Friday, July 3, 2015
Assessing a potential Cecil Bell speaker's run
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Yesterday, Cecil Bell floated the idea of running for speaker. It's a possibility that leaves us with mixed feelings. We can explain.
Cecil Bell is a strong social conservative (and that's good), we have questions about the degree to which he's conservative across the board. In two sessions in the Texas House, Cecil Bell has gotten a 71 and a 74 from Empower Texans; Scott Turner, by contrast, got a 100 each time. Furthermore, we don't think we've ever seen him at a TPPF event.
One of the biggest mistakes Christians make in political activism is our terrible habit of voting for people who follow what the Bible says on life and marriage, but fail to follow the Bible on economics. As government expands, the Church always contracts. If you give away your economic liberty, eventually they're going to come for your religious liberty as well.
Furthermore, Cecil Bell voted for pre-K.
But all is not lost!!! Cecil Bell has something else going for him that is potentially VERY attractive. He voted for Straus and got nothing, and that could be the basis for a VERY strong campaign.
Cecil Bell could potentially destroy the notion that there's anything to be gained for conservatives by "getting a seat at the table" or playing an "inside game" with Straus. That would make life very uncomfortable for the conservative when convenient crowd. We can already see Drew Springer, Tan Parker, and Jason Isaac squirming.
Bottom Line: It could work, but we have several questions we'd need answered before we get on board.