By Mark P. Yablon
One of the greatest movies of all time is Academy Award winning “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Every American each year should view this inspirational movie.
Frank Capra produced/directed the 1939 movie at a time when socialists were covertly infiltrating American life and World War II was brewing in Europe. Jimmy Stewart is appointed to the U.S. Senate. He’s the All-American guy – and very naive. The governor, senior U.S. Senator and their crooked financier want Stewart to vote their agenda to get along and enjoy the fruits of their clandestine gains.
However, Stewart stumbles onto their multi-million dollar plan to defraud taxpayers. He sets out to educate his fellow senators and the American public. Instead of truth prevailing easily, they run into roadblocks of thuggery, intimidation, political assassination and media manipulation
That movie reflects politics today.
That’s why Texans must stay active after the general election. We can affect another critical statewide election, even though we can’t vote directly. State reps are about to select the next Texas House of Representatives Speaker. The speaker controls the house agenda and appoints all committee chairmen. If he’s against securing our borders, for instance, then it will never be addressed. Some claim the Speaker is the most powerful state political leader.
State Rep Ken Paxton’s (R-McKinney) courageous effort to lead the Texas House as its newest speaker is akin to Mr. Smith – only Ken is not naive and has a proven record of success and political leadership. Texans just elected the largest Republican majority (99 to 51) in nearly 150 years, but there’s no guarantee Paxton will prevail.
Two years ago, 65 House Democrats and 11 Republicans voted in Joe Straus (Rep-San Antonio) as speaker when Republicans barely controlled the house, 77 to 73. Some Republican blue-bloods aka RINO’s falsely believe true conservatives are not electable. However, Reagan in 1980, Paxton in 2002, and this year prove voters want principled, conservative political leaders to stop government intrusion into our daily lives. We want government to protect us from danger, but otherwise, to leave us and our property alone.
Ken and I became friends when we served in Student Congress at Baylor University. I was elected Dorm Rep, and Ken was elected Student Body President. As teenagers, I observed Ken’s ethical and genuine leadership skills. Today, he offices across the street from me in Historic Downtown McKinney, which could be in a Jimmy Stewart movie. Ken is the same principled person who has grown into a loving husband, father of four wonderful children and a speaker for today’s conservative movement.
Ken wants to
1. Bring principled, conservative and ethical leadership to the House as mandated by Texas voters
2. Pass true immigration reform and voter ID;
3. Reduce property taxes permanently; and
4. Stop the feds from invading Texans’ rights;
Those mainstream ideas are equally conservative, which all hard-working Texans support, but don’t seem to be on the radar screen of the current House leadership. What to do?
Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) stated under oath in a hastily staged House investigation this week that Straus’ supporters are threatening Republicans with writing them out of office in the upcoming redistricting process if they support his opponents. Besides the allegations, some reps are too comfortable and don’t want to rock the boat aka their own House committee appointments. Complacency and self-preservation among politicians is bad policy, which conservative reps are starting to publicly address in their support of Ken Paxton.
“Nov. 2 sent a message to legislators that the citizens are done with go along get along politics,” Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) told me Friday. “We … need a leader with integrity, vision and solid conservative principles. There is no one more qualified than Ken Paxton to lead us as Speaker of the House. Ken is brilliant, articulate and highly respected among his colleagues.”
Texans can advise elected reps to vote for Ken to lead our Texas House. His common-sense conservative values are now prime-time.
Check out the following and safeguard our liberties and rights:
Phone number of state reps and suggested comments http://capwiz.com/libertyinstitute/callalert/index.tt?alertid=19405501
Flow chart of the players http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/texas-house-speaker-race-flowchart/
Rep. Chuck Hobson’s (Chairman, General Investigating & Ethics Committee) ethics and legal warning to House Members about communicating with “private citizens” and improper influencing the speaker’s race http://texaslegislativeupdate.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/hopson-letter1.pdf
Kelly Shackelford’s (President/Chief Counsel of Liberty institute) letter to House members explaining legality for public to influence speaker’s race pursuant to lawsuit his group won in 2008 http://texaslegislativeupdate.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/ltr-to-tx-house-of-representatives1.pdf
Thanks for sending a link of this letter about Ken to your friends.
Mark P. Yablon is an entrepreneur in Historic Downtown McKinney. He participates with and leadings his four beautiful daughters in various community and church activities, including pro-American, pro-family and pro-business causes. He was a delegate to Republican State Conventions from his hometown in Harris County, as a Baylor University student in McLennan County and last year from his adopted hometown in Collin County.
To see movie trailor for “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”