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Chip Roy makes the Texas 21st district race much more interesting

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Chip Roy makes the Texas 21st district race much more interesting

The diminishing sway and coordination of the various Tea Party factions has had an effect on 2018 GOP primary races. Most of them are Establishment Republicans versus slightly-less-Establishment Republicans. Following the 2016 election season that didn’t treat conservatives very well, they seem hesitant to throw their hats back in any races.

An exception has popped up in San Antonio, Texas. Despite a flurry of Republicans entering the race for the seat of retiring Representative Lamar Smith, a known conservative name has joined the fray. Chip Roy, the former Chief of Staff for Ted Cruz and more recently the director for the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, is bringing his distinct brand of conservatism to town.

Chip Roy, former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, is running for Congress

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/06/chip-roy-former-cruz-chief-staff-running-lamar-smiths-seat/Roy’s campaign is being staffed by a number of Cruz veterans. They include Jason Johnson, the chief strategist for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign; John Drogin, the campaign manager for Cruz’s 2012 U.S. Senate bid; and Jordan Berry, another alum of Cruz’s 2012 bid.

Since Smith announced his retirement, more than a dozen Republicans have lined up for the seat. Some of the more prominent names include state Rep. Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs, ex-Bexar County GOP Chairman Robert Stovall and former U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco of San Antonio.

My Take

This site favors the rise of the Federalist Party, as do I. My attachment to the Republican Party ended last year, but until the Federalists are putting out candidates, I have to jump on the opportunity to support constitutional conservatives like Roy. I’ve followed him since before his stint with Cruz and, unlike some of his former bosses, he’s stayed consistent with his conservative stances. His leadership at the TPPF was exemplary. I’d love to see him in the House of Representatives.

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  1. Jan

    December 8, 2017 at 12:07 am

    He is running in my district. Thanks for the heads up.

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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

All Presidents have their share of great quotes. Speech writers are paid to spin words in a way that is catchy, intellectual, and understandable. President George H. W. Bush said many great things in his life, but none were as important for today as his perspective on government.

The only addition I would make is that true governance under the Constitution starts at the individual level. He may not have been the biggest proponent of limited-government federalism the way his predecessor was, but that doesn’t change the importance of his message.

“The heart of our government is not here in Washington, it’s in every county office, every town, every city across this land. Wherever the people of America are, that’s where the heart of our government is.”

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

Democrat Stacey Abrams possesses some pretty radical political ideologies. I completely disagree with her far-leftist rhetoric or the agenda she hoped to bring to Georgia as governor. Republican Brian Kemp is the next governor, which even Abrams admits.

But she refuses to concede that she actually lose the election. She’s clear that Kemp is the governor-elect, but she falls just short of saying that his victory is illegitimate.

That’s all political theater. Here’s what she gets right. Georgia and many states need to clean up their election practices. Laws should be passed. Other laws should be removed. Ballot access for American citizens must be protected and the process must be made as easy as possible without jeopardizing accuracy or opening the doors to fraud.

Most importantly, this must be done through a combination of the legal system and the state legislature. At no point should she or anyone else try to turn this into a federal issue.

People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be leaning towards fixing election problems at the national level. This would be a huge mistake. The states must clean their own houses. The residents of the states must be the catalyst. Keep DC out of it.

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

We’re starting to hear rumblings, mostly from Republicans, calling for national standardization of elections. It’s understandable that people are frustrated by what’s happening in Florida. Arizona and Georgia also have some questionable happenings. But it’s imperative as conservatives that we allow the states to fix the problems no matter how bad they may seem.

The biggest reason: the more the federal government gets involved in just about anything, the easier it will be for voter fraud, counting mishaps, and election official corruption to occur. Take, for example, calls ringing out again for national voter ID. Would it make it harder for non-citizens to vote? Perhaps. But it also runs the risk of catastrophic failure when we centralize and/or digitize the voting system itself. Not only will all of our eggs be in one basket that becomes a single point of failure, but it also slows the process of adjusting against threats. Sophisticated vote manipulators in or out of the country would love nothing more than a federalized voting system.

Taking away the states’ responsibility to administer their voting protocols takes away their accountability as well. Calls for centralization of nearly every other component of administration, from education to the environment to healthcare, has resulted in horrific results that greatly overshadowed the localized problems they were intended to fix.

Some states are having major problems with elections. These states must fix their problems. When the federal government gets involved in sweeping changes that force solutions for isolated cases on the rest of the country, more problems arise. The benefits are greatly outweighed by the detriments.

Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes is incompetent, corrupt, or both. She needs to be replaced and the voting process in Florida needs to be fixed. Let Broward County and Florida replace her and fix their voting process. It may be hard to have faith in the county and state, but do we really have more faith in Washington DC? Should we be calling for more centralized voting laws and protocols because of a few persons’ gross negligence?

No.

It’s frustrating when local officials can affect national elections, but that’s why people can vote them out and force reforms. Where it’s broken, let those states fix it. Bringing in a DC solution will give us DC results, and that’s almost never a good thing.

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