"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and
again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who
knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for
a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of
high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails
while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold
and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt
This quote provides an appropriate introduction to the beginning of the Texas House Speaker's race; Scott Turner vs. Joe Straus, a race that's actually been a long time coming. This speaker's race is one with a REAL flesh and blood opponent to Strauss, not a ghost of a man or men who plan to withdraw at the last moment so that we the people of Texas feel that there has been some valiant effort put forth on the part of the so called opponent. A tactic that's been tried before so as to keep the status quo so that the same house speaker remains in place.
Who may make it a different race this time, you ask? Scott Turner, that's who. You're saying, who? SCOTT TURNER! A little background on Scott from his website, "Representative Scott Turner, a businessman, national motivational
speaker and former NFL player, was elected to the Texas House of
Representatives in November 2012. He represents House District 33 which
encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County in
The mood is different with this speakers race, and I'll tell you why. As of the most recent Texas Republican Convention held in June, the delegates adopted a new party platform with this change under the section of "Election Integrity" as it pertains to the Speaker of the House Race: "We support an amendment to the Texas Constitution to make the Texas Speaker of the House a statewide election." Translation: the activists in Texas have had enough of Speaker Strauss and his games when it comes to passing any conservative legislation AND his bullying tactics when it comes to committee chair selections.
Not only has this gained attention from news and media outlets statewide, it's gaining national attention. Freedomworks, led by President Matt Kibbe have decided it's time to get involved. From their announcement of their endorsement of Scott for Speaker of the House, "When I met Scott last month he blew me away with his passion
for conservative principles, and with his passion for the state of Texas. I don't say this lightly - Scott is the real
deal. But it’s his leadership that impresses me most. Scott
is the type of guy that will bring Texas together. He will unite conservatives
against Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in Texas, and keep this state
free. Scott will keep Texas red!"-Matt Kibbe Freedomworks even has a webpage set up for activists to visit and take action at standwithturner.com.
After all, that's the point, right? Texas is a conservative state and has been a conservative state for quite a while and as long as we keep electing conservatives to represent us, we will remain a 'red' state. However, there are groups out there, like Battleground Texas and others who aren't content to let Texas go to the conservatives who have called it home for the past few decades. That's one of the many reasons why this race for Speaker is so important. Joe Straus has known ties to Democrats. How else can you explain why he was elected Speaker by 65 Democrats and only 11 Republicans?
Texas is one of the last bastions of conservatism and the Democrats know this. They are coming after us hard and fast and unless we hold the line by keeping conservatives elected to the state legislature AND make sure we only pass conservative legislation, the Democrats will have their way here. To do both of those things, we have to crown a new Speaker. The Speaker has to be someone who isn't going to kill legislation by letting it die in Calendars committee by putting if off to a later date or who isn't going to fall back on the good ole boy system of appointing his buddies, or should I say, cronies to powerful committee positions. Scott Turner is that man. He is a man of integrity, he stands on his own; he doesn't owe anyone anything. Like the "man in the arena", he'll strive valiantly for a greater Texas.