Editorial: It’s time for conservatives to react, because Biden is going to the White House and there’s more bad news…

Editorial: It’s time for conservatives to react, because Biden is going to the White House and there’s more bad news…

Image: Potassium (K) reacts dramatically with water (H2O). Similarly, conservatives must, with intelligence and perspicuity, respond dramatically to the growth of government at all levels we are witnessing, particularly as the Biden administration comes into office.

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer

It may be tough to accept, but those who value freedom in the United States, in Texas, and in their locale (such as Montgomery County, Texas) should take heed of the political reality.

Donald Trump will not be the President of the United States at the conclusion of January 20, 2021. Whether you believe liberals stole the election through fraud and illegality or not, Joseph Biden will take the oath of office as President that day. With him, he’ll bring statist sycophants who will reverse the strong international trade and national security policies, which have been the result of President Trump’s strong leadership. In their place, America will submit itself to world domination by China, Russia, and the United Nations. The domestic energy industry faces grave peril in a Biden presidency, which will greatly delight OPEC nations who had to compete with American economic strength during the past four years.

On domestic issues, liberal Democrat judges will likely replace many conservative jurists as federal courts shift back to the leftist era of the Obama administration. Abortion-on-demand, extreme government interference in public education, heavy-handed environmental regulation, and substantially higher federal taxes will most certainly confront American families.

In Texas, the immediate future doesn’t look much better. Governor Greg Abbott has shifted leftward as he plans a run for the White House in 2024. His reaction to the Chinese Coronavirus has done little other than to spike the number of suicides, destroy Texas businesses and jobs, and increase government intrusion into free markets which had made the Texas economy so strong.

The Texas House of Representatives appears poised to elect Dade Phelan, a Beaumont Republican, as Speaker of the House. Phelan received a 49% score from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility during the 86th Texas Legislature. That places Phelan among the most liberal third of Republican members of the Texas House.

What is particularly troubling about the upcoming 87th Texas Legislature is the lack of direction which is apparent among legislative leaders. The Republican Party’s Legislative Priorities – election integrity, ban taxpayer-funded lobbying, abolition of abortion, Constitutional carry, religious freedom, monument protection, school choice for all, and abolishing child and gender modification – won’t die slow deaths. They’ll die quickly, especially because the State Capitol will likely close to citizens who wish to make their voices heard during the Legislative Session where frightened legislators will hid behind locked office and committee room doors.

Local government is the worst of all. That’s where taxation and spending has grown faster than any other sector of government during the past two decades. Rather than serving closer to their constituents, local governments appear out of contact. The practice of electing your friends with whom you go to church has misfired terribly, as many school district boards of trustees, county commissioner courts, and city councils clearly have fallen under the control of local vendors and long-term government employees.

Government may have come from the people, but it is no longer for the people.

In Montgomery County, Texas, the citizens elected a “reform” County Judge in 2018 in Mark Keough. Within eight days of taking the oath of office, Keough showed his true colors when, instead of reducing County spending by reducing his salary, he transferred the funds into corrupt Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts’ asphalt account, the County Commissioners’ favorite slush fund. Besides acting out of fear in response to the virus and causing the local suicide rate, unemployment, and business closures to spike, Keough has failed to bring the ethics reforms he promised while he ran for office. Instead, the Montgomery County government is more secretive than ever, while County government vendors have more influence over government policies than ever.

In Montgomery County, Texas, the citizens elected a “reform” County Judge in 2018 in Mark Keough. Within eight days of taking the oath of office, Keough showed his true colors when, instead of reducing County spending by reducing his salary, he transferred the funds into corrupt Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts’ asphalt account, the County Commissioners’ favorite slush fund. Besides acting out of fear in response to the virus and causing the local suicide rate, unemployment, and business closures to spike, Keough has failed to bring the ethics reforms he promised while he ran for office. Instead, the Montgomery County government is more secretive than ever, while County government vendors have more influence over government policies than ever.

What must conservatives do to meet these crises of American principles?

First, conservatives must closely examine the manner in which they deliver the message to voters. Conservatives have failed to explain to voters that government has failed in the past, continues to fail now, and will continue to fail in the future (other than in providing its core services of law enforcement and national defense). Conservatives have failed to capitalize on how natural that message is to American voters of color who, perhaps more than others, understand the institutional failures of government historically. Conservatives cannot ever pander to government officials. As Judge Wayne Mack has said, “government should fear the people, not the other way around.”

Second, conservatives must organize, organize, and organize some more.

Third, conservatives can no longer afford to compromise on issues of government spending and the failures of public schools, many churches, and the judiciary to follow American philosophy and values.

If you don’t fight for freedom, you won’t have it. If you don’t fight smart for freedom, you won’t have it.

It’s time for conservatives to react with the precision of chemical reactions.

 

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