Image: Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker stands at the Church @ 242, August 7, 2017.
Conroe, August 8 – Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party in a question-and-answer format about his candidacy, his political philosophy, and his latest book Conservative Essays for the Modern Era. Local sage and political activist Bill O’Sullivan interviewed Parker before a capacity crowd on Monday night, August 7, in a lively discussion. The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper interviewed Parker about the issues, other than his book, after the meeting.
O’Sullivan’s interview of Parker follows.
O’Sullivan: WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK, CONSERVATIVE ESSAYS FOR THE MODERN ERA?
Parker: Specifically for my son, as I saw how he was being indoctrinated with liberal ideas in college. I’ve witnessed the rise of postmodernism. I wanted to show my son the truth. I wanted to document for my son my thoughts about the truth so that he could share my ideas with future generations in our family.
O’Sullivan: HOW DID FORMER CONGRESSMAN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL, AND POLITICAL COMMENTATOR ALLEN WEST COME TO WRITE THE FORWARD?
Parker: One of the reviewers of my book knew a friend who used to work for Allen West. Allen West and I knew each other. He read my book, liked it, and offered to write a forward.
O’Sullivan: HAVE OTHERS HAD ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK?
Parker: Yes. Reviewers have likened it to books on the order of the writings of Thomas Sowell and Frederick Hayek. It’s an honor to be considered amongst those great thinkers.
O’Sullivan: YOU OBVIOUSLY WROTE THIS BOOK DURING THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. HOW DID THAT TIME PERIOD IMPACT YOUR WRITINGS PARTICULARLY AS RESPECTS YOUR SON?
Parker: President Obama wasn’t the first president to embrace socialistic thought, but he was the first during my lifetime. I saw through what he was doing. My son was enamored with the first black president. It was historic. There were a lot of things he did that triggered cult warning signs where the individual and the ideology were fused. The Obama administration helped me to solidify my belief that my son needed to see the alternative viewpoint rather than just the liberal hypocrisy.
O’Sullivan: EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
Parker: The relationship between the Second Amendment, or at least the ideology it represents, and the black community goes back to the 18th century when freed black men in Virginia were prohibited from owning firearms. Blacks couldn’t exercise 2nd Amendment rights in the South after Civil War. In liberal states like California and Illinois, blacks have very few right to carry permit holders, as the liberal idea of gun control hurts minorities. It’s been that way since the Framers came over from Europe. In Chicago, a gun permit costs $600, which poor blacks can’t afford. That’s why a much higher percentage of whites have permits than do blacks in Chicago. You also have to show your ability to handle a gun at a gun range, but downtown Chicago has no gun range. Therefore, the suburban whites have more access the the tools to be able to obtain a license-to-carry permit. That type of anti-black discrimination has been closely associated with gun control for centuries.
O’Sullivan: IS THE BLACK LIVES MATTERS MOVEMENT BECOMING A FORM OF RESEGREGATION OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY FROM SOCIETY?
Parker: Black Lives Matters is lie in and of itself because it’s built on the premise of stopping police violence towards blacks. Blacks aren’t killed by police but by other blacks. They don’t discuss the issue of the demise of black family. Black Lives Matters as a group tears down the patriarchal idea of family. Their whole goal is to create transgender families, which is a method of destroying families altogether.
O’Sullivan: IF, IN THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM, THE MOST TALENTED AND BEST CONNECTED THRIVE, DOESN’T THIS PROCESS LEAVE MORE PEOPLE BEHIND?
Parker: That question relies on the fallacy of the zero-sum with the implication that there’s a limited pie to share. If I’m rich, I’m not taking from the poor. Successful people lift everybody up. This history of China since that nation began to experiment with market economy reveals that. China has lifted people out of poverty and increased the size of the pie all around.
O’Sullivan: SPEAK TO YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT AND THE “BATHROOM BILL” IN TEXAS.
Parker: “Transgender” is another lie. In the identity politics chapter in my book, I say that. “Transgender” is built on the premise that one person’s ideas or feelings supersede anybody else’s objective observations of that person. The movement follows the three stages of postmodern ideology. (1) In postmodernism there is no truth. (2) Your version of truth is always equal to my version of truth. (3) The Third stage of postmodernism is where pseudo-intellectuals, if you disagree with them, treat you as the oppressor, and they can overtake you. Some declare thought processes as an assault. Now we have people who claim to be transracial or transgender. The bathroom bill is the reaction to these ideas that they’re putting forward. There’s a safety issue, because people are taking advantage of the argument that there is no such thing as a man and woman. Transgenderism comes into conflict with feminism, because if there’s no gender, then there can’t be feminism.
O’Sullivan: HOW DOES YOUR BOOK TRANSLATE INTO BEING A COMMISSIONER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY?
Parker: My book shows who I am, what I’m about, and what I believe. When you run for office, people should know those things. The book tells exactly who Greg Parker is from how I see the world around us and how the world affects us as people. You shouldn’t get drawn into ideas of what one person says about me. The book shows people who I am. I am first and foremost a Christian, a father, a husband, and then a conservative. I’m a person who really wants to make a difference and a change. What is a conservative? I believe it means a way of acting and thinking. I take care of my family and show them right from wrong. I want less government. Government should be small and efficient and provide only four basic services: (1) roads and bridges, (2) police, (3) the military, and (4) a nonbiased arbitrator of individual disputes. Government isn’t the solution to problem but it’s the arbitrator. More often than not, government ends up being the problem.
O’Sullivan: WHAT MUSIC IS ON YOUR IPHONE?
Parker: Country, rock, pop, rap, a pretty diverse selection. I like it all. The greatest musician who ever lived is Elvis who ushered in a whole era of music in and of itself.
Interview with The Golden Hammer
GH: What do you think about County government nepotism?
Parker: I’m firmly against any immediately family member of an elected official working for the County. As a city manager, I stood up and said “no” to nepotism even when it was politically popular for me to do that.
GH: Where is Montgomery County on elected official salaries?
Parker: For elected officials, the salaries in the Montgomery County government are way out of line. We need to review them. They need to be brought back to reality. Government officials shouldn’t be making more than private sector. Government is about serving the people. Being an elected official is about service, not getting paid an exorbitant salary.
GH: How did the Commissioners Court do in their work on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget?
Parker: They could have streamlined the budget more. I’m disappointed that what they decided to cut was nice but we still have a tax increase because we’re all paying more. The Commissioners Court needs to learn to say “no.”
GH: Does the Commissioners Court abuse “consent agendas”?
Parker: I don’t think consent agendas are being used properly, because they’re being used to push through things that should be talked about. Payroll, proclamations, and items $5,000 or less are the only appropriate consent agenda items. I don’t care if the Commissioners Court meetings are longer, because the Commissioners are paid to do their jobs.
GH: How many times per week do you play golf?
Parker: I’ve only played golf once or twice in my life.