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The Lessons of The Lone Star State

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I’m reposting this article from Townhall.com.

Dallas radio personality Mark Davis shares the secrets of Texas’ success story in his new book “Lone Star America: How Texas Can Save Our Country.”

Townhall: Why did you write “Lone Star America?”

Davis: There have been a lot of books written about Texas, some by people who like us, some by people who don’t like us. This strikes me as a period of intense attention to my state, as some of the solutions that we have undertaken here in Texas seem particularly appropriate to solving a lot of the problems in America.

We have a huge spending problem in America; we try to handle that in a sane way here in Texas. We have a lot of issues from gun rights to religious freedom, and they’re all playing out in Texas under an umbrella of conservative governance that is working very well and is proving very popular. We are the state that is singled out as having been most successful, not just surviving, but thriving under the onslaught of the Obama era.

So it just goes to follow that there would be some solutions and strategies in the Texas examples that could be very valuable to other states and to the nation as a whole.

Townhall: You write that “for a growing child, a small business, or a megabank, failure can be instructive.” How do you think Texas has embraced that mindset and how has it been instructive for the state?

Davis: Times have not always been great here. We have had an oil boom and we’ve had an oil bust. We have had a real estate boom and we’ve had a real estate crash. We were not immune to the recession of 2008-2009, and then thereafter.

In example after example, Texas individuals and Texas businesses did not run around begging for some government solution to spare them the down-size of the marketplace. The best businesses and the strongest citizens, here in Texas and elsewhere, are the people who sit down and say: ‘OK, this is what’s happened. Maybe it’s my fault, maybe it’s not. Let me learn from it, get stronger, get smart.’ That is something that is bred through our history, bred through our culture, and bred through the way that we do business today.

Townhall: Can you give a few examples of how other states could benefit from adopting the solutions and policies that Texas has implemented?

Davis: It breaks my heart to look at magnificent states like New York and California, with so many natural resources, so many human resources, so many great people with so many great talents, and to see high taxes, over regulation, and a ponderous legal system cripple opportunities for individual growth and business success.

A state like California, with its amazing landscape, amazing culture, amazing people—the people of California deserve better. And the horrendous government that they’ve received for the last couple of generations, there is a reason why U-hauls and moving vans are loading up from California and moving to Texas. There’s a reason why Gov. Rick Perry can go up to California and pick businesses like plums to come here to Texas, because they know that they will be taxed less, they will be regulated reasonably, that we have a tort reform that works, we have an incredibly attractive cost of living, and so we’ve just been a magnet to these other states.

I would love for Californians, and New Yorkers, and people in these struggling big cities like Chicago and Detroit, to be able to have some of the success that we have had, so that they can brag like we do. They say it’s not bragging if it’s true, well, in Texas it’s true and I’d love for it to be true everywhere.

Townhall: What do you think are the first steps, or initial actions, toward allowing Texas to save the country?

Davis: The first thing that Americans need to do is look at Texas with a clear eye and see what we’ve done. And see that under the ill effects of expansionists, collectivist government with an Obama administration and a Democratic Senate, that we have had conservative governors and conservative legislatures that have given us solutions that are more along the lines of the way the Founding Fathers saw the country operating.

With a strong but a limited government with more emphasis on individual liberty, individual talents, and getting the government out of the way of the citizens so that the citizens can excel to the extent that their gifts can take them. If every state were to do this, and if the country were to elect national leaders with that kind of mindset, it’s stunning to think of the way in which America could not only dig itself out of its current hole, but return to the kind of prominence, and return to the kind of prosperity that we say we all want.

That involves electing leaders who will create that kind of government around the individual. It involves electing leaders who are willing to do what is antithetical to what a lot of government leaders want to do, and that is to be in people’s lives more, to provide all the solutions, to say “I’m the guy who solved this problem.”

Every state, and in the country in general, needs leaders who know that the best way to solve problems is to allow individuals and businesses to solve them for themselves with a minimum of government interference. That has been the soundtrack of the Texas success story, and for any state willing to take courage to undertake it I could guarantee that it will improve them over where they are now.

Townhall: What was your favorite part about writing this book?

Davis: I obviously enjoyed delving into some Texas history, I enjoyed providing some statistics to back up the points that I make, but anybody can do that, and anybody should do that in any book that they write about the state.

The things that I enjoyed the most are things that nobody else could do. Stories that are straight from my life. In talking about some of the Army National Guard guys that I’ve been able to associate with who have been deployed to the War on Terror. The opportunity to be in close contact with people like Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. To tell people what it’s like to hang out with people like Ted Nugent.

The opportunity to take the portions of my life, that I have lived, that I have done, and apply them to some of these principles that are found in the chapters. That’s what I think makes it different than anybody else’s book that anybody else could ever write, and that’s what I hope helps it stand out.

How true it is that our country is filled to the brim with talented people willing to work hard and learn from their mistakes. It is not difficult to SEE what works…what produces results…what improves things.

More and More Blacks Running for Congress…as Republicans!

The first 30 seconds involve Keith Olberman, who is very hard to watch, but hang in for the rest!

Yes, From the Washington Post!

Immigration photoA scathing article from, of all sources, The Washington Post! Here is an excerpt:

“Top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned repeatedly of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago, according to former federal officials and others familiar with internal discussions.”

Folks, this is an article you would NOT expect to see in the Washington Post. It goes into considerable depth with numerous sources. Named sources, not anonymous ones.

Check it out in full.

New Revelations Regarding Benghazi

This is a very thoughtful interview with an Air Force pilot. There are several key items revealed here.

THE Way to Handle the Mainstream Media

 
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To some, maybe many of you, this is going to sound simplistic. I will agree it is indeed simple, but often the most powerful things in life are very simple. I only ask that you bear with me and read all the way through.

I hear over and over: “The mainstream media is so biased!”

Every day I hear of another example of the New York Times, Washington Post or CNN “reporting” something partially untrue or completely untrue.

Conservative pundits go on and on about how unfair this is. Conservative politicians diplomatically (or not so diplomatically) complain about the press coverage from the mainstream media.

Frankly, it’s like a broken record.

What I haven’t heard in all of this noise and complaining is a solution. I haven’t heard what we should do about it.

Well, I know exactly what we should do about it.

We’re all familiar with how Democrats run in packs. They get their talking points and then off they go to parrot them. And their media buddies do the same. We’ve seen it over and over.

This works for them. It works very well.

And it can work for us without any loss of individualism or integrity.

Every time the mainstream media shows bias by 1) covering a story with their usual slant or 2) omitting to cover an important story or a perspective on a story because of their liberal prejudice—every time this happens, we speak up.

And, when I say “we speak up” I don’t mean being reactive and complaining about it. I mean taking a VERY pro-active approach. Instead of constantly being on defense, we play offense. And with the playbook outlined in this post, we’ll make major headway.

Example:

CNN makes a comment about the Veterans Administration that attempts to lay blame on President Bush. No blame is laid at the feet of the current president. Senator Mike Lee, Senator Marco Rubio, or Congressman Trey Gowdy calls CNN and demands to be put on the record (or on the air) to respond to the biased report.

And of course, there are many other Senators and/or Congressmen that can make this call.

Many.

The key to this is that it’s done with intense regularity.

Conservatives are not a herd, but when it comes to media bias, they can certainly act with a strong measure of unity.

The word gets out to all conservative politicians at the national, state and local levels. Whenever a biased report hits, there is someone or several someones contacting that news agency and demanding to be put on the record.

The word gets out further and further.

Conservative politicians at all levels get themselves interviewed on the radio, on television and in print. It doesn’t matter if they’re Tea Party Republicans or Establishment Republicans or somewhere in between. ALL Republicans have a common interest in getting the media to report fairly. Libertarian politicians who recognize the importance of an unbiased media can and should also make these calls.

Why will this work?

Because up until now, the mainstream media has just operated unchecked. They not only give a pass to liberal politicians, they give a pass to themselves. They do this because they really don’t care about our incessant complaining.

But they will have to respond to the continual requests and demands to be put on the record and requests and demands to be interviewed on the air.

The producer at MSNBC gets a call from Congressman Trey Gowdy who wants to be interviewed on the air to respond to something he just heard.

Senator Rand Paul gives the Washington Post a well articulated Op-Ed piece that is in response to a very biased Op-Ed that the Post ran two days prior.

Senator Lee calls CBS and asks to respond to a segment they just did on the Federal Reserve.

A Milwaukee radio station gets a call from Scott Walker. The Governor wants to respond to a talk show host who was criticizing the Governor’s fiscal policies. The criticisms contained numerous falsehoods. Governor Walker is on the phone wanting to respond.

A Republican City Councilman in Los Angeles calls the LA Times and asks to be interviewed about a Times report on the need for new regulations on local businesses.

In the above examples and in countless other examples, we do NOT wait to be put on the record or interviewed on the air, we causatively make it happen.

And we do so with intense regularity.

Slowly but surely, our message gets through. Yes, the mainstream media will attempt to alter these communications. We know this. It doesn’t matter. We just keep on confronting all of the various mainstream media outlets.

I realize we already do some of this. But nowhere near enough to reach critical mass with the media. Yes, we should all pro-actively confront the media when they show their bias. But the media outlets can tell ordinary folks with conservative views: “send a ‘letter to the editor’ and we’ll see about publishing it.”

If, however, our leading voices and politicians do this—again, at all levels—it will be very hard for the media to send these requests to the circular file.

We need to stop the incessant complaining.

We need to get to work on responding directly and forcing the media to wear its hat properly.

An essential element of our Republic is a press that does it’s job. We can complain about the job they are doing or we can take these steps to force them to do their job. The more we do this, the more truth we put in front of them, the more this will snow ball. Cracks will show up in their liberal armor and more and more truth will get aired and printed.

The reason this will succeed is in the very nature of how truth works. It has considerably more power than lies and half truths.

There are times when the truth must be wielded with intensity and pace for its power to work. (Tweet this)

This is one of those times.

Yes, I realize we’re not going to deal with every instance of liberal bias in the press. The message here is simple: we quit complaining and we get out there in ever-increasing numbers…and respond!

A few days ago was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. To preserve our freedoms, our brave boys ran straight into horrific machine gun fire and they made their way through land mines and artillery. Well, we can certainly suck it up and confront the mainstream media.

An Amazing Commencement Speech

This is the type of commencement speech that should simply be shown to every liberal college and university.

Hillary Clinton Ex-Boss Says He Fired Her from Her Work on the Watergate Investigation for Being a “Liar” and “Unethical”

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Here is an excerpt from the truth or fiction web site.

The Truth:

This email is the text of a column published on March 31, 2008 by Dan Calabrese, founder of Northstar Writers Group (www.northstarwriters.com).

The story is based on statements by Jerry Zeifman, a Democrat, who was a counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee. He said that he supervised then Hillary Rodham who got a job working on the investigation of the Watergate scandal, which eventually brought Richard Nixon’s presidency to an end through resignation.

Zeifman published a book in 2006 titled Hillary’s Pursuit of Power. On his website, which is no longer on the Internet, Zeifman said “Hillary Clinton is ethically unfit to be either a Senator or President–and if she were to become President, the last vestiges of the traditional moral authority of the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson will be destroyed.”

Zeifman said that during her work on the investigation of the Watergate scandal, Hillary Rodham “…engaged in a variety of self-serving unethical practices in violation of House rules.”

In 1998 Zeifman was a consultant to a member of the Judiciary Committee that impeached President Bill Clinton and said he “gained extensive personal insights into the unethical practices of Hillary Clinton in her White House ‘West Wing’ office.”

Specifically, Zeifman believes that Hillary Rodham Clinton and others wanted Richard Nixon to remain in office to enhance the chances of Senator Ted Kennedy or another Democrat being elected president. Zeifman contends that in 1974 a young lawyer who shared an office with Clinton came to him to apologize that he and Clinton had lied to him. The lawyer, John Labovitz, is quoted as saying that he was dismayed with “…her erroneous legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel — as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon.”

Zeifman charges that Clinton regularly consulted with Ted Kennedy’s chief political strategist, which was a violation of House rules.

Another reason for Clinton’s conduct, according to Zeifman, was that Democrats did not want Nixon to face an impeachment trial because they feared that as a part of his defense Nixon might want to bring up abuses of office by President John Kennedy.

Zeifman said he regrets that when he terminated Clinton from the Nixon impeachment staff he did not report her unethical practices to the appropriate bar association.

There has not been any response that we have found from Clinton to the book or to Zeifman’s accusations.

Posted 04/7/08 Updated 01/11/14

There are other web sites reporting on the above. Apparently Zeifman kept a very detailed diary at that time, due to the importance of the Watergate hearings. It will be interesting indeed to see if he pops up in the next year or so.

Trey Gowdy and The Press Conference That Went Viral

This 3 minute video has over 3 million views. It crystallizes for millions of Americans the UNANSWERED questions about Benghazi.

The video is of a press conference in October of 2013. Fast forward to May 2014, those same questions are STILL unanswered.

It sure looks like Trey Gowdy was the right choice to chair the Select Committee.