What do we have in common with spiders, polar bears, and hamsters? We eat our own! Just like the creatures in the natural world, we lay waste to our own kind, as if driven by some sort of invisible force that justifies itself in the process. While nature’s practice of devouring siblings, mates, and offspring is repulsive and callous to most of us, why do we so often engage in this very practice in the human domain?
We criticize, judge, castigate, and dismiss those who are on our side! Some call it “circular warfare”. Unlike the Cape Buffalo who form a circle around their young to protect them by facing outward to fend off the enemy, we turn inward and shoot at each other! Without naming names, let me offer some generic examples that might help paint the picture.
Someone who has tomes of evidence from years of research and study on a particular subject matter gets denounced and put out to pasture because he/she “gets too much in the weeds.” Someone who is extremely colorful and energetic in the presentation of their subject matter is pummeled because “that person is too full of themselves.” Someone who is a little bit immovable and often fixed in an entrenched position gets labeled as “just too hard to work with - ever”. Someone who will neither compromise principles nor play the game to make a deal is branded as “a hard-headed, radical extremist”. Someone who doesn’t stick to the party line is “disloyal and must be excluded”. And on and on.
How do I know about these examples? Because I’ve heard or made these comments myself! But I’m sorry as all get out and I am determined to never again shoot my own teammates. What I will do, however, is judge only the issues at hand, with the facts on the table and the merits of their importance. I will examine the evidence, not the personality. I will evaluate the relevance of the material provided, not the provider. I will measure the credibility of the data and the credibility of the individual presenting it. I will exercise prudence in how best to use the data, taking into consideration the highest strategic advantage desired for the best possible outcome. Personal opinion and personality conflicts are off limits from now on.
We all have a part to play, with our unique giftedness and talents. We are opposing a formidable enemy who is intent on doing the most evil to the most people. We don’t have time to call out one another’s peccadillos, nor do we have enough of us to spare by sidelining the ones we don’t like. Don’t give the devil a foothold by catering to your own feelings. Don’t sabotage the battle plan by nursing your old wounds.
Be careful what you measure. Are we advancing individual liberty and justice, free markets, personal and fiscal responsibility, limited government, and national sovereignty? Or not. There is no middle ground. These principles come from objective truth that cares not a thing for your feelings and personal opinions about particular people. Be careful what you measure.
One caveat please: I am not advocating for blind loyalty. I am not suggesting that we continue to work with those who have betrayed us. I’ve drawn a line in the sand and I refuse to line up behind those nice but unsuitable so-called representatives. Said another way, just because you have an R behind your name doesn’t mean that you are on my team. Spoiler alert: something’s in the works. Time to choose up sides and stand with your man.
July 10th 2019 Legislative Update With Senator Bob Hall, Rep. Morgan Meyer, and Dallas County GOP Chair Rodney Anderson
"If mama ain't happy, then nobody's happy." I ain't happy. What strong conservative, individual liberty loving legislation did we get this past 2019 Session? Who stood strong for us and fought against big government, big lobbyist, and the big 3 (Abbott, Patrick, Bonnen)? What happened to serious property tax reform? Where is the protection for our historic monuments? Why did we get not election integrity? Who tried to stop the terrible Mental Health Bills? Is Texas really turning purple? Jo Ann Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America/We The People said it well: “Unfortunately, we now find ourselves faced with Republican officials who have steered our beloved Texas Left. We have three categories of GOP legislators. 1) Some are clearly leading a Progressive, Big Government agenda where “The State” provides government-imposed solutions to problems that should be addressed at the local, community level. 2) Some are just followers, scared out of their socks by the results of the November 2018 General Election, which was interpreted as a message to the “Republican herd” to run to the “compassionate conservative” middle, leaving our “controversial” GOP Platform Legislative Priorities in the dust. 3) Finally, most of our once dependable legislators are just so eager to be liked (or at least not punished) by the Big 3 Leadership, so eager to have their wives included in leadership’s “cool girls club,” and so eager to get a seat at the table of power, that they forgot all about their campaign promises and commitments. The problem is – the grassroots didn’t forget.” What are you willing to do to change the direction of our state and our country? Let your representatives hear from you early and often and always. Write me and tell me how you want to help. We need you!
The $1B Dallas County Community College Bond: Reckless or Responsible? explained by Dallas County Community College Trustee Phil Ritter.
"Socialist Indoctrination in Public Education" exposed by Bill Ames, author of Texas Trounces the Left's War on History, and a former member of the review team that helped develop the Texas high school social studies curriculum standards. His book, Texas Trounces the Left’s War on History, was released in May, 2012, and has been purchased by hundreds of conservatives across the state. A patriotic group distributed his book to the governors of all 50 states.
Bill continues to fight the left’s agenda, joining the movements against CSCOPE and Common Core. Bill remains a stout defender of the standards and a longtime member of American Liberty Forum.
American Liberty Forum joins Dallas Eagle Forum and Park Cities Republican Women on July 10th to discuss HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION featuring: Texas Representative Morgan Meyer, Texas Senator Bob Hall, and newly elected Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Rodney Anderson.
University Park Library, 3rd Floor
8383 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, Texas 75225
6:15PM - 8:30PM
CRITICAL PUBLIC HEARING ON VOTE CENTERS July 9th, 9:00am
Are Vote Centers a good idea or just another way to steal elections? Read my blog post on 5/11/19 at americanlibertyforum.org entitled "The British Are Coming and So Are Voting Centers" for just one person's opinion. Also read about "Remote-Access Software Installed on Voting Machines".
On Tuesday, July 9th at the Commissioners Court located at 411 Elm Street and July 10th at the Addison Conference Center at 15650 Addison Road, there will be a public hearing to discuss Vote Centers here in Dallas County. PLEASE ATTEND AND TESTIFY. If you need help with preparing a statement please call either Aaron Ceder at 347-628-0795 or Chris Davis at +1 (469) 450-4320. Both can help with talking points.
Sign up to testify by calling either 214-653-7945, or 214-653-7327. They will ask for name, address, phone number and topic.
Dallas County Elections Department PRESS RELEASE:
From: Dallas County Elections Department
Toni Pippins-Poole, Elections Administrator, CERA, CCPA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2019
DALLAS COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO PROVIDE COMMENT AND OPINION REGARDING IMPLEMENTING DALLAS COUNTY VOTE CENTERS
Dallas County will hold a specially-called, Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, to inform residents of the County’s proposed transition to using Election Day Countywide Polling Locations (also referred to as “Vote Centers”). Residents can comment and express their opinions regarding implementing Vote Centers in Dallas County. Public comments will be recorded and made a part of Dallas County’s request to implement Countywide Polling Places (Vote Centers) for Election Day voting. Election Day Vote Centers would allow qualified voters to obtain and cast their specific ballot at any of the already established Election Day polling locations. Voters would not be limited to one polling location on Election Day; they can use any of the open polling locations in Dallas County. The Public Hearing begins at 9:00 AM, at the Dallas County Administration Building, Allen Clemson Courtroom, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.
Dallas County is also inviting the public to attend two (2) Vote Center “Information/Town Hall” Meetings as well. During these informal meetings, the public is able to view a presentation on Vote Centers, ask questions and/or provided their comments regarding countywide voting in Dallas County. They will also be able to try out the new voting equipment that makes Vote Centers possible, by voting in a mock election. These “Information/Town Hall” meetings are not like the more formal and official “Public Hearing on Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019; however, attendees will be able to prepare and return a survey with their comments and questions. The dates, times and locations of the meeting are:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Dallas County Administration Bldg., Allen Clemson Courtroom (1st Floor), 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202; and,
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Addison Conference Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
Dallas County residents can obtain more information about Vote Centers, and provide their feedback at: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/countywide-polling-places/.
Toni Pippins-Poole, CERA, CCPA, Elections Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Heard, Sr., Assistant Elections Administrator: email@example.com
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