a haven for Islamic jihadism, and a vile, virulently anti-American, anti-Semite named Ilhan Omar. I think it is time we are a tad more circumspect about the issue of immigration and refugee resettlement.

Funny, but Obama shut the door in the face of Christian refugees seeking to flee ISIS. That’s right, Christians do not fit the progressive socialist definition, narrative, of refugee, or align with the ideological agenda of the left.

Governor Abbott is placing the interest of Texans first. He is not a “citizen of the world,” as Obama claimed to be. As stated, we have accepted enough refugees, and perhaps we should stop accepting the leftist ones from failed blue states?

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.

Statement Regarding Texas Gun Proposals

Too often politicians overly react to crisis situations and the call to do something with nebulous, boilerplate recommendations. Yet, they offer no specific and concise solutions based upon meticulous analysis, that is what leaders do.

In the case of the recent mass shootings in Texas, I would have gone back and assessed each incident on its own. Case in point: Sutherland Springs was the result of the failure of the US Air Force in uploading the assailant’s criminal record.

In the Santa Fe High School shooting, the assailant took his parents’ legally purchased firearms and hung out in an old trailer, the property of the parents. As well, the assailant wore a heavy coat to school on a hot day.

In the most recent cases, we had a mother in Allen, Texas, who reported her son. In Midland-Odessa, we had an individual with a violent nature who seemingly lived off the grid but had previously threatened a woman with a semi-automatic rifle. The woman reported the incident.

This is not about more gun control or ‘universal background checks.’ We need better reconciliation processes of our National Instant Criminal background checks system (NICS).

We currently have a stove-piped system with poor cross coordination, the real loophole. But more importantly, we need engaged parents. And, parents who are gun owners must better secure their weapons or potentially face prosecution.

I believe we also need to add a question to our BATF 4473 asking if the gun purchaser has anyone living in the home with a history of mental illness. Again, it should not deny them their Second Amendment right, but as an aid in consideration of gun security, as in the Sandy Hook case, it becomes vital.

We must act, but we must act within our established law. We need not create new laws that infringe upon our constitutional freedoms.