Image: A proper organizational chart for the government of the State of Texas. Under the most basic concept of Americanism, the people are at the top of the organizational chart and remain in charge of the government even though elected servants have responsibilities to make public sacrifices.
Conroe, July 1 – From the perspective of conservative Republicans in Montgomery County, the past week has been a great one. Local events as well as national ones point as a beacon of positive strength in the upcoming 2018 November 6 General Election.
It’s important to define the terms. In the United States of America in 2018, there are two fundamental attributes of someone who is a “conservative.” First, a “conservative” is someone who takes a hard line to support smaller government, less government spending, and lower taxes. There aren’t many of those folks around, especially in Washington, D.C. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are some examples. Second, a “conservative” harkens back to the basic principle that defines Americanism: all authority of government emanates from the people who remain at the top of the organization of government despite election of representative servants who may handle the day-to-day business of government just like a butler handles the day-to-day matters in a wealthy man’s home. A “constitutional conservative” is and should be someone who follows the second principle closely, because that principle and strict construction of the United States Constitution is what a government of limited power means.
What is a “Republican”? Someone who generally supports the Planks of the Republican Party Platform. Since the 1980s, there have been many people who have continued to call themselves “Republican” even though they don’t support the two most popular and fundamental Planks of the Platform, the call for reduced government spending and the Pr0-Life Plank. There are, in fact, many people who support the growth of the size and spending of government and who are not Pro-Life, yet they call themselves “Republicans.” They fundamentally misunderstand or mis-state the very definition of the terms they’re using.
So why has this past week been so great for people who take a hard line to support smaller government, insist that all authority of government emanates from the people, and support the Planks of the Republican Party Platform?
Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee
By decentralizing the power of the Montgomery County Republican Party through a bylaws amendment that the elected Precinct Chairs passed by a 55% to 45% vote, the Republican Party of this community has placed political authority back much closer to the hands of the voters. The vote was difficult for the political establishment, because they didn’t want to share authority with anyone.
Interestingly, however, the one person who has shown the greatest magnanimity after the vote was Dr. Walter Wilkerson, the retired physician, who is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. Wilkerson met for two hours with newly-elected Executive Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, who, at 21 years old, is the youngest Vice Chair of any County Republican Party in Texas. Both Reed and Wilkerson reported they had a positive meeting and look forward to working closely together to lead the County Republican Party to a strong General Election.
During the County Executive Committee meeting, some of the establishment Precinct Chairs had some strong words against their fellow Republicans, but, despite those momentary breaches of Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment (“You should not speak evil of a fellow Republican”), the Party seems far more unified than it has been in two decades. Conservatives feel that they finally have a voice in the County Republican Party and clearly feel energized to lead a strong General Election campaign.
In reality, other than a small group of people who work on Charlie Riley’s campaign, the Montgomery County Republican Party seems more unified than it has even previously been. The authority to direct the force of the Republican Party has flowed back into the hands of the citizens of Montgomery County with Wilkerson at the helm.
On Friday, June 29, 2018, brilliant Quadvest President Simon Sequeira gave a succinct explanation for why water bills are so high in Montgomery County. Here’s the basic explanation Sequeira provided.
Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) has implemented unnecessarily restrictive groundwater regulations that prevent citizens from using their own groundwater without paying an enormous fee for doing so. The regulations are under the guise of groundwater conservation, which, as Sequeira explained, is scientifically unnecessary.
The restrictions and high fees have driven water users to have to buy surface water and to pay surface water fees to the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) which happens to control a majority of the LSGCD board. SJRA makes millions of dollars in profits as a result of LSGCD’s regulatory assistance in helping SJRA exercise monopoly powers over the use of water in Montgomery County.
The good news, however, is that through the work of Sequeira and others, including State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), State Representative Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands), and State Representative Will Metcalf (R-Conroe), there will be an election for LSGCD’s board on November 6, so, finally, LSGCD will represent the interests of the citizens rather than the financial interests of SJRA.
There’s a citizen group with the name Restore Affordable Water (RAW), which is working to find candidates to run as property rights advocates on the LSGCD board, to vet those candidates, and to support their election in the November 6 General Election.
Citizens Golden Hammer Award
Renowned conservative Republican activist and GOP Precinct Chair Ginger Russell, also known as the “Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” made history on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when she presented the first “Citizens’ Golden Hammer Award” to Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador. The “Citizens” format will be the new method for all of the “Golden Hammer Awards” in the future.
Russell presented the Award concerning a $2.7 million expenditure that Doyal and Meador are causing County taxpayers to suffer as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget as a result of their “sweetheart” deal with robust political contributor and crony Johnson Development Company.
On November 4, 2013, on the motion of Commissioner Mike Meador, seconded by Commissioner Craig Doyal, the County government committed the taxpayers to pay millions of public dollars for private infrastructure development inside of the City of Conroe at Grand Central Park. In Fiscal Year 2019 alone, the taxpayers are on the hook for $2.7 million to Johnson Development, according to Russell. Rather than spending those funds on tax reduction, law enforcement, or roads, the County government is going to pay a fortune to a private real estate developer, who has political muscle, inside the City of Conroe limits.
After Russell’s outstanding presentation, The Golden Hammer has confirmed, through two sources inside of the Montgomery County government (one in Doyal’s office and one in that of a Commissioner), that the Johnson Development payment, to a private company for private real estate development inside the limits of the City of Conroe, will soak up almost a majority of new tax funds the Montgomery County government will receive over and above tax collections during Fiscal Year 2018. The economic projection of future payments to Johnson Development will exceed $15 million.
Justice Kennedy’s retirement
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have steadily risen since passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which the President signed into law on December 22, 2017. The hopes of the “other party” to take over Congress in the November mid-term elections appear dimmer and dimmer.
On Wednesday morning, June 27, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is a moderate to conservative vote on the Court, announced that he is retiring, so that President Trump will have an opportunity to nominate a young conservative who might be able to serve as an Associate Justice for three decades or longer.
President Trump has indicated that he’ll likely nominate someone on Monday, July 9. When that occurs, President Trump will energize the conservative Republican base massively just in time for the November 6 General Elections.
Even Michael Moore, who is a liberal but also a brilliant and a wonderful prognosticator, has conceded that circumstances are improving significantly for the Republicans in the mid-term elections.
Guess who’s going to war with the Republican Party?
There’s a lot of hate filling Charlie Riley, the Precinct 2 County Commissioner, who believe’s he’s the incarnation of the the Lord and who has made clear that he’s going to war with the law enforcement community in Montgomery County, because they didn’t back him for re-election.
Riley said he’d meet and talk with anyone who would meet and talk with him on May 22. Nevertheless, now he’s made it clear he won’t meet with anyone or talk with anyone unless his wife and his campaign manager give him permission first.
On May 22, after giving a big hug to lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal, Riley announced that he wanted to get rid of conservative Republican Precinct Chairs in Precinct 2 who didn’t support him in the Republican Primary Election. Like his mentor Doyal, Riley has begun to develop his own “Hit List.”
On June 30, 2018, however, Riley decided to go to war with the entire Republican Party in Montgomery County. The Party, through the Precinct Chairs whom the voters elected on March 6, 2018, held its organizational meeting on June 26, adopted new Bylaws, and elected new officers. Executive Vice Chairman Reagan Reed won election by a unanimous vote. The Precinct Chairs elected Rachel Bingham as Secretary and John Hill Wertz as Treasurer. Nevertheless, Riley believes that it’s up to him to go to war with those duly elected officers. Rather than working with the leadership of the Montgomery County Republican Party to elect Republican candidates in the November 6 General Election, Riley announced on June 30 that he intends to hold a rally – much like the nationwide rallies against ICE and the Department of Justice on June 30 to protect enforcement of immigration laws – to protest against the Republican Party itself. Riley has made no attempt to sit down and talk with the Republican Party leadership, Reed, Bingham, or Wertz. Rather, he has announced he’s going to war against the Party.
It’s a shame. Riley should focus on his re-election on November 6 and on helping other Republican candidates win their elections.
Sitting from the perspective of grassroots conservative Republicans in Montgomery County, Texas, it’s been a great week (despite Riley’s eruptive behavior).