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The Left Wants Texas

In the military, I learned of the incredible wisdom of Carl von Clausewitz. The Prussian military officer who wrote the impeccable book, “On War,” asserted that “War, therefore, is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.” Your enemy is not defeated until you have successfully destroyed their will, their determination to seek their goals and objectives.

This maxim applies to our everyday lives. For example, back a few years ago in the Super Bowl, I was an excited Atlanta Falcons fan. My Falcons were ahead, in the 3rd quarter, over the New England Patriots 28-3. However, I cautioned my family and friends, we should not celebrate too early, the Falcons had not yet taken away the Patriots’ will to win. Needless to say, the rest is history, the greatest comeback in Super Bowl lore . . . a complete meltdown.

The same has been applied to our political atmosphere today. We are indeed embroiled in an ideological civil war. The will and determination of the left is relentless and unwavering. I will give these socialists credit, they will fight you to the end for that which they believe in, regardless of its proven failure. And, why should they not be emboldened? The progressive socialist left has overtaken state after state in these United States of America . . . Never forget that California was once a solidly red state. Most recently, the left overran the state of Virginia.

This week we had a special election in Texas for State House District 28. Hundreds of thousands of progressive socialist dollars flowed into this race. Names such as Sanders, Bloomberg, and O’Rourke were supporting the leftist candidate Eliz Markowitz. In the end, she lost by 16 percent. I have been reading some of the conservative media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, and I am seeing that celebratory atmosphere like when my Falcons were up 28-3 in the Super Bowl. And I want to caution my constitutional conservative brothers and sisters, we have not destroyed the will of the progressive socialist left in Texas.

As reported in Newsweek:

“President Donald Trump may still be leading the political polls in Texas, but data released Wednesday show Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is actually the biggest threat to Trump winning the state, although former Vice President Joe Biden is still the current Democratic front runner in Texas.

Polling by the non-partisan organization, the Texas Lyceum, showed that in a trial presidential election ballot, Sanders held 47 percent to Trump’s 50 percent. When Biden was put up against the president in a hypothetical matchup, Biden scored 46 percent to Trump’s 51 percent.

Biden did, however, pick up the win for the overall poll as 28 percent of potential Democratic voters in the Texas primary supported Biden. Sanders came in second place with 26 percent while Senator Elizabeth Warren came in a distant third place with 13 percent, a full 13 points behind Sanders.

Newsweek reached out to the Sanders campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. Rounding out the top five were billionaire Michael Bloomberg with 9 percent and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 6 percent.

Trump lost the 2016 Texas Republican primary to Texas Senator Ted Cruz by a wide margin. Cruz wound up with almost 44 percent of the vote while Trump came in second with only 26.7 percent. But after Cruz’s popularity spiraled, culminating in a defeat in the Indiana primary, Cruz suspended his campaign. Trump went on to win the Texas presidential election by over 50 percent. 

Sanders’ campaign recently invested in a $2.5 million advertising campaign in Texas designed to drum up support for the senator before the Texas Democratic primary in March. At a Texas campaign appearance in 2019, Sanders told supporters he believed he could win the state instead of Trump. “I believe we can and will defeat Donald Trump here in Texas,” Sanders said. “Let me tell you why I think we are going to defeat Trump here. People understand increasingly he is a pathological liar and a fraud.”

In a January interview with The Dallas Morning News, Biden said he feels like he could win the Texas primary. “Texas is changing,” Biden said. “It’s getting back to what it was when I first got elected. I feel good about Texas.” “There’s a whole lot I like about Texas,” Biden added.

Biden also said that if he is elected president, he would consider placing former Representative Beto O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro in positions within his cabinet. Both O’Rourke and Castro dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. “I would consider either or both of them,” Biden said. “I’ve spoken to each of them. My plea to both of them is that they stay engaged. They are talented, talented people.”

I just have to ask, why would anyone in Texas vote for a person that never had a job until he was in his 40s? That job was in politics? Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world. There are some 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters in Texas. The United States of America is a net exporter of energy resources, oil and gas, and energy independent because of Texas. And you mean to tell me the progressive socialist left would put up a Bernie Sanders as their nominee and expect to win the Lone Star State? Well, of course they do, they are emboldened, even here in Texas, because of the results of the last electoral cycle, 2018. Their will has not been deterred, not just because of a special election victory…in a red House district.

Bob Frank O’Rourke and Julian Castro talented? In what universe?

In his last foray as a cabinet member for Barack Obama as HUD Secretary, there was massive mismanagement of billions of taxpayer dollars. And, Bob Frank, give us a break, there is not a cogent policy thought emanating from his cranium. But, as we shared with y’all yesterday with the $15 minimum wage policy initiative being passed in Virginia, competence is not a strong characteristic of leftists. I think Vladimir Lenin coined the phrase “useful idiots.”

Anyone who takes a position of complacency in Texas, in the face of a determined progressive socialist left, will suffer the same mistakes of the Vietnam War. There we had all the firepower, but we did not focus it to crush the will of the enemy. The Tet Offensive of 1968 was a resounding defeat for the Viet Cong, but our media did not articulate it as such. That emboldened the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese enemy, and, regardless of countless tactical victories, we lost the Vietnam War at the strategic level. We did not impose our will on the enemy.

Today, with the assistance of the very same liberal, progressive, leftist media, the progressive socialist left finds encouragement. Bernie Sanders mentioned President Trump being a pathological liar and a fraud. That is the talking point of the leftist media, who would not offer the same analysis and assessment of Barack Obama. And if there is anyone who is a fraud, Bernie Sanders should follow Michael Jackson’s advice, and look at the “Man in the Mirror.” Sanders preaches the gospel of envy, of socialism, wealth redistribution, while he owns several lakefront homes, and drives a posh Audi. Just so y’all know, I drive a 2013 Toyota Tacoma truck, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and a 2016 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball motorcycle. My first job came as a 10th grader at Baskin Robbins ice cream shop in Ansley Mall on Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

Texas is all about a rugged indomitable spirit. It is about hard work and individual determination. Bernie Sanders and his ilk do not possess the formula that has made the Lone Star State what it is.

However, as long as there is a pathological lying leftist media, the will of the left, even in Texas, may not be dampened. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us all to send a very strong message to the left in November . . . from the top of the ticket down to water district and dog catcher . . . no progressive socialist leftists!

The left needs victims . . . Texas ain’t about being a victim.

Welcome to Texas! Now, Why Did You Leave Where You Were?

It is the message that should be on billboards all across the major interstates coming into, and through, Texas. Not just Texas, but one could actually put those signs up in any successful red state to which people are flocking. But, here in Texas, it is a phenomenon like no other place, closest being Florida. Governor’s Perry and Abbott have made it a point to trek across America and advocate for businesses to pick up and leave failing blue states with their onerous tax, regulation, and economic policies, and follow the Lone Star to economic salvation, growth, opportunity, and success.

Except there is one problem. We fail to ask them the seminal question, offered at the beginning of this missive, upon their arrival. Heck, even God admonished Lot and his family to do only one thing as they fled His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: “don’t look back.” It is an admonishment that has relevance today.

Sure, there are a good many folks who are singularly making the informed decision to flee the progressive socialist states such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. The problem is that we have folks forced to relocate to a state like Texas because their business or corporation has decided to do so . . . and the corporate leaders did not send out a memo explaining the choice. At some point in time, these newly arrived corporations, such as Toyota N.A., who recently left California for Plano Texas should have that conversation with their employees.

Young people relocating to Texas due to high-tech opportunities should understand that an insidious idea like a “head tax,” will never fly here.

A recent report in the Dallas News gives insight as to just what is happening here in Texas.

“The number of California residents headed to Texas grew by more than a third in the latest U.S. migration count. More than 86,000 Californians picked up and moved to Texas in 2018, according to a report by the Texas Realtors’ association. Texas had the most total inbound moves of any U.S. state but Florida, with 563,945 new residents in the year. Florida had slightly more moves, fueled by relocating retiree baby boomers.

“For the sixth year in a row, more than half a million people chose Texas as their new home,” Cindi Bulla, 2020 chairman of Texas Realtors, said in the report. “And why not? In addition to its business-friendly environment with no state income tax and abundance of jobs, land and opportunity, Texas is known for its diverse, friendly spirit and culture.”

The Realtors’ study found that the net gain of out-of-state residents in Texas rose by about 78% in 2018. Along with California, most of the newcomers hailed from Florida (37,262), Louisiana (29,108), Oklahoma (24,590) and New York (21,509).

The top cities where most of the new Texans relocated from included Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York-Newark-Jersey City and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin. The Dallas-Fort Worth attracted the highest number of out-of-state movers — 200,966 new residents — followed by the Houston area with 176,110, the Realtors report found.

Harris County led the state with a net 80,572 out-of-state moves. Dallas-Fort Worth was the country’s top employment growth center in 2019, with more than 120,000 new jobs created for the year ended November.”

All of this begs a simple question: why would anyone move to the state of Texas, and then continue to vote for the ideological agenda and policies of the place they left? Okay, sure, there are some folks who are already here in Texas, being indoctrinated in the school system, and elsewhere, to embrace progressive socialism. Even still, that is the pure definition of insanity to embrace a failed economic model and expect different results, especially when residing in a state that has the 10th largest economy in the world, not to mention 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters.

We continuously hear the incessant droning by the left about “turning Texas blue,” which means — in this case — turning Texas sad. Why would any individual with a functioning intellectual capacity desire to transform Texas, a model of success, into a replica of failure? Why would that be advocated by the folks who have left the failed blue states?

Yet, there is something happening in Texas, centered primarily on the major population centers, which are expanding. In 2012, Mitt Romney won Texas by 16 percent. President Trump won Texas by 9 percent in 2016. Ted Cruz only won Texas by 2.3 percent in 2018. Yes, Governor Greg Abbott won his race in 2018 by a double-digit margin, but his opponent, Lupe Valdez, was as weak as pond water. The Texas Lt. Gov. and Attorney General both had close calls in 2018. Texas lost 12 state house seats, two state senate seats, two US Congressional seats, and 56 judgeships in 2018. One of the supposed largest red counties in Texas, Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), was won by senate challenger Robert Francis O’Rourke. And, it was in Tarrant County that we lost one of the two Texas State Senate seats was lost; the other was in Dallas. Also, an Asian Republican County Commissioner lost in Tarrant County.

I love the saying, “Come, let us reason together.” So, let us attempt to reason together, and tell me why, with all our economic success, this is happening? We shared with y’all previously the story about Texas’ special Christmas gift to America, energy independence, being a net exporter of energy, oil, and natural gas resources.

However, we have a philosophy of governance finding a foothold in Texas that believes we should eliminate the oil and gas industry in the next ten years. Heck, folks of a leftist persuasion that believe we should get rid of beef . . . in Texas? Texas with no beef? Sorry, but I ain’t eating a “plant-based” ribeye steak!

Progressive socialism has no record of success, yet, it is being toyed with here in a State that is an economic success. What is even more disconcerting, Republican elected officials in Texas act sheepishly towards firmly establishing and implementing a strong constitutional conservative legislative agenda in Texas. Hmm, Gavin Newsom and the California State Legislature continue to support the failed leftist policies that are driving the population out of the so-called “Golden State.”

Texas, due to the explosion in population, will be getting three new congressional districts. The Texas State House is only eight seats away from being overtaken by the progressive socialist left. That means they would be in a position of drawing the new legislative representation districts in Texas. Side note: Eric Holder is in charge of the Democrat (socialist) Party National Redistricting Committee, and he is headquartered in California. Holder’s goal? Flip Republican-held State Houses . . . like what happened in Virginia, aided by Mayor Big Gulp’s millions of dollars.

All of this is utterly illogical, and even Spock would refer to this as “fascinating.” To have people flee from a failing economic state, come to a successful economic state, and vote for the policies and politicians resembling the failure they have fled. That, folks, is crazy. Yet that is what has happened in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and yep, Texas.

Ya just gotta ask, why did you leave what you had if that is truly what you wanted? Consider it this way: if you just got cured of lung cancer, would you go out and take up smoking again?

Welcome to Texas, and we don’t want your cancerous progressive socialist disease!

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?

Why Emulate “Stuck on Stupid?”

A recent article provides another example of the insidious, delusional, and deranged philosophy of governance espoused by the progressive socialist left.

As reported at HotAir:

“A few years ago, California passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name of “the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. 

The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one thousand dollars. To the great surprise of the government, people noticed this change and began taking advantage of it. They have now recorded multiple years of steadily increasing, organized robbery. These plots are known as “mass grab and dash” thefts and they generally involve large numbers of young people all entering a store at the same time, grabbing armfuls of merchandise and dashing back out to their vehicles and hitting the highway. Not only are robberies on the rise, but arrests and prosecutions are down. Nobody is seriously contesting the numbers. The local and state police organizations blame prop 47. FBI crime data supports the contention. Retail sales organizations have tracked this trend and agree.

This is a trend that’s been building in a number of blue states and now it seems that the petty crime chickens are coming home to roost. The fact is that there are always going to be a certain number of people who will be willing to break the law if they don’t feel the risk of significant punishment is too high. An understanding of this fundamental principle is why the “broken windows” policies enacted in New York City and other municipalities in the 90s were so effective. If you crack down on even smaller crimes, you lower crime rates overall.”

Perhaps you are saying, so what Col.? Here is the so what.

A year ago, in Dallas County, Texas, where I reside, a new, progressive socialist, District Attorney was elected, Jon Creuzot. One of his first edicts was to assert that his office would not be prosecuting crimes below a $750 value . . . Really? It is believed that in this past year, California lost nearly 200K residents. Yes, there are some great conservatives who have fled that lost state, but there are those who have come to Texas bringing along that failed ideology. As well, there are folks here in Texas creating a storm by embracing this failed ideology of leftism. Our Texas college and university campuses are overrun with the purveyors of socialism, the professors. The administrations on these campuses abdicate their leadership roles to the mad mobs of students and allow fascism to take root.

Why do states emulate failed “stuck on stupid” ideologies? Time to turn the tide, y’all!

A Texas-Sized Christmas

As we head into Christmas, let us never forget what Christmas is all about. It is about the greatest gift that God gave unto us all, His only begotten Son, according to John 3:16. He gave us the gift of eternal life, a means of personal reconciliation, salvation, for the sin that entered into the world He created. However, as Texans, as Americans, let us not forget that the greatest gift that we can pass onto our subsequent generations is the gift of freedom, liberty.

See, Seguin, Texas — where I am visiting today — is named after a young man, Juan Seguin, who 26-year-old Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis selected to deliver a letter to Sam Houston from The Alamo. The letter, dated February 24, 1836, clearly articulates the gift that Travis and the other 184 men who sacrificed their lives at The Alamo left for us, for Texans. If I could, I would take this letter, wrap it up, and give it to every little child I meet on this day. I would ask parents, grandparents, and relatives to read that letter with their children, as it is a forever gift from almost 184 years ago.

I give you this gift, and humbly ask that you share it with your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Let them know that on this Christmas Day, and every day, the greatest gift is not just a toy — which provides immediate, and temporary joy — but, the greatest gift is the gift of freedom, which is not synonymous with receiving free stuff, however, the cost is certainly not free.

The Wise Men followed the Star that led them to the baby Jesus, Who sacrificed for our eternal freedom. Men and women have followed the Lone Star of Texas because of the sacrifice of men who have given us this grand place of freedom, and liberty. Let us hold Texas!

Commandancy of The Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World—
Fellow Citizens & compatriots—

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man — The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country —

Victory or Death.
William Barrett Travis.
Lt. Col. comdt.

P. S. The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
Travis

[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.