Is Texas A Democracy?

Posted: June 3, 2018 in Aging
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In the last two Texas legislative sessions, two local elections have been voided by Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the state legislature of Texas. 1) Denton, Tx. An election where citizens voted to restrict fracking inside the city limits. 2) Overturn an election in Austin to prohibit UBER from operating in Austin city limits.

Governor Greg Abbott has shamelessly stated that locally elected government entities such as city and county governments, school districts, etc. have too much local control, and should come more under the rule of state government. Keep in mind, Greg Abbott, when Attorney General, used to constantly complain about the federal government’s constant infringement on state government.

This alone is not what I would describe as a state being run like a Democracy. Now let’s examine a few examples of the leadership of the state.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick- Once stated that he was interested in discussing the repeal of the 17th amendment. The 17th amendment moved the power to elect the 2 U.S. Senators that represent each state from the state legislatures to the citizens of those states, The Constitution originally gave the responsibility to the state legislatures, but the system became so corrupt with legislators sending their cronies to the U.S. Senate, the 17th amendment became law. Dan Patrick would like to discuss repeal of that amendment.

Attorney General Ken Paxton– Under two state felony indictments relating to Securities fraud

Sid Miller-Texas Agriculture Commissioner– He spent over $1,100 in tax payer money to get injected with what is called a “Jesus Shot” by a felon who had his medical license revoked. The shot was supposed to cure pain for life.

Texas Senator Joan Huffman– Sponsored a bill (SB-25) that indemnifies a doctor for intentionally withholding from a pregnant mother that her unborn child could be disabled or ill. This bill By Senator Huffman was to keep the mother from possibly considering terminating the pregnancy because of the disability or serious illness. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick complimented Senator Huffman on this bill.

We, Texas voters, can revolt at the polls this November, and bring Democracy back to our state. If we don’t vote, we will be stuck with officials who have agendas whose priorities do not include quality education, religious freedom for all, freedom from state rule in local government affairs, including school districts, and limited government in our personal decisions.

Rise of Texas Anti-Incumbency Voter?

Posted: January 28, 2018 in Aging

There is a term Texans may become more familiar with over the next few months. That term is Ant-Incumbency. With the Texas primaries in March and the general elections in November, the successful execution of that term could define the existence of the Republican Party in Texas for the foreseeable future. What is referred to as the Republican Party in Texas is, but a faint memory of what Texas was proud to call the Texas GOP a few decades ago. In the past the party stood proudly for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and representative of the working class.  In the last two legislative sessions, the dominant state legislative party, for this discussion we will call Republicans, have overturned two city elections of the people, one in Denton, which voted not to allow fracking inside the city limits of Denton, and Austin, where they overturned a vote by the people, that said UBER could not operate in the city of Austin. Senator Joan Huffman, Republican, sponsored a bill that would indemnify doctors doing prenatal exams if they withheld from pregnant women that their unborn child might have a potential disability. The intent was to lessen the chance the mother would consider an abortion.  The so-called party of limited government has attempted to interfere with local school board rules and city government ordinances, even to the point of whether a city can restrict the cutting down of certain trees. So, the term anti-incumbency can be a savior to the future of the GOP in March, or it can be a destructive force for them in November. In March, the true Republicans can vote out certain sitting office holders and place new Republicans that understand what the party represents. If they don’t, the general election may use that term to vote them out and replace many of them with Democrats and Independents.