"Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!"
1 Chronicles 16:8
While Texas Conservatives are justifiably livid with the lousy legislative results we've seen at both the state and federal level in 2015, it's worth taking today to consider how far we've come since 2010. Five years ago, we had nothing; today, we've got footholds across all levels of government that we can reasonably expect to grow over the next few cycles. Consider the following:
- Ted Cruz:
- Dan Patrick:
who consistently punches above his weight in political negotiations. Even better, he's someone who understands how to use the power his office grants him to advance conservative policy objectives.
- Ken Paxton:
Travis County probate courts or the University of Texas. No one has done more to protect our religious liberty.
- Wallace Hall:
has been subjected to more personal abuse for doing his job than University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. In doing that job, Wallace has turned up evidence that some of the most notorious RINO's in Texas have abused their offices to assist their cronies. While the current days at the University of Texas are dark, patriots like by Wallace Hall make the long term future bright...#HookEmWallace!!!
- Louie Gohmert:
- More Conservative U.S. House Challenger than we can count:
- Konni Burton, Bob Hall, and Don Huffines:
accomplished something similar in 2012). While other members of the Texas Senate are also more conservative than the person they replaced, none of these three had the luxury of running in a special election.
- David Simpson:
like David Simpson. David Simpson brings a level of humility about the effectiveness of government others would be well served to match. As Simpson explains: "Even when we make a wrong choice, it's usually self-correcting if it's not subsidized by the government."
- Jonathan Stickland:
is a courageous voice for righteousness in a wicked legislative body.
- Matt Rinaldi:
a more conservative voting record. Prior to being sworn in, Matt Rinaldi danced circles around of the most intellectually feeble RINO's in the Texas House of Representatives. Matt Rinaldi is on our short lists of legislators we'd like to see run statewide the next time we play musical chairs in 2022.
- The rest of the Scott Turner 19:
that recorded vote on the first day of this past legislative session. Kudos also to Scott personally for seeing that race through to the end.
- More Conservative #TXLEGE challengers than we can count:
- Austin killing THREE BONDS IN THREE YEARS:
- Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair:
stopped bad things, promoted good things where they could, and (even when unsuccessful in the final vote) forced the Council to discuss our agenda. Don and Ellen are an example Republican elected officials across all levels of government would be well served to emulate.
Bottom Line: It's easy to become frustrated with the day to day nonsense, but that's a mistake. Over the past five years, grassroots conservatives across the state of Texas have made head-spinning progress against a corrupt political class that has had decades to entrench itself. While plenty of work remains, take today to appreciate how far we've already come.