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In 2012, Texas conservatives need to focus our energies on removing
our own RINOs from office, and keeping them off the Republican
ticket, this coming election.

It’s impossible to overstate how important this task is, on both
the state and the national levels. RINOs are poison to a
conservative agenda. There is little real difference between them
and Democrats, and once elected they use their power to sabotage
attempts to enact good conservative legislation. We’ve seen this
take place in Austin over and over. No matter how loudly
conservatives speak at the polls, and how good prospects for
conservative legislation look, the RINOs in the party often manage
to water good bills down, or block them altogether.

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From Peter Morrison this week:

New information provides hard evidence of Joe Straus’ pro-abortion and anti-family-values agenda.

The fight to replace liberal, pro-abortion Joe Straus as Texas Speaker of the House continues. If you have not contacted your state representative, please do so and encourage them to vote for a true conservative for Speaker. You can find who represents you here:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

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This is a Peter Morrison Report from earlier this month that technical problems didn’t allow me to post (my apologies to Mr. Morrison.) Yet it’s still very timely, giving an insider’s view of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) controversy without the invective and belittling the Left so loves to do:

It is extremely important that conservatives and patriots from around the state contact the Texas State Board of Education to voice support for the revisions that the SBOE made earlier this year to the Texas social studies textbook standards.

If you can, please take one of the following actions:

1. Sign up to testify before the State Board meeting in Austin. Wednesday, May 19th will be a full day of public testimony before the SBOE. The signup to testify starts early on Friday, May 14th. Be sure to call the Texas Education Agency early on that morning at 512-463-9581 to make sure you get a spot to testify!

2. Contact the SBOE by sending them an email at sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us and let them know that you support the revisions that have been made.

Right now, the SBOE is hearing from groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals. They have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The SBOE has already heard from lots of liberals and liberal groups. They need to hear from conservatives as well!

Please either call 512-463-9581 and get a spot to testify or email the SBOE at:

sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

The information below is from my SBOE representative, Barbara Cargill, one of the conservative members of the SBOE:

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This Fact Sheet clears up much of the misinformation from the media about the K-Grade 12 social studies standards. Please feel free to share it. Many of us on the State Board of Education (SBOE) will continue to work diligently for rigorous history standards that teach our children about their rich heritage and emphasize our country’s founding principles. We want students to learn more about the Founding Fathers and patriot heroes of both our state and nation. Important leaders who were neglected previously have been added to the standards. These include John Quincy Adams, John Hancock and John Wise. And we have placed stronger emphasis on key historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Students will learn the liberties and responsibilities guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Here are examples of some of the outstanding standards that have passed so far:

American History:
-The student understands the concept of American exceptionalism.
-Describe how American values are different and unique from those of other nations;
-Describe U. S. citizens as people from numerous places throughout the world, who hold a common bond in standing for certain
self-evident truths.
-Discuss the meaning and historical significance of the mottos “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust.”

U.S. Government:
-Analyze selected issues raised by judicial activism and judicial restraint.

Grades 1-3: (with the word “equality” added in Grades 2-3)
-Identify characteristics of good citizenship including truthfulness, respect for others and oneself, responsibility in daily life, and participation in government by educating oneself about the issues, holding public officials to their word, and voting.

Grade 6:
-Understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system.

Grade 8:
-Describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies.

Over the last few months, the SBOE has heard testimony from people representing League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, Sikh Coalition, U.T. Austin Department of History, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Hindu-American Foundation, Coalition for Educational Reform, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, and many other individuals. We have been asked to include more minorities, more liberal groups, less about our Judeo-Christian heritage, less about limited government, more about race and gender, and less about free markets and gun rights.

The final vote is on May 21st. The conservatives on the SBOE need help from patriots across the state to ensure that the revisions we have made to the standards are upheld. On Wednesday, May 19th we will have a full day of public testimony. People from many of the same organizations listed above will be back to speak to the SBOE. Please use this opportunity to come and address the Board yourself! Signing up to testify for the May 19th State Board meeting begins on Friday, May 14th. Please call the Texas Education Agency early at 512-463-9581.

If coming to Austin is not an option, let your voice be heard by e-mailing sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us. The proposed social studies standards are posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=3643. Charts that list the historical figures in the social studies standards are posted on that same page for verification of information. Please take a look at the standards for yourself and do not rely on what the media says. The Fact Sheet is pasted below for your convenience.

Thank you for your encouraging messages and for your support about this important issue.

For our children,

Barbara Cargill
State Board of Education, District 8
Chair, Committee on Instruction

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State Board of Education
Social Studies TEKS Fact Sheet

A. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is not listening to educators and experts and as such the SBOE should send the social studies standards back to the original review committees.

FACT: The Social Studies TEKS review committees and some history experts made some revisions that were unsupportable, and the State Board of Education had to direct changes or vote to return to the original content.

Christmas, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, religious heritage language, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Christopher Columbus were either removed completely or partially from several grade levels by the review committees. The State Board of Education members have assured concerned members of the public that these historical figures and important concepts were placed back in the standards where they had been taught for the previous 10 years. This action was based on the urging and feedback from numerous educators, experts and concerned members of the public. One “historian” even suggested Alexander Graham Bell and the Texas Rangers should be removed from Texas social studies standards. This recommendation was not adopted.

B. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is making decisions on its own and not listening to educators.

FACT: Numerous educators urged the State Board of Education to teach students accurately about the country’s religious heritage and American Exceptionalism.

The State Board of Education voted to include requirements that students study about America ‘s religious heritage and American Exceptionalism.

C. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is deleting minority figures from the social studies curriculum.

FACT: The proposed Social Studies TEKS include more minority representation than ever before.

Among the many individuals who have been added to the standards are Crispus Attucks, Jose Bernardo Guillermo de Lara, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Wentworth Cheswell, Francisco Coronado, Bernardo de Galvez, Juan de Onate, Adina de Zavala, Enrique Esparza, W.E.B. DuBois, Carmen Lomas Garza, Henry B. Gonzalez, Raul A. Gonzalez, Maria Mitchell, Ellen Ochoa, Jose Antonio Navaro, Irma Rangel, Juan Seguin, Erasmo Seguin, Phillis Wheatley, Lulu Belle White, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Simon Bolivar, Bessie Coleman, Tomie de Paola, Marcus Garvey, Lydia Mendoza, Kadir Nelson, Danny Olivas, Raymond Telles and Amado Pena Jr.

D. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is eliminating Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from the standards.

FACT: The State Board of Education members have not made any amendments to delete Cesar Chavez or Thurgood Marshall. The SBOE actually increased the emphasis placed on these historically significant individuals.

Both Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall have been made required elements of the curriculum framework. Students will study the legacy of these historically significant men in both the elementary grades and in high school, as Cesar Chavez has been added to Grade 5 American history and Thurgood Marshall has been added to the Grade 2 standards. Both already are taught in U.S. History Since 1877.

E. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has included conservative groups in the Social Studies TEKS without listing any liberal organizations.

FACT: The curriculum standards include historically significant individuals and groups from a wide array of ethnic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.

For example, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is required study at two different grade levels. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also is required, as is separate study of founders W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells at various grade levels. Other notable leaders such as Anne Richards, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Jordan also are included. Students are required to study various social and political advocacy positions, including organizations that promoted civil rights for African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians.

Individuals who promoted civil rights, labor rights and women’s rights also are included, such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Clarence Darrow, Martin Luther King Jr, Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall, Hector P. Garcia, Frances Willard, Jane Addams and Dolores Huerta. The proposed history standards include diverse individuals and groups for study at each grade level.

F. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education is excluding Hispanic and African American Medal of Honor recipients.

FACT: The State Board of Education expects students to know the significant contributions and heroic actions of Medal of Honor recipients from all backgrounds.

The SBOE added Medal of Honor recipients William Carney and Philip Bazaar to Grade 8 American history, and added Medal of Honor recipients Vernon J. Baker and Roy Benavides to the high school U.S. History course. The social studies curriculum standards specifically require that students study male and female Medal of Honor recipients of various racial backgrounds.

G. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has eliminated Tejanos who fought at the Alamo.

FACT: The Social Studies TEKS include Tejano leaders who fought at the Alamo .

In Grade 4 Texas history, Tejanos Juan Seguin , Placido Benavides and Francisco Ruiz are required to be studied as important participants in the Texas Revolution. Lorenzo de Zavala and Jose Antonio Navarro, Tejano leaders who died at the Alamo, also are required figures in Grade 4. In Grade 7 Texas history, students again study the significant roles played by Tejano leaders Lorenzo de Zavala and Juan Seguin as they review the events of the Texas Revolution, the siege of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto .

H. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has removed capitalism from the standards and substituted it with “free enterprise system.”

FACT: In Texas , students are required to study economics with an emphasis on the free-enterprise system and its benefits. “Free enterprise system” is the terminology used in the TEKS since 1998 to describe the U.S. economic system. The State Board of Education has voted to retain this term in the social studies standards. At each grade level starting in Grade 2, however, information has been added that states: “Students identify the role of the U.S. free enterprise system within the parameters of this course and understand that this system may also be referred to as capitalism or the free market system.” The SBOE will be retaining the term “free enterprise system” that aligns with state requirements.

I. FALSE ALLEGATION: Thomas Jefferson has been removed or downplayed in the Social Studies curriculum framework.

FACT: Only George Washington is emphasized more heavily than Thomas Jefferson in the social studies standards.

Thomas Jefferson is taught in Grade 5 American history, in Grade 8 American history and in U.S. Government. These are the same grades where Jefferson and his important legacy have always been taught, and the State Board of Education has not changed this emphasis. As the author of the Declaration of Independence , and as a strong proponent of limited government and states’ rights, Thomas Jefferson is the type of Founding Father and patriot hero about whom students should learn more, not less.

J. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education has decided we no longer live in a democracy.

FACT: The United States is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.

The Pledge of Allegiance correctly identifies our form of government as a republic, and the State Board of Education members expect students to recite that pledge and understand its meaning. This reference to constitutional republic refers to the form of government our Founding Fathers instituted.

K. FALSE ALLEGATION: The State Board of Education doesn’t believe students should learn about separation of church and state or First Amendment rights

FACT: Students in elementary grades, middle school and high school will learn about the important freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, as the Bill of Rights is outlined in Grade 5, Grade 8 and again in U.S. Government.

First Amendment rights are among the most fundamental we share in this country. Each of these freedoms should be studied, including the freedom of religion. Constitutional protection of religion was provided by banning the Federal Government, specifically Congress from establishing a national religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. A majority of the State Board of Education members voted against a new amendment to the TEKS because its wording downplayed the “free exercise” clause. The Founding Fathers actually encouraged religion, as can be seen in the emphasis given religion in the Northwest Ordinance which passed the same year the Constitutional Convention convened to draft the U.S. Constitution.


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Peter has the insider’s view of the Texas Textbook wars this time. Fascinating rading you won’t find in the Drive-By Media:

Over the course of the past several months the national media has been discussing the school textbook wars in Texas.  Typically,almost every article or report was actually liberal sermonizing disguised as journalism. In the past few weeks, these stories have reached a hysterical crescendo in the mainstream media, as it became clear that conservatives were going to triumph in our efforts to keep some of the liberal bias out of school textbooks.

There are few things in life that will have more influence on the future than what our children are taught in the classrooms of public schools. Private and home schools are wonderful, and I’m a strong supporter of both, but the number of students in public schools is far, far greater than the numbers enrolled in private and home schooling, combined. Unfortunately, liberals realized this long before conservatives did, and over the decades our kids’ textbooks have been increasingly filled with left-wing propaganda.

Conservatives finally woke up back in the 1970s, thanks to the heroic efforts of people like Mel and Norma Gabler, the husband and wife team who spent decades exposing the liberal indoctrination that was being passed off as education in Texas schools. Ever since then, the school textbook approval process in the Lone Star state has been a major battleground between conservatives and liberals. This year was no different, as the guidelines for social studies textbooks that will be in force for the next ten years were up for review.

I was a member of one of this year’s panels that produced the recommendations the Board of Education was seeking to implement. From my first hand experience in the earlier part of this process, I can tell you the story of what really happened. It’s nothing like the heavily biased and distorted accounts that appeared in the media across the country. To hear the MSM tell it, Texas was caught up in some sort of right wing extremist hysteria; a combination of a witch hunt to eliminate from history books anything conservatives disagree with and an iron fisted campaign to force a false version of history on our schools simply to imposea far right wing agenda.

That was how the media reports spun things, but in reality, what was happening was the exact opposite. Conservatives were the ones who were fighting to remove liberal orthodoxies with no basis in facts from our school textbooks and to prevent the left-wingers from making the texts even more liberal than they already were. Self proclaimed “progressives”, of course, pretend to be completely objective when it comes to textbook content, so in their minds these left leaning school books aren’t slanted at all, but completely unbiased. That’s nonsense, of course, and it’s why liberals have been squealing like stuck pigs for the past few months, trying to scare Texans and Americans with horror stories about “right wing extremism” taking over our state school board, when all conservatives were doing was restoring a small measure of balance. Don McLeroy, the conservative Republican who heads the Texas Board of Education, called the liberals out for their dishonesty in this regard. “We are adding balance…History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”

Few things get liberals more agitated than talking about the Christian heritage of the United States, and it’s no coincidence that much of the negative media coverage centered on this subject. As SBOE member David Bradley pointed out, “There’s a hostility toward faith, specifically Christianity.” Liberal revisionists refuse to acknowledge that most of the Founding Fathers believed that religious principles should inform government, and for them, religion meant Christianity, period.

In addition, when liberals don’t get their way, they usually start slinging accusations of racism. According to the Austin American-Statesman, liberal board member Mary Helen Berlanga spent almost all of her time on the board trying to get lots of minor historical figures added to textbooks simply because they were minorities. Berlanga was the one who was obsessed with race, but when conservatives blocked her proposals because they believe people should be included in history books because of their contributions, not the color of their skin, she tried to make conservatives out to be the racists. As she left a board meeting in a huff, she slandered the conservative board members: “We can just pretend that this is a white America. Hispanics don’t exist.”

The irony is that just before she walked out of the meeting, Berlanga had made a motion to identify minority Medal of Honor winners. In her mind, it’s apparently only important to study Medal of Honor winners that aren’t white, yet she has the gall to accuse the conservative board members of being racist! 

Thankfully the conservatives on the Board of Education refused to be intimidated by these reckless accusations of racism (by people obsessed with race themselves), and didn’t cave in. They even had the courage to remove “hip hop music” as a “significant cultural contribution” to be studied by Texas school kids. Their victory isn’t just important for Texas, though, because many textbook publishers follow Texas’ guidelines when coming out with books for the national school market. So, thanks to the brave conservatives on the Board of Education, for the next ten years millions of school textbooks will be more accurate and balanced. They deserve our thanks.

 The State Board of Education is receiving a lot of negative media attention for doing the right thing and they need to hear encouragement from their constituents. Please send them an email at: sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

Sources:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6909202.html

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/politics-sex-religion-are-all-fair-game-at-344354.html http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html?ref=education

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4098847/were-not-rewriting-history

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Peter Morrison has an awesome newsletter this week about the Global Warming fiasco, and how the great State of Texas is taking the bull by the horns on this one and Suing the Environmental Protection Agency over it:

Sometimes it seems as if there’s never any good news for Texas conservatives, and the endless litany of backsliding and betrayal on the part of our politicians can be downright discouraging. That goes with the territory, of course. Politicians these days find it much easier to play to the liberal media than to stick with their principles and remember why we elected them. Fortunately, that’s not the case this week – three Texas leaders are actually showing some backbone and are taking a stand to resist political correctness and federal encroachments on our state sovereignty.

Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for declaring carbon dioxide (CO2) a dangerous pollutant. If the EPA has its way and this ruling stands, the consequences for the Texas economy will be enormous. Our oil industry may not be as robust as it once was, but it’s still big business in Texas, and the EPA’s action will take a huge toll on it, even as our nation is desperate for domestically produced gas and oil. It’s estimated that thousands of jobs could be lost, along with substantial tax revenue, all because of the misplaced fear over “man made global warming.”

Governor Perry made it clear that it’s not only the oil industry that’s at risk: “When the EPA recently declared carbon dioxide a toxic substance,” he said, “they put countless businesses, farms, even large churches in their cross hairs.” The EPA’s threats are even more outrageous in light of the fact that Texas has made substantial progress in reducing pollution without any federal abuse of state sovereignty. We have our own state office for dealing with pollution – the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and even the EPA admits that TCEQ has done a good job at reducing carbon dioxide and ozone levels. That’s not enough for the power hungry DC bureaucrats, and they’re actually claiming the right to usurp this state function and take over the TCEQ if Texas doesn’t bow to their demands.

This isn’t just an overzealous federal government trying to reduce pollution; it has nothing to do with concern for the environment at all. The ultimate goal is government control over every aspect of the economy and even our personal lives, and concern for the environment is simply a ruse. Decades ago radical socialists realized that they were never going to make any headway in America by being honest about their goal of a totalitarian central government and would have to pursue their agenda by other means. The environmental movement was chosen as one of the most promising paths to gradually turning America into a socialist country. Environmentalism and “global warming” hysteria have always been driven by far left-wingers, and that’s no coincidence.

One of the biggest milestones on this path occurred in 1997, when the “global warming” hoax was just beginning to gain traction. That’s when the Clinton administration signed America on to the Kyoto Protocol, which requires countries to fight “global warming” by taking stringent measures toward “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would minimize dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” (Anthropogenic means caused by man’s activities, as opposed to naturally occurring.) It’s precisely because of the Kyoto Protocol that the EPA is now going after Texas industries. Many people believe the sole purpose of the Kyoto agreement was to stifle free enterprise and capitalism, and there are some good reasons to think they may be right.

If that wasn’t the case, then it’s a mystery why countries like India and Communist China are exempt from adhering to the Kyoto standards. China is now the worst polluting country in the world, by far, yet it’s exempt from these burdensome standards that are supposedly aimed at reducing pollution across the planet. That’s because the agreement unfairly targeted developed countries – America, England, Japan, Germany and most European nations. The argument was that these prosperous nations, all of which have capitalist economies, had caused more pollution than “developing” countries, so we would have to make far more radical reductions in CO2 than these “developing” countries. Somehow Communist China was given a pass, even though they were one of the world’s largest economies even in 1997. Meanwhile, freedom loving nations are being forced to crack down on business and industry while China and India can pollute all they want.

It’s outright hypocrisy, and it’s clear that it’s being done to punish Western countries, and move them toward socialism in the name of cleaning up the planet. Now the EPA wants to start enforcing the Kyoto Protocol in Texas, to reduce greenhouse gases. This nonsense has got to stop. The “global warming crisis” is nothing but a hoax, and that’s becoming clearer all the time. It seems every day we read about a new scandal concerning lies, evasions, distortions, faked research results and obfuscation being employed to spread this leftist propaganda. Not long ago we had Climate Gate and the leaked emails, and just last week one of the top “global warming experts” in the world admitted that there hasn’t been any significant warming since 1995, and that the planet may well have been warmer in the Middle Ages than it is now.

It’s clear that the leftist propaganda about man-made “global warming” is nothing but a house of cards, and it’s quickly collapsing under the weight of the evidence. It’s outrageous that the EPA wants to burden the Texas economy with draconian regulations even as the whole theory behind them being necessary is being discredited. Governor Perry, Attorney General Abbott, and Agriculture Commissioner Staples are right to defy this power grab, and stand up in the federal courts for the sovereign rights of the Lone Star State, and we need to show our gratitude. I encourage everyone to let these men know how much we appreciate them bringing this lawsuit, and opposing Obama’s plans to foist socialism down our throats under the ruse of concern for the environment.

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Phone: (512) 463-2000
Fax: (512) 463-1849
Email: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact/

Attorney General Greg Abbott
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Phone: (512) 463-2100
Fax: (512) 475-2994
Email: greg.abbott@oag.state.tx.us

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
Texas Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 12847
Austin TX 78711
Phone: (512) 463-7476
Fax: (888) 223-8861
Email: pub.info@TexasAgriculture.gov

Sources:

http://www.texasinsider.org/?p=22001 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123894530 

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/if_at_first_you_dont_seceed_sue_the_epa_texas_guv.php 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol#Ratification_process 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html 


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