By Mark P. Yablon
The Republican Caucus earned an “F” for the final semester grade Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Austin. Based on its abysmal method of conducting the Texas Speaker’s race, many Republican leaders need to return to high school to learn civics and how to conduct a valid vote.
House Republican leaders acted more childish conducting the crucial business of selecting the Speaker than our kids do at a high school pep rally.
According to insiders, Republican House leadership asked those who supported incumbent Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to stand instead of holding a secret ballot as we teach our children. Shouldn’t there have been a recorded, written ballot in such a highly-charged vote?
Even in high school, I recall using a recorded, private ballot for student council.
The public may never fully know the truth from this caucus vote. House leadership forbade all outsiders from observing. The whole process was unfortunate. Once the loyalist Straus faction stood on the called vote for only incumbent Straus, group think prevailed to the detriment of our shared values.
No vote was ever called for Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, or Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.
I don’t know Straus personally. It would be wrong to attack him personally because I disagree with him and believe most voters picked a conservative Texas Legislature, which Paxton would best lead.
Texans elected the largest freshman class of representatives (22) in about 50 years and elected the largest Republican majority (101) in more than 100 years, or more than two Republicans to one Democrat.
The 2010 election cycle was a clear and convincing victory for tea party activists, social conservatives, economic conservatives, patriots and red-blooded Americans. They are concerned citizens humbly and respectfully wanting to take back our political system and restore Constitutional law. Texans voted with a heart for “is it beneficial to all concerned,” as we say at Rotary each week.
Constitutional law is not Republican or Democrat
Rule of law infused by our Texas and U.S. Constitutions is not conservative or liberal. It just is.
Texans bestow upon elected officials the responsibility and duty to right wrongs, to protect hard-working citizens from all predators and to give us freedom to “pursue” happiness under constitutionally-mandated limited government to stay out of our lives except when needed under “limited” circumstances.
As stated earlier, many of our Republican representatives failed their first test in the 2011-12 Legislature. Let’s pray to God they immediately end this foolhardiness.
What to do?
*Vigilantly stand for our children’s’ and grand children’s benefit and all living Americans today.
*Easily move to the next crisis or more entertaining project.
*Don’t even try; takes too much effort with no guaranteed success.
*Don’t bother. Why risk being on the losing side. You can’t change “city hall.”
How will you hold our “citizen” legislators accountable for their actions or inactions? Will you support the good ones and encourage them even against the odds?
Congratulate Rep. Paxton for taking truly, bold principled action on behalf of the public at large at significant jeopardy to his own self-interest. His supporters state he is unlike most politicians in that respect.
Same is true of our respected friend Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, who tirelessly worked to elect Paxton for Speaker at her own peril.
Seasoned politicos, bureaucrats and lobbyists are watching us, too, with earnestness (and skepticism). They postulate that conservatives are temporarily excited and advise, “Wait them out or give them a bone, and they’ll go away as always.”
They will give us more — or less — taxes, personal freedoms, liberties, protecting the vulnerable, bringing sanity to our civil and criminal legal systems and so on.
Warning: “Say what you mean, and do what you say!”
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011—when the entire Legislature formally voted for Speaker Straus — is a seminal moment in returning our government to its roots – the grass roots – of citizens. We are not going to accept politics as usual!
Too many Republicans pretend to be conservative during elections to receive the grass-roots support and hard work, but later vote for liberal leaders and laws and cut deals for their own self interest. These Rinos (Republican in name only) are becoming a rallying cry for long-time and new voters, alike. Many constituents are now proclaiming they will replace unreliable incumbents, especially those who misrepresented their true selves just to get elected.
Today’s conservative movement is primed to expand beyond anything former President Ronald Reagan, my political hero, would have envisioned.
It’s hard now to comprehend that Reagan lost to President Gerald Ford, the moderate incumbent, in the 1976 Republican primary.
Liberal Jimmy Carter creamed Ford in the general election.
Reagan returned stronger than ever to win the presidency in 1980 and 1984. Reagan still dominates political thought from the grave as the United States of America’s beloved conservative standard bearer.
Reagan said in his Jan. 25, 1974 speech The Shining City Upon a Hill: “The man who has nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
What are you willing to do to end politics as usual and restore America’s greatness for your family’s future generations to enjoy?
Mark P. Yablon is an entrepreneur in Historic Downtown McKinney.
He leads (well, tries to) 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 Baylor University student in McLennan County and in 2010 from adopted hometown in Collin County.
PICTURED BELOW: A White House photographer captured this picture of President Jimmy Carter using his paddle on a fishing trip. The rabbit, which had been swimming near his boat, attempted to hop on board the President’s fishing boat near Plains, Georgia, despite President Carter’s efforts to shoo it away with his paddle.