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Sarah Davis Really Gets Under the Skin of Some Republicans

The Harris County GOP wants to purge the purple Republican. They may lose a House seat in the process.

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State Rep. Sarah Davis speaking at the Texas Capitol.
Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP

The grassroots activists of the Republican Party of Texas tend to not be the most forgiving people on the planet. In the Republican primaries, they only represent about 35 percent of the vote, but they’re motivated, and they largely come from tea parties and fundamentalist religious groups. After the party primary polls close, they’ll actually show up for the caucuses that elect the people who eventually run the state party infrastructure. They often believe in the inerrancy of the state party platform, and any politician who does not strictly adhere to each of its planks is derided as a Republican in Name Only.

For more than two decades, though, the Republican party in Texas has struggled to enforce its platform: candidates and elected leaders are expected “to uphold these truths through acknowledgement and action.” That struggle continues, but woe to the politicians who journalists refer to as “moderate” Republicans. Of course, for many of these politicians, it’s not even accurate to call them centrists. On a circular barbecue thermometer, many are sitting at the temperature between Hot and Fire! But the needle for party activists is vibrating somewhere close to Spontaneous Combustion—and the activists want to purge anyone they believe to be lukewarm.

That was the apparent motivation this week behind an attempt by some on the Harris County Republican Executive Committee to promote a resolution to censure state Representative Sarah Davis, who was on this year’s list of Texas Monthly’best legislators (not for any partisan or ideological reason, but because she was an effective lawmaker). Davis has called herself a “rational Republican,” and if you look at Rice University political scientist Mark Jones’ Texas House liberal/conservative ranking, you’ll find that there is no Democrat to the right of Davis and no Republican to her left. She is the very definition of purple in the Texas House. But if anything drives the hard Republican right crazy about Davis, it’s her support for women’s reproductive rights and her votes in the Texas House against abortion restrictions. That violates the second principle of the party platform: “The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, should be protected from fertilization to natural death.”

But the political assaults on Davis actually put the Republicans at risk of losing House District 134 to the Democrats. In truth, the censure resolution had nothing to do with partisan control of the House. This was all about party purity and getting rid of Davis at all costs.

Thanks to David Jennings, who published the draft resolution at Big Jolly Politics, we know that the resolution to censure Davis listed its first charge against her as casting votes that violated the anti-abortion plank of the state Republican platform. That charge was followed by voting in favor of a ban on texting while driving (which is at odds with the plank on personal responsibility), and, lastly, for casting a vote against private school vouchers. The bill on texting while driving, by the way, was carried by former House Speaker Tom Craddick, a Midland Republican.

Last week, a group of Republican precinct chairs wrote a letter to the county executive committee, saying the censure resolution was misleading.

It’s foolish to attack one of our few Republican officials with real cross-over appeal. We risk losing Davis’ seat to another liberal Democrat who will not only vote against us on abortion, but on virtually every issue. Why should we cut off our nose to spite our face?

We believe the best way to handle intra-party differences is not to take sides in a contested GOP primary–and believe us, this censure vote was created to help Davis’ GOP opponent–rather, we should trust Republican voters to decide for themselves.

Keep in mind, Davis won this district in 2010 by defeating incumbent Democrat Ellen Cohen by a mere 701 votes. Davis has won every Republican primary contest with no less than 55 percent of the vote, and, since defeating Cohen, has won every general election with at least 54 percent of the vote. (House District 134 includes the Texas Medical Center and Rice University. By the numbers, 74 percent of the district’s population age 25 and older hold a college degree, and 59 percent have professional level jobs. Half of the households have earnings exceeding $100,000 a year.)

Davis won re-election in 2016 with 48,192 votes, roughly 12,000 more than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump received in District 134. Hillary Clinton actually carried the district with 55 percent of the vote, or 50,043 votes, and Clinton outpaced Davis’ Democratic opponent by 11,000 votes. In sum, Davis won with the help of crossover votes—a rarity in politics.

Governor Greg Abbott may feel comfortable siding against Davis because in 2012 he defeated Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis by 1,100 votes in District 134. But Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick lost the district to Democrat Leticia Van de Putte by 1,700 votes. Oh, and Sarah Davis—no relation to Wendy—got 4,892 more votes in the district than Abbott. In fact, Sarah Davis received more votes in District 134 in the 2014 election than any other statewide Republican on the ballot.

Efforts to pass the censure resolution against Davis were dropped Monday when Abbott endorsed Davis’ GOP primary opponent, Susanna Dokupil, one of his assistant solicitor generals when he was state attorney general. (Dokupil now runs a strategic communications firm.) So, it looks like Abbott is following through on his promise to keep a list of legislators who didn’t fully support his special legislative session agenda.

By happenstance, shortly after the Abbott announcement, the Texas Association of Business released its list of legislators who were “Champions of Free Enterprise.” Davis’ score put her in the top category, while no members of the Texas Senate made the list. The TAB represents 200 Chambers of Commerce in the state, and CEO Jeff Mosley said the group’s political committee will look at primary races and general elections in Texas next year to support candidates who are pro-business.

 

If the Harris County Republicans and Abbott are doing anything, they are inviting Democrats to cross over into the District 134 primary election next year, which is how the moderation of any political party begins. But this is about purging the Republican Party of the heretics who don’t follow a narrow definition of who is and is not a Republican. This is essentially the same Republican Party ideology that led delegates to the 1996 state convention to boo U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for not being strident enough in her opposition to abortion. They also tried to block her from attending the party’s national presidential nominating convention that year. Only the intervention of then-Governor George W. Bush got the delegates to back off.

That’s the same Republican governor who later became president. The same Republican who in 1998 opposed efforts to create a litmus test that would require Republican state candidates to publicly declare opposition to late term abortions to receive party help in the general election. “When a person is nominated by the people, that ought to be the voice of the party,” Bush said at the time. He also refused to endorse the state party platform. “Platforms are statements of principles,” he said. “If I disagree with certain parts of the platform, I just move on and campaign.”

In 2009, during the first few elections after centrist Republican Joe Straus became Texas House speaker, the hard right had some impressive primary ballot box successes against Republican incumbents. But since that time, most of their success has come from unrelentingly grinding down incumbents.

The frustration was pretty clear in Straus’s retirement news conference. He expressed exasperation at the social conservatives who had opposed him one election cycle after another, saying, “It gets so repetitive.” Earlier in the year, his hometown Bexar County Republican Party executive committee passed a resolution denouncing Straus for not following the strictly conservative Republican Party platform, and they called “for a change in leadership in the Texas House speakership.”

Since Straus made his announcement, the Republican Party of Texas has promised that it will pressure candidates to make a promise to elect the next speaker during a closed-door meeting of the GOP caucus. Because Republicans hold a majority in the House, the caucus can elect the speaker if it sticks together. An anonymous legislator has asked the Texas Ethics Commission to rule on whether the state party is committing bribery by making party funding conditional on signing the pledge. State Chairman James Dickey argued that it is voluntary: “The idea that it is somehow bribery to ask Republican legislators to commit to do what Republican voters want them to do is laughable. By that standard no one should ever question elected officials about whether they’ll stand up for what the voters ask.”

A popular Dallas city council member once explained that an election loss was due to illness and fatigue. The voters, he said, “were sick and tired of me.” There’s a different kind of illness and fatigue going on in Texas politics these days, which is how unrelentingly un-fun serving in office has become.

 

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  • WUSRPH

    I understand that Speaker Straus has either put together (or is putting together) a list of house incumbents and candidates whose re-election of election would be in the best interests of the state of Texas. He either has or will circulate the list to business/industry/educational and other groups in the hope that they will do all they can to help in those elections. I suspect Ms. Davis’ name is on the list.

    It is too bad that this list may not be made available to the general public, although that would probably just make EP & Company double up their efforts and their offers of up to $100,000 to candidates they favor. Still it might be useful when dealing with those who limit their efforts to fantasizing about how the whole world will be saved if only Straus running for governor or lt. governor backed by millions from “Big Business”,

    If I had a copy I would waive it in their faces and challenge them to send at least a small contribution to the listed candidates. But, of course, that would require more than just typing a few words on this blog. It might even require REAL commitment. But I know I expect far too much from such fantasizers. I mean next someone might even expect them to go to their GOP precinct conventions or to tell their current political amore that his current right-wind radical voting is no longer acceptable. Well, I guess it doesn’t hurt to dream……

    • John Bernard Books

      senile old man….

  • BCinBCS

    That [first] charge [against Representative Sarah Davis] was followed by [a second since she] vot[ed] in favor of a ban on texting while driving (which is at odds with the plank on personal responsibility)…

    Does the Republican platform also oppose the law banning drunk driving since it, too, is a matter of personal responsibility?

    • WUSRPH

      You “nanny stater” you!

      Of course, one of my favorite memories of the lege is about the time one of the leading Republican house members got it a war with the child protective service people because they were investigating a case where a couple’s half-timber wolf attacked their toddler…..probably because the investigation interfered with the parent-child-timber wolf relationship.

  • Kozmo

    It’s too bad Davis doesn’t just say, “To hell with you all” to Republican primary voters and join the Texas Democratic Party, but I can’t blame her for not wanting to cast her lot with those hapless, clueless losers. But the Dems would gain a valuable asset and profit by her experience.

    • John Bernard Books

      His campaign coffers are loaded and he’s recruiting a group of candidates to run as republicans, hoping dems cross over and vote for them…..does that make them moderates or closet dems like Straus and Davis?

  • John Bernard Books

    Study shows republicans are the most informed group in America, followed by males….
    “In total, the rates at which voters gave the correct answers varied from a high of 47% for Republican voters to a low of 31% for Democrat voters:
    “47% for Republican voters
    42% for males
    40% for third-party voters
    39% for 35 to 64 year olds
    37% for 65+ year olds
    36% for undecided voters
    34% for females
    31% for Democrat voters”
    http://www.justfacts.com/news_2017_poll_voter_knowledge.asp
    the most uninformed group….was democrats

    • 7819647

      When something is labeled as your source is My BS meter starts pegging.

      • John Bernard Books

        Yes and when CNN “reports it” you fall for it hook line and sinker…..you’re what’s known as a low information dem….

  • José

    Apologies for going off topic. Bobby Baker died a few days ago. He wasn’t a Texan but he sure enough affected Texas politics. He might have triggered the downfall of LBJ’s political career were it not for Oswald’s bullet.

    • WUSRPH

      It would have been interesting to learn all that Bobby “knew” about how LBJ so effectively controlled the US Senate for so many years….becoming the most powerful (and probably the most effective) majority leader in US history….But, according to his obituary, he did not take all he knew with him to the grave:

      “Mr. Baker was a man who knew many secrets, and he spilled some in a 1978 memoir and even more in an oral history recorded by the Senate Historical Office in 2009 and 2010.”

      Maybe some historian will take a closer look at the oral history….or maybe Robert Caro, if he ever finishes his first run through Lyndon’s life, will go back and reexamine that material.

  • John Bernard Books

    Can I educate dems…..nope but I can damn sure expose them.
    “Voters on both the left and the right often claim that there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties, and of course that isn’t true. There’s a big difference between Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, for one thing. But there may be more to this argument than you think.

    Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest congressional districts, and the party’s elected officials are more responsive to the policy agenda of the well-to-do than to average voters. The party and its candidates have come to rely on the elite 0.01 percent of the voting age population for a quarter of their financial backing and on large donors for another quarter.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/opinion/how-did-the-democrats-become-favorites-of-the-rich.html

    If you aren’t too dense….ask yourself how politician Rodney Ellis acquired a net worth of $17 million.
    Dems can be easily bought as they have no values….

  • WUSRPH

    I wonder how many more of the “condemnations” of incumbents opposed by EP, etc. will show up before the filing deadline? The attempt on Davis was at least the second reported…..but it appears to be an orchestrated effort with the foreknowledge that most of the precinct chairs in these counties know as little about politics as the Troll. It will certainly aid a challenger to be able to claim “my opponent has been condemned by the Republican Party”.

    • John Bernard Books

      My Texas Rep is a democrat with numerous criminal convictions awaiting sentencing , multiple civil judgements for stealing from his client escrow account and a $50k fine for ethics violation. WASSUP says so what?
      I say it is time to drain the swamp and lock em up.

  • John Bernard Books

    We have a swamp in DC and Austin because that is where dems live….in the swamp.
    “It may be that the conservatives of the 1990s were simply right about Clinton, that once he failed to resign he really deserved to be impeached.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/what-if-ken-starr-was-right.html?src=twr

    What dems did was cover for a sexual predator….bringing us to where we are today. All voting for dems condone sleaze…….dems simply have no value system. This happen when you put legalism over right and wrong.

    It is time to drain the swamp…….

  • WUSRPH

    One of Trump’s biggest problems—oth4er than being totally unqualified for the job—is that he lies so much on so many things—often the most trivial—that when on the possible occasion when he might be telling at least a half-truth—like with this UCLA basketball players mess—you automatically6 disbelieve him. Several publications, such as the Washington Post, are keeping a running tag on huis “misstatements” on issues and facts—-its more than 1300 so far and they only count the significant ones and not the little “I’m the best ever” of this and that kind of lie. Maybe it would help if they ran a similar tally of the few times he actually tells the truth or something close to it.

    • Retributer

      WAPO is a leftist rag, and daily offers up lies, innuendo and fantasy in headlines, never supported by the factual news! You should be ashamed for even referencing them!

      • BCinBCS

        O.K. Retributer, name one story this month in the Washington Post that was factually incorrect and state your evidence as to why it was incorrect.

        • BCinBCS
        • Retributer

          I’ll give you just one! A recent headline stated that a General would not obey an illegal order from President Trump. Anybody who served time in the military knows about disobeying illegal orders. There was NO BASIS for the headline implying that the President in any way issued illegal orders. Part of the story explained what would happen in such a situation, but the headline was intended to trigger the mush brains that see only the headline! And, you know where you can stick your crickets!

          • BCinBCS

            I don’t know if this is extreme tribalism or wanting badly to see what you believe but I looked up the headline that you describe and you are wrong. The headline clearly states: “US general says nuclear launch order can be refused.”

            Can be refused not would be.

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-general-says-nuclear-launch-order-can-be-refused/2017/11/18/04b484fa-ccb2-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

            The crickets and I are still waiting for you to provide one story this month in the Washington Post that was factually incorrect.

          • Retributer

            Clearly you see what you want to see, and the innuendo is ignored or, possibly, is over your head. Keep your crickets in a warm place.

          • BCinBCS

            I can certainly see why you and Comrade Trump call the media “fake” when you can misinterpret plain English to justify your bias.

  • WUSRPH

    It looks like Rep. Dukes that someone, maybe she herself, is trying to gauge her re-electability…..with a multi-question survey underway by Southwest Voter Research…….There was also a shorter about a week ago. I doubt she will “retire” as too many of her and her families’ businesses are alleged to be dependent on her legislative service… and expertise in minority contacting……even thou she en She took a big hit when the Austin School District cancelled its million dollar contract with her firm.

  • Retributer

    Davis supports abortion! That violates the second principle of the party platform: “The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, should be protected from fertilization to natural death.” What is there to misunderstand?

    • BCinBCS

      …from fertilization to natural death.

      So Republicans now oppose capital punishment?

      • WUSRPH

        Good Catholics are supposed to….but Good Republicans are exempt from rules against hypocrisy.

        • BCinBCS

          …Good Republicans are exempt from rules against hypocrisy.

          A truer statement has never been made by you.

      • Retributer

        Abortion and capital punishment are still a false equivalency! Contemporary feminazi’s don’t even bother with that anymore. They simply state that will KILL that THING in their body, and it’s nobody’s business!

        • BCinBCS

          Retributer, you cannot have it both ways. If abortion is killing a potential baby and capital punishment is killing a convict then you cannot argue that one is killing and the other is not.

          • Retributer

            You do, why can’t I? Savagely murdering and dismembering a teenage couple deserves the death penalty. You oppose that. But, you’re OK with dismembering a baby in the womb. Go away and play your goofy games. You’re not worth my time!

          • BCinBCS

            I’m am not advocating for or against abortion or capital punishment, I’m simply pointing out your hypocrisy and that of the Republican platform.

          • dave in texas

            If the Republican Party platform actually reflected Republican governance, the plank would read “…should be protected from fertilization until birth.” They’ve made it abundantly clear that they couldn’t possibly care less about children after they’re born.

          • Don Baker

            The problem with that asinine argument is, the convict was convicted of a capitol crime deserving the death penalty. The baby was innocent, convicted of nothing and never had a trial.

  • WUSRPH

    Abbott has now endorsed State Rep. Greg Bonnen….but nothing about Dennis….it will be interesting if he backs only one of the two…but, of course, Greg has played much less of a role in the Straus speakership.

  • WUSRPH

    Remember these names. They are the people you do not want to vote for in the GOP Primary….and that includes The Great Listener. But maybe one or two of them listen good too,. (From The Blast):

    Young Conservatives of Texas announced its first round of endorsements this morning, backing seven Republican incumbents in the state House and three in the Texas Senate:

    State Rep. Briscoe Cain of Deer Park

    State Rep. Matt Rinaldi of Irving

    State Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler

    State Rep. Tony Tinderholt of Arlington

    State Rep. Matt Shaheen of Plano

    State Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth

    State Sen. Konni Burton of Colleyville

    State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas

    State Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood

    Texas Right to Life PAC, the political arm of the anti-abortion group Texas Right
    to Life, released endorsements this morning of 20 Republican candidates for the
    state House and three for the state Senate:

    Bryan Slaton, who’s challenging state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton

    Stuart Spitzer, who’s challenging state Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell

    Marty Reid, who’s also challenging Gooden

    Thomas McNutt, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana

    Danny Ward, who’s challenging state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches

    Sarah Laningham, who’s challenging state Rep. John Raney, R-College Station

    Emily Kebodeaux Cook, who’s challenging state Rep. Ernest Bailes, R-Shepherd

    Mayes Middleton, who’s challenging state Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston

    Jay Wiley, who’s challenging state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin

    Jeremy Story, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round
    Rock

    Brandon Hall, who’s challenging state Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple

    Chris Evans, who’s challenging state Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville

    Drew Brassfield, who’s challenging state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo

    Jason Huddleston, who’s challenging state Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian

    Bo French, who’s challenging state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth

    Jared Patterson, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco

    Jonathan Boos, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Cindy Burkett,
    R-Sunnyvale

    Chris Fails, who’s challenging state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio

    Gail Stanart, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Kevin Roberts, R-Houston

    Susanna Dokupil, who’s challenging state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place

    Fallon, who’s challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls

    Mike Canon, who’s challenging state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo

    Victor Leal, who’s also challenging Seliger

    The Texas Home School Coalition announced 10 endorsements today in state legislative primaries, backing eight Republicans running for re-election, one for an open seat and another for a primary challenge:

    State Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood

    State Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown

    State Sen. Paul Bettencourt of Houston

    State Sen. Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills

    State Sen. Konni Burton of Colleyville

    State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas

    State Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels

    State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls

    Angela Paxton, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano

    Susanna Dokupil, who’s challenging state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place

  • WUSRPH

    The research keeps piling up, but what do you want to bet that the Texas GOP Party Platform continues to oppose early kindergarten….They see it as party of the governmental plot to “socialize” their children’s minds:

    “DMN: Here’s why we can finally quit re-debating “does pre-K really help?”

    There’s a mountain of research that shows getting kids into quality pre-K gives them a leg up throughout their school lives. But, stunningly, some people are still not convinced. Sometimes it takes a sledgehammer to drive home something so important. That came this month in the form of a new study that advocates say is pivotal in putting a stop to the long-running “does early childhood education really work?” debate. Researchers from five universities, led by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, analyzed 22 well-constructed studies between 1960 and 2016. That’s research published over 56 years.”

    After all, there is no need for it. All mothers should be at home raising their children.

  • WUSRPH

    I don’t know about you but I cannot imagine seeing Joe Barton in the nude…..I certainly hope it was a very old photo….seeing him as he is now is about as disgusting a thought as seeing Trump or the Troll….truly something that could ruin you month or probably a year.

    • WUSRPH

      Someone sent me the picture….Out of a concern for our national sanity and good taste I will not forward it….but unbelievable is not too strong of a word to use to describe it…..One can only hope that people laugh him out of office… if only for being a “mature” adult acting like a 14-year-old.

      • WUSRPH

        Now we hear that Joe threatened the woman that he would call the police if she showed the photo to anyone…I guess he was embarrassed about how he looked….which he certainly should be.

  • WUSRPH

    For years various fans of nullification, secession and a weak federal government have preached to us about the 10th Amendment, often even adding words to the text that were never there in order to strengthen their arguments……to date they have had relatively little success with their numerous law suits sitting the amendment as a reason to block some ”overreaching” federal policy (often some environmental rule)…..with about the only rulings by the SCOTUS in their favor being a handful of decisions in which the Court ruled that the Federal government may not force or threaten local governments into enforcing federal laws for it……That is what makes it so interesting that recently there have been several federal court decisions that cited the 10th Amendment as a grounds for striking down a policy by the TRUMP Administration as being overreaching….The most recent being the ruling on its attempts to threaten local governments into enforcing FEDERAL immigration laws……I wonder if Gov. Abbott and the folks down at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 10th Amendment Center who have been so adamant about the power of the 10th Amendment when President Obama was in office will add these rulings to the propaganda sheets they like to hand out attacking federal policies? Maye be Abbott will want to revise that
    chapter in his book.

    • DEPORTEM

      Those who don’t support Thomas Jefferson’s Kentucky & Virginia Resolutions of 1798 &’99 get their mords wixed up and start backing talkwards about subjects they don’t understand. Your ignorance is typical of folks who use language they don’t understand to cast blame for the lack of state legislatures to do their job in defending the people against federal abuse of power as a defect in the 10th amendment itself rather than the spineless morons we elect. Jefferson gave us the formula to prevent the feds from becoming Fedzilla, the monster, but people without an understanding that 13 nation-states created the 3 federal branches with the proviso that they would remain in the Union so long as the feds remained in compliance with the enumerated powers of article 1, section 8. Jefferson offered the 10th amendment’s corrective action to federal usurpation as the alternative to secession. Interposition has been successfully applied many times against federal over-reach in our history, but not consistently enough! The South attempted the Jeffersonian method to no avail. The federal powers had not been restrained and had consolidated the Judicial and Legislative branches under Lincoln who formed a military coup. He ignored the fact that the Union had been formed to include both slave and free states. Slavery was constitutional, and the U.S. Constitution did not grant the federal government the authority to act as the morality police! So, Abe Lincoln’s military attack on the South resulted in the change in our form of government from a bottom-up system of sovereign, self-governing independent nation-states to an autocratic oligarchy of top-down government. The states are now districts of the federal government and the people are serfs on Uncle Sam’s plantation. All Lincoln did was to convert physical slavery into political repression which continues to this day.

      • WUSRPH

        I prefer to follow the guidance of James Madison, who wrote the Kentucky Resolution, who dismissed the same kind of arguments you are making by stating:

        “The strange doctrines and misconceptions prevailing in that quarter are much to be deplored; and the tendency of them the more to be dreaded, as they are patronized by Statesmen of shining talents, and patriotic reputations.”.

        • DEPORTEM

          No, Jefferson wrote both the Kentucky and the Virginia Resolutions. He was not a resident of Kentucky, so he ghost wrote the Kentucky Resolution in 1799 and gave it to John Breckenridge who presented it to the Kentucky legislature which adopted it unanimously in December of that year. If you doubt Madison’s support of the resolutions, I would suggest that you read Madison’s Report of 1800 which was an emphatic supporting statement of what Jefferson wrote. The state of Virginia appointed James Madison to do a critical analysis of the arguments against the Virginia Resolution. States which were opposed to interposition held the false belief that the Supreme Court was the final arbiter of the constitution, and that its opinions over power between the federal government and the states was the final word. Madison refuted that in grand style, and within 10 years, interposition (standing between the people and the feds) was being applied in almost every state. Read the 1833 Exposition of the Virginia Resolutions of 1798 by Judge Abel P. Upshur.

          It is disappointing to me that academia has for so long been guilty of historical revisionism. Twisting America’s Judeo-Christian cultural history into a secular humanist ideology has taught several generations of Americans that the founders created a constitution that has no moral absolutes. Man is now smarter than God. To the liberal, the God who mandated local self-government and refuted internationalism and redistribution of wealth schemes, apparently didn’t know what was good for His creation. Jefferson and Madison recognized that consolidation of power in the hands of a few at the top is the formula for totalitarian governments that have historically been, and continue to be responsible for the most horrific forms of human subjugation, misery and genocidal atrocities. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and Madison was the Father of the Constitution, yet today’s crop of brainwashed redistributionist, historically challenged Americans think they smarter than the founders and have succeeded in reducing the constitution into what is now almost a dead letter. Tragic.

  • WUSRPH

    One of the good Christian preachers defending Roy Moore explained that the reason Roy went after 14 year-old-girls was that he was attracted by their purity….From the message on the note he was holding in the picture we can be certain that purity was not what Joe Barton was looking for.

  • WUSRPH

    History does not repeat itself in terms of the same things happening again…..but there are often real similarities between current events and those in the past……The National Review gives us a view of how, with Trump’s help, we may be getting ready for another try at creating a Greater East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere, We had to face the harmful effects of this idea about 76 years ago but that time it was to be controlled by Japan. This time it would be China. Another difference is that the Japanese tried to create the sphere by force of arms….The Chinese don’t have to especially with Trump opening the way for them by reducing America’s role in the world.

    http://tinyurl.com/y8rynw84

  • WUSRPH

    In case anyone has forgotten, the Special Counsel is STILL investigating the possible “cooperation” between the Russians and the Trump Campaign as well as other little possible misdeeds……This week’s roundup:

    The NY Times says Trump Jr. is trying to play “tough guy” with the prosecutors….

    The Washington Post says Gen. Flynn maybe getting ready to cut a deal with the prosecutors to reduce the charges, etc. on his son.

    More to come….obviously.