Wednesday, December 30, 2015

James Lloyd: Conservative for Congress

From the news desk...

James Lloyd announces his run for Congressional District 7. 

Dear Fellow Conservative,
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Texas’s 7th Congressional District.
It’s time to hold Washington accountable for reckless government spending and a crippling $18 trillion national debt. We cannot afford career politicians who endanger our country’s financial stability and force future generations to pay the bill. If we keep electing the same people, nothing is going to change.
After nearly 30 years in elected office, John Culberson has become part of the problem. He lives in Virginia and is out-of-touch with our district. He fails to live up to his promises—consistently voting to increase the size of government, grow the national debt, and satisfy special interests that bankroll his campaigns. It’s time to replace complacency with courageous conservatism.
I am running to solve problems in Washington, not pass the buck. I know what it takes to drive economic growth and keep America safe. As an energy attorney, I worked on the region’s largest oil and gas projects and understand the detrimental impact of ineffective government policies and excessive regulation. I served on the national security staff at the White House and witnessed firsthand the threats that confront our nation and how we must respond.
I bring the fighting spirit of the grassroots. I have served in leadership roles in the conservative movement for over 15 years and have worked to inspire a new generation of conservatives in Texas. Now more than ever, we need new leaders to advance the conservative cause and stand up for traditional values.
I am a proud seventh-generation Texan and lifelong resident of the district. I am committed to strengthening our community, from serving veterans as a volunteer attorney to helping grow the congregation at my church. In contrast to our current representative, I will continue to live in our district and focus squarely on the issues impacting our community and the future of our country.
Please join me and support the campaign by visiting LloydforCongress.com. Together, we can hold Washington accountable with new conservative leadership.
Thank you,
James

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Government Overreach vs. Back to Basics

I love it when an organic idea or a Facebook post turns into a blog, don't you?  Well, that's what spawned this blog idea in particular.  Well, that and a city election that just happened this past Tuesday.  Mayor, comptroller and city ordinances as well as Texas constitutional amendments made an appearance on the ballot and trust me when I say there was no shortage of controversy on the ballot centered around one HERO ordinance.

The HERO ordinance, or Houston Equal Rights Ordinance went down in flames, only getting thirty-eight percent of the vote.  Say what you will about the ordinance, or the wording or the good or bad of it, I'm simply of the mind that this is not something that the city government should be dabbling in.  At. All.

So, on Saturday morning, I started thinking about it and here's my 'organic' Facebook post that I posted on my wall: "What is the world coming to? We're now fighting as a city and a nation over whether or not men and women should be using the same public restrooms and now contemplating the need for a transgender bathroom? I never actually made my opinion on the bathroom issue public, but I am glad that the ordinance was shut down on Tuesday. I also think that the City government shouldn't even be dealing in this kind of matter. I endorsed Bill King for mayor and like his slogan, "Back to Basics" seems to fit the bill. Infrastructure, pensions, drainage, is the business of the city. NOT a liberal, leftist agenda by a lesbian, soon to be ex-mayor. And, no, I don't believe that anyone should be discriminated against for whatever reason, but how do we take a small segment of the population and somehow elevate their rights over the rights of a majority? Oh, wait, I'll just go one step further and offend everyone today, you could apply that same logic to black lives matter. ALL lives matter! Is this still America?"

Back to basics.  I like the sound of that.  I'm sure it's been used before in other campaigns, but to me it resonates because we're facing a time when government overreach is at an all time high.  The overreach we see is at EVERY level of government; city, state, and federal.  Here's an idea, governing bodies, if it's not in your wheel house, then you don't need to get involved!  



Another question that we have to ask ourselves, or our governing bodies should be asking themselves, is "..how do we take a small segment of the population and somehow elevate their rights over the rights of a majority?"   It's true that most people overestimate the amount of the population that identify and gay or lesbian.  Most think that at least 20% of the population identify as gay, lesbian or transgender, when it's actually less than 4%.  Less than 4%. 

And speaking of back to basics, I think that Ted Cruz has it right when he refers to the United States Constitution as his 'touchstone'   To quote him, he says, "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution."  It's just too bad that more legislators and governing bodies don't put their own special interests on the back burner in order to better represent their constituents according to the Constitution.




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Put YOUR Boots on The Ground October 17th, 2015

Boots on the ground.  We've all heard that phrase before.  Do we live it, or do we sit in front of our computer and read the headlines and complain?  Even in the midst of all of the despair and hopelessness that can be spread among the ranks of the local GOP and beyond, I believe that there are activities we can engage in to grow our party.  Like what?  Like the basic nuts and bolts of campaigning; things that we can do to help boost our local party affiliate.  I have to warn you, it's not for the faint of heart.  Are you ready?
BLOCK WALKING!!

I know, I know, block walking is not glamorous or sexy.  It's not as much fun as a high dollar fundraiser at a fancy house with big donors and champagne flowing from gilded fountains.  Matter of fact, it's quite the opposite.  It's hard work; it's sweaty work.  You expose yourself to the elements and people, and did I mention the Texas sized mosquitoes??  So why do it?  Why bother getting out in the heat and rain and humidity to knock on a few doors and present Republican ideas to the masses?

Because it works!  I'll even prove it to you.  Here's one reason why to do it: Mike Schofield, State Representative for House District 132.  Mike knocked on over 7,000 doors during his primary run and his run-off combined, and he (obviously) won his race.  He also had a good campaign, but the fact that he knocked on so many doors (dressed in a suit and tie, I might add) had a great deal to do with his victory.

I asked Representative Schofield to give us an inside, a reason as to why block walking is so important.  He shared this, "Even the biggest presidential campaigns know that elections are won by having volunteers talk directly to voters.  They spend millions of dollars targeting precincts and individual voters for phone banks and block walking because it determines who will win.  Anyone who wants to have a real say in their government can do that most directly by knocking on doors in their neighborhood and phoning their neighbors."

And that's exactly why Katy Libertea is teaming up with Harris County Republican Party on Saturday, October 17th.  We need to build an army of grass roots volunteers for 2016!!  So what are you waiting for!  RSVP and join us on the 17th by clicking on the link here.  The time to act is NOW!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Apathy Is Not Just For Politics

Hello, Political Chicken fans!  It's been a few months since my last piece and I missed you!  Yes, all of you!  I love writing, but there just hasn't been a whole lot of time for it lately.  However, I'm dusting off my computer keyboard to bring you a special message.

I'm sure that any one of us that have been around politics for any length of time have heard the word apathy used in relation to voter turnout during an election.  To me, apathy is a general sense that the voters just don't care anymore about getting out and voting or campaigning for their favorite candidate.  They don't feel that their voice or vote counts or matters, so they just stay home.  Hmph.

Apathy as defined by Wikipedia is "lack of enthusiasm, interest, or concern".  As a hardcore political activist, I'm someone who lives, eats, and breathes elections, campaigns, etc.  Although, I can certainly understand why someone would be apathetic, considering the condition we find ourselves in as a country.

Take that word, 'apathy' and apply it to one's walk with Jesus.  Are you like me and find yourself with a less than enthusiastic approach to your faith sometimes?  Things get busy and your spiritual bank is running on fumes, you know what you need to do, but there just isn't time!  Or you hit that place where you aren't even really concerned about your walk with God.  Ever done that?  You think, "God will be there when I need him."  I gotta tell you, from experience, that's a dangerous way of thinking.

The reason that I'm even bringing this up is because of a new Bible study I started attending recently called "The Armor of God" and it's amazing.  See, in the very first study, the lady who leads the study on the videos and the author of the book, Priscilla Shirer mentioned the word, 'apathy' and it hit me.  Apathy is not just for politics. 

Sadly, it is true.  And unlike the arena of politics when be blame our apathy on our leaders and representatives, we can't blame our spiritual apathy on our spiritual leader.  Jesus is the same today, yesterday and he's the same tomorrow, too, in case you're wondering.  He loves you no matter where you are or what you've done.  Take that with you as you go into your places of worship on Sunday.  I know I will. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

So What Is A TIRZ, Anyway??

Here at The Political Chicken, more often than not, I'm focused on fiscal issues, and of course, government overreach.  So, I'd like to bring your attention to something that actually falls under both of those categories;  a little thing called, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone or TIRZ for short.  As defined by wikipedia, a TIRZ is a political subdivision of a municipality or county in the state of Texas created to implement tax increment financing. They may be initiated by the city or county or by petition of owners whose total holdings in the zone consist of a majority of the appraised property value.

So why should you care?  Because the people that work on TIRZ are unelected and aren't held accountable by the tax payers!  And as we speak, there's an effort underway to put Bus Lanes on Post Oak.  The Uptown TIRZ has allocated $204 million for the project, oh, and did I mention they've blown through $43 million just to PLAN the project???  Yeah, nothing to see here.

The idea is to add managed METRO bus lanes to the CENTER lanes up and down Post Oak, which would actually cause a bigger traffic flow problem.  Considering that METRO rider numbers have not risen in quite sometime, that makes one wonder why the Uptown TIRZ would find this project necessary in the first place

They've also decided they need to add bigger sidewalks and more foliage.  They won't stay under the projected budget.  I can almost guarantee it.

There is a group of folks that have gathered and formed The Uptown Houston PAC in an effort to oppose the construction in the Uptown/Galleria area.  They've got a website called SaveUptown.com.  Go there and look for yourself to see if you'd like to  sign their petition to oppose the project.

The last thing we need in the City of Houston is more unelected bureaucrats who are unaccountable to the taxpayers spending more of our money on wasteful projects.  I mean, what could possibly go wrong??

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Third Birthday, Political Chicken!

It's that time of year again, fair readers!  Yep, you guessed it!  Time to celebrate another trip around the sun with yours truly, The Political Chicken!!  TPC is officially three years old and in that time, we've covered lots of issues, candidate endorsements and challenges to folks running for office, not to mention the 84th legislative session of the Texas legislature.

Let's take a look back at a few of the articles that topped the charts here at The Political Chicken, shall we? As I mentioned in this particular blog post, nothing gets folks in a community excited like a bond election, amiright?  That's why "Katy ISD: Got Debt?" shot to the top of the charts with 667 views, an all time high for The Political Chicken (TPC).

Coming in a close second was the article I wrote about the resignation of Steve Munisteri as State Party Chair for the GOP and the choice that the SREC faced in choosing his successor.  Check it out here, titled "State Republican Executive Committee to Select New State GOP Chair March 7th".  It hit second place with 652 views.

"As Iron Sharpens Iron", one of my very first favorite blogs, comes in at number three with 347 views.  Good articles can stand the test of time, and I'm especially proud of that one.  Check it out, you won't be disappointed, I promise.

I'll share the two articles that were nearly tied for fourth, one that I wrote a long time ago that also stands the test of time titled, "Sex, Lies and Politics" and another article that I wrote fairly recently titled, "Jared Woodfill: Tenet vs. Track Record".  Each one had around 340 page views.

Now for a few of my favorites that I wrote that didn't have a stellar amount of page views.  "Could We Be Living In The Twilight Zone?" was one of my personal favorites, but it didn't top the charts.  With only seventy-seven views, it didn't even break the hundred mark.  Next on the list was what I considered to be a timely message, titled "Come Back To Me Before You Go Back To School" in which I encouraged parents, students and teachers to revisit their faith to help see them through a new school year.  It had just seventy-eight views total.

Just a few more to go.  Two of my favorite topics, if you haven't noticed are politics and Christianity.  So of course, the next title should be no surprise, "Politics and Christianity: Can The Two Work Together?"  That came in with a grand total of ninety-three page views.  And one of my absolute favorite past-times is, yep, you guessed it; picking on my favorite Congresscritter, John Culberson.  I put his 'Jeffersonian Republican' principals to the test here in, "Is John Culberson a Jeffersonian Republican or Not?"  Sad to say, his platform was full of holes; Swiss cheese, even.

That's all for this edition of TPC.  This isn't the end, it's just the beginning!  Remember, The Political Chicken is going places!!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Want More Local Debt Transparency? Senator Bettencourt Delivers with SB 1041

The 84th Texas Legislature is coming to a fast and furious close.  Will there be a special session?  Will there be TWO special sessions?  Only time will tell.

As individual activists and collectively as communities in varying school districts across the state of Texas, I think it's safe to say we're all concerned about mounting local debt, especially debt for our school districts through bonds that are issued.  We've all experienced the frustrations that come with those hidden elections, when precinct numbers are changed and mobile voting is introduced, ensuring a low voter turnout to those who would normally be against the bond.

I'm a resident of the Cy-Fair School District and they passed a $1.2 Billion Bond Referendum last May that I worked against that passed with flying colors.  They employed the same tactics that other school districts and taxing authorities use to get their bonds pushed through on an unsuspecting public.  These tactics are not new, and as long as they keep being successful, they won't ever stop.

I know how hard I've personally worked alongside other volunteers and activists to defeat certain bond measures and to defeat increased taxes.  Not because I hate children or don't want to see children succeed, but because as a taxpayer I have to wonder, when is enough, 'enough'?     

Thankfully, not all hope is lost.  One of the ways we can try to rein in local debt is through the Texas state legislature.  The representatives we send to Austin, (or even you) can write and introduce bills to make changes to current laws to ensure the changes that we want on how bond measures are presented on the ballot get made.

Enter SB 1041, introduced by Senator Paul Bettencourt.  Here's a little about the bill from Senator Bettencourt, "Taxpayers have a right to know how much debt their local government has taken out and what the cost is to taxpayers. For the first time, taxpayers will get to directly see how much they should expect to pay when they vote for bonds - right on the ballot itself.

My bill, SB 1041, just passed the Senate 26-5 and would require on any ballot to approve property tax backed debt, information about the
ir local government debt and the amount of taxes the average homeowner would pay to pay off their local government debt. This information is required for ALL of the property tax backed debt the local government currently has, and the debt they are asking voters to approve."

Wow!  Right on the ballot?!?  Right on, Senator Bettencourt! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HB 4 passes the House and is now in the Education Committee in the Senate.

                                                
Pro-liberty House Member Jonathan Stickland writes about his position on House Bill 4.

"This weeks worst bill of the week didn't quite start out that way, but by the time the liberals in the Texas house were done with it, it earned the ‪#‎WBOTW‬ award.
HB 4 by GOP Rep. Dan Huberty sought to establish a "High Quality" pre-k program in the state of Texas. The first obvious question is, "Why would we be spending money on our other pre-k programs if they aren't "high quality"?
After an amendment offered by conservative Rep. Jodie Laubenberg to put a ceiling on the amount of money spent on this pilot program was gutted by progressive liberal Trey Martinez-Fischer, it was effectively opened up to unlimited spending. Things only got worse from there. The measure initially limiting it to a half day program was also stripped allowing, for full day programs for 4 year olds. New requirements and testing of our teachers and children also found their way on to the legislation.
The final end product in my opinion was nothing but a first step for the state of Texas requiring an unlimited, full day, mandatory pre-k program.
I wish that value was placed in fostering an environment of stronger family units instead of government daycare. How can we on one hand complain when parents are not as involved in their children's education as needed, and then promote handing them over to government at a younger age?"

House Bill 4 has a companion bill in the Senate; SB 801 and it is in committee now.  Here is a link to find all of the committee members.  Click here to find the names of the members.

We need to stop the intrusion of the government into the family unit.  Call the Senate Education Committee Members to tell them to kill this bill.




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Anniversary, Tea Party: A Look Back

T.E.A.  Do you remember what those letters stand for?  Taxed Enough Already.  A lot has changed since the dawn of the tea party movement, but I think we can all agree on a few things; the Tea Party, although not all of the members still go by that moniker, it is still a force to be reckoned with.  To T.E.A., we could add, 'regulated enough already' and 'spied upon enough already' or 'targeted enough already' to the list of growing things that the American people are fed up with from the feds.  With as a storied of a past as we've had, I can still think back on fond memories of the tea party movement in its infancy and all of the excitement that surrounded its beginnings.  For me, the kick off of the tea party movement was the rant heard round the world, given by Rick Santelli.  Remember that?  It was epic and still stands the test of time.  To jog your memory, here's a link to the video.

I remember the very first, or actually the second tea party rally that was held in Houston.  It was in Jones Plaza in downtown Houston.  I wasn't a true activist yet, let alone an organizer of any kind, but the event holds a special place in my heart.  I made two posters, one with a hand painted coiled up snake to represent the ubiquitous Gadsen flag and one with my favorite political cartoon by Ben Franklin, you know the one with the dismembered snake telling us to "Join Or Die".  There were rumored to have been 15,000 people there and even if that's not true, there WAS a lot of people there!  We were squeezed into Jones Plaza like a bunch of sardines.  It was a fantastic experience, no doubt.

I followed the tea party movement around that year in 2009.  I went to Discovery Green in July, followed it to Austin and finally the coup de gras was the March on Washington on September 11, 2009.   There will never be another tea party like that one, and it was proven in my opinion, the year after that when Glenn Beck staged his March on Washington.  The first one was more special to me because it seemed more 'organic'.  It was a true up-rising of citizens who had been and still are Taxed Enough Already.

From my very first Political Chicken article, titled "Why I'm Supporting Bill Tofte for U.S. Congress" I touched on the beauty of the ebb and flow of the movement and my thought was and still is this, "I love the tea party movement and how it has empowered folks like myself, who normally wouldn't even think twice about politics to get involved.  I also love how it has evolved, too.  It's not about just waving signs and flags in the middle of town squares across America anymore.  It's about taking the people from the town squares and putting them into positions in state house races, school board races and mud board positions."

I remember how excited I was to meet and become patriot buddies with so many of the tea party regulars here in Houston.  You can't say the word 'tea party' in Houston without mentioning my good friend and mentor, Felicia Cravens.  Another name that I remember hearing early on who is also a good friend of mine, Natalie Arceneaux.  While we were at the tea party rally in Austin, I remembered hearing Natalie talk about the fact that she was glad we were all there, but she wondered what we were going to do with all of our excitement when we left the rally.  It was a fair question, I thought, and it really made me start to think about my own personal involvement as an activist. 

So, after leaving there, I dove in head first into the local political scene and I didn't look back.  I started off with becoming the precinct chair for my precinct.  I soaked up as much information from the tea partiers as I could to learn how to be a better activist.  I attended activist boot camps and even went to FreedomWorks headquarters for a training class and later became a volunteer for their organization.  I worked as a volunteer on campaigns and had hands on experience, which was invaluable to my growth as an activist.  I even started my own blog, The Political Chicken and now write for Texas GOP Vote.com and Raging Elephants Radio.com.  I've done radio shows and interviews and have made trips to Washington, D.C. to speak on behalf of Tea Party Patriots.  I guess I should be thanking Natalie for pushing me outside of my comfort zone and really challenging those of us at that rally.  "Thank you, Natalie!"


Remember what I said earlier?   A lot has changed since the dawn of the tea party movement, but the tea party is still out there, working behind the scenes, getting elected to office, running campaigns and elections, knocking on doors, and making efforts to get out the vote.  Happy Anniversary, Tea Party!  And for those of you who are skeptics out there, the tea party isn't dead, it's surely alive!







Monday, April 6, 2015

Two Katy ISD Board Positions Up For Grabs On May 9th

It's election time again!  Yes, Political Chicken readers, Katy ISD School Board elections are around the corner!  It may seem as though the November elections just ended, but it's time to dust off your voter registration card once again and put it to good use; to elect a solid, informed school board trustee to represent the taxpayers in the Katy Independent School District.

It is imperative that we get voters out for the May election.  Looking at election history for Katy ISD Trustee elections, more often than not, the trustees are selected by a small number of the district population.  Here's a statistic that should get your attention; for the 2014 Katy ISD board election in which three trustees were up for election, out of 142,000 registered voters, only 4,000 votes were cast!  The trustee election was decided on by less than three percent of registered voters.  I've always said that local involvement is important, and that theme once again runs through this blog, and the Katy community.

Two positions are up for grabs, position six and position seven, currently held by incumbents Charles Griffin and Bryan Michalsky.  They have served a three year term and have both drawn opponents; John Pendergraff and Leonard Ledford.  Here's a little information about all four candidates.

Bryan Michalsky "was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in May 2012. Michalsky is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he holds a BBA in accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.  Michalsky currently works as Chief Financial Officer for Cotton Holdings, Inc. and sits on the Advisory Board for Cotton Foundation that is dedicated to helping children affected by life-changing challenges. He has lived in Katy for six years and is a member of Parkway Fellowship, where he serves as a Men's Small Group Leader. He has served the Katy community through various sports organizations. He also serves Katy ISD through both the Seven Lakes and Katy High School Booster Clubs."


John Pendergraff, concerned Katy ISD parent is running for position 6.  From his website, his qualifications include, "I have a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  I am an engineer at a small company where I am known to be an outside the box problem solver.  I have a very strong ability to use common sense to solve problems. I am also good at detecting bad ideas and the unintended consequences of seemingly good ideas. I love my kids more than I fear getting involved with the school board."

Leonard Ledford is also challenging an incumbent for position seven.   From his website: "As a Katy ISD concerned parent and taxpayer, I believe we need to be more focused as a community on the quality of education that is offered to our children. We need a school board that will communicate with the community before, during and after issues and votes. A board that will work with and listen to our teachers, not set direction and sit back and watch."

Charles Griffin "was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in May 2012.  Griffin graduated from Katy High School in 1985, making him the second generation to graduate from the high school. Following graduation, Griffin attended the United States Air Force Academy and started his path towards a retirement from the military. He held many jobs in the Air Force, including flying, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Currently, Griffin works for United Arlines as a Captain on a 737.
Griffin is married to Nikki, who is also a Katy graduate, and they have four children. The Griffins wanted their children to attend Katy schools so, following the military, they moved back to Katy. For three generations and more, Katy ISD has done an outstanding job educating Griffin's father, himself, his wife and his children.
Griffin became a school board member to pay back the community for all the skills, education, and support it has provided for his family. He has been active in his children's PTA, local sport teams, and booster clubs for many years."

So, Katy ISD parents and residents, you have a decision to make!  The election is May 9th, 2015.  Get out and vote and bring a neighbor with you!  We CAN'T let such a small portion of the electorate be the deciding factor in this election.  I'm not supporting or endorsing anyone in this race, but the need to GOTV in these May school board and bond elections is paramount.  Remember, grass roots grow in your own backyard!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Third Times A Charm: The 84th Texas Legislature Revives House Voter Registration Bill

Ever get stuck on ONE topic and write about it until you can't possibly write about it anymore?  Nah, me neither.  So, you'll excuse me for writing once again about election law and election integrity.  Both are extremely important to maintain free and fair elections.  I don't know about you, but I don't want to be one of those countries that has to dip our thumbs in purple ink to prove that we haven't voted more than once.  Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

So, to prevent us going to that extreme, despite some differences in opinion that we all may have with our representatives, there is some good legislation that has been written and introduced to help keep voter fraud at bay, none of which, I might add, have ANYTHING to do with approving online voter registration.  That's another topic for another day.

House Bill 1096 has been written and introduced by Representative Jim Murphy and it's a bill "relating to the residence address of a person for purposes of registration under the Election Code."    Now, as election law sits, there are lots of loopholes in the laws regarding voter registration.  For example, you could put your place of residence as a big open field that you, 'plan' to build on later, all the while living somewhere else.  Or, you could live in a mansion and have your address for your voter registration be some tiny apartment with 100 other voters registered to the same address in Sheila Jackson Lee's district.  I kid you not. 

This bill, should it become law, basically tightens down on the loop holes and makes it so that the following matches your voter registration:
a) your drivers license
b) your primary residence
c) concealed handgun license adress
d) address of property where person has a homestead exemption

So, here's where we're at in the process of HB 1096.  It has been reviewed by the Elections Committee and testimony on the bill is scheduled for March 16, 2015.  A panel of the committee members will listen to testimony, both pro and con for the bill and then they will make a decision based on their findings there.  Once they decide to let it leave the Elections committee, it will head to Calendars committee and they will determine whether the bill makes it to the house floor.  This particular bill has been brought up twice before.  Testimony has been heard on it both times, and unfortunately, it has never made it out of committee.

So, if you agree that this bill needs to be passed out of committee and a chance to be handed off to calendars and the process continued, I would encourage you to contact the members of the Elections Committee.   Click on the link provided here to see all of the members. 

I said it before, and I'll say it again, the game to steal elections is always afoot, so please help protect your ballot.  Through GOTV efforts at election time, staying vigilant at the polls when working as an election judge or clerk and paying attention during the legislative session, we can all work together to ensure free and fair elections continue here in the state of Texas.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rodney Ellis' Omnibus Elections Bill Shuttles Texas Voters Back In Time

We all talk about protecting the constitution and holding our elected officials accountable.  However, unless we work to protect our elections, then the rest is for naught,  Unfortunately, the liberal left is always working to perfect the theft of our elections, not just on election day, but through other avenues like voter registration fraud.  They also try to steal elections by pushing through legislation that rolls back the safeguards that photo ID and other requirements provide.  With the 84th Texas Legislature in full swing, this session proves to be no different than others in the pursuit of the vote.

The state of Texas has come so far with the progress it has made to ensure elections are not stolen.  Photo Voter ID was a huge step in the right direction as well as upgrades that were made to the electronic equipment that is used for elections.  However, Democrat Rodney Ellis wants to bring all of the progress on election integrity to a screeching halt with Senate Bill 990, as he calls it, "a far-reaching and omnibus bill to improve and protect voting rights in Texas."

Senator Ellis claims that these are "common sense election reforms", but what I think he meant was, that these are 'nonsense election reforms' because the things that he is suggesting that we do as a state in this bill are absolute nonsense.

Let's touch on the first bit of nonsense:
  • Same-day Voter Registration-Allows qualified citizens to register to vote at a polling place on election day.  This will allow otherwise eligible voters to register and vote on election day.
I'll tell you what this same-day voter registration will allow, it will allow voters to register in all 900 precincts in Harris County and vote in every one of them.   There's also no time to check residency or signatures on a same day registration, both of which are key.  In the Wisconsin recall election for Governor Scott Walker, there were forty-five counts and convictions of voter fraud and they all came from same day voter registration.

  • Section 34 of SB 990 states that "a qualified voter is eligible to vote a late ballot as provided by this chapter if the voter has a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polls on election day..."
Give me a break!  As if two weeks of early voting isn't enough to get yourself to the polls!  Oh, and let's just forget about the likelihood of the Democrats getting the vote totals and then figuring out how many 'sick' people they need to show up to vote in order to keep their freebies rolling in!  This, again, shows what nonsense this bill really is.

  • Youth Preregistration for Voting-Allows a person to preregister to vote on or after the person's 16th birthday.  Mr. Ellis also would like year old children to be allowed to register to vote.  
Mr. Ellis would have you believe that by doing this, we would be "engaging young people to vote".  I have no doubt that there is truth to that, however, we have enough trouble keeping up with the voters we have now, much less adding a bunch more names of people who aren't even allowed to vote yet.  More potential for voter fraud!!  More confusion at the polls!  This could overwhelm the system and cause chaos, actually allowing 16 year olds to vote at the busiest precincts when election workers are rushed and can't properly take the time to check their status.  Something that we definitely do not need.     

Friends,the game to steal elections is ALWAYS afoot.  We must remain vigilant.  As  Noah Webster once said, "If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted.... If a republic form of government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Points System And The Projects

MOAR low income housing for the Cy-Fair/Bear Creek area, you say?  Yes, it's true.  Hard to believe?  Well believe it!

I recently wrote an article titled, "Plutocracy and the Projects" in which I briefly outlined the process by which low income housing makes its way stealthily into the burbs.  It's a pretty involved process, but I thought I would try to break it down for you, maybe get a little more in-depth on the subject this time.

I'm reporting primarily about the Cypress, Texas area, but I'm sure that much of the targeted areas get close to the same amount of money.  Right now, the federal government had dangled $9,704,613 for the Cypress area.  Each developer seeks $1.5 million.  Only the top six developers with the highest points are awarded funds.    The developers need 118 points to qualify to receive the funds.  What I'd like to do is show where the points come from to show you how important it is for the state representatives to maintain their negative point capabilities.

Last year, the highest points achieved were 133.  By contrast, the lowest points awarded were 125.  The developers were funded or lost on a single point.

There are several entities that can award or subtract points to the developers.  They are:
-School District
-MUD 61 JF-Hofman
281-469-9405
JFHofman@District61.org
-Fire Department
-EMS
-Law Enforcement
-Local Businesses
-Elected Officials
The only other quantifiable community participation is with a coalition, which, thanks to James and Barbara Hardin, Cy-Fair has now; The Cypress Coalition.  It first came to the Cypress Coalition's attention last year and I wrote an article about the first town hall meeting titled, "The Texas House-Representing Voters or Subsidized Developers?"

State Representatives still have eight points, which can have a HUGE impact, as you see that developers were funded or lost on a single point.  As of the current legislative session, State Representatives are proposing to give up their points that serve their constituents.  County commissioners also have the ability to add or take away points; they've been allotted three points.

To further prove the need for the reps to keep their points, especially those that represent Cy-Fair as we have several vulnerabilities as an area.  We live in an unincorporated area, which means we don't have a city council or a mayor to represent us.   That leaves us with, you guessed it, relying on the State Reps and the County Commissioners to be our voice.

Stay tuned as there's a town hall being planned to oppose the two new proposed developments.  If you're concerned, please contact State Representative Dwayne Bohac at:
(512) 463-0727   Austin Office
(713) 460-2800   District Office

I'm sure there's more to come since the 84th legislation is far from over. 



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy 100th Blog Post, Political Chicken!


Here at The Political Chicken, I'm ALL about celebrating milestones like birthdays and such.  So, I feel that I would be remiss if I didn't commemorate my 100th blog post!  It just happened on Monday and I thought much like a TV series celebrates their 100th episode with a giant cake, I thought I'd share my milestone with you, my supporters and readers with these cute little cupcakes.

Not only have I just posted my 100th post, the blog has achieved another milestone of 15,000 page views!  Not too shabby for a local blogger.  Some have asked me recently, why the name, 'The Political Chicken'?  I say, it was because I thought it was a catchy name AND because I was a bit of a chicken when it came to sharing my views on politics.  As you can see, ahem, I've long since lost that shyness.  I'll admit that from time to time when I post something that I know is going to be controversial, I get a tiny bit nauseous.  Heh.

All that said, I am proud of the work I've done here and will continue to do. I am totally in love with writing and story telling and the unfolding of an idea and an explanation or an argument I'm trying to make.  The process is as much fun as the end result, in my opinion.  Remember, I'm no longer really shy about that.

I usually do a birthday blog for the Chicken, and here they are, when the Chicken turned one and when it turned two.  I also wanted to link the very first article I ever wrote for my blog titled, "Why I'm Supporting Bill Tofte for Congress" here.   The link for my 100th blog post, titled "Jared Woodfill: Tenet vs. Track Record" can be found here.

You'll have to wait for my third birthday blog for the top performers, but I almost can't wait to do that, so here is one that I've written recently that is my personal favorite, "Could We Be Living In The Twilight Zone?"  It wasn't very popular, but I put a lot of work into it and I'd love for you to read it, too.

So there you have it, from A to Z, or from beginning to, well, I won't say end because I'm far from done here. You've been fabulous, but this is FAR from over!  MUAH!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jared Woodfill: Tenet vs Track Record



In Proverbs 22:1, it says, "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold."

What are some of the qualities that are important to you when considering a candidate for public office?  Do you consider their past voting history?  How about their stance on gay marriage?  Maybe their willingness to regulate and spend the taxpayers money without regard for the future generations?  What about their stance on abortion?

Whichever one or two qualities that you may have picked that are important to you, whether I listed them above or not, do these qualities, or lack thereof, impact their ability to carry out the duties of the office they seek?  For example, would you hire a tax cheat to run the U.S. Treasury?  Would you vote for someone to be the Sheriff if they had a criminal record?  I would think that those kind of things would be important when considering a vote for someone to represent me.

What if I told you that someone who continually lost elections for a county party was hoping to be put in charge of a state party?  What if I told you that same someone had problems raising money and maintaining the trust of the donors once he actually received the donations?  What if I also added that he squelched the grassroots by ignoring them and putting his own cronies in place to benefit himself and his buddies?  How about if I told you he couldn't then and still can't even manage his own personal finances, what would you say to that?

Enough with the ambiguity, I'll tell you who I'm talking about, if you haven't already figured it out: Jared Woodfill.  Jared is a nice enough person, but no amount of pleasantries and good personality is going to change my mind about his qualities and abilities to hold any kind of elected position.  EVER.  Unfortunately, he still has a following of sorts and those that support him seem to be completely blind to his inability to manage people and finances and win elections simply because of one thing; he's Pro-life.

Great, he's pro-life, and yes, it's a good, Biblical quality to have.  The Bible tells us we should not murder and in my opinion, abortion IS murder.  I'm going to let you in on a little secret, though.  The Bible also talks about paying debts, too.  Now, I know that generally speaking, we all have some debts; mortgages, credit cards, student loans, car notes, etc. and I'm not saying that having debt is evil or wrong.  There are, however, consequences for not paying those debts.

Let us not forget about Jared Woodfill’s $30 Million lawsuit gamble and tax problems.   Woodfill was sued in New York for defaulting on a nearly $30 million “questionably ethical” loan.  Not only that, but The Houston Business Journal and the Chronicle recently reported the IRS has placed a $40,000 lien on the Woodfill Law Firm for unpaid taxes.  If you're not a subscriber, you may not be able to read the link, but the information included is this:  
Name: Woodfill Law Firm PC, Address: 3131 Eastside St. Suite 450, City: Houston,State: TX, Zip: 77098, Amount: $40,214, Tax Type: (941), File Date: 2014-11-24, Rec Date: 2014-12-10, Rel Date: 0000-00-00.  You can Read the Chronicle article here.

In Romans 13:7 it says "Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed." 

When you don't pay for your car, the bank repossesses it.  When you don't pay your house note, the bank kicks you out of your house.  So why shouldn't there be consequences for those seeking elected positions?  If you've proven yourself a failure in an area that your position needs you to excel in, why would anyone want to put you in that position, pro-life or no?





Thursday, February 12, 2015

Plutocracy and the Projects

Plutocracy is defined as government by the wealthy, or an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.  I can't think of a better word to describe the government of the state of Texas.  Now, I hear you, you're saying, Texas, right?  Yes, I'm talking about our great state of Texas, and while the government of Texas hasn't done EVERYTHING wrong, there is definitely room for improvement.

I'll start off with one good thing; Texas' decision to refuse the use of Common Core Standards for our public school system.  Not just the standards, but the money that the feds dangled in front of the state.  Let's face it, the government doesn't give anything away for nothing.  They always want something in return-there are always strings attached.  Common Core was no different.  However, the reason that the state turned down the money wasn't just because they were trying to be honorable, and 'do the right thing'.  It was simply a case of not being able to profit from the implementation of Common Core statewide.

Next topic, low income housing.  Yep, I hear you groaning.  Once again, the feds are at the ready to offer up money to the state, in the form of tax credits, but guess what kids, there are strings attached.  The state has an agency set up called Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), and they hand out the tax credits to the developers who score the most points in order to build the low income housing I mentioned.

Low income housing usually lowers property values, increases crime rates and overcrowds the system; fire departments, schools, EMS services, etc.  However, that's of no concern to the developers who only see dollar signs when they come into the neighborhood they are trying to 'bust'. That's a real term, 'neighborhood busting' and it's a term and an action that has trickled down from liberal Washington, D.C.  Surprise!

So, back to these points that the developers try to accumulate in order to build; you may be asking, who can award those points?  I'm so glad you asked. The state legislators of the designated development area have points to award, as do county commissioners, school districts, water districts and community coalitions, which brings me to my main point.  The state does NOT have to accept this money from the feds!!  If they had courage of conviction, the state would tell the feds to get the hell out of our state, similar to the courage, ahem, they exhibited when they shunned Common Core.  There is one glaring difference here, though.

If you guessed the potential for capital gain on the part of the legislators, then you guessed correctly.  Hmmm, let's see, the developers just might sidle up to the legislator whose district they want to build in, and oh, maybe make a campaign contribution.  Gee, I can't imagine why the legislators wouldn't want these developers to keep coming back.

To another point that has my pants in a bunch is that during the last legislative session, the Senate voted to do away with their points.  Now they have no say in what comes into their districts.  The House is planning on doing the same thing this session.  This can only lead the voter to one conclusion; that the representatives WANT the campaign contributions to continue to flow without having any accountability to those they represent.

This issue isn't over.  I'll be following it and sharing with all of you to keep you informed.  Big shout out to Kay Smith and Barbara and James Hardin for forming the Cypress Coalition and getting out in front of this important issue.  Please go to their website to find out more and to join the coalition.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

State Republican Executive Committee to Select New State GOP Chair March 7th

This just in: Texas remains a red state!  After the November 2014 election, Republicans see victories all over the state!  Okay, well, maybe it's not as recent as I made it sound, but it's still a fact worth celebrating.  Think about who we have to thank for that victory?  Well, lots of devoted volunteers from around the state, that's who.  GOP County Chairmen are the immediate leaders of each county in Texas and their boss is our State Republican Party Chairman, Steve Munisteri.  Without a clear plan in place, our state party and each county party might not have done nearly as well in this last election, and I almost hate to do this, (almost), but I need to bring your attention back to my ground zero; Harris County.

In March 2014, Harris County elected a new county party chairman, Paul Simpson.  He ousted 12 year incumbent, Jared Woodfill from the spot, and it was no easy victory.  Although you'd think that someone who had been in the position for that long and kept getting re-elected MUST have been doing a great job, right?  WRONG!

Sadly now Steve Munisteri is resigning as our State Party Chairman after five great years of service to us.  We will miss him, but know he's going on to bigger, better things.  That leaves the position open and since his resignation comes before the next state convention, the job of electing a new chairman falls to the State Republican Executive Committee or SREC for short.  There are four candidates in the field, Robin Armstrong, former State Vice Chairman, and current National Republican Committeeman for Texas, Wade Emmert, current chairman for Dallas County GOP, Tom Mechler, current State Party Treasurer and of course, Jared Woodfill, the recently unseated Harris County GOP Chairman.

Let's take a look back at some of the highlights from Jared's tenure as Harris County GOP Chairman:

Jared Woodfill Led the Decline of Harris County Republican Dominance

• The Harris County Republican Party delivered Harris County for the Republicans in every presidential election from 1968-2004 and Gubernatorial elections from 1994-2006.

With no county party organization and a lack of leadership from Woodfill, Obama and the Democrats won Harris County in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

For 12 Years Jared Woodfill Failed to Grow the Grassroots
• Over 600 of Harris County’s 1,064 precincts did not have a Republican Precinct Chair.

• 20 years ago Harris County had over 700 Republican precinct chairs. When Woodfill left office there are fewer than 460.

Jared Woodfill Lost the Trust of Grassroots Donors
• A review of Texas Ethics Commission documents show that in 2012, under Jared Woodfill’s leadership, the county Party spent $.78 of every dollar raised on consultants and paid campaign
advertisements with only $.01 going to grassroots activities.

Jared also mismanaged his own personal finances and The Houston Business Journal recently reported the IRS has placed a $40,000 lien on theWoodfill Law Firm for unpaid taxes.  Hmm...

Now, let me ask you if you think that this resume that I've shared qualifies Jared to be the state party chair?  Jared dutifully ignored the development of the grassroots, and pandered to a select few he surrounded himself with at the peril of the party.  He spent more money on high dollar consultants and he let the pay-to-play slates take over Harris County which allowed candidates for any and all offices to be chosen by a few top paid endorsers!   

We've come so far as a state, we cannot afford to let Jared take the helm and repeat what he did in Harris County to the State GOP.  The election will take place on March 7, 2015 at the next quarterly meeting of the SREC.  Let me tout some of Steve's record: From his resignation announcement:  
"It has been my honor to serve as RPT Chairman since June 2010 and oversee our party’s efforts during the last three election cycles. I am proud that by working together, we have had a net increase of 1,182 Republican officeholders during my time in office, representing an increase from 45% of all state officeholders to 67%. We have also set the all-time record for most number of elected Republican Texas State Representatives and Republican Texas Congressmen, as well as tying the record for most number of Republican State Senators.
At the same time, we paid off the party’s debt to $0 for the first time in 18 years and have remained debt free since November 2010 while bringing in over $22 million in revenue. This would not have been possible without the support of literally tens of thousands of grassroots activists and donors, for which I will be forever grateful."

Debt paid off to $0.  A net increase in Republican officeholders and an all-time record for most number of elected Republicans in the State House and State Senate.  Texas can't afford to go backwards.  The vote is scheduled for March 7th.  Contact your SREC representatives and let them know who you support.  Just say 'no' to failed leadership!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Home" by Edgar A. Guest

I got to thinking the other day, and I couldn't remember ever posting a poem here on The Political Chicken, since they don't have much to do with politics, but I do love a few and this is one of them.  It is simply titled, "Home" and it's written by a man named Edgar A. Guest.  I don't know much about him or his style of writing, but this poem warms my heart when I read it; it makes me think of my little boys and how true it is that I would hang onto even the thumbprints and smudges they made if it would keep them little just a bit longer.  My mom tells me stories of my dad's mom and how she used to like to keep the smudges and lip prints my sister and I used to make on her glass door.  I can totally relate to that feeling as a mom now.  Here's how it goes:

It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,
A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam
Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,
An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.
It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’ be,
How much yer chairs an’ tables cost, how great yer luxury;
It ain’t home t’ ye, though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow yer soul is sort o’ wrapped round everything.

Home ain’t a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
Afore it’s home there’s got t’ be a heap o’ livin’ in it;
Within the walls there’s got t’ be some babies born, and then
Right there ye’ve got t’ bring ‘em up t’ women good, an’ men;
And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn’t part
With anything they ever used—they’ve grown into yer heart:
The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore
Ye hoard; an’ if ye could ye’d keep the thumbmarks on the door.

Ye’ve got t’ weep t’ make it home, ye’ve got t’ sit an’ sigh
An’ watch beside a loved one’s bed, an’ know that Death is nigh;
An’ in the stillness o’ the night t’ see Death’s angel come,
An’ close the eyes o’ her that smiled, an’ leave her sweet voice dumb.
Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an’ when yer tears are dried,
Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an’ sanctified;
An’ tuggin’ at ye always are the pleasant memories
O’ her that was an’ is no more—ye can’t escape from these.

Ye’ve got t’ sing an’ dance fer years, ye’ve got t’ romp an’ play,
An’ learn t’ love the things ye have by usin’ ’em each day;
Even the roses ’round the porch must blossom year by year
Afore they ’come a part o’ ye, suggestin’ someone dear
Who used t’ love ’em long ago, an’ trained ’em jes’ t’ run
The way they do, so’s they would get the early mornin’ sun;
Ye’ve got t’ love each brick an’ stone from cellar up t’ dome:
It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.

There's so much to relate to in this poem, I could go on and on, about how sometimes you have to travel to appreciate where you live, the place you call 'home'.  We all can relate to the death part of the poem, too, and that might be why I'm posting this, just one day after the twentieth anniversary of my own dad's death.  Yes, death is a part of life, as it is often said, but that doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye to a loved one.  As he says, 'An tuggin' at ye always are the pleasant memories, O' her that was an' is no more--ye' can't escape from these."  It's true, you can't escape from these.

So, thank you God, for all of  these experiences in life, the joy of a birth, the pain of a death, the happiness and the sorrow.  These things make us who we are and although not always pleasant, it is what we call 'life'.  To quote John Lennon, which is also something I'm not known to do, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

So, make plans to enjoy the simple things, the feeling of the warm sunshine on your face, the wind blowing in your hair and a few good friends to enjoy a cup of coffee with and maybe a dessert.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Could We Be Living in The Twilight Zone?

Foreshadowing.  Alluding to the future.  Prophesying.  We've all heard of these things before. We've heard foreshadowing through the recording made by former President Reagan when he warned of the dangers of socialized medicine.  Or Paul Harvey with his recording of "If I Were the Devil" when he makes some very chilling predictions about the future, and I think we can all agree that some of those things he talks about have definitely come to pass.  You know me, though, I like to find unlikely places for inspiration and I think I may have done it with an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Back in 1961, an episode was aired on The Twilight Zone called, "The Obsolete Man" starring Burgess Meredith.   At the beginning of the episode, there is an introduction by Rod Serling and it is fantastic.  "This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one.  It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted a ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time....like every superstate that has preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace."  Oh, boy.

Let me set the stage for you.  Burgess Meredith plays Romney Wordsworth, a librarian and a citizen of the state, as Rod refers to him as in the intro, and in the opening scene we find Romney standing in front of a podium of the state to decide his value as a citizen.  The state is to determine whether he is a value to society or if he should be found 'obsolete'.   When he is asked for his profession and he says, 'librarian', there are sounds of laughter coming from the court room. With as much disdain as he can muster, the Chancellor repeats, "A librarian?" 

So, wait, what?  Yes, you read that right.  The state was determining whether Romney was worth anything.  Stop a minute there and think about where we are as a country today.  Obviously, I'm on the conservative side of things, believing that the government should be out of mine and everybody else's business.  However, on the liberal Democrat side of things, we have this belief that the government should be involved in everything.  Everyday decisions that the lay person makes, from what type of light bulb to use in your home to whether we get to put sprinkles on our donuts.  Those are just a few of the examples of what the 'left' hopes to have jurisdiction over in our day to day lives.

Let's move on to the part of the 'hearing' when the 'state' does finally decide that Romney is obsolete.  When Romney argues that he's a human being, and that, "no man is obsolete!"  The state argues that he's a librarian and therefore is obsolete.  The state also argues that there is no God to which Romney replies, "You can't erase God with an edict!"  I do remember something about the Democrat party holding its national convention and declaring not once or twice, but three times that they wanted to take the word, 'God' out of their platform.  Also, the increasing number of religious liberty court cases that have sprang up over the past four or five years, one involving a WWI war memorial out in the middle of nowhere.  After it's having been there for over eighty years, it was all of a sudden deemed 'offensive' by the ACLU and their ilk.  A definite infringement on religious liberty.

So, our character Romney Wordsworth has been deemed obsolete.  Now what?  Well, what else do you think the state would do to someone who they feel has no use?  Right, kill them, or in this case, 'liquidate' or 'eliminate' them.  In this episode, the state gives Mr. Wordsworth the 'choice' of when and how he should be liquidated; pills, gas or electrocution, to which he replies, "I am a very rich man."
Chancellor:"LOUDER!" 
 Romney: "I merely said that I was a very rich man.  I have such a luxury of choices that I choose the following: to be given an assassin to whom I should tell the method of my execution...I should like to die with an audience."
Chancellor: "Ah, Mr. Wordsworth, that can be arranged!  It's not unusual that we televise executions, it has an educative effect on the population."
Romney: "I have no doubt."

Educative effect?  So, if your beliefs don't match up with the state, they will have to reeducate you so that you'll fall in line?  May I remind you of the case of bakers being forced to bake cakes for a same-sex marriage?  The baker was well within his rights to refuse, since all businesses have the right to refuse service to whomever they choose.   Anyone remember the 'no shirt, no shoes, no service' sign we used to see on the outside of doors of Stop and Go convenience stores?  And yes, I realize I'm dating myself here, but I think it's a valid point.  These regulations and limitations that the government tries to force onto us have nothing to do with what party we affiliate ourselves with and I'll show you how that plays out next in this particular episode.

Fast forward a bit to the scene of Romney in his room waiting for his time of death.  He has requested the presence of the Chancellor, and the Chancellor is a bit skeptical as to why he was chosen and he even mentions the probability of Mr. Wordsworth's desire to get revenge.  As their time plays out together, it gives Romney a chance to question the methods of the state, and when pressed, the Chancellor exposes the state for what it really is when he says this,
Chancellor: "On the contrary, history teaches us a great deal.  We have predecessors who had the beginnings of the right idea."
Romney: "Hitler."
Chancellor: "Hitler, of course."
Romney: "Stalin."
Chancellor: "Stalin, too, but their error was not one of excess, their error was not going far enough.  Too many undesirables were left around and undesirables form a core of resistance.  Old people who clutch at the past and won't accept the future.  The sick, the maimed, the deformed, they fasten onto the healthy body and damage it.  So we eliminate them.  And people like yourself, they can perform no useful function for the state and so we put an end to them."

I would like to stop a minute there and point out that we may have already seen this take place in the form of tea party activists being targeted by the IRS.  The tea party would be the undesirables in this instance who have formed a core of resistance and obviously, the IRS would be the state entity.  We could go back even further than that to the Boston tea party, the original tea party to show a core of resistance had formed.  I think we could all agree that King George would consider that first group of patriots as undesirables.

At one point before his imminent demise, Romney reveals the method of liquidation he's chosen.  A bomb is to go off at midnight, but he won't be alone.  Chancellor learns that he'll be present during the liquidation, and he is none too happy.  However, Romney retrieves his Bible from its hiding place, after all, it's against the rules of the state to have a Bible, remember, since they've determined there isn't a God.  He opens it and begins reading from Psalm 23 as the Chancellor makes himself comfortably uncomfortable on the couch.  Romney continues to read scripture after scripture while Chancellor looks on and smokes cigarette after cigarette as the time ticks down.   

With one minute remaining, at 11:59 PM, the Chancellor begins to weep and beg, "Please, please, in the name of God, let me out!  Let me out, let me out!"  Romney replies, "Yes, Chancellor, in the name of God, I will let you out."  Shortly after the Chancellor escapes, an explosion erupts from Romney's room and we know he has been liquidated.

The closing scene finds the Chancellor on the other side of the podium.  Remember, Romney's liquidation was televised, so the state saw how Chancellor wept and begged for his life.  Therefore, the state placed him in the obsolete category as well.  We see how easily and readily the state turned on its own instrument when any display of weakness was shown.  You could even say that regardless of party affiliation, when the state is pressed, they will turn on their own.  


Friday, January 2, 2015

Coming Soon: FREE Screening of "Wait Till It's Free"

Welcome to 2015!  Wow!  Is it even possible that we've just rung in a new year?  I guess so, and with the new year also marks the beginning of Obamacare.  You remember Obamacare, right?  I mean, how could we forget it?  It seemed doomed from the beginning, starting with the drama surrounding its passage back in March 2010 to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate as constitutional to the decision of Congress to fund multiple Continuing Resolutions with 'hard-wired' funding for the omnibus health care bill.  Its faulty website launched in 2014 and appointing 16,000 IRS agents to handle its implementation and enforcement of purchase further prove what a mess it is. I mean, the government runs the Postal Service and it's doing...fine...ahem.

The healthcare law has triggered skyrocketing premiums for all families across all income levels, proving that its official name of Affordable Care Act is a definite misnomer.  Let's not forget a few of the dramatic bumps it had along the way to passage.  I love playing a game I call, "What's My Line?"  of quotes from various office holders of what they said during that year and a half struggle.  My absolute favorite was the one from Alan Grayson, the Democrat from Florida that said since Republicans didn't want it passed that the GOP wanted "..Americans to die and die quickly!".  Yeah, pretty sad.

Other events during the negotiation process, which, if you remember, was going to be as transparent as a piece of rice paper AND were going to be televised on C-SPAN, we had the Corn-husker kick back and the second Louisiana Purchase. Don't forget the Stupak amendment, which is the executive order he 'negotiated' with the president to protect the Hyde Amendment which was written to prevent tax-payer funded abortion, which in all reality, didn't do anything.  But I digress....

So why am I bringing all of this up again?  Ever heard of a movie called, "Wait Till It's Free"?  Here's a description of the movie from their website:
"Wait Till It's Free" is an entertaining and provocative look at the current healthcare crisis. This film takes a hard and honest look at the way we do healthcare in America by looking at every relevant aspect of modern medicine, from the escalating cost of health insurance to the move towards universal government healthcare. The film asks what kind of alternatives there are for families caught between expensive insurance-based coverage and the "Free" government solutions. The film explores the alternatives for individuals, churches, and families, and offers moving and enlightening stories about those that have chosen to follow innovative and independent approaches to healthcare."

Notice the last two lines in the description:  "The film asks what kind of alternatives there are for families caught between expensive insurance-based coverage and the "Free" government solutions. The film explores the alternatives for individuals, churches, and families, and offers moving and enlightening stories about those that have chosen to follow innovative and independent approaches to healthcare."  I think that's what the GOP needs right now and has needed for some time--Alternatives.  Options.  Choices.

We've all discussed the repeal of Obamacare, haven't we?  We've all heard campaign promises doled out by some GOP congressmen and women that they were going to repeal it and replace it, but with what, exactly?  This movie offers some viable replacement options. 

What I'm even more hopeful about is that a pastor of a local church is actually orchestrating the viewing of this documentary.  We all know that politics and religion don't normally mix, and I wanted to ask him about that.  His name is Pete Allison and he's been kind enough to let me interview him and ask him about his decision to show the movie.

Kelly Horsley: "Why do you think it's important to show this movie?"
Pastor Allison: "It’s important to show this movie because people need to know that:
-Government medicine is detrimental to liberty and our health 
-There were serious problems with our healthcare before Obamacare
-The out of control healthcare costs are the result of government medicine
-There are other options besides government medicine.
What people don’t know in this area can be very detrimental to their health.

Kelly Horsley: "We've often heard it said that politics and religion don't mix.  What do you say to that?"
Pastor Allison: "To those who say that politics and religion should not be mixed, I would reply that it is impossible to separate them. Politics is, by definition, the practice of one’s religion or beliefs in the area of civil government. It’s a topic about which the Scriptures have much to say."

Kelly Horsley: "I personally applaud your involvement and wish we would see more pastors and church goers involved in the political process.  What are some ways you think we could get the Evangelical voters out to the polls?"
Pastor Allison: "From my interactions with evangelical voters, there seem to be two predominate reasons many evangelical voters do not go to the polls. One group, probably the smaller of the two, doesn’t see anyone on the ballot for whom they can vote. They see little point in picking the lesser of two evils as they are still voting for evil (http://blog.dollarnoncents.com/2008/10/wasted-third-party-votes.html). The other group is just consistently living out their religion (or theology) which is that the kingdom of heaven has nothing to do with the civil magistrate. In essence, the world belongs to the devil; were just here to save as many souls as we can until we’re raptured away from this mess.

We’ll get more evangelical voters out to the polls when we have biblically qualified candidates on the ballot who are worth voting for and when we reach these voters with a more accurate gospel and they start working for what Christ taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer – your will be done on earth even as it is already been done in heaven."

Kelly Horsley: "The Pastors Council has a statistic that says that less than one out of three churchgoing citizens vote in each election, a fact of which we should be ashamed.  Do you agree that stat is something we need to change?
Pastor Allison: "The Pastors Council’s statistic, by itself, is not the issue. The evangelical vote has supported almost as many bad things as the liberal vote (e.g. unconstitutional wars of aggression, opposition to immigration, truncation of constitutionally contracted rights, legalization of abortion (http://blog.dollarnoncents.com/2014/04/why-not-constitutional-convention.html), though I grant that where the liberal vote is correct, it is often not for the right reason. Getting more evangelical voters to the polls won’t do any good if they vote in unbiblical or unconstitutional ways."


On to the particulars of the event, the movie is showing Friday, January 16th at 7:00 PM at The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center.  Address is 9055 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303.  This event is FREE and open to the public. The Director and Producer, Colin Gunn, will be present to discuss the film.

So, please make plans to join us!  I have a feeling that this is something that you won't want to miss!