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“Santorum’s Texas Visit”

Date posted: February 9, 2012

Texans Pick Rick Santorum

By Donna Garner

According to the Associated Press (2.8.12), Rick Santorum is in second place in the delegate race; and as of this last Tuesday night, he has won 4 of the 8 nominating contests while Romney has won 3 and Gingrich 1.

Coming off such an exciting but exhausting Tuesday night, how would Santorum do when he came to Texas yesterday?

It was my privilege to be there for three public appearances and to evaluate Santorum personally.  Because I was a Presidential appointee of Reagan’s and  testified in the halls of Congress numerous times, I know politics and have seen many politicians up close; but I have never observed anyone quite like Santorum was yesterday. 

When Rick came into the small room at the Courtyard Marriott in Allen, Texas, where about 50 conservative leaders from our state were gathered, there was not the usual sense of his campaign staffers first entering the room to hush the crowd to get them ready to “worship” their dark-haired leader. They and Rick entered in a quiet and unassuming manner, smiling, excited to be there, and eager to interact with the participants.  

Rick had gotten behind with his previous appearance in Dallas and was late in arriving at our meeting.  At one point, we feared that he might have to cancel his meeting with us because he also had a scheduled appearance with the Collin County Republicans right after ours. Instead, he came into the room, promised us 30 minutes; and without any notes or teleprompter, he began in an unhurried and unflustered way to address the four questions that had been submitted previously by participants. (I have posted the YouTube of his answers further on down the page.)

As Rush Limbaugh has so aptly said, “We conservatives don’t need to make notes about what we believe.”  Neither did Santorum —   

Next, Rick took questions from the audience and patiently answered them, looking the person right in the eyes as he spoke.  His honest answers, transparent exchanges with the questioners, fresh look, twinkling eyes, tousled semi-curly dark hair, and ruddy cheeks all created the impression of a humble person who is secure in his own skin but totally sure of his mission in life.  We saw a man of integrity whose word could be trusted. 

I saw no guile, no ego, no self-focused absorption. Rick was humble and genuine. He did not mind admitting when he had been wrong about a particular issue, and he did not feel compelled to blame someone else. 

At the end of the small-group meeting, we went with him to the next public appearance with the Collin County Republicans. This was a bit more formal with a big crowd and a podium, yet Rick’s statements were clear and direct without the usual politically pleasing remarks that are solely geared to raise campaign donations. His speech was interrupted with loud applause numerous times, particularly when he emphasized the importance of the family structure in our society and our Constitutional right to worship as we please even though Obama is trying to destroy that right.     

Leaving Allen, we drove as quickly as possible to Fairview Farms in Plano. This is a huge country/western barn restaurant that normally holds upwards of 400 people. The place was packed out; and therefore, two of the barn doors had been raised so that people could stand outside the restaurant to be able to hear Rick. 

When we drove up, the parking lots were full with people streaming to the event; many  were going back to their cars because they could not get inside the restaurant. 

We stood outside in the cold weather (probably 38 degrees or so) for almost an hour.  I am not good at estimating crowds, but someone from the area said that well over 2,000 must have been present. Of course, many people left when they found they could not get inside to hear Rick speak.  

What thrilled me was to see how many young families came, bringing their children with them. One young father had no coat. He held his three-year old daughter in his arms the entire time, keeping her snuggly by wrapping his coat around her.  He listened intently and stayed for the entire speech, and I have to believe that he was there because he cares about that daughter and knows that this coming election will determine her future life.  

We who stood outside could not even hear all of what Rick said; but the part that we could hear energized us; and we loudly applauded as we heard him say that it is God who gives us rights and not the government.  

Now comes the most impressive part of the night. After Rick spoke, the emcee announced that Rick had to go right to a taping for the Sean Hannity Show.  Many of the people inside the barn left; but because we had not been able to get inside during the event, a number of us went in to look around and to locate friends. 

Various candidates were inside mixing with the crowd; but in about 30 minutes, Rick Santorum came back unannounced into the restaurant and spent another 45 minutes with the crowd.   

Here was a man who had probably stayed up until the wee hours Tuesday night tracking his three-state victories, had flown to Dallas, had arisen early on Wednesday to attend an early-morning prayer rally with pastors, had done a Q&A with the press, had driven to Dallas to a fund-raiser luncheon, had driven back to Allen for the two back-to-back Courtyard Marriott rallies, had given a campaign speech at the barn restaurant, and had done an interview with Sean; however, Santorum still took the time to come back and meet and greet the public. Amazing! 

Rick never rushed anyone through. He gave autographs, engaged with people, allowed myriads of photos to be taken, and genuinely acted as if he was glad to be there.  His staffers did not form a barrier to “protect him from the crowd” nor did they try to force him into glad-handing.  He took his time, focused his attention on the person with whom he was talking, and did not continually pan the room for possible notables. 

After being a part of the events yesterday, I can honestly say that Rick Santorum is the kind of person who has one thing on his mind; he genuinely cares about America, recognizes the potential and human worth of each individual, and is committed to rescuing our country from the Obama administration. 

I did not have access to paper/pen at the time, but here is a summary of some of Rick Santorum’s main points that sent chills down our spines: 

Let’s try to imagine what another term under Obama would be like — when he is not having to worry about re-election.  

Think what he would do to ObamaCare.  

Think what type of appointments he would make to all federal benches.  

Think how he would force our country into redistribution of wealth.  

Think what would happen to our oil and gas supplies without the Keystone pipeline and without increased oil production from Alaska. What would it be like in America for every one of us if we had to depend on OPEC for all of our gas and oil?   

Think what would happen if Obama were able to take away deductions for all charitable donations. It is these organizations that stand between us citizens and the government.  It is these organizations that see to the needs of people in our society. It is these churches, synagogues, organizations, and groups that help the poor and minister to hurting people.  

Think what another term under Obama would do to freedom of religion.  

Think how many more babies would be aborted.  

We must rise up and take back our country from Obama and his ruthless administration. Santorum is the person who presents the sharpest contrast to Obama.  Santorum is the only real conservative in the race, and he is a man of integrity and courage. He will not have to test the polls before taking action because he has a moral compass that is attuned to the Source of all wisdom and knowledge.   



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Breaking: Rick Perry, Islamist Takeover in Turkey

Date posted: January 25, 2012

Fethullah Gulen Charter Schools in USA

Texas has 36 of these Turkish – Gulen – Cosmos Foundation – Harmony Charter Schools.

Texas Harmony Science Centers Hurst, Texas


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“While most of us have been focused on the U. S. debt ceiling and the serious implications for the world’s financial markets, meanwhile another country has just fallen to the Islamists: Turkey.

Turkey has been friendly toward the United States for many years, and one of our largest bases is in Incirlik, Turkey.  This base is essential to our operations in the Middle East.

This last Thursday (7.29.11) Reuters News Service and the British Broadcasting Company broke the news that the Islamic Prime Minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, had seized control of the government and the military when Turkey’s top four military commanders (secularists who have stood against Turkey becoming an Islamist state) resigned under pressure.” Read more here. 



“While the United States has had its attention focused on Libya and Egypt, Turkey has slipped right into the hands of the Islamists under the influence of the Gulenists.  Under the two articles posted below, I have put the article that I wrote on 8.1.11 entitled “Gulen-Led Coup — Turkey Falls to Islamists.”  Today’s decision by Turkey to expel the Israeli ambassador was an orchestrated event to move Turkey, now under Islam leadership and Sharia law, into an anti-American, anti-Israeli position.” 

To learn more about the ongoing investigation of the Turkish – Gulen – Cosmos Foundation – Harmony Charter Schools (1.2.12) by the Texas Education Agency (i.e., $540,000 in “inadequately documented” federal grant funds), please go to: Turkish Schools in Texas Being Investigated by Texas Education Agency

11.22.11 – “How Naïve Can Americans Be?” – by Donna Garner —


6.11.11 – Charter Schools Tied to Turkey Grow in Texas” – New York Times —


10.24.11 – “Are Texas Turkish Charter Schools Really Public Schools?” by MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, Texas Eagle Forum


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Just Breaking – Gov. Rick Perry is being called back to Texas

Date posted: October 12, 2011

Coalition Releases Legislative Support for Sanctuary Cities Ban

Continues Call for Governor Perry to Act on His Own Emergency Issue 

October 12, 2011

JoAnn Fleming

Contact:  JoAnn Fleming, Chair of the Texas Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee and volunteer Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People 

What:  A Thursday, October 13th news conference held as a follow-up to the September 19th news conference where coalition members delivered letters representing thousands of Texans to Governor Perry’s office.  The letters called on the Governor to act in the wake of the legislature’s failure to pass a ban on sanctuary cites in both houses during the 82nd Legislature’s special session.  A ban on sanctuary cities was one of Governor Perry’s own “emergency” legislative items.  [Note: TX House passed the ban on sanctuary cities during the regular session.  The TX Senate passed it during the special session.]
Please see JoAnn Fleming article:

Texas at Risk: Illegal Immigration, Sanctuary Cities


Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Subject:  Coalition of Texas grassroots leaders will address the “no response” from Governor Perry and will deliver significant legislative support for their efforts to ban sanctuary cities in Texas.  Leaders will renew their call for Governor Perry to act on his unfinished business.

Where:  Texas State Capitol, Speaker’s Press Room 

When:  Thursday, October 13th, 11:00 am

Background details:

At the close of the 2011 regular and special legislative sessions, a broad coalition of local grassroots organizations in Texas signed an open letter calling on Governor Rick Perry to address the urgent unfinished business of emergency legislation personally identified by the governor at the beginning of the 82nd legislative session – namely, a ban on “sanctuary city” policies in Texas.  Over 3,000 local activists signed the letter, including representatives of over 100 local tea party, 9-12 and related grassroots groups.  Signatures of representatives of these local groups, in many cases, represent hundreds – even thousands – of local group members. 

Roberto Gonzales

One of the leaders scheduled to speak at the news conference: 

 “As legal immigrants in the late 1960’s, my family and I fled communism.  We came here with the mission to become Americans. We did so to become part of all that makes this country great. Today, we cannot sit by and have our laws ignored by politicians who take an oath to uphold the rule of law and then proceed to choose the laws they want to ignore.  We cannot continue to ignore the security threat of cities in Texas whose leaders insist on providing a safe haven to those who want to remain “under the radar” and use this country without any responsibility whatsoever. Texas elected officials need to do their job and quit playing games with our security and financial future.”   Roberto Gonzalez, Clear Lake TEA Party

Below is video of Roberto Gonzales at the September 19thnews conference 


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Date posted: July 31, 2011

Ken Mercer 

Member: Texas State Board of Education

Former Member: Texas State House




Ken Mercer Responds to  

Editorial Board  

(Op-Ed Submission to San Antonio Express-News)

Thank you for allowing me to respond to your editorial in which you referred to me as a conservative ‘zealot” on the State Board of Education (SBOE). 

 True, I will not always agree 100% with academic “experts” who come before the SBOE.  True, there is a “culture war” of political ideology and philosophy, especially in the area of new standards for American History, Government, and Economics. 

It might interest members of the Chamber of Commerce to know that “experts” had deleted every reference to the free enterprise and free market system in the K through Grade 12 draft version of the Social Studies standards. 

Because I certainly could not agree with these “experts,” I successfully brought forward and passed the amendment, complying with Texas law, to restore the teaching of the positive benefits of the free market for creating jobs and opportunities. 

Another example: A panel of university “experts,” led by a professor from the University of Texas at El Paso, voted 8-1 against American Exceptionalism.  When I questioned that action at a public SBOE hearing, the “expert” immediately launched into a lecture about how wonderful Socialism is in a “good democracy.” 

When I asked the UTEP professor for his example of a good democracy, he replied “Venezuela.”  I reminded him that the President of Venezuela has made sure that the state has control of every newspaper, radio, and television station in that country. 

One Ph.D.  “expert” testified that “high school students are unqualified to ask questions.”  I countered that if our children are no longer allowed to raise their hands in class and ask honest questions, then we are no longer living in a place called the United States of America. 

A professor from the University of Texas at Austin shared a survey that included 51 professors from the History Department.  Fifty answered “Democrat” when asked their political affiliation.  

While we SBOE members were searching for examples of good role models for our minority students, one “expert” pushed for a current board member of the Democrat Socialist Party of America.  My amendment deleted the Socialist and added Navy Seaman Philip Bazaar, the first Hispanic recipient of the Medal of Honor, and Army Sgt. William Carney, the first African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Finally, “experts” deleted Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, and the Liberty Bell from the Grades 3-4 Social Studies standards.  “Experts” also raised a concern about the use of the word “patriot” in the new standards. 

 My fellow Conservatives and I carried the amendments to restore the coverage of Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, and the Liberty Bell along with many other essential historical elements of America’s history, such as including the word “patriot.”   

I also voted to ensure that from K-12, as age appropriate, our students will actually read and study the authorship and purpose of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Our Texas school students will also study the impact those documents had on such historical milestones as the Emancipation Proclamation and women’s suffrage. 

I am sad to report that too many university “experts” range from being America bashers to America haters.  Unfortunately this editorial board blindly sides only with those types of “experts.” 

I often state, “The Far Left is scared to death of a place called Texas.”  Why?  Texas has an elected SBOE, not a politically appointed board.


I am a representative of 1.8 million constituents in a very conservative district, and I am not a rubber stamp for the agenda being directed at our public school students by the “Far Left zealots.”




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DMN assists EPA assault on Texas jobs

Date posted: July 29, 2011

Weston Hicks with Agenda Wise.com has another article out. 


The Dallas Morning News gave Obama an assist in his assault on the Texas energy industry.

Last year, Obama’s EPA provided a draft version of the “Cross-State Air Pollution Rules”, as part of his overall assault on our economy. This month, the EPA came out with the actual rule, and it’s much worse than the draft version.

Luminant, an energy company to be affected by the rule, has produced an article, using simple facts and common sense, to expose the simple-minded and mostly-wrong analysis in the DMN editorial.

The major difference between the EPA’s draft version of the law and the recently released actual version, is the inclusion of a huge reduction in allowable sulfur dioxide output. They’ve given six months for compliance, which is more of a slap in the face than a serious timetable.

Energy companies have to give a three-month notice to the Electric Reliability Council before shutting down generators. This leaves them with just three months to assess options and adjust generators for compliance, which is nowhere near enough time.

Since it’s not enough time to change processes, the only way to comply is by shutting down energy plants, which will cost Texas jobs and make Texas energy more expensive and less reliable.

In truth, Texas has reduced sulfur dioxide emissions 33% over the last decade, but the EPA has now said we must reduce it another 47% in 6 months.

It’s also likely this law will force Texas energy producers to switch from running their plants on lignite, mined in Texas, to Wyoming coal. This will destroy our lignite-mining industry.

The DMN piece suggested plenty of energy alternatives are available, which isn’t true, and less true given the unreasonable timetable.

The DMN piece also suggested ozone standards are a problem for the Texas energy industry in the EPA’s new law. This is false. Ozone compliance isn’t a problem for Texas, just the new sulfur dioxide regulations. In fact, Texas had the biggest ozone decrease of any state in America between 2000 and 2009.

The DMN tried to paint a picture of power plants ignoring regulation. This is also totally false. Our sulfur dioxide emissions are over 20% lower than the national average, and in compliance with current laws!

Another misrepresentation the DMN editorial pushed is that a 13% reduction in energy production, the likely result of this law, is no big deal. In fact, it will wipe out our state’s reserve energy margin in 2012.

The political context for this is that no state has challenged Obama more directly than Texas. Texas also has the best economy in the country. Our opposition to Obama’s agenda and our economic success are two sides of the same coin.

This is an embarrassment for the Administration, so they are trying to fix it through the EPA. We’ve known they’re trying to stop oil production in west Texas due to a lizard. Now, they’re trying to shut down power plants and the Texas lignite mining industry.

The DMN editorial board is lending its assistance to the Obama Administration.

Luminant article

DMN editorial



Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com



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