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Summary of this week’s report:

The 2012 Texas primary is only a few weeks away and voting for the right candidates is more essential than it’s ever been. The stakes
are huge at both the state and national levels. It’s vital that we nominate true conservatives to represent us on the ballot in
November. Here are my thoughts on the primary, along with my
personal endorsements.

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Oh, you HAVE to be kidding me!

Rep. Larry Phillips identified in ethics inquiry involving speakers race

Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, the vice chairman of the House comittee charged with investigating ethics complaints, was identified today as the House leadership member who allegedly warned a colleague that lawmakers who fail to support Speaker Joe Straus for re-election could face retribution through redistricting.

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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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Texas is in the midst of controversy today. As our Attorney General Greg Abbott has just recently joined 14 states in challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare, Governor Perry is stubbornly refusing to re-convene the Texas Legislature (which meets only every other year) to invoke the Tenth Amendment and Nullify ObamaCare.

The Reason?  It’s an election year, and candidates (including Perry) are prohibited from fundraising when the legislature is in session.  As you can imagine, many of us are up in arms about it.

The Facebook Group Texan to Texan posted these two messages in the last few days. This first is from March 29th:

It’s official as of today:

With the Governor refusing to take action to call a special session of the legislature to formally nullify the disastrous legislation or to take SUBSTANTIVE protective action on behalf of Texans, or to take a stance on the matter, a delegation from each county will be selected to convene as allowed by the Texas Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 which states that the People of Texas have the right at all times to alter, reform or abolish their government.

We don’t need more legislation, we need leadership to enforce the Tenth Amendment which declares all powers not specifically delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people.

If our government will not take action, the people of Texas will.

Historically, the federal government has declared nullification illegal and has declared that federal law trumps state law, so we do not expect that the joint law suit which the Texas Atty. General joined, will be successful.

Christians (but not only Christians) are up in arms over federal funding of abortions, which causes them to be complicit in the murders; Texas is on a deficit trajectory and in fact, 12 billion dollars in stimulus money was used to balance the budget this year. We cannot bear these new mandates, which will destroy our competitive advantage and our economy.

The federal government has not only refused to protect our border, but has supplied incentives to illegals to cross into Texas and the federal government is planning to grant amnesty.

The federal government is altering our Republican form of government legislatively and without our consent.  These are but a few of the reasons we must act.

IT IS NOW TIME TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO EXERT PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNOR AND TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION. Please call your reps immediately and inform them of our intent to convene. You can find them easily at:

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

And just in case you thought that was so much hot air, this one arrived this morning. And, no, None of this is an April Fool’s joke:

Since we learned there is a movement afoot to call for a convention of delegates to protect the sovereignty of Texas and nullify the oppressive and unconstitutional legislation that would destroy our form of government and our economy, citizens from these 13 counties have voiced their personal support for the endeavor:

Johnson, Brazoria, Gonzales, Rains, Ft. Bend, Jefferson, Hood, Hill, Dallas, Hunt, Navarro,  Comal and Harris counties.

Some are calling for an Ordinance of Secession rather than Nullification.

If you are FOR taking this measure so that our Texas government will have authority from its people to rebuff the enforcement of these mandates, please send me your YES vote and state the county you reside in.

It will be necessary to enlist the aide of high-ranking officials in the Texas government in order to gain political legitimacy for this action and secure support at the county level.  I will be taking the list of counties with me to a meeting with the Conservative Coalition on April 1st–and I hope we are able to persuade them to take a stand with the people. The names of individuals supporting this action will NOT be revealed.

It is still necessary to keep up the pressure on Governor Perry and our legislators:

Governor Perry:

Opinion Line: 1-800-252-9600
Direct Line: 1-512-463-2000

Find your rep at: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

If you are AGAINST this measure, please respond as well. If you are NOT sure, please discuss it with each other, Texan to Texan. This is a grassroots effort, just talking Texan to Texan about what we can and should do about our current       situation.  Thanks,

Theresa Matthews

I’ve just replied to Theresa, so you can count Bexar County in as well.

Boy, THIS could get ugly fast.  Continuing to gain steam as we watch — and you heard it here first.

~Johnny~

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A funny thing happened along the way to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s win in the Republican primary last week. He actually lost support among voters along the way, according to Rasmussen Reports:

Fresh off his resounding Republican primary victory Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry now finds himself in a close general election contest with Democratic nominee Bill White. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Texas finds Perry leading White, the popular former mayor of Houston, by just six points, 49% to 43%. Three percent (3%) opt for some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Late last month, Perry led White 47% to 41%, after leading by nine points earlier in February. Just after White first announced his candidacy in January, he trailed Perry 50% to 40%.

So Perry, who originally lead Bill White by ten points, then nine points, now leads by only six points. One has to wonder how this will shape up as we get closer to the election, for several reasons.

First, the Tea Parties are fed up with “business as usual,” whether it’s in Washington or Austin. Governor Perry’s mis-steps in the last few years have earned him no small amount of enmity within conservative circles; many of whom feel he’s a “Johnny-come-lately” to the conservative cause. It’s no coincidence that he had two opponents for the Republican nomination, and had not Glenn Beck pounced (many still feel unjustly) on Far-right Debra Medina’s candidacy, she may have very well forced Perry into a costly runoff. (Beck appears to be paying a price for his “beating upon” Medina; as he has lost thousands of followers on the TCOT (Top Conservatives on Twitter) website, falling from Number one last month to number five currently.)

Second, Democrat and former Houston Mayor Bill White has a much more impressive background as a conservative than Perry, which White’s campaign is emphasizing on this web site:

In a recent editorial, the Houston Chronicle praised White’s management skills and his hit-the-brakes approach to spending, noting, “Mayor White has deftly steered Houston through both fiscal and tropical storms. His successor will have a tough act to follow.”

The results of his strong leadership were noticed nationally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bill “mobilized more than 100,000 Houstonians in the public, private business and faith-based communities to help evacuees rebuild their lives with independence and dignity,” said the John F. Kennedy Foundation in presenting him the Profiles in Courage Award.

Bill has been a nationally recognized energy expert for decades, pushing for practical measures to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Earlier in his career, he helped build and manage one of the nation’s most successful law firms. White attended Harvard University on an American Legion scholarship and law school at the University of Texas.

Bill White grew up in San Antonio. Both his parents were public school teachers and his father is a disabled WWII veteran. Bill’s civic involvement began when he led voter registration drives in San Antonio’s West Side almost forty years ago.

For decades, Bill White and his wife Andrea have helped lead numerous charitable and civic organizations. The Whites are parents of three children and attend St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, where Bill taught Sunday school for many years.

I have to tell you (and it’s not the latent Democrat in me talking either) that based on their records, Bill White may be the real conservative in this race. The tens of thousands of disaffected Medina voters are noticing this too, and the Republican Party of Texas issued this e-mail aler this week to stem a potential tide of defections in November; although failing to mention Debra Medina is NOT the way to win over her supporters:

The 2010 Texas Republican Primary ended tonight with a strong victory for Gov. Rick Perry. As Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said in her eloquent concession speech, the primary is behind us and now is the time to unite as one and get ready to defend our state’s strength, freedom and prosperity.

Congratulations to all of our candidates in our 92 contested primaries. While the governor’s race is decided, there are still many races that will require runoffs. Those will take place April 13.

The general election is November 2. That seems like a long time from now, but it will be here before we know it. Our task from now to then is to articulate our values and vision for our great state, and to prepare the way for victory.

It looks to me like Bill White’s got you beat on that one there, Rick.  The only thing left to see now is whether Glenn Beck, after shooting down Debra Medina in flames just weeks before the election, will actually live up to his 9-12 goals of supporting the best conservative candidate and support Bill White for Texas Governor.

Or, perhaps not. Debra Medina was a 9-12 member too.  There’s still time for Beck to shoot down White before the election.

Alamo City Pundit wholeheartedly endorses Bill White for Governor of Texas.

~Johnny~

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Debra Medina has graciously taken time to participate in my “2010 Project” which gets the candidates to answer questions pertinent to the coming election.  And some of the answers are NOT what you might expect from the candidate if you’ve been listening to the drive-by media:

Please answer Yes or No to indicate whether you support the following issues. You may include up to a fifty word response to each topic:

• Abortion on demand - No. 100% Pro-Life from conception to natural death.

• Concealed Carry Reciprocity Laws for all states – Yes. States have the right to make their own laws. I fully support the right of the individual to keep and bear arms without permit or registration.

• English as the official language of America. - Yes. We acknowledge America is made up of immigrants with diverse backgrounds and languages, and that to have a lawful society means to have one that can understand the law as it is written.

• Fair Tax – one universal 20% tax across the board vs a universal federal sales tax – No. The problem is spending. The federal government currently funds a multitude of unconstitutional programs and departments that need to be repealed and those responsibilities and powers returned to the states and the people.

• ID checks at voting places – No. Currently we issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Unless we stop doing that, checking ID at the polling place is not going to prevent voter fraud.

• Immigration Reform, to include a Border Fence with Mexico - Yes, in those areas that it makes sense to have a fence. We are committed to working with the border sheriffs and respecting the private property rights of the land owners along the border.

• Marriage being defined as being between one man and one woman. Yes, but this has to be decided by the states, not federally. The Defense of Marriage Act was voted on by the Texas voters and signed into law in 2003 and is consistent with my beliefs.

• No tax increases may be passed without 35ths of Congress voting for the tax increase. No. There should not be any spending increases at all until Congress returns to its proper duties and limits under the Constitution.

• “One Payer” Universal Health Care vs. Health Care Reform of the system we have now. No government involvement in health care beyond enforcing contracts. The only “reform” needed is removing unconstitutional regulations and monopoly powers that prevent the operation of the market and give advantage to lobbyists and special interests over the people.

• Repeal of the Economic Stimulus Package. Yes, the stimulus is entirely unconstitutional and Congress should repeal its mistakes. Whether it is repealed or not, each state is sovereign and needs to aggressively use interposition and nullification to negate unlawful federal action.

• Repeal of the Federal Income tax. Yes. If man is not allowed to keep the product of his labor, he stops producing. Man must own his property, whether it’s physical property, or the product of his own labor.

• Repeal of the TARP Bailout Bill. Yes, the bailout is entirely unconstitutional and Congress should repeal its mistakes. Whether it is repealed or not, each state is sovereign and needs to aggressively use interposition and nullification to negate unlawful federal action.

• Second Amendment Gun Rights. The right of the individual to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Permits equate to asking for permission, and registration leads to confiscation. Neither has any place in our society.

• Term Limits (12 years each) for senators and Congressmen. We absolutely support term limits on all offices, but they are most properly and directly implemented at the party level as each party utilizes its power to control who is allowed to run on its ballot.

Union “Card Check” Law to abolish secret ballots. No. Government has no place setting terms or regulations on how free citizens may associate or bargain with each other.

Meanwhile, the Medina camp remains confident when they’re getting press like this:

It’s working. Previously unheard of by the vast majority of Texans, Medina has set the race for governor on fire, upsetting the primary contest between the incumbent, Rick Perry, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Those gathered to see Medina in Lytle loved her. Young and old, men and women, Latino and white, listened with rapt attention as she outlined her agenda and asked them to back her in this week’s first round of voting. If she can beat Hutchison into second place, she can secure a runoff against Perry. That would raise the possibility – distant but real – of a Tea Party activist capturing the government of the second biggest state in America. The Tea Party movement would have gone from being a bunch of ragtag protesters to heading one of the largest single economies in the world. “If we can change politics as usual in Texas, then we can change politics as usual across America. This is not just about Texas, but about changing the whole country,” Medina told the Observer before addressing her supporters in Lytle.

She is not alone in that ambition. Across America other extreme candidates have emerged on the Republican right to challenge familiar party figures with a fiery mix of Tea Party-inspired populism. In Arizona, Senator John McCain is facing a tough re-election fight against a former congressman, JD Hayworth, who has expressed public doubts as to whether Obama was born a legitimate American citizen. In Florida the moderate Republican governor, Charlie Crist, is lagging badly in his own primary election to rightwing challenger Marco Rubio, who has the backing of local Tea Party groups.

On the right of US politics, this is big stuff. Instead of forcing mainstream Republicans to woo them for their votes, the rightwingers are now bidding for power. It is an attempt at revolution that could have huge meaning for America and the world, especially given the disastrous showing of Democrats in recent polls and elections. Medina knows this. After her speech she ended with a plea to her audience. “We can win this race,” she said, then held up her hand and squeezed two fingers together. “It is this close.”

The American way, she said, was simple. “There are two rights essential to freedom: private property and gun ownership.”  Such thoughts find fertile ground in Texas.  One poll puts her as high as 24%, just behind Hutchison and within reach of catching her and forcing Perry into a runoff.  Medina believes she is not really in third place, citing the fact that the polls only telephone previous Republican primary voters, whereas she is bringing in thousands of new supporters. “I feel fantastic. I think we can win this,” she said in Lytle.

Meanwhile Glenn Beck has come under increasing criticism first for his remarks at CPAC last week, as well as for his Johnny-come-Lately conversion to Man-Made Global warming, even as the theory has come to be grossly discredited. In fact, more than a few bloggers have speculated that the notable absence of Michelle Malkin from CPAC (where she is a frequent flyer) may be related to Beck’s giving the keynote address on Saturday night. (Malkin had no comment, although she did make an unannounced visit to blogger’s row at CPAC.)

And while we’re skirting the subject, can I address the whole blow-up between Beck and Medina. Medina on Beck’s radio show said that “there’s some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all the evidence there.”
This is a far, far cry from saying that the U.S. Government blew up the World Trade Center — in any way, shape, or form. Because — can I just say it — I too believe there’s a lot of evidence out there the American public hasn’t seen, either. Let’s look at what we DO know:

  • The 9-11 Commission acknowledged in their report that the CIA and other government agencies had credible evidence of an impending terror attack for September.
  • The government also knew in several cases that commercial airliners would be used in these attacks — and frankly did not believe these reports. (Who would have before 9-11 anyway?)
  • The government was in many cases prohibited from passing this information between agencies by an Executive Order. The CIA and FBI could not share and corroborate each other’s evidence.

And whose fault would that be? The previous President’s — Bill Clinton. But with the 9-11 Commission packed with Democrats, this information has not been widely publicized.

Is that what Debra Medina meant?  I dunno — but it’s what I believe.  And it’s consistent with the evidence presented in the 9-11 Commission report. Does that make me a “Truther”?  Hell No — and neither do Medina’s words make her one either.

I do have it on good authority (but not currently able to document it)  from a local Radio station manager in the San Antonio area that since Medina’s interview with Beck, his ratings are down significantly, rebounding to about 10% less than the previous levels.  Some stations have even cut back Beck;s three-hour airtime to two hours, and about 10 stations nationwide have dropped him entirely in the last two weeks.

So, in case it’s escaped you, I’m still voting for Debra Medina, and you Texans should, too.

Election is Tuesday.  Get out and vote — make a difference.

~Johnny~

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