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Don’t you think with Obama’s economy, those new job seekers are going to need all the help they can get? Aren’t there more important issues for a federal judge to be concerned with?
Peter Morrison is fired up about it in his latest report:
Just last week, a federal tyrant threatened the Texas Senate with grounding all flights in Texas if the anti-groping bill was passed. Yesterday another federal tyrant, an unelected appointed-for-life federal judge named Fred Biery, banned any and all prayer at the Medina Valley ISD graduation ceremonies.
He went as far as to order students and administration that they could not use words like “prayer,” or “bow their heads,” or “amen” upon penalty of jail time for contempt of court.
Folks, it doesn’t get any more outrageous than this. There’s only one real solution: civil disobedience by students at the Medina Valley ISD graduation, followed by interposition and nullification of the judge’s order by the governor. The sovereign state should interpose itself between the tyrant and its citizens to prevent abuses of the Constitution, and nullify this judge’s unconstitutional order. It’s the only solution that preserves the students’ rights in time for their graduation.
Rick Perry talks a good talk about protecting state’s rights. This is where the rubber meets the road. Governor Perry should order state troopers and other law enforcement personnel to protect the administration and students of Medina Valley ISD from arrest. Furthermore, this federal judge ought to be tried for unlawful assaults and threats. If I illegally threatened to kidnap and jail someone for praying in public, that would be a crime, and it’s the same crime even if it’s done by an unelected tyrant in a black robe.
Please send a fax to Governor Perry asking him to use every resource of the state to protect these students’ civil rights:
You know, last time I checked, the First Amendment provides us with freedom of religion, to worship in the manner of our choosing, not freedom from religion. No one in the graduation audience will be forced to pray. I promise. If you don’t want to, then don’t. Go get a beverage or a souvenir. Or you could just stand there and politely keep your yap shut for a moment. The Muslim terrorists in Gitmo have more religious freedom than those on the left would allow our students.
They don’t hate any God. The left hates the Christian God.
Video and more commentary at Gateway Pundit:
UPDATE: Prayers answered.
Thanks to Kurt from A Trainwreck in Maxwell for the email.
Yesterday marked the 175th Texas Independence Day, which should serve to remind us that as Texans, we should all do our part to help preserve what our ancestors fought and died for.
Along those lines, here is an email I received this week from Peter Morrison asking Texans to help themselves and their heritage by pressuring the Texas Congress to pass E-Verify legislation which will ensure businesses hire Texans and people in the state legally.
You can sign up to receive his informative newsletters here.
Peter Morrison Report:
Help Protect Texas Jobs from Illegal Aliensâ€
I wanted to send out a legislative update on immigration issues. There are other important issues, but this issue above all others relates to the survival of our country and state.
Most immigration bills are processed by the State Affairs committee in the Texas House. Last session, Chairman Burt Solomons killed most of the good immigration bills. Rep. Solomons seems to have gotten the message this session, however, as he is one of the main sponsors of a bill to ban sanctuary cities. However, Mr. Solomons is no longer chair of the State Affairs Committee. That honor has fallen to Rep. Byron Cook.
Here’s what Rep. Cook has done so far:
He has scheduled a number of good bills for a hearing. Remember last time that the main way Solomons killed bills was by delaying or denying hearings. So far, it appears Rep. Cook is playing fair with the immigration bills.
However, there is one particular bill that has not yet been scheduled for a hearing and it happens to be, in my opinion, the most important immigration bill we must pass. It also happens to be the bill that the Cheap Labor Lobby, and the traitor wing of the Republican Party, will fight the hardest against.
This bill is HB 296, which requires state contractors and grant recipients to use the E-verify system. E-verify, as you may know, is an optional system that lets employers check social security numbers of employees against the federal database. Since many illegal aliens present fake documents to get jobs (and many employers are happy to play along, and are prohibited from investigating even if they smell something fishy due to oppressive “civil rights” laws), E-verify removes the jobs magnet for many illegals, who are usually incapable of anything more sophisticated than the petty fraud of forged documents, which E-verify effectively curtails.
As Roy Beck with NumbersUSA has stated many times, the Left likes to make immigration into a false choice: either we round up and deport people in an inhumane way, or we have to grant amnesty. The simplest solution is to remove the jobs magnet with a system like E-verify and people will self-deport. For example, it’s a lot cheaper to be unemployed in a foreign country like Mexico than in Texas. Then, these foreign governments will have to deal with their own social problems instead of pushing them onto American taxpayers.
There’s also a moral side to this issue. The law of supply and demand determines who gets rewarded in a free market system. For example, the main inputs into the production of aluminum are bauxite and electricity. It makes sense that if, for example, energy prices are really high (indicating high demand), that electricity producers would make more profit during those times.
Many so-called Republicans are hypocrites when it comes to the price of labor. Whenever wages go up because of high demand from employers, the first response of the cheap labor traitors is to demand increased immigration levels to suppress rising wages. As a result, we have gone in a generation from a country where a high school graduate could support an entire family to a country where the average person can barely make it on the market wage unless they reduce themselves to a Third World standard of living. When the cheap labor traitors can’t get wages beat down enough through legal means, they have used their political influence to stop enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws so that they can hire illegal labor at even lower wages.
We see this kind of corruption- the use of government policy to manipulate the labor market- up and down the economic ladder.Â America’s richest man, Bill Gates, has the audacity to ask Congress for more H-1b visas so Microsoft can have an army of indentured servants programming for $30,000 a year instead of employing Americans at the market wage. At the other end we see the massive fraud and criminality of the meat processing industry, which used to be a place where average Americans could earn a decent wage doing an unpleasant job.
Cheap Labor Lobby companies like the Tyson Corporation make billions of additional profits by lowering their direct labor costs at the expense of American workers and jobs, while simultaneously pushing untold billions of additional social spending onto American taxpayers for the health care and education required by law to be provided to illegal aliens.
On a related note, I think we would all prefer our computers to run more reliably if more software companies like Microsoft would invest in talented American programmers instead of Third World coding sweatshops.
A friend of mine from college told me the story of his father, who used to make six figures programming mainframes. He was laid off right before retirement and looked for a similar job (even at reduced pay) for over two years; he now works in the electronics section of the local Wal-mart. You see, technology companies don’t want to hire a 50-something family man when they can get an Indian programmer on an H-1b visa to work 60 hour weeks, under threat of deportation, for $15 an hour.
I’m sure many of you could tell me similar stories. There is a real human cost to the cheap labor traitors’ corrupting our government to distort the free market. We are denying our own domestic wage earners their God-given right to be paid the market wage in times of high demand.
Under our republican form of government, we are all essentially members of a covenant to respect each other’s property rights, even in situations where it does us personal harm. I have no right, for example, to demand that the electric company charge me less than market price, even if my personal situation is desperate and I cannot afford to pay. When we import Third World labor, we are bringing people into this country whose culture does not share our respect for free markets and property rights. If they did, first of all they wouldn’t violate our nation’s property rights by illegally entering and trespassing. Secondly, their home countries would not be such a mess, a long history of bloody demagogues and continual revolutions with each new leader as corrupt as the last.Â People generally get the government they deserve, as the old saying goes.
Thus, for short term profits, the cheap labor traitors ruin the long-term prospects of freedom, the very system that enabled them to generate their wealth. That’s why Democrats are so smug in this state, despite their recent electoral punishment. They know that, in the long run, demographics largely driven by illegal immigration make it inevitable that Texas will turn blue like California. It will take longer than they expect, but it will eventually happen unless something is done to reverse these ominous trends.
Once this happens, you can forget about a conservative President.Â You can forget about the Supreme Court, a primary reason so many of us hold our nose in Presidential elections and vote for the lesser of two evils. The game will be over if Texas falls; between New York, California and Texas the Democrats will have a lock on the Presidency. Our national government will then be under total occupation by Barack Obamas, Sonia Sotomayors and Ruth Bader Ginsburgs. The tattered remains of our much-abused but still-alive Constitution will finally be discarded by a permanent revolution of the Left.
Mandating E-Verify in Texas is a positive first step to counter these trends. The Cheap Labor Lobby will fight it tooth and nail, because it cuts to the heart of their criminal profits.
Please call Rep. Byron Cook at 512-463-0730 and demand he schedule a hearing in March for HB 296, which mandates use of the E-Verify system for many employers.
You can also send a fax here:
There are several new illegal immigration bills submitted by Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle and other conservatives that deserve our attention and support.
If the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the issue, and they give every indication that they will do just that, it is left to the states to deal with. Rep. Riddle and her conservative colleagues have made the first steps, but we must encourage the entire body of lawmakers to finish the job.
One bill would require employers to verify the legal immigration status of their employees.
Another pair, HB22 would require schools to request the immigration status of each student enrolled in a Texas public school, and HB21 would require state agencies (including school districts) to calculate the cost of services to persons here illegally.
Find your Texas State Representatives and urge them to support these bills.
Peter Morrison has written an article concerning HB22 and one of it’s detractors:
The Peter Morrison Report:
Texans Deserve to Know the True Cost of Illegal Immigration
Summary of this week’s report:
Texans sent a message last November when we went to the polls, and it was loud and clear: we want real conservatives who will take a strong stand on the issues we care about. One of our biggest concerns is illegal immigration, which is overwhelming our state. Unfortunately it seems that Rep. Rob Eissler, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, has already turned his back on our concerns. He is opposed to a bill that would require public schools to check the immigration status of their students. This is not what we voted for in November. Please send a free fax to let Rob Eissler know we’re not going to put up with it.
Last November, voters went to the polls across Texas and America and sent an unmistakable message: we’ve had enough of “me too” Republicans, and we want leaders who will do more than just mouth platitudes that sound good. We want Republicans who will fight for conservative causes and principles, instead of caving in and kowtowing to liberals at the first sign of opposition. Some of our senators and representatives in Austin have let us know that they received the message loud and clear, and they’re going to work hard on behalf of the issues we care about, and there are indications that this session won’t just be business as usual. Unfortunately, others seem to have completely forgotten the conservative revolution of last November.
Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Houston) has proposed a bill that would require all public schools to check the immigration status of all their students. This is a very sensible first step toward getting a handle on the huge illegal immigration problem in Texas. As it stands now, there are no reliable figures as to just how widespread the problem is. If Debbie Riddle’s bill becomes law, at least we would finally be able to measure just how much it costs us every year to educate the children of illegals in our public schools. This is exactly the sort of leadership conservative Texans demanded
Unfortunately it seems that not all the Republicans in Austin got the message. One of them, Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) is Chairman of the House Public Education Committee. Recently he gave an interview to the Texas Tribune in which he was asked about Rep. Riddle’s bill. His response to the question should anger every conservative in Texas. At first he tried to avoid answering the question. Then, not only did he say he opposes the bill, calling it a mandate, he did so in a very condescending and offensive manner. He gave the distinct impression that he wants nothing to do with those of us who are concerned about illegal immigration, and won’t be doing anything to stop it.
Rep. Eissler pointed out that under Supreme Court rulings, public schools in America have no choice but to educate the children of illegals. Under current law, that is true, but Eissler is misconstruing the point of the bill. There is nothing in it which would order or allow schools to refuse admittance to the children of illegal aliens. It would simply require them to verify citizenship status, just as they already tabulate many other statistics, such as how many children are below the poverty line, what race children are, etc. Collecting one more bit of information would hardly constitute a burden on public schools.
It seems likely that there is more to Eissler’s opposition than the fact that this bill would be an inexpensive mandate. Not only does he appear to be opposed to efforts to rein in illegal immigration, he also appears to want to use the very fact that schools are being swamped by illegals as an excuse to raise spending on public education. In January 2010, a Houston Chronicle article discussed the fact that around 60% of students in Texas public schools are considered “disadvantaged”, because they come from a low income family, or they don’t speak English well, or both. Obviously, this problem has been made much worse by illegal immigrants, many of whose children fall into one or both categories. The Chronicle quoted Eissler, who said the answer is spending more tax dollars to hire teachers with “more qualifications” in our public schools: “You have more and more kids that are less prepared to do well in
school. Where the expense comes in, you need teachers that have more qualifications. Maybe we need more and better professional development for our teachers.” It’s hard to understand “teachers that have more qualifications” in this context as anything other than “bilingual” teachers. Eissler admitted that his idea would mean spending more money on public schools, which would also, quite conveniently, give him even more power as Chairman of the House
Public Education Committee.
Rob Eissler’s opposition to the Riddle bill is an outrage, and we cannot allow it to pass unopposed. For far too long we’ve put up with being betrayed by RINOs and phony conservatives, and it has to stop. Liberals don’t betray their base and start voting along conservative lines when they win office. No, leftists are playing to win, and they unashamedly represent the people who put them in power. Just this past week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who famously said that she thinks a “wise Latina” would make a better judge than a white male, spoke to a group of students at the University of Chicago law school, and she made it clear she’s strongly committed to racial quotas and other preferences. She knows who made her what she is today, and she intends to use her power to advance their agenda. Meanwhile, on our side, we’re regularly betrayed by RINO after RINO.
Conservative Texans want leaders who will fight for what we believe in, while there’s still time to make a difference. California is probably past the point of no return when it comes to being destroyed by illegal immigration, but Texas isn’t that far behind. We must act now, or we will face the same fate that California now faces, a future as a third world state. We can’t let that happen here. We need to inundate Rep. Eissler’s office with faxes and phone calls and insist that he support Debbie Riddle’s bill. We need to let him know that we’re fed up with being betrayed by the leadership in Austin when it comes to illegal immigration. He needs to decide whose team he’s on. If he’s on our team, then he’d
better start acting like it. If he’s not, and he’d rather win praise from Democrats and the media for being “open minded” and “tolerant,” then we’ll solve the problem once and for all in the 2012 primaries.
Call or fax Rep. Rob Eissler and insist that he start voting like a conservative when it comes to illegal immigration, beginning with Rep. Riddle’s bill to require public schools to verify the immigration status of all students. Tell him he needs to start opposing illegal immigration, or we’ll find someone who will in 2012.
Main: (512) 463-0797
Fax: (512) 463-0898
Click the link below to send Rep. Eissler a fax for free:
Every now and then, I post a newsletter in its entirety. This edition of The Peter Morrison Report is especially important because of the upcoming vote on Texas Speaker of the House. The Democrats once again are attempting to influence Republicans in their choice for Speaker and you can do something to help stop them.
The Peter Morrison Report
Summary of this week’s report:
The vote for Speaker of the Texas House is a battle for the heart and soul of the Texas GOP.Â Supporters of Joe Straus know how important this vote is, and in the past few weeks they’ve been pulling out all the stops in order to slander traditional conservatives who want a change in leadership.Â This time, though, they’ve reached an all time low:Â we’re now being told it’s “racist” to bar Democrats from Republican caucus meetings.
Scroll to the bottom to see details on what you can do to influence this critical vote.
A new session of the Texas Legislature is about to convene, and the first order of business will be electing a Speaker of the House.Â This ballot will be the single most important vote House members will cast during the entire session, as the Speaker has tremendous power to set the agenda, appoint committee chairmen, kill bills, etc.Â During last session, which was divided almost equally between Republicans and Democrats, RINO Joe Straus was Speaker.Â Straus used the power of his office to thwart conservative goals and paid off the liberal Democrats who voted for him by not rocking the boat.Â He even helped some of them campaign for re-election against conservative Republicans this past November.
This is totally unacceptable, and there’s no reason Straus should be elected Speaker in this session, because Republicans now enjoy a super-majority in the House.Â Voters went to the polls all over Texas in November, and we made our voices clear: we want a truly conservative legislature which will work hard to enact a real conservative agenda.Â We’ve had enough of “me too Republicans” in the House whose main career goals seem to be making friends with Democrats.
Naturally, Joe Straus and his cronies are insisting that they heard us loud and clear, and this session will be different, and Straus will fight for a conservative agenda.Â Conservatives aren’t buying this line, thankfully.Â If a man won’t stand for conservative principles when the going is tough, there’s no reason to believe he’ll do so when the wind is at his back.Â We’ve seen enough of Joe Straus over the years to know exactly where he stands on the issues.Â He made that crystal clear during the last session, and he’s not the conservative leader Texas conservatives need.Â All across the state local conservative groups are demanding that Straus be replaced as Speaker.
Party leaders are aware of this, and have scheduled a caucus meeting before the actual start of the session to settle on one GOP candidate for Speaker.Â The plan is to meet in private and pick a candidate everyone agrees on, rather than fight internal party battles in a public forum.Â This is nothing out of the ordinary; political parties do this sort of thing all the time.Â In fact, this is exactly why we have primaries, so the parties can agree on one candidate for the general election, instead of a half dozen people from each party vying for office.
Amazingly, though, one Democrat is denouncing the planned caucus as “racist” – because Democrats aren’t invited!Â Rep. Joseph Deshotel (D-Port Arthur) has written an open letter making the ludicrous claim that this meeting violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because most of the Democratic representatives in the Texas House are minorities, while most of the Republican legislators are white.Â Here’s a brief excerpt from his letter:
“The forty-nine (49) Democratic legislators not being allowed to participate in what is tantamount to the election of the Speaker consist of forty-two minorities; fifteen (15) African Americans, twenty-five (25) Hispanics and one (1) Asian. Should the Republican Caucus Bylaws be followed an additional two African-Americans and four Hispanic Republican Elect members and one Hispanic former Democrat would be denied a vote as well. These forty-nine minority House Members and the eight millions Texans they represent are being disenfranchised from the Speaker’s election.”
These days we’re seeing more and more outrageous claims of “racism”, but this one really takes the cake.Â First of all, the Voting Rights Act is a nearly 50 year old law that unconstitutionally discriminates against southern states.Â It’s a racist law that presumes black people can only be represented by black people, and that white voters in southern states are wicked racists who are always out to deny black people their right to vote.
Second, the Voting Rights Act doesn’t even apply to this caucus, which isn’t an election at all.Â It’s a private meeting for Republican legislators to discuss internal party affairs.Â There is still going to be a vote in the House for Speaker;Â the idea that this meeting will somehow invalidate the votes of minority legislators when they cast their votes for Speaker is completely ridiculous.Â No one takes this argument seriously; Rep. Deshotel has embarrassed himself and his cause by writing this letter.Â Crying “racism” when you don’t get your way is rapidly losing its force in America.
However, this letter does further demonstrate why Joe Straus is unfit to hold the office of the Speaker of the House.Â That’s because Rep. Deshotel has pledged his vote to Straus.Â How can conservatives support a candidate who’s acceptable to a liberal left wing Democrat like Joseph Deshotel, who stoops to accusing Republicans of being racists for not allowing Democrats to have a say in their internal party affairs?Â We already knew that Joe Straus was too liberal, but this disgraceful episode reveals just what kind of company he keeps.Â Joe Straus has got to go.Â We deserve a true conservative as Speaker of the House, not one who counts men like Joseph Deshotel among his supporters.
Contact Your Legislator and Demand They Vote for Rep. Ken Paxton or Rep. Warren Chisum for Speaker. Find your state representative here: Â http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
The following list is from Donna Garner, and those highlighted in red have pledged to NOT vote for Straus.Â All others desperately need pressure:
Name Party Capitol Phone Aliseda, Jose R (512) 463-0645 Anderson, Charles R (512) 463-0135 Anderson, Rodney R (512) 463-0694 Aycock, Jimmie Don R (512) 463-0684 Beck, Marva R (512) 463-0508 Berman, Leo R (512) 463-0584 Bohac, Dwayne R (512) 463-0727 Bonnen, Dennis R (512) 463-0564 Branch, Dan R (512) 463-0367 Brown, Fred R (512) 463-0698 Burkett, Cindy R (512) 463-0464 Button, Angie Chen R (512) 463-0486 Cain, Erwin R (512) 463-0650 Callegari, William R (512) 463-0528 Carter, Stefani R (512) 463-0454 Chisum, Warren R (512) 463-0736 Christian, Wayne R (512) 463-0556 Cook, Byron R (512) 463-0730 Craddick, Tom R (512) 463-0500 Creighton, Brandon R (512) 463-0726 Crownover, Myra R (512) 463-0582 Darby, Drew R (512) 463-0331 Davis, John E. R (512) 463-0734 Davis, Sarah R (512) 463-0389 Driver, Joe R (512) 463-0574 Eissler, Rob R (512) 463-0797 Elkins, Gary R (512) 463-0722 Fletcher, Allen R (512) 463-0661 Flynn, Dan R (512) 463-0880 Frullo, John M. R (512) 463-0676 Garza, John V. R (512) 463-0269 Geren, Charlie R (512) 463-0610 Gonzales, Larry R (512) 463-0670 Gooden, Lance R (512) 463-0458 Hamilton, Mike R (512) 463-0412 Hancock, Kelly R (512) 463-0599 Hardcastle, Rick R (512) 463-0526 Harless, Patricia R (512) 463-0496 Harper-Brown, Linda R (512) 463-0641 Hartnett, Will R (512) 463-0576 Hilderbran, Harvey R (512) 463-0536 Hopson, Chuck R (512) 463-0592 Howard, Charlie R (512) 463-0710 Huberty, Dan R (512) 463-0520 Hughes, Bryan R (512) 463-0271 Hunter, Todd A. R (512) 463-0672 Isaac, Jason R (512) 463-0647 Jackson, Jim R (512) 463-0468 Keffer, Jim R (512) 463-0656 King, Phil R (512) 463-0738 King, Susan R (512) 463-0718 Kleinschmidt, Tim R (512) 463-0682 Kolkhorst, Lois W. R (512) 463-0600 Kuempel, John Langston R (512) 463-0602 Landtroop, Jim R (512) 463-0604 Larson, Lyle R (512) 463-0646 Laubenberg, Jodie R (512) 463-0186 Lavender, George R (512) 463-0692 Legler, Ken R (512) 463-0460 Lewis, Tryon D. R (512) 463-0546 Lyne, Lanham R (512) 463-0534 Madden, Jerry R (512) 463-0544 Margo, Dee R (512) 463-0728 Miller, Doug R (512) 463-0325 Miller, Sid R (512) 463-0628 Morrison, Geanie R (512) 463-0456 Murphy, Jim R (512) 463-0514 Nash, Barbara R (512) 463-0562 Orr, Rob R (512) 463-0538 Otto, John R (512) 463-0570 Parker, Tan R (512) 463-0688 Patrick, Diane R (512) 463-0624 Paxton, Ken R (512) 463-0356 Pe?a, Aaron R (512) 463-0426 Perry, Charles R (512) 463-0542 Phillips, Larry R (512) 463-0297 Pitts, Jim R (512) 463-0516 Price, Four R (512) 463-0470 Riddle, Debbie R (512) 463-0572 Ritter, Allan R (512) 463-0706 Schwertner, Charles J. R (512) 463-0309 Scott, Connie R (512) 463-0462 Sheets, Kenneth R (512) 463-0244 Sheffield, Ralph R (512) 463-0630 Shelton, Mark R (512) 463-0608 Simpson, David R (512) 463-0750 Smith, Todd R (512) 463-0522 Smith, Wayne R (512) 463-0733 Smithee, John R (512) 463-0702 Solomons, Burt R (512) 463-0478 Straus, Joe R (512) 463-1000 Taylor, Larry R (512) 463-0729 Taylor, Van R (512) 463-0594 Torres, Raul R (512) 463-0484 Truitt, Vicki R (512) 463-0690 Weber, Randy R (512) 463-0707 White, James R (512) 463-0490 Woolley, Beverly R
Also, there will be a rally in Austin to help remind our hapless spineless Republican leaders that the Tea Party is watching and waiting for them to do the right thing.Â The more people who can attend, the better.Â Information below, also from Donna Garner:
If you support conservative House leadership,Â we ask you to JOIN US in Austin on January 10th and 11th to send a message to the Republican members of the Texas House,
Ladies and gentlemen, we all worked too hard last year to stand by and watch self-described conservatives negotiate a surrender to the other side after we’ve already won the battle.
And yet, if we don’t show up in Austin next week, that is exactly what could happen.
Republicans and independent conservatives from across the State of Texas will be coming together next week in Austin to let the members of the Texas House know that the people of Texas demand conservative House leadership.
Details are posted here: http://GrassrootsTexans.org/ events/
If you are a Texan and haven’t signed up to receive your free copy of the Peter Morrison Report, I urge you to do so. ~’bot
I missed the Peter Morrison Report in my inbox Friday.That’s OK though, it’s not too late, because there are still some excellent points Peter asks us to remember as we go to the polls tomorrow. You are going to vote tomorrow, aren’t you?
In case you’re not acquainted with Mr. Morrison, he writes a newsletter concerning National,Â Texas State and southeast Texas issues from a conservative / libertarian perspective. If you haven’t signed up for his newsletter, I highly recommend it.
Here is The Peter Morrison Report:
Will 2010 Elections Be a Repeat of 1994?â€
Election Day is fast approaching, and if the long lines for early
voting here in my hometown of Lumberton are any indication, big
changes are coming. It appears that the Republican party is almost
certainly going to win back control of the US House of
Representatives. There is even a slight possibility that they will
also win control of the Senate (although that is less likely). You
don’t have to be a prophet to see that this election is going to be
a major setback for Barack Obama and the Democrats. All the polls
point to major gains for the GOP. Republicans need to take at
least 39 seats currently held by Democrats to become the House
majority party. Five Thirty Eight, the website which was amazingly
accurate in its predictions for the 2008 elections, is currently
projecting that the GOP will pick up 61 seats.
Some pollsters are projecting lower numbers, but still enough to
control the House, while others are saying that the GOP could even
pick up 70 seats. Peter Hart, a well known Democratic pollster,
stated bluntly: “It’s hard to say that the Democrats are facing
anything less that a Category 4 hurricane.”
Of course, anything can happen between now and November 2nd, but
barring some sort of shocking development, it seems pretty clear
that the anger and energy we’ve seen expressed over the past couple
of years at town hall meetings and Tea Party rallies is still going
strong, and Democrats are going to be held accountable at the
ballot box for signing on to Obama’s radical leftist agenda. This
is certainly good news, and it shows what conservatives can
accomplish when we work hard and refuse to give up the fight.
However, if we’re not careful, a massive GOP victory could actually
be a setback in the long run. Many conservatives will be lulled
into a false sense of complacency if the GOP takes control of one
or both houses of Congress. Far too many people are locked into a
“Democrats bad, Republicans good” worldview; they assume that with
Republicans in place to oppose Obama, there’s nothing to worry
about. This attitude is widespread, and it has been one of the
main reasons conservatives have seen our agenda remain unfulfilled.
In 1994 a very similar realignment occurred. Voter anger at Bill
and Hillary’s left wing activism–NAFTA, ordering the military to
stop discharging homosexuals, and attempting to socialize health
care (not to mention the Waco massacre)–led to the so called
Republican Revolution, when the GOP took control of the House and
Senate for the first time in 40 years. For all the talk of
revolution, very little came of it. Which should have been no
surprise as the first thing the GOP majorities did was elect Newt
Gingrich Speaker of the House, and Bob Dole Senate Majority Leader.
Gingrich, for all his conservative bluster, has always been most
interested in advancing his own career, not pursuing an authentic
conservative agenda. Bob Dole was a McCain style Republican, a
“moderate” who prided himself on being able to compromise with the
Both Gingrich and Dole (and most other Congressional Republicans)
had helped Bill Clinton pass the disastrous NAFTA “free trade”
agreement prior to the 1994 election. After the “revolution”, they
then helped Clinton secure Congress’s approval of GATT/WTO.
Together these trade treaties have nearly wiped out America’s
manufacturing base, and led to increasing economic dependency on
Communist China. In spite of all these betrayals (and many more),
conservatives became complacent after the 1994 election, simply
because they assumed that with Republicans in charge, everything
would be fine.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and by now it should be
crystal clear that the words “Republican” and “conservative” don’t
have the same meanings, and that the problem isn’t just limited to
Gingrich and Dole. Look at how George Bush treated us. He teamed
up with Ted Kennedy to give us No Child Left Behind, the expensive
folly that won’t do a thing to close the achievement gap, but will
fill decent public schools with bad students after their own
schools have been shut down by NCLB. He pushed banks to lower
lending standards for minorities, leading directly to the mortgage
crisis. He bailed out Wall Street to the tune of 700 billion
dollars. In 2004 he mobilized Christians and conservatives to
rally to the polls to re-elect him by talking tough on gay
marriage, but after he won re-election he never mentioned the
subject again. He and the GOP Congress gave us the prescription
drug bill, which is projected to cost America trillions in the
future. They also did nothing as millions of illegal aliens poured
into America under Bush’s watch.
A few days ago I received a link to a video of Morgan Freeman chatting with Mike Wallace about race. I like Mr. Freeman’s answer very much. Aren’t we all just people?
I was reminded of Mr. Freeman’s comments today when I read the current issue of The Peter Morrison Report. Peter has written a very courageous piece this week and should be commended for taking a stand on this important issue. Racism should be stamped out, no matter what side of the fence it originates from.
The Peter Morrison Report
End Racial Preferences in Texasâ€
Affirmative action, racial quotas and racial preferences are grossly unfair and blatantly unconstitutional, but they have now become standard operation procedure. Our schools, businesses and local, state and federal government agencies are engaged in a massive campaign of discrimination against the majority of Americans, simply because they’re white. If we don’t put a stop to this now, with America’s rapidly shifting demographics, it may soon be too late, and our children and grandchildren will be permanent second class citizens in the country their forefathers built.
Send a fax to Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus and tell them to put a stop to all quotas, set asides, affirmative action and all other forms of racial preferences in Texas.
From the Robo-mail bag:
The Peter Morrison Report
Summary of this week’s report:
The people of Arizona are attempting to defend their state from a
massive invasion of illegal invaders that has brought crime,
poverty and skyrocketing costs for welfare and other public
services. Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has gone to court
to try to have SB 1070 invalidated. This is not just Arizona’s
fight; we are all in this together, and we must stand with Arizona
if we are to keep all of America from turning into a third world
country. Unfortunately, while Rick Perry has spoken in support of
Arizona, he continues to insist that Texas doesn’t need an
Arizona-style law to deal with our own illegals crisis. Please
send Governor Perry a fax and let him know he can no longer waffle
on this critical issue:
Today, in the robot’s mail box I found the latest installment of
The Peter Morrison Report
Summary of this week’s report:
Conservative stalwart Leo Berman has officially declared that he’s
seeking the office of Speaker of the House, currently held by Joe
Straus. Straus is a RINO who supports abortion and gambling,
campaigns for liberal Democrats, and uses his power to block
important conservative legislation. Replacing Straus with Rep.
Berman would be a huge victory for conservative Texans, and we need
to support Leo Berman in his bid for the Speaker’s job.
Please fax the Republican members of the Texas House and urge them
to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of the House.
Also, please call, write or fax the member of the Texas House from
your district and urge them to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of
the House. If you need to look up their contact information, you
can do so here:
Unlike Congressmen, it’s possible to actually get your state
representative on the phone. This is by far the most important
step to take, as your rep will be naturally cautious to oppose the
incumbent speaker because of his power to determine the fate of
committee assignments and legislation. Only constituent pressure
will help them muster the courage to act.
UPDATE: The Austin TEA Party has a petition in support of the revisions here.
This in the mailbag today from Peter Morrison concerning the changes proposed to the new Texas schools curriculum. The SBOE has done some fine work and needs Texas conservatives to back up their recommendations. What follows is an explanation of those changes with links to the full texts and a fact sheet spelling out the proposals.
The Peter Morrison Report
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 email@example.com 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.Â 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:
The information below is from my SBOE representative, Barbara Cargill, one of the conservative members of the SBOE:
This Fact Sheet clears up much of the misinformation from the media about the K-Grade 12 social studies standards.Â Please feel free to share it.Â 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.Â 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.Â These include John Quincy Adams, John Hancock and John Wise.Â 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:
-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.”
-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.
-Understand the importance of morality and ethics in maintaining a functional free enterprise system.
-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.Â 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.Â 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.Â On Wednesday, May 19th we will have a full day of public testimony.Â 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.Â 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed social studies standards are posted at
Charts that list the historical figures in the social studies standards are posted on that same page for verification of information.Â Please take a look at the standards for yourself and do not rely on what the media says.Â 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,
State Board of Education, District 8
Chair, Committee on Instruction
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:Â 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:Â 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
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.
Friend of the Robot and fellow Southeast Texan, Peter Morrison, has chimed in on the Arizona Illegal Immigration law issue with a call for action to our leaders in Austin. The Robot could not agree more.
Peter issues a newsletter from time to time and has graciously given permission to share his thoughts with you.
If you would like to receive the articles directly, you can sign up at the link to the right under “Texas Political Links”.
The Peter Morrison Report
The governor of Arizona just signed into law a measure that gives
local law enforcement the power to actually do something about
illegal immigration.Â It’s one of the toughest laws in the nation
dealing with the illegal invasion, and all the right people are
denouncing it.Â Now it’s time for Governor Perry and our
legislators to give Texas the same kind of bill.
Send a fax to Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and Speaker Straus,
The Arizona legislature passed a bill this year that can actually
have a real impact on the massive invasion of illegal aliens that
all states in the Southwest are experiencing.Â Unlike so many bills
dealing with illegal immigration, which usually do very little to
actually crack down on the problem, Arizona’s SB 1070 has some real
teeth in it.Â For starters, it makes it a violation of state law to
be in the country illegally, which is a great end run around the
federal government.Â The Washington, DC establishment always claims
that only the feds have the power to enforce laws against illegal
immigration, because it’s a federal crime, not a state violation.
Then they turn around and do nothing to enforce federal immigration
The bill also authorizes local law enforcement officials to arrest
illegal aliens, which is another critical component.Â Since the
federal government refuses to do its duty to protect the nation’s
borders, SB 1070 gives the men and women in the police and
sheriff’s departments of Arizona the authority to do so.Â This is
how it should be, as federal law enforcement manpower simply isn’t
sufficient for the task.Â Once illegals get past the Border Patrol,
it’s up to local communities to deal with the problem.Â The bill
also bans “sanctuary cities”, and makes it a crime to knowingly
transport anyone who is in the country illegally.Â This is exactly
the kind of legislation conservatives have been demanding for years.
Arizona’s governor, Jan Brewer, at first played coy about whether
she would sign the bill, refusing to comment on it either way.
Finally, though, she bowed to public pressure and signed it into
law.Â She said the bill will allow Arizona to “work to solve a
crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to
fix – the crisis caused by illegal immigration and Arizona’s porous
border.”Â Governor Brewer is up for re-election in November, and
with polls showing that 70 percent of Arizona voters were in favor
of the bill, refusing to sign it into law would probably have been
the death knell for her career in politics.Â Illegal immigration in
Arizona is even worse than here in Texas, and voters all over the
political spectrum have finally had enough.
Naturally, it didn’t take long for the leftists and
multiculturalists to start denouncing Arizona’s long overdue
crackdown on illegal immigration.Â Several left wing groups are
already promising to fight it in the federal courts, and liberal
politicians and pundits have been condemning the bill in
apocalyptic terms.Â That’s because they want the invasion of tens
of millions of illegal aliens from third world nations to continue;
they know that the invasion will result in millions of future
Democrat voters.Â They don’t mind seeing America turned into a
Balkanized country if it guarantees a permanent Democratic
majority.Â That’s exactly what will come about if we don’t
immediately take serious steps to begin reversing the invasion of
illegals from south of the border.
Barack Obama, naturally, has condemned the bill.Â In his view the
new law threatens “basic notions of fairness that we cherish as
Americans, as well as the trust between police and their
communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.” It’s quite
telling that Obama was quick to condemn the Cambridge police
officer who rightly arrested one of his pals, but is now suddenly
concerned about trust between the police and “communities.” (Notice
he didn’t use the word “citizens.”)Â One of Obama’s favorite
preachers, the far left-wing Jim Wallis, called the bill “a racial
sin.”Â The liberal Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, who is
notorious for his support of illegal aliens, even compared the new
law to “German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques”.Â These over
the top hysterical reactions are proof that this bill is liberals’
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