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Texas Conservative Responsibility ~ AgendaWise.com

Date posted: December 26, 2012

The message in the article by Agenda Wise.com that is linked below is very important. I hope you will take the time to read it and take action. Now that we have had time to stop and celebrate the birth of our Savior it is very important that we get back in the battle to save Texas and our Nation.


 The conservative movement in Texas is alive and well.

Sadly, 46 states are languishing in Obama’s America, with a loss of hope that can only be described as un-American.

Hope has been maintained in three out of fifty states. All three – Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kansas – are infused with hope due to healthy conservative movements accomplishing things like card check. These states know what it looks like for the ruling class to lose, and, as a result, have hope.

Texas is the fourth state that hasn’t descended fully into Obama’s America. Texas defunded Planned Parenthood last session, giving Texans a reason to feel good about ourselves. Texans preserved an honest witness in the legislature by rejecting the “we were conservative” chant lead by Speaker Straus.

This set the stage for a dramatic improvement in the makeup of the House during the primaries. Many powerful crony moderates lost in favor of conservative statesmen.

The speaker’s race is a principle manifestation of what makes Texas the fourth state not relegated to Obama’s America. For many reasons, the speaker race is stronger, and more necessary, than it was last session.

For one thing, Speaker Straus said long ago he wanted to be speaker for only three sessions. The next one would be his third. This means that he would spend zero political capital if he became so unpopular that he can’t be re-elected speaker next time. He has “yep, my three sessions are up” to fall back on. This will make him bold.

In short, a third Straus term would have the same dynamic as Obama’s scary second term, because Straus doesn’t have to be political anymore. Conservatives beware.

Next, Straus has removed cover for conservatives to vote for him. Remember the last speaker race? He danced his heart out to the fiscal and social conservative tune. Now Straus has turned the music off.

Straus is opposing the Governor and Lt. Governor on the issue of the Texas Budget Compact. Straus campaigned for new revenues without lifting a finger to find efficiency or waste in government. He’s gone public as a fiscal moderate.

Straus is also rumored to be telling social conservatives to save ink by not submitting any bills to make Texas less dangerous for its unborn. According to the Texas Tribune, Straus strongly implied this session’s important abortion legislation – the fetal pain bill – isn’t a priority. He’s gone public as a social moderate.

These things make a Straus vote even less defensible in-district. He has raised the price for House conservatives to vote for him.

But, as a matter of fact, the House isn’t the same as last time. It is better. Straus dynamics aside, the House has many more conviction conservatives. This makes the speaker race stronger this time.

Finally, if transparency and accountability are good things, running a speaker race, regardless of the outcome, is excellent for the state of Texas.

This is because normal order in politics is to have a small band of unapologetic bad guys in the legislature, a small band of unapologetic good guys in the legislature, and a huge ambiguous middle who are relatively unsorted.

The speaker’s race changes all of that. It basically provides Texans rankings for the entire House. Who has guts, and did they have it early, middle, or late?

And anyway, the original conservative movement took 30 years to win on the national level.

The reinvigorated Texas conservative movement will take nowhere near as long, but must possess the patience and resolve the original movement had, if it is to provide strength to America.

This type of resolve creates an Obi-Wan Kenobi effect. A battle loss is a win, because it serves to inform average citizens of what kind of reinforcements are needed. Losses become movement accounting and team-building.

Without bold, consistent moves like these, the movement operates in the dark.

Tired and cowardly conservatives who are out talking down the speaker’s race know not the forces they are playing with.

If they were to crush the speaker race, as they have already failed at doing, they would sink Texas squarely into Obama’s hopeless America with 46 other states. It would be left to three states, and none of them mighty Texas, to reignite hope for Americans who love America as founded.

It is our responsibility to cultivate the flame, not to lay down arms and walk willingly into Obama’s America.

Every conservative politician and activist first got involved to fix the system. The argument against the speaker race boils down to “leave the system alone”.

This isn’t good enough. Conservatives with a fighting spirit are ready for battle, and will benefit from their boldness. Conservatives who can’t stomach the fight should step aside for someone who understands where we are in time, and what is needed. 

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Waco paper works against conservatives and for Joe Straus

Date posted: November 30, 2011

Thank you Agenda Wise for taking on the Media and Joe Straus…..


The Waco Tribune-Herald is peddling an editorial asking conservatives to stop demanding conservative leadership out of Republican Party members, specifically embattled House Speaker Joe Straus.


The editorial board incorrectly states that “support for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will again be a campaign issue in the Republican primary election of 2012.” This isn’t accurate. Political onlookers know that 2012 will be the first primary election to feature the issue. The effort to unseat Joe Straus did not begin until after the general election of 2010 and was more of an introduction of the speaker race onto the political calendar. 

For those still unfamiliar with the issues, the vote for Speaker of the House, the first and most consequential vote of each session, was for 35 years legally off-limits to anyone but lobbyists and legislators. During that time it was illegal for the rest of us to involve ourselves. The Texas Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional as a result of a legal challenge a couple of years ago, opening up the speaker’s race for the first time in 35 years.

The Tribune-Herald’s editorial board has joined the liberal chorus in trying to make the existence of a speaker race seem petty – claiming it is all about “personalities”. The speaker race is about policy – more so than any other vote – because the speaker chooses committee chairs and committee chairs determine which bills get to the floor and which do not. It goes without saying that the speaker and his team have a large influence on whether a bill passes or not, but more importantly, the speaker and his team entirely decide which votes happen. There is no more consequential way to affect policy in the legislature than this. The speaker race is not about personality.

Ralph Sheffield, a Joe Straus loyalist is on record stating Joe Straus “punished Republicans”, referring to redistricting, committee appointments, and general obstruction of conservatives. The Tribune–Herald’s plea not to “punish” legislators for supporting Speaker Straus is one-sided. The Speaker and his team have done everything they can to punish their opponents, a reality the Tribune–Herald decided to ignore in their editorial.

It’s becoming common knowledge that Republican leadership has actively opposed conservative Republicans. Joe Straus and his leadership team slowed down what would have otherwise been a conservative surge in Texas. This activity accounts for why our country continually moves in a liberal direction. When liberals have serious power they pass things like ObamaCare, but when conservatives have serious power liberal Democrats like Jim Dunham choose liberal Republicans to manage the “conservative problem” while it exists. Liberal Democrat Jim Dunham originally got Joe Straus elected speaker. Straus was elected by the Democrats and just a few Republicans – his friends, the liberal Republicans.

One example of the frustration of the Republican super majority is spending limits. Ninety percent of Republican primary voters for three election cycles on ballot initiatives have endorsed placing spending limits on the legislature. The party platform contains a plank and legislative priority specifically calling for this action. Passage of spending limits should have been a cakewalk but was instead killed by House leadership.

Though not surprising, the Waco Tribune–Herald’s editorial board is playing its part in slowing down the conservatism Texans keep wisely voting for out of survival instinct.

An Odessa American reprinting of the Waco Tribune-Herald’s pro-Straus editorial


Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their son Griffin. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com
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