WHY IS WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN A SELF-DESTRUCT MODE?

We all should be worried.  Everything that our society has held dear is now in jeopardy.  The fundamentals that have brought the USA and Western Civilization to unprecedented wealth and influence is rapidly waning.  Instead of finding improvements on this model, people in power are finding ways to destroy it.

Climate change is one of the biggest drivers.  This narrative preaches that if we do not eliminate CO2 from our planet, all life will be destroyed.  To accomplish this goal, all carbon-based products, including energy sources must be eliminated.    We are now telling 3rd world countries that they must help us save the world by only using green energy.  Problem is that to date the only energy source that is inexpensive and dependable is carbon based.  In effect, we are telling these countries that they cannot modernize.  We are also on a path to degrade our own economy and limit our freedom of movement by embracing the Climate Change narrative.  We are told we must go to electric vehicles to eliminate Climate Change.  Problem is, electric vehicles do not have the range needed, and use too much electricity when charging, which would take place at night, when solar and wind power is basically non-existent.  To add to the problem, we do not have an electrical grid that could handle all cars and trucks using electricity, and there seems to be no plans to replace grids

We now are embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(DEI) as the wave of the future.  No longer are people promoted by their own efforts, but by the color of their skin.  Even corporations are embracing this thought, and are now being rated by their own Environmental and Social Governance scoring (ESG).  In effect, these businesses are compelled to embrace the climate change narrative and DEI in how they maintain their organizations to keep their standing with large capital investment blocks like Vanguard and Black Rock.  These non-financial factors do not increase profits for investors, but rather hampers these organizations from their primary duty, to create income and value for stockholders. 

We are not allowing energy companies to explore for oil and gas.  Even though “Green Energy” is not a real solution, we are ignoring what is.  We have some of the largest reserves of oil and gas in the world, yet we now are dependent on countries that do not like us for this life giving fuel source. 

Our southern border is wide open, and we have let at least 8-10 million illegal aliens have crossed this border without consequence.  In fact, they have been invited in by the Biden Administration.  The EU also effectively has open borders, and those countries for the most part are being invaded every day with immigrants from Northern Africa and the Middle East.  All of this is causing a very potent demographic twist to the population of Western Countries, and not a shift that bodes well for the future. 

BLM and ANTIFA have taken their toll in our larger cities.  Rioting, looting, burning, and at times killing, destroying these cities inner cores. These organized rioters for the most part go unpunished.   All the while these same cities have defunded their police forces. 

The FBI, CIA, IRS, and other alphabet agencies weaponized by the left, now going after Conservatives for not complying with the left’s preferred narratives.  January 6th protestors still languishing in jail for years without trial, and those that have gone to court given lengthy prison sentences.  Our DOJ calling them insurgents because they protested what was obviously an unfair and rigged Presidential election. 

Unsustainable Federal deficit spending, and no end in sight!  We are now at 33+trillion dollars in debt, and the Biden Administration wants a budget that would embrace future deficit spending at the same unsustainable rate.  This will not end well.  If we stay on this path, we will bankrupt the country and put us into a depression.  Right now the dollar is the benchmark for international transactions, but once bankrupt it will be unseated bringing even more economic calamity not only on us but on the rest of the world. 

In short, we are seeing social and economic chaos throughout the world.  Most of this chaos is pointed at Western Democracies, especially the USA.  I do not see any of this as incidental.  This has the appearance of a well thought out plan by the left to bring Western Civilization to its knees.  WEF, the UN, and other international agencies are not hiding that they want to destroy nationhood, and bring the world together in Socialist Utopia.  They cannot get their dream if Western nations are left intact.  Problem is that Socialism does not work, and there will never be Utopia for any of us while we are alive on earth. 

Western Society, especially here in the USA is rooted in a vision of the world.  A big part of that vision is openness, but that same openness is not the same as moral agnosticism.  We have as a society a moral center, and that needs to be embraced!

In order to defend ourselves, we need to be loud and clear about our beliefs.  There should be no mistaking the fundamental values that we hold dear, those values that our Constitution embraces.  We must vote for those that also hold our Constitution dear.  Not only vote, but campaign, poll watch, and donate to their campaigns.  If we do not take an active role, those elitists that are bent on destroying our civilization will win, and we cannot let that happen.  We need to step up so that future generations can enjoy the same freedoms and access to opportunity that we were blessed with!  Evil will not give up without a fight, and neither should we.  We can win this, but we must fight!

THE AMERICA I ONCE KNEW….

When I was growing up my friends and I were in the Cub Scouts, and then the Boy Scouts.  Every Memorial Day we marched in our small town’s parade.  There were thousands in the parade, darn near ½ the town, with the other half lined up along the roads to watch.  The American Legion, VFW, Army and Navy Reservists, Police and Fire Departments, the High School Band and many other organizations were in the parade, along with our local politicians, religious leaders and their families.  Everyone was proud to be American, and all knew we were the greatest country on earth!

After High School I joined the Naval Reserve, and was on active duty from 1970 to 1975.  Interesting to note that back then religion was very important, and now it is not. When I got out, I attended Naval Reserve meetings 1 weekend per month, and went on 2 weeks active duty every year.  We also marched in the Cincinnati Memorial Day Parade with other reservists.  The Marines, ourselves, Army, and Air Force reservists were in these parades in our dress uniforms, along with High School bands and just about every social organization in the city.  Many people, thousands upon thousands would line the streets of downtown Cincinnati to watch the parade.  It was a great show of Americanism, and we all were proud to be a part of it!

Small towns outside of Cincinnati still do these parades, but Cincinnati no longer does.  Few big cities do anymore.  Except for small towns and cities in our country, the Memorial Day Parade is a thing of the past, a dinosaur in a fast-changing America.  In the bigger cities, and some small ones too, pride of country does not seem to exist anymore.  What happened?

80% of younger Americans are not physically or mentally fit to serve in the armed forces today.  Critical Race Theory is now part of the mission in our armed forces, and many that can join no longer will as the military goes woke.  Our schools have been teaching students that America is nothing to be proud of, and that we stole our land, killed many to take it, and have been fighting colonial wars all over the planet throughout our history.  All largely a lie, but a narrative to fundamentally change us by education our young people in this manner.

We now have a 2-tiered justice system, where Conservatives are treated differently from Progressives.  We have a weaponized DOJ, CIA, FBI and all the other alphabet soup agencies in our Federal Government.  Socialism is now being presented as a better alternative to Capitalism (Even though it has failed everywhere it has been tried), and our Constitution is being trashed.  Almost 50% of Gen-Z young adults think Socialism is good, free speech is not a good thing, and that the second amendment of the Constitution should be overturned.  Further, Progressives want the Constitution to be a “living document” that they can change at will.  We are now in a world of hurt, and the America I grew up in no longer exists. 

It will be a long struggle to get sanity back into our country.  We need to take back government, get rid of unneeded agencies, rebuild ones that are needed but have gone rogue.  We also must get rid of RINO’s and Progressives in our elected offices, and elect people who have the desire to bring back what we have lost.  This will not be done overnight, but 2024 is a bellwether year that can bring some positive change to our failing system.  Take voting seriously and research all candidates on your ballot.  Only vote for those that respect our country and its values, and will uphold the Constitution as written.  We can get positive change started, and then we must hold our representatives to the promises that they will have given us. Or we can just sit back and let the Progressives and RINO’s win.  It’s your choice!

THIS IS NOT MY WRITING, BUT I BELIEVE WE ALL SHOULD TAKE NOTICE!

HOW TO DESTROY A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

The Liberal Progressive playbook has been applied time and again to destroy societies across
the world. The pattern is nearly the same in every instance.

  1. Promote discontent in the economically disadvantaged classes
  2. Expand the numbers of disadvantaged within the society by redefining “the
    disadvantaged” or importing large numbers of disadvantaged individuals
  3. Expand the role of government from governance to provision of “equality”
  4. Provide “free” services to both the deserving and the undeserving to buy votes and at the
    same time destroy the economic viability of the society
  5. Falsely promise “true equality” to encourage the sacrifice of personal freedom and the
    enhancement of the power of government
  6. Gain control of the education system and propagandize younger generations
  7. Use mass media (willingly or through force) to promote their propaganda
  8. Attack the underpinnings of the free society – law and order, freedom of speech,
    economic freedom, religious freedom, the right to bear arms
  9. Disarm the populace
  10. Rescind constitutional rights or declare martial law, giving an elite few total control of the
    society
  11. Eradicate all dissidents
  12. Enslave the entire population for the benefit of a few
    It only took one generation for the Socialists to transform Venezuela from a Democracy to a
    socialist democracy, to a ruthless dictatorship.
    1992 Became 3 rd richest country in hemisphere
    2001 Voted for Socialist president to correct “Income Inequality”
    2004 Private healthcare is completely socialized and is free
    2007 All higher education becomes “free”
    2009 Socialists banned private ownership of guns
    2012 Bernie Sanders praises Venezuela as the “American Dream”
    2014 Opposition leaders are imprisoned
    2016 Economy collapses. Food/healthcare shortages become widespread
    2017 Constitution and elections are suspended
    2019 Unarmed citizens massacred by the government
    Source: McGroartyforFreedom.com. Not a direct quote.
    The Liberal Progressives have been working for well over 50 years to transform the United
    States. They are no longer working in the dark, they are openly declaring their intentions to rob
    you and future generations of your freedom. Their recent actions demonstrate clearly that they
    feel the United States is ready for transition. Their willingness to challenge law and order, use
    our intelligence agencies to spy on private citizens,, attempt to illegally impeach a duly elected
    president and to openly encourage the mass migration of millions of illegal aliens are all bold
    signs of their intentions.
    Only one question remains, will you wake-up in time to stop them?

SOCIALISM, A FAILED SYSTEM THAT REFUSES TO DIE

I am going to focus on Great Britian and America in this essay.  There are parallels that we as Americans need to consider historically. Why?  It is because if history is not understood and heeded, the same mistakes that took down the British Empire is likely to give us the same result.

Great Britain’s roadmap to Socialism started with the Fabian Society.  This group was formed at the London school of Economics in January 1884. This group consisted of economists, and well-known poets and authors including George Bernard Shaw.  Most of these men were personally tutored by Karl Marx in London before his death in 1883, and were convinced that the best way for society to evolve would be through Socialism.

They formulated their platform through essays.  Those documents were called the Fabian essays.  They highlighted their thoughts about the evils of Capitalism and the overriding benefits of Socialism.  They believed that Socialism provided for economic and social justice, whereas they did not believe that Capitalism did so.  In their minds Capitalism put to many riches into too few hands, with the vast majority of the public suffering for the greed of the owners of capital. The end game was to not only change Great Britain’s economy to Socialism, but to eventually put together an international order where the entire world would have equitable social and economic outcomes. Does any of this start to sound familiar to you?

Their “coat of arms” was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but that was later dropped due to unpopular connotations.  They believed that a strategy of incrementalism was in order, so that slowly but surely over decades, the system could be changed without causing any social unrest.  They formed the Labor Party, and embarked on a patient journey for gradual and permanent change.  They wanted free health and dental care, and they got that.  They wanted the government to own major corporations, and they got that.  They wanted the government to take over rental properties, including single family homes, and they got that.  They also got millions more government employees running these efforts, and ruined what otherwise would have been a vibrant post WW2 economy.  What they got instead was economic and social malaise, and eventually Margaret Thatcher, who embarked on an effort to change all the damage that these Socialists had done.  Starting to look more like something we are going through right now? 

Yes, we are incrementally going the same way Great Britain did.  We are seeing some of the same mistakes.  Socialism is a losing proposition, but one that captures the imagination of those that are not students of history.    If one does not embrace history, they are doomed to repeat the misfortunes that others have in the past. 

2024 is key to rescuing ourselves from the malaise of Socialism.  We need a drastic change in political leadership, and also need to eliminate politicians that are pressing for social and economic change that would destroy our country.  Vote for your lifestyle, vote for your pocketbook, vote for your family, vote for God and Country, and vote for those that will embrace the Constitution and free markets.  We must, otherwise we may be seeing the end of this great experiment.  If we lose, we will have to fight twice as hard to get back what we have lost!  Get out and vote people, and vote wisely!

ANOTHER BIDEN BLUNDER?

Once again, the Federal government is running out of money.  We collectively have $31.5 trillion dollars of debt obligations with the Federal budget.  Sleepy Joe wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling, but does not want the new debt ceiling tied to the new budget.  He wants a “no strings attached” debt ceiling raise, claiming that the debt has nothing to do with budget talks.  So far, he has not talked to the Speaker of the House about this personally, but has let him know through channels that this is his position.

Speaker McCarthy and the Republicans in Congress have another idea.  Tie increased borrowing to spending cuts.  Thinking like real adults in the room, they know that the problem is too much spending, and without curtailing unneeded expense, the debt crisis will just get worse.  On the current path, the USA will eventually go broke, game over.  They have designed a plan, a workable document that addresses both increasing the debt ceiling, and curtailing unnecessary spending. 

Among the bill’s highlights:

— It would raise the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion into next year, putting the issue squarely into the middle of the next presidential election.

— It would roll back spending to 2022 levels, and impose a 1% cap on future federal spending for the next decade, with likely exceptions for some defense accounts. It claws back unspent COVID-19 funds.

— Republicans want to rescind some of Biden’s top policy achievements, including his executive action that provided student loan payment relief for millions of college students, a Democratic party priority.

— The House GOP measure would also roll back elements of Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act — particularly the provisions that the White House and Democrats put in place to fight climate change — and halt money to the Internal Revenue Service that was designed to conduct audits of potential tax cheats.

Other key parts of this proposal is to make it easier for producers to mine oil, gas, and coal, and to reduce regulations that hamper these efforts.  It also includes welfare reform, with work requirements for those under 56 years old in order to continue collecting benefits with medicare, SNAP, and cash assistance.  It does not address the insulin reduction already in process, and leaves Medicare and social security alone. 

In addition, non-military spending would be reduced to a 1% increase year over year for 10 years, and approximately $500 billion in unspent covid cash would be repatriated and used to fund the upcoming budget.  With this package being accepted, Congress would raise the debt ceiling by another $1.5 trillion dollars. 

This is the most sensible approach I have seen decades, and the White House is livid about this.  Their position is that if implemented, it would hurt the poor and the middle class, and would only benefit the richest in our society.  Clearly that is not true, but that is Biden’s position!

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “Speaker McCarthy sided with the extreme MAGA wing of his conference and released a blueprint to devastate hard-working American families. MAGA House Republicans are holding the American economy hostage in order to take a hatchet to programs Americans rely on every day to make ends meet.

Every House Republican who votes for this bill is voting to cut education, veterans medical care, cancer research, meals on wheels, food safety, and law enforcement. To offshore American manufacturing and kill good-paying jobs. To take health care away from millions of Americans and threaten food assistance for hundreds of thousands of older people. To increase energy bills and raise taxes for hard-working families. To slash programs hard-working Americans depend on even as they protect wealthy tax cheats and continue to push tax giveaways for the wealthiest and big corporations.

That stands in stark contrast with President Biden’s Budget, which Invests in America, lowers costs for hardworking families, and cuts the deficit by asking the super-wealthy and largest corporations to pay their fair share. House Republicans must avoid default and stop playing economic brinkmanship with the American people’s livelihoods and retirements. The American people have made clear which economic vision they support.”

Clearly Biden does not want to address the governments addiction and instead desires to “kick the can down the road”.  His position is a mistake, as spending is crippling our economy, causing supply chain disorder, and is the main cause of inflation that we are experiencing today.  It will be interesting to see who wins in this standoff.  One thing is for sure, if the government shuts down, it will be the Presidents fault for not negotiating with Speaker McCarthy.  Hats off to Kevin McCarthy for showing tough steadfastness in addressing the most troubling issue we as a nation currently have.  I for one wish him luck!

— Republicans want to rescind some of Biden’s top policy achievements, including his executive action that provided student loan payment relief for millions of college students, a Democratic party priority.

— The House GOP measure would also roll back elements of Biden’s signature Inflation Reduction Act — particularly the provisions that the White House and Democrats put in place to fight climate change — and halt money to the Internal Revenue Service that was designed to conduct audits of potential tax cheats.

Other key parts of this proposal is to make it easier for producers to mine oil, gas, and coal, and to reduce regulations that hamper these efforts.  It also includes welfare reform, with work requirements for those under 56 years old in order to continue collecting benefits with medicare, SNAP, and cash assistance.  It does not address the insulin reduction already in process, and leaves Medicare and social security alone. 

In addition, non-military spending would be reduced to a 1% increase year over year for 10 years, and approximately $500 billion in unspent covid cash would be repatriated and used to fund the upcoming budget.  With this package being accepted, Congress would raise the debt ceiling by another $1.5 trillion dollars. 

This is the most sensible approach I have seen decades, and the White House is livid about this.  Their position is that if implemented, it would hurt the poor and the middle class, and would only benefit the richest in our society.  Clearly that is not true, but that is Biden’s position!

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “Speaker McCarthy sided with the extreme MAGA wing of his conference and released a blueprint to devastate hard-working American families. MAGA House Republicans are holding the American economy hostage in order to take a hatchet to programs Americans rely on every day to make ends meet.

Every House Republican who votes for this bill is voting to cut education, veterans medical care, cancer research, meals on wheels, food safety, and law enforcement. To offshore American manufacturing and kill good-paying jobs. To take health care away from millions of Americans and threaten food assistance for hundreds of thousands of older people. To increase energy bills and raise taxes for hard-working families. To slash programs hard-working Americans depend on even as they protect wealthy tax cheats and continue to push tax giveaways for the wealthiest and big corporations.

That stands in stark contrast with President Biden’s Budget, which Invests in America, lowers costs for hardworking families, and cuts the deficit by asking the super-wealthy and largest corporations to pay their fair share. House Republicans must avoid default and stop playing economic brinkmanship with the American people’s livelihoods and retirements. The American people have made clear which economic vision they support.”

Clearly Biden does not want to address the governments addiction and instead desires to “kick the can down the road”.  His position is a mistake, as spending is crippling our economy, causing supply chain disorder, and is the main cause of inflation that we are experiencing today.  It will be interesting to see who wins in this standoff.  One thing is for sure, if the government shuts down, it will be the Presidents fault for not negotiating with Speaker McCarthy.  Hats off to Kevin McCarthy for showing tough steadfastness in addressing the most troubling issue we as a nation currently have.  I for one wish him luck!

CHINA IS ON THE MARCH

Four years ago, I wrote a story about a new cold war coming. (https://themcculloughreport.com/chinas-strategy-for-empire-the-second-cold-war/).

It now appears that its time has come!  China is spying on the world, preparing to transition from a cold to a hot war!  Spy balloons have floated for years over the entire earth, mapping defenses and weak spots, mineral deposits, and monitoring electronic conversations from every point in the globe.  They now have the largest military force in the world, and is rapidly becoming the premier nuclear power on earth.  They are planning to rule us all.

They have allied themselves with Russia and Iran.  Iran now has its fleet entering the Panama Canal, with ships docking in Brazil.  Russia and China are having joint naval exercises with South Africa off its southeastern coast, another nation rich in raw resources and a new potential ally.  China is supplying Russia with arms and ammunition in its fight to take over Ukraine.  In short, the post WW2 power structure centered around the USA is rapidly crumbling!

All this happening as we now have the weakest leadership in Washington that we have ever had, with Joe Biden at the helm.  Not only is he a doddering old fool of a man, he is compromised because of the fortune he and his family has amassed by selling influence to our enemies, most notably Russia and China, regimes planning for our demise.  We, and the entire Western Civilization are now in deep trouble.  Deeply in debt, and with our ineffective leadership, China, Russia and their newfound allies are filling up the vacuum in haste. 

Our military, once considered the best in the world, is now more interested in being “woke”, rather than being a premier fighting force.  The Biden Administration is intent on bringing this Marxist indoctrination into the ranks, and high-level officers that resist are being fired.  This military “wokeness” is endangering us all.  If a major war were to break out now, we would be woefully unprepared for the fight!

With our southern border open wide, we are also vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  We should have no doubts that terrorist cells are alive and working inside our country right now, waiting for the most opportune moment to create havoc.  Our security, and the security of the world is now in great jeopardy.  We are living in a time that is possibly more dangerous than right before WW2.

What can we do?  Right now we need prayer, and a lot of it.  We hopefully can get by the next 2 years unscathed, and at that time elect new leadership.  It is the lack of real leadership now that is our greatest danger, and we will have to wait until 2024 to correct the slide.  Until then, pray!

2 YEARS IN, NOTHING BUILT BACK BETTER!

The border is still being invaded, and Biden’s excuse is that this crisis did not begin overnight.  Fact is it did begin overnight, the same night he took office!  Due to inflation and high interest rates, the average family to date has lost over $8,000 in purchasing power.  MAGA Republicans, accounting for ½ of the voting population in America, are being vilified by Biden, as evil, anti-democratic monsters.  How’s that for living up to his promise of being a unifier? 

The” State of the Union” address will be read by Joe tomorrow evening.  Wondering how he will try to spin his many failures into victories?  This should be interesting, as he has had nothing but failures since taking office. From the border crisis he created, to asking our enemies for more oil while we sit on the largest petroleum deposits in the world, Covid-19 tyranny, shameful Afghanistan retreat, this guy is far from the healing uniter he promised, and this was just some of the failures in his first year as President! 

Now let’s look at what he has done in the last 12 months.  Cannot ignore the border, as over 250,000 invade every month, with over 3 million illegal aliens let in, and those are just the ones that were caught.  Another 100,000 or so each month get in and escape the border patrol all together.  Not only are our border towns besieged, but the entire country is now adversely affected by Biden’s border policy.  Huge quantities of drugs are now being smuggled in and thousands of our citizens are dying because of border policy.  With this happening, Alejandro Mayorkas continually states that the “border is secure”!  This crisis is intentional, purposely damaging our country for decades to come!

Federal spending is out of control.  So far Biden has accounted for 4 trillion dollars in additional debt in the 2 years he has been President.  To make matters worse, the lame duck Congress last year approved additional spending through September 2023 in its last dying breath, tying the hands of the new Republican majority Congress from addressing spending until then.  As of now, we have debt at 120% of GNP, the highest since WW2! 

The spending has put us into both an inflationary spiral with a looming recession.  Very predictable since too many dollars right now are chasing too few goods.  Coupled with the Transportation Secretary completely unqualified for his job, ignoring supply chain issues that continue to dog our economy.  Doesn’t sound like a very good plan for economic stability, does it?

With Biden’s insistence, the whole Federal bureaucracy, including our military has gone “Woke”.  Instead of focusing on their individual missions, they are now more interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Our military is now more worried about “White Supremacy” and micro-aggressions rather than protecting our country from its enemies.  Letting a CCP spy balloon fly over our nuclear sites rather than shooting it down, letting it traverse our whole country is a shining example of how they will now ignore their basic mission. 

The Biden Administration has also re-defined Title IX protections for women to now include LGBTQ+ and transgender protections.  This is leading to the Department of Education withholding funds from schools that either have same sex bathrooms or are taking sexually perverted books off the school libraries.   

One also has to mention the scandals Joe and his family are in the midst of.  The family business of selling influence for millions to the Russians, Chinese, and Ukraine.  Joe being the “Big Guy” and his 10% cut of the take.  Classified documents, some dating back to when Joe was a Senator and VP, found in his garage and in an office at the University of Pennsylvania that was shared with the CCP representatives on campus.  All of this leading to Joe being compromised by our enemies!  What a mess!

We are dealing with a big fight, a fight for the soul of our nation.  Joe Biden is on the wrong side of this issue, having embraced all that is “Woke”, and vilifying those that believe in our Constitution.  His presidency is a total failure, and he is a tottering, corrupt, intellectually bankrupt face of this radical, anti-American broken regime.  Yes, it will be interesting to see how he spins total failure to something other than what it plainly is! We will see how creative his writers are!

OBSERVATIONS OF OPENING SESSION OF THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JANUARY 10TH THROUGH THE 12th

I had never witnessed a state legislature in session.  I went because I wanted to see the State House of Representatives in their opening week.  This was not just for curiosity sake, but also because I was interested in seeing how this body will embrace the Republican Party platform as designed at our 2022 state convention. 

Of all the components of the platform, I wanted to see what would become of the most popular one, that being “NO DEMOCRAT COMMITTEE CHAIRS”!  Not only was this part of the Republican Party platform, but over 80% of Republican voters cast their ballot supporting this initiative in the mid-term election!  The politicians elected to the House are to represent the people who elected them, and logically this should be a shoe-in, but with the distinct possibility of Dade Phelan being voted in once again as Speaker of the House, his stance on this issue put a dark cloud on the possibility of getting rid of Democrat Committee Chairs!

Sure enough, Dade was once again elected speaker.  After talking to Representatives, it seems that it was a foregone conclusion that most Republicans and all Democrats would be voting for him, as a vote against would put that Representative in a position of being essentially powerless in the House for the next 2 years.  It is Phelan that picks committees and chairmen, and voting against him would be a death knell for anyone that would have the audacity to do so.

Next came proposals to modify the “Rules of the House”.  Representatives Slaton and Tinderholt put  up as many as 7 different modifications to eliminate Democrat Chairs for rules approval, but were summarily shot down by Phelan and his Parliamentarian. Representative Hayes, an attorney and a rules expert, argued to have them heard and voted on, but was also shot down.  These elected officials now show that they do not care about what their constituencies want, instead care about their power within the House, and very little else.  Only a few brave souls stood up for their voters, the rest went along with the easiest pathway to their perceived power. 

One thing did come out of the first week, and that was fines, censorship, and possible removal for Representatives that purposely flee the state to remover the quorum for voting.  The Democrats did that in the last session, going to Washington to eliminate conservative bills from passing. That will help the process, make it cleaner, but what a firestorm it created with the Democrats!  They were lined up at the speaking platform at the back of the room to complain on this proposal, and their arguments fell short, but they were passionate! 

I moved here from California for the freedom and fairness that Texas seemed to represent.  I learned early on that the same process that changed California for the worst, was being reenacted right here in Texas.  That is why my wife and I started a conservative group in my own city here, have worked on elections with truly conservative candidates, and have been fighting to wake up conservatives in Texas.  Texas is due for a rude awakening if people here do not see the threat. 

Get active people, or you will not like the consequences.  The BAD is coming, and you will not be able to hide from it!  Vote, get active supporting conservative causes, because there is an army of people and money from blue states that are actively trying to change the state that we love. 

DRAMA IN THE CAPITAL!

Well, without going through all the painful events of 2022, let’s just say, whew, glad that is over!  Now we are in the New Year, and drama envelops the House of Representatives.  At stake is the speaker ship of the House, 3rd in line for the Presidency.  Kevin McCarthy wants that position badly!  He has made promises to House members in order to find a path to victory, and he needs 218 votes to get him across the finish line.  As of today, on the 6th vote, he is 17 votes behind finding victory.  He just does not have the votes.  Why?  Because he is agnostic politically, and the grassroots conservatives in Congress want the Speaker to embrace Conservative values. 

Why do I say he is agnostic?  He votes by analyzing the political winds, not what his party stands for.  He is one of the people that put together “crisis legislation”, which is bankrupting us.  This is, in shorthand form why we never really get a budget, but at the last minute we see them passing a pork filled bill to keep the government from shutting down and defaulting on their financial responsibilities. He votes historically with Democrats on spending bills.  That is why Conservatives do not want him.  That is why we as citizens should not want him.

It is possible that he will redeem himself, but do not hold your breath!  He will not agree to the demands of the Freedom Caucus.  He will not push for a balanced budget.  He will not push for a negotiated budget ahead of time.  He will not agree to embracing Conservative values.  If he does, he has a slim chance of being Speaker, but that is a long-shot! 

We will have a Speaker in the next week or two.  It will most likely not be Kevin McCarthy, as he is part of the cabal that has taken our country down.  It will be someone that is smart, Conservative, and willing to take up the job.  The job is a hard one, not only do you direct bills in Congress, but you actually fund-raise and build coalitions within your ranks by continually politicking with your Caucus.  That is an 80+ hour a week job, and a thankless one at that!  That man will be praised and vilified at the same time, but a man that will be for the country and the citizens thereof.  He will, in a different way, be like George Washington, who never wanted to be President, but took the job because he was a patriot and knew that his country needed him.  Most likely, he will also step down after 2 terms as George Washington did, as that is the most that any politician needs to be in the same position of power. 

This is a great process!  For once, we are having a debate in Congress, as it was originally designed for!  The Establishment, both Democrats and Republicans, are pushing for Kevin McCarthy to be the Speaker.  A few real Conservative Republicans are saying “NOT ON MY DEAD BODY”!!!!  Dramatic for sure, but it gives all of us hope that we can eventually fix the mess that is Washington! Pray for the process, and understand this is a process that was intended for by our Founding Fathers!

WINNING WITH THE RIGHT MESSAGING

Under the leadership of Newt Gingrich, House Republicans in the minority came up with a brilliant concept.  They called it the “Contract with America”.  This contract was signed by all Republicans in the House.  The promise was that they, if elected in the midterms that year, they would promise to get things done that were on the minds of most people at that time.  This “Contract” was introduced in a timely fashion, on the Capitol steps in Washington DC on September 27, 1994.  Midterms were that November, and with this messaging the Republicans took the House gaining 54 new seats, and the Senate gaining 8 additional seats.  It was a blowout that stymied Bill Clinton’s radical leftist agenda, and forced him to negotiate with the opposing party!

What was promised?  Tax cuts, a permanent line-item veto, measures to reduce crime and middle-class tax relief, and Constitutional Amendments requiring term limits and a balanced budget.  This was the messaging that the Republicans drove home making it possible for them to have a Red Wave, and those promises were not hollow.  With the exception of term limits, they accomplished everything on that list, and made it possible for Bill Clinton to sign them all into law.  In fact, at one point, Bill Clinton remarked that “The era of big government is over”!  Proof positive that if your messaging is on point, and is driven home nationwide, a party can win many seats and implement change.  Fast forward to midterms 2022.

What were the Republicans running on?  Let’s see?  Oh yea, inflation bad, recession bad, crime bad, open borders bad, green new deal bad, all the while trying to duck the abortion question.  They did not present real solutions, just a litany of gripes about how the government is currently run.   Still, they expected that they would have a Red Tidal Wave seeing that the numerous missteps by the Biden Administration would bury the Democrats in the midterms.  That of course did not happen.  Democrats held onto the Senate, although it looks like Republicans will gain a slim majority in the House. 

Democrats played on young voters 18-25 and Suburban housewives with the abortion issue, implying that abortion would be dead and gone if Republicans took over the Senate and the House with big majorities.  It turned out that the Republican calculation that this would not be a major issue was wrong, and both these demographics came out heavily for Democrat Candidates, effectively giving the Democrats the Senate. 

Where did Republican go wrong?  They really had no messaging that resonated with Swing and Independent voters.  The Democrats did not have any real messaging either, except the lie that the Republicans, if elected would nationalize an abortion ban on the whole nation.  Even so, that was enough to blunt any possibility of a Red Wave!

If Republicans want to win major elections in the future, they need to focus on clear, concise messaging that directly addresses the needs of their constituents.  Voters need to see a benefit in changing governments course.  Simply going against the opposing party’s policies without definitive plans that could be implemented to solve real problems will not be a winning solution.  Republicans should learn from Newt Gingrich and his House members who did just that!  Most of all, they must instill trust that they actually will do what they promise!  Otherwise, this strategy would only work once, if at all!