Beto stopping by UTD Saturday; Cruz in Plano on Thursday

Vote for the candidate of your choice. This week you can see both the Senator from Texas and his opponent from El Paso locally.

Senator Ted Cruz will be at the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano on Thursday afternoon.

Beto O’Rourke has been invited to UT-Dallas on Saturday afternoon.

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Congressman Sam Johnson honored on POW – MIA Recognition Day

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State Rep. Pete Olson: “My hero Sam Johnson spent 7 yrs as a POW in Hanoi. We honor all POWs & all Missing In Action.” #NeverForget #POWMIARecognitionDay

Congressman Sam Johnson was recognized by Houston Texas State Rep. Pete Olson on Prison of War – Missing in Action Day.

Congressman Johnson,
Thanks for all you have done for Collin County and Texas and for your service.
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The Dallas Morning News endorses Sam Johnson

The Dallas Morning News endorses Sam Johnson for Congress

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Collin County Lincoln Society supports Sam Johnson

SAM JOHNSON ON ISSUES FACING TEXAS

PRESERVING THE CONSTITUTION

For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must rekindle respect for the Constitution. As a constitutional conservative, I feel outraged at the President’s lawlessness. America is a nation of laws. It is the President’s duty to enforce all of our laws – not just the ones he happens to approve. The Constitution must be respected and upheld in its entirety. Texans want, need, and deserve a smaller, limited government that respects personal liberties and fundamental

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RESTORING FISCAL DISCIPLINE

My record speaks for itself. As a fiscal conservative I have voted time after time to get Washington’s fiscal house in order, most recently voting AGAINST the bloated Omnibus budget in December. Not only have I voted for balanced budgets and tough but necessary spending cuts, I’ve stood up against the Administration’s wasteful spending agenda. I’ve also not been afraid to stand up against Republican leadership when it was the right thing to do. That’s why I also made tough but necessary votes

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FIGHTING TO PERMANENTLY REPEAL AND DEFUND OBAMACARE

Many have felt the negative impacts of this President’s bad health care law personally or know someone who has. President Obama has given his bureaucrat buddies – including his close friends at the IRS – power over your health care. Sadly, millions of Americans have lost their health plans they liked and were promised they could keep. As a result, countless Americans also must pay higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. On top of these terrible facts, employers have acknowledged

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STRENGTHENING SOCIAL SECURITY

Today, Social Security pays out more in benefits than it collects in taxes. This is a bright red warning flag that we must take action NOW while there is still time. Members of the so-called Baby Boomer generation retire at a rate of 10,000 a day. Failure to bolster Social Security now will not only shortchange Americans who are currently receiving Social Security, but younger generations as well. We MUST AND WE WILL fairly and responsibly fix Social Security now. We must act not only for those

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OPPOSING TAX INCREASES

If given the chance, Democrats in Washington want to raise your taxes. I will continue to fight to stop that. Americans are struggling under this President’s so-called “economic recovery,” and the last thing our nation can handle are additional tax hikes.

PROMOTING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

America is blessed with vast resources, it’s time we tap into America’s resources that will create American jobs and American energy. America must maintain an “all of the above” energy policy with the ultimate goal of energy independence. Our energy policy should support increased energy production right here at home, on U.S. soil, from a variety of sources without creating new barriers or increasing our reliance on foreign energy – often times from unreliable dictators who

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SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS

As a 29-year Air Force veteran and a Prisoner of War (POW) in Vietnam for nearly seven years, I know what it’s like to serve your country far away from home and feel like some of your fellow Americans don’t care about you. I will not let that happen again as new generations of men and women serve in harm’s way. Time and again, I have stood up for our brave and selfless men and women in uniform to ensure they have the support and resources they need – both while they actively serve and

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THWARTING TERRORISM

Radical Islamists and home-grown terrorists aim to destroy the American way of life and core values we hold dear – like faith, family, and freedom. These terrorists feed on fear. We must not stand down and we cannot send mixed messages with our efforts. We must use every tool and weapon in our arsenal with the goal to win. We cannot live in fear in our own homes, schools, and churches. That is why I am committed to keeping this country safe and doing all we can to ensure America will

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STOPPING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Having been to the border numerous times, I’ve seen firsthand how porous our southern borders are. Enough is enough! The border must be secured once and for all. Simply put, we need more boots on the ground to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. While we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. That means NO AMNESTY. It also means the President FINALLY must get tough about the enforcement of our immigration laws. That means NO government benefits for illegal immigrants.

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PROMOTING LEGAL IMMIGRATION

We must secure our border, enforce current immigration laws, and responsibly repatriate the recent influx of migrants. There is no chance that the House will pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill as is – not on my watch anyway. In addition, I highly recommend attending a Citizenship Ceremony, sometimes called a Naturalization Ceremony. (Contact the local USCIS office to learn more.) You will feel immense pride in the glorious melting pot that is America and utmost respect for

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PROTECTING FAMILIES AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

With an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, I am a firm believer in our Right to Bear Arms. I also strongly believe it is our responsibility to guard this personal freedom.

PROTECTING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

I believe that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman.

DEFENDING THE CULTURE OF LIFE

With a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee, I stand firm in the fundamental belief that life begins at conception.

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Congressman Sam Johnson on Justice Scalia’s passing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) stated: “Justice Scalia faithfully served our Great Nation in the High Court, and he courageously defended America’s Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended. His passing is a great loss not only for the Supreme Court, but for all Americans.  I pray that God comforts Justice Scalia’s family during this difficult time.  I also pray for our country and the man or woman who eventually succeeds him. Justice Scalia’s successor has big shoes to fill, and America wants, needs, and deserves the kind of Constitutional leadership Scalia provided.”

Did you know? Young Antonin was an exceptional student, graduating as valedictorian from Xavier High School in Lower Manhattan, first in his class at Georgetown and magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, according to The New York Times.

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Congressman Sam Johnson on freedom, independence

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Air Force Pilot Sam Johnson

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) was a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW for nearly seven years:

By Congressman Sam Johnson

“America’s Independence Day is a day I look forward to every year.  It’s a day when we celebrate what makes our nation the greatest nation in the world.  Our country has a truly unique history.  Men and women came to America seeking freedom from persecution, and our Founding Fathers sought freedom from a monarchy – they declared independence to instead govern themselves and they created the first true republic of We The People.  As a result, we are blessed beyond measure to live in a country where we enjoy freedom in its many forms – the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, and the freedom of religion, just to name a few.

“As we celebrate our freedom, we also honor the men and women who ensure that we remain the Land of the Free.  After all, freedom is not free and we are only as strong as our protectors and defenders – our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line, many even giving their lives.  I thank all our service members and their families for their dedication and their sacrifice.

“So as we join together to celebrate our American independence, I’d like to quote the last line from our Founding Father’s Declaration of Independence:  ‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’

“To the families across Collin County I am privileged to represent, it is my prayer that God may continue to bless our Great Nation.  And it is my pledge to you that I will continue to fight to uphold the values that founded America and our Constitution.  May God bless you and your families.  I salute you.”

Congressman Sam Johnson wants workers to pay less for health insurance, with Small Business Health Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), a health care solution that would allow small business employers to band together through association health plans (AHPs) in order to purchase quality health care at a lower cost.

Republican Congressman Johnson stated:

“Right now hardworking Americans are struggling due to Obamacare, and it’s becoming harder for employers, especially small businesses, to provide their employees with affordable coverage. I hear from folks all the time who have experienced sharp increases with out-of-pocket costs and premiums due to this bad law. I also hear from small business owners who want to offer health insurance but simply can’t afford it. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. And let me tell you, I think that’s wrong. That’s why I’m offering a solution with my Small Business Health Fairness Act – a bill to help Americans by enabling employers to provide affordable coverage to workers and their families.

“You know, people like to accuse Republicans of not having alternative solutions for health care, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been several plans offered over the years, and the Small Business Health Fairness Act has been a key component of almost every one of those plans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill is enacted not if but when we repeal and replace Obamacare!”

Local small business owners have lauded Johnson’s bill, including Jeff Scheumack of Plano.

Scheumack said: “With not being able to pool small companies together to get a break on insurance policies and prices, small businesses like my own are at a competitive disadvantage in hiring employees since large employers can offer lower premiums and therefore higher take-home pay. At present, since my insurance has gone up so much, offering an employee a 3-5 percent raise does not even cover the increased cost of their insurance premium, even after I pay 75 percent of my employee’s premiums. I need the ability to pool together with other small businesses so that we have the bargaining power to get better policies and at lower costs.”

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The Unbroken Congressman – Sam Johnson

The Unbroken Congressman

Sam Johnson after downing a North Korean MiG and before joining the Air Force Thunderbirds as a solo pilot.
Sam Johnson after downing a North Korean MiG and before joining the Air Force Thunderbirds as a solo pilot.

By Alvin Townley

Throughout American military history, few prisoners of war have proven worse than Sam Johnson.

His shootdown over North Vietnam and subsequent capture began a seven-year run of behavior so cantankerous, uncooperative, and subversive that his North Vietnamese captors actually evicted him from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Still, Sam continued making trouble for his adversaries until the POWs finally returned home in 1973.

And where would such a trouble-maker ultimately find his niche? The United States Congress.

As former lead solo pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Sam could argue his place among the world’s finest pilots; he’d downed two MiGs in Korea to prove it. While a teenager, he’d worked long summer days stringing telephone wire across blistering plains; he’d shot out streetlights with a gang in Dallas. He would need that attitude and mettle to survive his seven-year sentence in Vietnam.

In 1966, Sam ejected from his stricken F-4 Phantom and parachuted in a North Vietnamese field with his shoulders broken and arms useless; they would never fully heal. He received virtually no care and certainly no mercy after he arrived in Hanoi and began a regimen of brutal physical and emotional torture that would not relent for more than four years – four years during which Sam knew his family remained unaware of his survival.

His sturdy six-foot frame withered to a shadow on his paltry diet of soup. His once-proud gait became a painful shuffle – especially after he endured seventy-five straight days immobilized in leg stocks. A draconian interrogator called Pigeye would twist Sam’s body with ropes, straps, and bars, forcing him to sign false confessions. Yet he never surrendered anything without a fight; he always faced Pigeye with defiance. He was determined to return home with honor.

More than 400 other Americans would eventually join him North Vietnam’s prisons and a group of eleven die-hards emerged to lead the American resistance; Sam was among them. They would lead their fellow POWs through eight long years of torture and uncertainty, of determination and faith. In writing Defiant, I would spend three years coming to know these eleven men; never has America had such a band of brothers. Never have such heroes gone so unrecognized.

After more than two years inside the Hanoi Hilton, these troublemakers – Vietnam’s own Dirty Dozen – had proven so subversive that the their jailers exiled them to a miserable dungeon called Alcatraz. There, they would spend two years (nearly 24 hours per day) in solitary 4’ x 9’ concrete tombs, locked in irons, being tortured with ropes, incessant propaganda, and sleep deprivation. They were known as the Alcatraz 11. Among them were future U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton and Medal of Honor recipient Jim Stockdale. Yet it was Sam who proved so inflammatory that he became the last POW released from solitary confinement, perhaps the cruelest torture of all.

Finally, in 1973, Sam Johnson came home to his family in Texas, his head held high. He had faced the worst and returned just as he’d aspired: with honor.

Years later, he found another way to serve his country and has represented the Third Congressional District of Texas for the past fourteen years.

So as Americans fill theaters to watch World War II POW Louie Zamperii’s powerful story unfold in Unbroken, let us also remember the unbroken POWs from that less-celebrated war in Vietnam. Let all Americans, and both sides of the aisle, rightly honor Sam Johnson and his fellow captives who endured the longest and harshest deployment in U.S. military history.

Congressman, your service and example are not forgotten.

Alvin Townley is author of DEFIANT (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) about the leading 11 American POWs in Vietnam and their wives at home, who founded the POW-MIA movement.

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