We keep hearing "This will be our most conservative session" in a very long time, but unless a miracle happens between now and the end of the 87th Legislative Session happens, it will be nothing but a fail for Texans. You, conservative voters of Texas, know we are speaking the truth. We want to go over some of this, so that when your Senator and State Rep comes home to your district and says "we made great progress this session, you just need to send me back next session, so I can complete the job," or "people just don't understand how things work at the Texas Capitol," you will not be intimidated or silenced into compliance.
You will know that something is wrong when Republicans control the Senate, the House, the Governorship, the LT Governorship, every committee at the Capitol including the Calendars Committee, yet democrats seem to get their way and come out ahead. Something is terribly wrong when State Reps. like Burrows, Oliverson, Jetton, and Hull - manage to get a bill to the Calendars Committee and on the House floor, that creates a new Texas Holiday. The cause for celebration? Islam's first victory over non-Muslim forces. smh
You know something is wrong when SB1416 (monument protection bill) is filed on 3/10/21, sent to the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee on 3/18/21, but hasn't had public testimony nor moved since then. Sen. Birdwell sat on this bill at the direction of LT Gov. Dan Patrick, despite the bill being a priority, despite 97.3% of conservative Texans voting for Monument Protection back in 2020. Meanwhile bills like make San Marcus the mermaid capitol of Texas, Dr. Pepper becoming the states official drink, and other inconsequential bills to move & pass without incident.
What about HB3013, a bill that stated "keep the focus of the Alamo on the 1836 Battle of the Alamo" was blown out of the water after Democrats added 7 amendments that puts the focus on slavery & honoring slaves, even though the Battle of the Alamo wasn't fought over slavery and slavery didn't play any significant part of the battle. Where were Republicans then? Where were our elected officials when a important bill and the bill author needed them? Now the best we can hope for is that the bill is withdrawn by the author or the Senate kills the bill.
THE BIG FAIL
It comes down to this, Texas's grass roots have spent our time and treasure to coerce, lean on and corral our Texas Republican leadership to pass the top 8 legislative priorities. Out of the 75 bills currently on their way to Gov Abbott's desk, none of them are the top 8 priority bills. We had a 90% chance to pass "Monument Protection", we had good odds that Constitutional Carry would pass without being watered down, but the future does not look bright at this moment.
This Is Texas Freedom Force spent 1,728 hours (collectively as a organization) at the Texas Capitol working on Monument Protection (1,463 hours) and Constitutional Carry (265 hours). TITFF followed the process of monument protection since day 1 (filing of SB1416, HB2713, HB3013 & HB446) and what we learned along the way is shocking, but that's another topic for a different article coming soon.
One priority bill did pass the House, the Heartbeat Bill, which will help save Texans lives, but the bill is imperfect when it comes to abolishing abortion in Texas, but it has not been heard in the Senate. Election Integrity was debated on the House floor, but democrats seem to be running the show, so the amendments added are just making it weaker and weaker. Speaker Phelan, has yet to bid that the chair of the House calendars committee Rep Burrows, put HB1399, the bill for banning pediatric sex change, on the calendar to be heard on the House floor. Chairmen Pattie is still holding up SB10, a ban on some forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying, hostage in his State Affairs Committee, along with a few other priority bills. Senator Birdwell is still holding SB1416, our Senate monument protection bill hostage in committee under the direction of Lt Gov Dan Patrick.
Republican Party Chairman Allen West has given Republican Senators & House Reps. a "D" grade for their performance. To many Texans, they don't even deserve a "F", more like a "F-". They have ignored the will of grass roots conservative Texans, and we must hold them accountable. Republican Senators & House Representatives need to ask themselves, do you want to govern for a long political career, or do you want to do the will of the people? We have no use for career politicians here in Texas.
"The leadership is going to have a lot to answer for to the conservative grassroots base. Why are we electing Republicans and why are we presenting these legislative priorities if we have individuals making the decisions about what they see as a priority?”
The Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair Parks put out a statement earlier this week trying to cover for Republican Representatives. Parks suggests focusing on those priorities as the only metric of success for the Legislature would be shortsighted.
This is a year unlike any other. Passage of Texas GOP Legislative Priorities should not be the sole indicator of a successful legislative session. If Texas legislators pass fifty bills related to Republican Party of Texas Platform planks, and only pass one bill from the Texas GOP Legislative Priorities, did we fail as a Party? While current Texas GOP messaging says yes, Texas Republican voters indicate otherwise,”
Her comments were dissonant to actions from the party since Chairman Allen West was elected to lead the Texas GOP in July of last year. Since then, West has placed a heavy focus on the priorities, as well as the failure of the Republican-dominated Legislature to address them in past years. Earlier this year, the party hosted a rally promoting the priorities ahead of the start of the legislative session. Parks was not in attendance, go figure. Republican Party Chairmen LTC Allen West fired back at Parks's comments saying
The legislative priorities of the Republican Party of Texas are generated from the grassroots membership of the Republican Party of Texas through the delegates at our state convention, and our delegates are representative of the voices of Republicans in Texas. So when we look at these eight legislative priorities, the definition of success is related to those delegates and those voters out there believing that their priorities that they see as important are passing,” " It is my responsibility as the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas to be that gladiator that goes into the arena for them … to really fight hard and to advocate for those legislative priorities to be passed." "While there are many issues that should be addressed by the Legislature, “when you look at the principles and values of who we are as Republicans in the state of Texas, these are the things they want to ensure are passed.”
This Is Texas Freedom Force is going extremely upset that our priority bill, monument protection, was blocked by Dan Patrick and stalled by several House Representatives. This legislative session has been a complete failure that has not passed a single one of the Republican Parties priority bills (remember Constitutional Carry still hasn't been signed into law). TITFF will be looking at our priority monument protection bills in the House and Senate, we will look at the committees they were in & calendars committee, as well as the votes from these committees, and we will let you know how many of our Republican Representatives and Senators stood in our way. We Then you get to decide what to do next.
MONUMENT PROTECTION BILL UPDATE
On our last Monument Protection Bill update, all hell was breaking loose. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had instructed Senator Birdwell to sit on SB1416 and not allow the bill to go before the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee for public testimony. TITFF has spent countless hours at the Capitol trying to find a solution or a way to work around the Patrick road block and today we can say with confidence we have found a solution, but it will require the help of Texans across the state.
FIRST THE GOOD NEWS
So before we get into the ins and outs of our Monument Protection Bill, we do have some good news to share with you. We will start will HB3013 (Filed by Rep Kyle Biedermann, related to the displays & exhibits located on the grounds of the Alamo complex). This bill was referred to the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee on 3/19/21. TITFF & Texans were able to give public testimony on the bill on 4/19/2021. This bill was reported favorably by the committee on 4/26/21 and we are please to announce that it was sent over the Calendars Committee on 4/29/2021, so we expect it will be heard the House Floor soon.
HB1186 (filed by Rep Anchia, relating to removing and renaming certain objects and structures in or near the Capitol) is still pending in committee, so it looks like it will die in committee. This is good because the bill would have removed several Confederate Monuments on the Capitol grounds and it would remove several portraits inside the Capitol. TITFF, SCV & the UDC all testified against the bill in committee on 4/19/2021.
HB446 (filed by Rep Allison, relating to increasing the criminal penalty for the offense of criminal mischief involving the damage or destruction of a public monument) was referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on 2/25/21. TITFF Directors were the only Texans who testified for this bill on 4/26/21. The bill is still pending in Committee, but we expect to see this bill move this coming week.
HB4538 (filed by Rep Cyrier & Rep Middleton, relating to the removal, relocation, alteration, or construction of certain monuments or memorials located on municipal or county property; providing civil penalties) went to the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee on 3/29/21. TITFF, SCV & the UDC testified against this bill in committee on 4/19/21. This bill was a sad attempt to act like they were doing something, while in reality they were doing absolutely nothing. The bill would allow citizens in the county to vote to remove monuments that were 40 years old or older. That means the big cities, who are dominated by liberal democrats, could remove any monument they wanted to. This bill has been left pending in committee and we hope it dies there too!
HB1079 (filed by Rep Perez, Cain, Morales, Christina & Guillen, relating to the relocation of the Battleship "Texas" after refurbishment) was sent to the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee on 3/4/21. Public testimony was taken on 4/19/21 and it is still pending in Committee. TITFF testified on this bill but we remained natural. We want to see the Battleship Texas restored and on display for Texans, the problem we have is only about 80,000 people visit the ship each year where it sits, that doesn't cover the cost to maintain it after repairs. The County & City have had ample opportunity to repair this ship and build more attractions (restaurants, hotels, shops, etc.) in the area, outside of the Battle ground, to attract more visitors. We gave some ideas on what to do to fix that problem, but if the County/City can't draw the visitors in, then we would like to see it go to Corpus Christi next to the Lexington, where tourism is high & it can be maintained. If the County/City can fix the visitor problem, them we are 100% fine with it staying at San Jacinto.
So the anti-history bills or bad history bills are hung up in committee, the pro-history bills are moving in this committee. We'd like to take just a sec to thank Rep Kyle Biedermann on his tireless work trying to protect/save the Alamo. He filed several Alamo bills, unfortunately only one bill seems to be moving. Rep Biedermann has been a great help to TITFF's #NotOneInch movement (save the Alamo Cenotaph), he is the only State Rep that attended several Reimagine The Alamo Plan meetings. He has fought along side of TITFF on this issue, for that we thank him!
MONUMENT PROTECTION BILL
So let's discuss the Monument Protection Bills. We met with Senator Birdwell's Legislative Director on April 9th. We asked why Senator Creighton's bill hadn't been heard in committee yet since it was filed on 3/10/21 and was sent to the Natural Resources & Economic Development committee & had it's first reading on 3/18/2021. Sen Birdwell's Legislative Director told us he would get a answer to why the bill hadn't been heard in committee no later than Monday 3/12/21. Monday came and went with no response, so TITFF went to his office 4/13/21, there we were informed that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had instructed Senator Birdwell to sit on the bill, no further explanation was given. On 4/14/21 TITFF confirmed this through Capitol sources and we sounded the alarm to Texans. At this point TITFF lobbied several other Senators & State Reps to hold Senator Birdwell's bills until he allowed SB1416 to be heard. We had some success with this effort. Meanwhile, the House version of our Monument Protection Bill HB2713 (filed by Rep Hefner, Rep White, Rep Metcalf, Rep Bell & Rep Cecil, relating to the removal, relocation, alteration, or construction of certain monuments, memorials, or designations located on public property; authorizing a civil penalty) went to the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee and TITFF testified in support of the bill on 4/19/21.
On April 26th we went back to Senator Birdwell's office to talk to his Chief of Staff. We told Sen. Birdwell's Chief of Staff that it wasn't a wise move to sit on SB1416. Senator Birdwell has absolute power in his committee. He was elected to do the will of Texans, not to do the will of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. In 2020 97.3% of Conservative Texans voted to say "Texas should protect & preserve all historical monuments, artifacts & buildings". Senator Birdwell's Chief of Staff said, "Patrick had told Birdwell to sit on SB1416 because in the 86th Legislative Session the Senate passed Senator Creighton's bill and it just died in the House". THIS IS A BOLD FACE LIE! Yes Senator Creighton's bill did pass in 2019, but by the time it got to the House there was only 1 week left in the 86th Legislative Session, so the bill never got a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd read, so the bill was never heard in the House. The bill had support, it just ran out of time. Senator Birdwell's Chief of Staff said, "We are waiting for the House Bill to get out of the House, once it does Sen. Birdwell will hear it in the Senate". We explained to Senator Birdwell's Chief of Staff that if HB2713 or SB1416 doesn't pass this legislative session, because of the delays & road blocks, then TITFF is going to go after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick & Senator Birdwell when election time rolls around. We also informed her, "With all due respect to Sen. Birdwell & Dan Patrick, y'all aren't the ones running to physically defend these monuments, we are", "Things got extremely ugly in 2020 and we are trying our best to put a stop to this nonsense, doing it the right way, before someone gets hurt". She said she understood and would relay our message to Senator Birdwell (which it was), and we left Sen Birdwell's office to go talk to Rep Ken King (Committee Chair) in the House.
On April 26th, as TITFF left the Capitol for our 218th hour at the Capitol this session, HB2713 was reported favorably by the Committee! Even better, on 4/29/21 HB2713 was sent to the House Calendars Committee! We spoke with long time friend Senator Creighton's office to ensure he heard the good news. Senator Creighton is just waiting on HB2713 to pass the House and he is ready to grab it and get it in & out the Senate ASAP! So the hope to see a Monument Protection Bill (either HB2713, SB1416 or a combo of both bills) passed in the 87th Legislator. But do not get complacent Texans. We still need your help!
If you love our vast & rich Texas History, if you are tired of the cancel culture removing our historical monuments, we need you to make some calls and write some emails. Every Conservative Texan needs to take a few minutes out of your life and contact the Calendars Committee and let them know you want to see HB2713 sent to the House Floor ASAP. Here is a list of the Representatives on the Calendars Committee and their numbers......
We need every Texan to call these Calendar Committee members at least once a day. Tell them to get HB2713 on the House Floor as soon as possible! Be polite on your phone calls, you can even ask them for their email address so you can email them as well. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease, be that squeaky wheel.
After you make your phone calls and/or emails to the Committee Calendar members, we need you to contact your State Representative and tell them to support HB2713. Again, be polite. We have a sure fire way to get this Monument Protection Bill passed in the House & the Senate, but every Texan must do their part. You can get your State Rep's number below....
This Is Texas Freedom Force will be headed back to the Capitol this week. Our goal is to get the Monument Protection Bill passed in the House & Senate. We will be meeting with every single House Representative, so make those calls so we hear "A lot of Texans are calling us about this issue". Together Texans, nothing can stop us from protecting & preserving our Texas History!
God bless Texas,
TITFF Board of Directors
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Republican Senators & State Representatives ran on pledges of lower taxes, less government, monument protection, honoring the 2nd amendment and more. The Republican Party of Texas urged the Senators & House Republican Caucuses to adopt the these legislative priorities as their own... Election Integrity, Religious Freedom, Abolition of Abortion, Constitutional Carry, Monument Protection, School Choice for All, Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying. Despite all of this, we sit here watching & waiting as 2 big issues are stalled in the Senate, Monument Protection & Constitutional Carry. Don't get us wrong, a lot of Republican Senators and House Rep's were listening to the people. When it came to Monument Protection, State Rep Bryan Slayton filed HB2571 (great bill), State Reps Hefner, White, Metcalf, Bell & Cecil authored HB2713 (another great bill), State Reps Anderson, Bell, Keith, Biederman, Cain, Dean, Harris, Leman, Middleton, Oliverson, Paul, Rogers, Slaton, Stawson, Smith, Spiller, Swanson, Tinderholt & Vasut co-authored HB2713. State Rep Kyle Biedermann authored a Monument Protection Bill & several Alamo Bills that were extremely important to our Texas History. In the Senate, Senator Creighton, along with Sen. Bettencourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Hall, Hughes, Kolkhorst, Paxton, Perry, Schwertner & Springer authored & filed SB1416 (again another great bill) that would protect Texas History. So as you can see the majority of Republican Senators & State Representatives were listening to the people of Texas, for that we say thank you.
During the 87th legislative session This Is Texas Freedom Force has logged in 193 hours at the capitol trying to gather support a monument protection bill, testifying in committees on history bills & testifying on pro second amendment bills like constitutional carry. This will be the third legislative session that TITFF has tried to pass a monument protection bill. During the 85th legislative session Gov. Abbott refused to add Sen. Creighton's bill on the special session. During the 86th legislative session our monument protection bill (authored by Sen Creighton) passed the Senate Floor but was never read in the House, thus never passed the House. Now in the 87th legislative session, after the BLM & Antifa vandalized monuments across the state in 2020, liberal city councils removed a record number of monuments across the state in 2020, after TITFF had to physically defend the Alamo from 5,000 rioters & looters in 2020, and with a Republican controlled House & Senate, one would think this year we would see a monument protection bill passed. That's were Sen. Birdwell & LT Gov Dan Patrick come in.
This Is Texas Freedom Force confirmed today (April 23, 2021), after 2 weeks of suspicion and digging, that Lt Gov Dan Patrick is standing in between Texans and their Monument Protection Bill. As time passed in the 87th Legislative Session TITFF began to see there was a problem with our supported bill SB1416. TITFF directors and members were watching the Texas Legislator Online like a hawk, waiting for our bill to go to committee. Each week passed and SB1416 was not added to the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee's hearing schedule. On April 1, 2021, TITFF started a campaign to email Sen Birdwell's office (Sen Birdwell is the committee chair for the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee), to apply pressure to him in hopes he would schedule the hearing. On April 16, 2021, TITFF Directors walked into Sen Birdwell's office to have a face to face meeting with him and ask him why is he stalling on SB1416 and not allowing it to be heard in committee. Sen Birdwell was not in the office that day but TITFF directors did meet with Sen Birdwell's Legislative Director HW Dickey. Mr. Dickey assured the TITFF directors that Sen Birdwell supports the Monument Protection Bill and that he would get us a answer on why Sen. Birdwell was sitting on the bill no later than April 18, 2021. That following Monday TITFF had received no response from Sen. Birdwell's office. Finally on April 23, 2021 TITFF received a reply from Sen. Birdwell's office. The excuse on why the bill had not been given a committee hearing date was "Senate Leadership wants Sen Birdwell to not give SB1416 a committee hearing date". This confirmed our suspicions that LT Gov. Dan Patrick is stopping SB1416, a bill that has 11 coauthors, from being heard in committee. There are only 18 Republican Senators in the Senate and the bill would only need 18 Republican votes to pass. Seeing how 3/4ths the Senate has coauthored the bill, and the companion bill in the House has 23 coauthors, that means that the chances of the bill passing are extremely high. The only thing standing in Texans way is Senator Birdwell & LT Gov. Dan Patrick. How can 2 men stop 11 senators from doing the will of Texans? (In 2020 97.3% of conservative Texans voted to protect our Texas Monuments.)
Oh, but it doesn't end there. Pro 2A organizations like Open Carry Texas, NRA, National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle, Association Gun Owners of America, National Association of Gun Rights, Lone Star Gun Rights, Firearms Policy Coalition, and more have been working for years to get constitutional carry passed. This Is Texas Freedom Force decided to lend our help in committee during the 86th legislator and this session (87th legislator) TITFF has spent 32.5 hours testifying on Constitutional Carry and other pro 2A bills. State legislators were listening. State Rep Kyle Biedermann filed HB1238, State Rep Hefner filed HB2900, State Rep filed HB1911, State Rep Steve Toth filed HB112, State Rep Cain filed HB336, Senator Springer filed HB299 & HB304 while he was in the House, his bills died when he became a Senator but he refiled the bills in the Senate, and State Rep Shaefer filed HB1927. The Texas House passed HB1927 with strong support. Everything looked great until LT Gov Dan Patrick entered the arena.
LT Gov. Dan Patrick had been quiet this session, but no sooner than HB1927 passed the House he responded by saying....
If we have the votes to pass a permitless carry bill off the senate floor, I will move it. At this point we don't have the votes on the floor to move it. I plan to meet with law enforcement who oppose permitless carry and with the NRA and GOA, who support it, to see if we can find a path that a majority of senators will vote for." LT Gov. Dan Patrick
Rachel Malone, Texas Director of Gun Owners of America, quickly replied to Dan Patrick by saying....
If the Senate is convinced that the people of Texas will not be satisfied unless Constitutional Carry passes this year, the Senate can find the votes for Constitutional Carry. We look forward to discussing with Lt. Gov. Patrick the best path forward to repealing the license requirement so that legal gun owners do not have to apply for a permit to simply carry a handgun. And we urge all Texans to contact your State Senators to be sure they know that their constituents want them to prioritize this policy." Rachel Malone
Rumors started to swirl in the capitol and across Texas. Is Dan Patrick trying to kill constitutional carry? The Texas Senate is controlled by Dan Patrick, he dictates what goes to committee and for a vote and what doesn't. It seems that the rumors of Dan Patrick ginned up opposition from fringe police chiefs to justify his opposition to the idea of Texans defending themselves without government permission. This isn't the first time we have heard this from him. He said the same thing when Open Carry passed in Texas. So once again LT. Gov. Dan Patrick is skirting the will of the people and letting his own ideas get in front of Texans. Open Carry Texas's Legislative Director Richard Briscoe said...
Have HB1927 heard and pass it as received in the Senate" Richard Briscoe
We all know Texans are fed up with Gov. Abbott and some of things he has done over the past years. Texans were frustrated that Gov Abbott didn't step in during the 3 year fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph. Then Abbott applied the covid shutdown and mask restrictions, most Texans said they won't vote for him. Even former State Rep Jonathan Stickland said, "There will be a conservative alternative to Abbott next election." LT. Gov. Dan Patrick is not far behind Abbott. Texans were not happy that Patrick waited to the 11th hour to help save the Alamo Cenotaph, despite calls for help for over 3 years. Then you add the fact that Patrick is essentially blocking Constitutional Carry HB1927 & the Monument Protection Bill SB1416, he may be on the chopping block next.
TITFF's President Brandon Burkhart told Sen. Birdwell's Legislative Director......
Abbott is already on the chopping block, Patrick may find himself there soon enough, so our opinion and advise to Sen Birdwell is give SB1416 a hearing date, ignore what the Senate Leader is telling you, do the will of the people and let the chips fall where they may. If a monument protection bill isn't passed this session then not only will Patrick most likely be on the chopping block, but Sen. Birdwell might find himself in the same position."
Ultimately Sen Birdwell is holding all the power. He can go ahead and give SB1416 a hearing date, despite what Patrick says. 97.3% of all conservative Texans said they wanted our monuments protected. The Republican Party set Monument Protection as a priority. What more is needed to get this done? In 2020 Texans watched as TITFF ran to the defense of monuments across the state, sometimes dealing with mobs of a few hundred terrorist, other times the mobs numbered in the thousands. This situation could be handled once and for all if either SB1416 or HB2713 is passed in the House and Senate.
Texans, we strongly encourage you to write Sen Birdwell a email at Brian.Birdwell@Senate.Texas.gov or call his office at 512-462-0122. Tell Sen. Birdwell to do what is right by the people and give SB1416 a committee date hearing.
Also contact LT Gov. Dan Patrick at 512-463-5342 or 512-463-0001. Tell Dan Patrick the people of Texas voiced their opinion and stop standing in the way of Texas passing a monument protection bill & constitutional carry.
With Covid going on, a 100 year winter storm hitting Texas, a man with dementia in the White House & the Tex/Mex border wide open for illegals, it's been difficult for Texans to keep up with everything happening in the 87 Texas Legislator. There are a lot of exciting thing happening at the capitol though. Most Texans are aware that Republicans have a state wide government trifecta in Texas. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governors office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Republicans hold 18 seats in the Texas Senate and 83 seats in the Texas House of Representatives. This means bills that are important to conservative Texans have a good chance at being passed and becoming law. On the list of priorities this year is Constitutional Carry bill (SB540), the Monument Protection Act (SB1416 & HB2571), and the Pro Life bill (HB1515). There are a lot more bills listed on the priority list, but many Texans haven't even read the bills listed above. That's where the Texas Topic Townhall comes in.
This Is Texas Freedom Force is joining up with Open Carry Texas & Texas Values to discuss these bills, how you can help & answer your questions concerning the bills at the Texas Topic Townhall to held in Spring, Texas. Here's how it will work. Each of the 3 organizations (TITFF, OCT & TV) will send 3 representatives from their organization to sit on the panel table. There they will give a opening statement about their fight to pass their specific bill/bills, what's in the bill/bills, and how you can help ensure these bill/bills are passed into law. The representatives from each Nonprofit organization are as follows....
Open Carry Texas will have the following reps on the panel...
(1) OCT Founder & President CJ Grisham
(2) OCT Vice President David Amad
(3) OCT Legislative Director Richard Briscoe
This Is Texas Freedom Force will have the following reps on the panel
(1) TITFF Founder & President Brandon Burkhart
(2) TITFF Houston Outreach Director Randy Beale
(3) TITFF San Antonio Outreach Director Ramon Garza
Texas Value will have the following reps on the panel
(1) TBA, Texas Values has failed to let us know which reps they will be sending to sit on the panel. We apologize for the inconvenience, we have reached out to Texas Values on several occasions and they hadn't confirmed which reps they will be sending. All we know is that they will be in attendance, this has been confirmed on numerous occasions.
TOPICS COVERED BY EACH ORGANIZATION
OCT- Constitutional Carry & pro 2A bills.
TITFF- Monument Protection Act, and Monument Protection Bill.
TV- Pro Life Bills
Once the organization's reps have given their opening statement, discussed the bill & made their case on why you should support the bill, the floor will be opened up to attendees to ask questions. The audience members with a question will form a line behind the audience's microphone and one by one be able to ask the panel your question. The entire Townhall will be moderated by Texas's very own talk radio personality Doc Greene from The Amazing Doc Greene Show, heard on Right Side of The Mic/Raging Elephants Radio. Doc Greene will help the audience make sure their questions will be answered and that the question is directed towards the organization working on that topics bill. This is a great opportunity to learn about these bills or just catch up to speed on what is going on with the bill.
After the Texas Topic Townhall is over, you can visit each organizations booth in the back of the auditorium. There they will have info to pass out about the bills they support, info on their organization, and T-shirts and gear you can purchase from the organization.
The Texas Topic Townhall starts at 2pm and ends at 4:30pm. Organizations and their personnel can show up at 1pm to help them set up between 1pm-2pm, and they will be able to stay till 5pm to break down their equipment. Security will be provided by TITFF's Enforcement Team to ensure we don't have any trolls or troublemakers try to attend. The entire townhall will be video taped and posted to the public at a later time.
TEXAS TOPIC TOWNHALL
Spring First Church
1851 Spring Cypress Rd
Spring, Texas 78388
2pm-4:30pm (Doors open at 2pm)
Free to attend - all ages welcome
TEXAS TOPIC TOWNHALL IS MODERATED BY TEXAS'S VERY OWN TALK RADIO KING DOC GREENE FROM THE AMAZING DOC GREENE SHOW
This Is Texas Freedom Force opens a Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. It's been on the minds of TITFF Board of Directors for quite some time, we needed a Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. Since the founding of TITFF we have traveled to the DFW area several times. We worked on the Robert E Lee w/Confederate Rider Monument, we worked on the Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park, heck TITFF has traveled to Dallas numerous times just to testify at City Hall in front of the City Council. Not only that but we have quite a bit of members up in that area, so naturally we needed someone to lead the chapter and help be the eyes and ears for that area. The problem we faced was finding someone who really has their heart in the cause to protect Texas history, loyal to TITFF, not afraid of long hours & hard work, not afraid to travel when needed, someone who has been around a while and is active, and last but not least posses leadership qualities. It's not a easy job to run a TITFF chapter, nor is it easy to find someone that posses all of these qualities, but we think we found the right man for the job.
In February 2021, the TITFF Board of Directors started to notice a TITFF Member named Ben. He conducts himself professionally, he shows up to events, hes a go getter, when given a task to do he executes it without flaws, and he goes above and beyond what is asked of him. After much deliberation by our Board of Directors, they agreed upon the decision to bring Ben on as the TITFF DFW Coordinator. Ben will be leading and growing the DFW chapter. Of course the well established TITFF San Antonio, Houston & Yorktown chapters will back the DFW chapter up, but by having a DFW chapter we now have eyes and ears in that area alerting us to any nonsense the city, county or state tries to pull in the DFW area. Not only that but our response time to that area will be a lot faster. So congrats Ben! We look forward to seeing the DFW chapter grow and hearing your reports/input. Texas History is important to us, as more Texans join TITFF, the more Texas History we are able to save from the Cancel Culture.
Pic: Ben B. standing next to House Rep Slaton holding a 4 gauge elephant gun from the movie Tremors.
As Texans faced record low temperatures this February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the states electric grid operator had lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state officials called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans are demanding accountability for the disaster.
Reports started coming in earlier this week that over half the wind turbines in the state of Texas were frozen and not producing any energy. This number grew into almost 3/4 of the turbines in Texas had frozen solid and weren't producing energy. The only wind turbines that weren't frozen were the turbines that sit in the Gulf of Mexico where temperatures didn't drop as low as the rest of the state. State officials began blasting the wind turbines and their inability to produce power when Texans needed it most. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said, "We should never build a wind turbine in Texas". Of course liberal democrats were quick to come to the wind turbines aid and point the blame for power loss elsewhere. The fact remains that the 45 gigawatts total were offline, 20 of those 45 gigawatts lost came from the failed wind turbines and renewable energy. (numbers provided by the ERCOT) So despite the liberal left trying to shift blame onto oil and gas, almost half the states energy was lost due to frozen wind turbines and renewable energy. Oh but there is more.
Since the snow and ice started to accumulate across Texas, we heard mayors from across the state (San Antonio, Dallas & Houston) tell Texan's to reduce energy usage, turn off unused lights, don't crank the heater up so high, etc. At the same time, the lights in empty downtown buildings were lighting up the nights skyline, using precious energy that could have warmed your families home. It wasn't until day 3 of the power outages, before those empty buildings finally turned off their lights to reduce energy consumption, but by then it was too late, 21 Texans had lost their lives in the storm.
Meme below was not made by TITFF, not our grammar mistake.
Now for the ERCOT. The ERCOT operates Texas's electric grid. Did you know that a third of the Board of Directors for the ERCOT are not Texans and don't live in Texas? When Texas lawmakers found this out, they started calling for change, but Texans were already angered by this. No one should control the Texas electric grid that lives thousands of miles a way. One has to believe that if Texans were in charge of the board, things would have been a little different. The ERCOT even had to pull pictures of these board members in fear they would be targeted by angry Texans. Texas Rep Leech is drafting legislation that would require the ERCOT board to live in Texas to hold that position.
In San Antonio, Texas, mayor Ron Nirenberg boasted about the fact that he opened the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center to house 500 families who did not have power. Sounds good right? Unfortunately San Antonio has almost 2 million residents, so that 500 families wasn't much help at all. A drop in the bucket. When asked why there wasn't more facilities open (like the Alamo Dome, etc.), he responded that Covid was still a thing. So it's ok to allow Texans to die from lack of heat, but for God's sake don't break Covid precautions, you might kill people. Do you see the problem?
We will end this article by saying this, Texas needs to make some changes to ensure our power grid is capable of handling weather events like these. Although we rarely see storms like the one we are in now, we should be ready for them. In 2011 we had a winter storm hit Texas and yes we had rolling blackouts (although they weren't as bad as now), but we never fixed the problem. We still produce the most natural gas and oil in the USA, so lets protect those systems for cold weather, so we never have to face this problem again. In the same sense, we must get rid of our incompetent mayors who allow energy to be wasted on empty downtown buildings, just so they can look good from afar. Let's learn from this and correct these problems.
BATTLE OF THE ALAMO
Commandancy of the The Alamo
The Alamo should be remembered as the place where the Mexican Army, under command of General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, stormed a mission defended by a band of heroic Texans fighting for liberty, freedom and their independence. In rooms where priests had prayed, bayonets clashed with Bowie Knives and swords. Musket and cannon fire tore into the Alamo walls. By dawn, all the Texan combatants lay dead. Their sacrifice, on March 6, 1836, would immortalize them as legends, and turn the Alamo grounds into Sacred Ground.
Texans, we have a problem. While most Texans are distracted by National Issues like Biden being pronounced the POTUS, his executive orders, and the back and fourth between AOC & the Republicans, Texas Democrat House Reps & Senators are filing a pleather of bills attacking our Texas History.
HB1186 was filed on Jan 19, 2021 by Democrat House Rep Rafael Anchia. The bill goes after a lot of monuments, portraits & buildings. In the bill section 443.01527 reads.....
REMOVAL OF CERTAIN ITEMS FROM PUBLIC DISPLAY. Not later than December 31, 2021, the board shall remove the following items from public display.
Section 2. Section 2165.251(a), Govermental Code, is amended to read as follows...
(a) The space in the old State Board of Insurance State
(D) House Rep Rafael Anchia's bill is bad enough by itself, but there is more bad news/work for TITFF.
House Bill 86 was filed November 9, 2020 by Jarvis Johnson. The bill is aimed at abolishing Texas's Confederate Heroes Day & making .
Also Democrat House Rep Shawn Thierry filed HB 219 on November 9, 2020 that tries to eliminate Texas Confederate Heroes Day as well. The bill reads.....
Also in the Senate, Democrat Senator Nathan Johnson filed SB 129 on November 9, 2020 that wants to eliminate Texas Confederate Heroes Day & creates the Women's Suffrage Day. This is the companion bill to the House Bills listed above filed by Jarvis Johnson & Shawn Thierry. If you would like to read the bill in its entirety you can do so on the black button below.
Texans, we have our work cut out for us. We have been on the phone and in Senator Creighton's office since Day 1 of the 87th Legislative Session asking him to hurry up and file the Monument Protection Bill. His office has ensured us the bill will be filed soon. We have worked with Senator Creighton on this bill since 2017 and we have no reason to doubt him. Things just take time. Next week (Feb 8th-12th) TITFF will be up and down the halls at the capitol. talking to Senators and House Reps trying to gather support for this bill, so we can put a end to the destruction/rewriting of our Texas history. Over the next 2 weeks TITFF will start our email/phone call push on Senators & House Reps, this is where you will be asked to do your part as a Texan and apply pressure to those that need it. (Keep an eye out on our social media pages). We will say this, if you don't email these House Reps & Senators, if you don't make those calls, and this bill doesn't pass, you will have no one to blame but yourself for the loss of our Texas History. So please be a stand up Texan and do what is right.
We do have a bit of good news to report as well. (R) House Rep Steve Allison has filed HB 446. He filed this bill on Nov 10, 2020. The reads......
Basically (R) Rep Steve Allison's bill increases the criminal penalty from $750-$150,000 if the property damaged or destroyed is a public monument for the offense of criminal mischief involving the damage or destruction of a public monument. This bill is great if the local PD's will arrest the person and the DA will prosecute them.
We hope this info was informative and we hope to see more of you get involved with TITFF so we can stop these History erasing bills and protect our history once and for all.
Since the founding of This Is Texas Freedom Force in 2017, we have made it clear that we are only concerned with Texas related issues. There's a million and 1 groups and organizations out there that deal with national politics and we weren't interested in doing that. Our belief is you take care of your home first and the national problems will solve themselves, after all, government at the local levels (state, county, city) effects your day to day life more than the federal government does. But first, let us introduce ourselves for those who do not know.
This Is Texas Freedom Force is a nonprofit organization that works on the preservation of Texas History and protects Texan's rights. Our motto is "Protectors of all things Texas". As stated above, we are a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2017. This Is Texas Freedom Force or TITFF is not a militia, we are not antigovernmental, we support law enforcement as long as they are upholding their oath and we call out the bad apples that break their oath. TITFF does not travel out of the great state of Texas, nor do we endorse or promote political candidates from any party. TITFF has no political party allegiance, we are not republicans nor are we democrats. We call out republican politicians just as much as we call out democrats. To us it's as simple as right & wrong. Most of us are constitutionalist and our allegiance is to liberty, freedom, the constitution (both the US & Texas Constitution), our God given rights and most of all Texas. It's what every patriotic Texan should be doing, to hell with political parties, because a republican can be just as wrong as a democrat. We praise a politician's agenda when they follow the constitution and we call them out when they go against the constitution. Basically there's good vs bad and even a politician that follows the constitution 99% of the time can be wrong on a issue. We the people are here to keep them in line.
TALK BEGINS ABOUT THE DC RALLY
On Jan 2, 2021, there was a lot of buzz on social media about Jan 6th rally in DC. The TITFF Board of Directors had received a lot of calls/text/private messages asking if TITFF was going to attend the rally. The members of the board didn't even have to convene & bring it up for a vote, the answer was NO. Our TITFF Bylaws state that we do not travel to other states, not only that but our TITFF Bylaws prevent us from endorsing or promoting candidates and the DC rally was considered a Trump rally. So on Jan 2, 2021 TITFF wrote a post telling our members that we would not be attending the DC rally to squash a lot of the extra and unnecessary phone calls. Not only that but the TITFF Board of Directors had a lot of prep work to do on several bills that we will be working on during the Texas 87th Legislative Session. So even if we wanted to attend the DC rally as individuals, not as a organization, we just didn't have the time to spare. So our members all knew we would not be attending the DC rally.
The DC rally happened on Jan 6, 2021 and TITFF watched it on OAN & Fox News, in our homes, thousands of miles away from DC, just like millions of other Americans did.
JAN 18, 2021
On Tuesday afternoon TITFF President Brandon & TITFF Director Ramon received a email from NBC Dallas Universal reporter Scott Friedman. The email read...
Hello Brandon & Ramon,
As you can imagine we were quite surprised to read this email. First off, we didn't recognize the name as a member, it wasn't somebody we have spoke to on social media or by phone. Shortly after the TITFF Board of Directors talked and we ran the name Guy Reffitt in our system to see if he was or wasn't a member. We learned that Guy Reffitt had joined TITFF in June 2020, but he hadn't attended any TITFF Meetings/events/functions he wasn't on our members social media page. So although he was a member on paper (paid his yearly dues), he never followed through and became a active member with TITFF, hints why we didn't know who he was. We ran some background checks on Guy Reffitt to see if there was anything we might have over looked while processing his membership in June of 2020, but everything came back clean, no red flags that would have caused us to deny him membership.
Shortly after 5pm TITFF President Brandon returned Scott Friedman's email via call. It's important to point out that Scott Friedman did update the article written about Guy Reffitt's arrest and he published exactly what was said...
Brandon, president of "This Is Texas Freedom Force" said Reffitt signed up to join the group in June 2020 but didn't go to any meetings or rallies.
The only thing reporter Scott Friedman left out is that TITFF did not attend the Jan 6th rally in DC and that we notified our members that we were not going. Maybe Guy Reffitt would have stayed home had he been active with TITFF and saw the message.
On to the FBI...
TITFF IS A EXTREMIST MILITIA GROUP, REALLY?!?!
The FBI really screwed up on this one, or they just didn't do their homework. As we stated at the beginning of this article, TITFF IS NOT A EXTREMIST MILITIA, in fact we are far from it. Just because DC FBI Special Agent Thomas B. Ryan see's a Texan with a firearm doesn't make that person a militia member. Just because DC FBI Special Agent Thomas B. Ryan see's a group of Texans carrying firearms doesn't make that group a militia. We got news for DC FBI Special Agent Thomas B. Ryan, we are in Texas, this isn't DC. According to a Feb 27, 2020 poll conducted by thoughtco.com, 725,368 Texans have a registered firearm. Of that 725,368 about 70% of those Texans carry a firearm on them or in their vehicles 24/7 365. We don't expect a DC resident to understand that though. What we do expect is that you tell the truth, specially a FBI Special Agent who works on The Safe Streets Task Force. Is that really too much to ask for?
According to DC's FBI Special Agent Thomas B. Ryan's affidavit in support of criminal complaint and arrest warrant, case number 1:21-mj-00091 the USA vs Guy Westley Reffitt, filed on 1/16/2021, section 18 says "On information and belief, the Texas Freedom Force is a militia extremist group." You can read the full affidavit on the link below....
So what evidence are you using to call TITFF a militia extremist group? It sure wasn't because we handed out over $8,000 in toys to kids in San Antonio during Christmas at the Alamo the past 3 years. It wasn't the $15,000 in goods/supplies/tools we delivered to Texas victims during Hurricane Harvey. It wasn't the 4 teams (150+ volunteers) in 2 cities working search and rescue, plucking people from water that was up to their roofs during Hurricane Harvey. It wasn't cooking 500 meals 3X a day to help feed Texans who were homeless during Hurricane Harvey. It wasn't the Navy Veteran's home we furnished with furniture when he was down on his luck. It wasn't the numerous pictures of us working with local law enforcement across the state including being the eyes and ears for border patrol. No, it was because we love our Texas history and a lot of our members carry a firearm while protecting those Texas Monuments from thugs & rioters who would otherwise vandalize or destroy those monuments if we were not there. We know your home state doesn't have as many precious historical statues, forts, missions & monuments as Texas does, but down here in Texas we have pride and we love our Texas history.
Those firearms are there for our safety & they are 100% legal. I bet if you were threatened to be shot on site by the BLM for showing up to speak at a city council meeting in support of keeping a historical monument, you'd carry a firearm too! If you had been threatened by Antifa, telling you they were going to glue razor blades to their shoes, dipped in human excrement, so when they kick you it gets infected, you'd carry a firearm too. If you had frozen water bottles, bricks and rocks hurled at you by the BLM, you'd carry a firearm too. We have had all of the above done to us. I'll say it again, we allow members of our organization who are legal to carry, to carry a firearm for their safety! Yet we are the ones who are labeled a militia extremist group by you DC FBI Special Agent. smdh!
We have proven time and time again that our members have self control & discipline while carrying those firearms in public. You don't see any accidental discharges happening at our rallies, no sir that would be the NFAC aka the liberals. You don't see TITFF smashing in business windows, setting fires to buildings and vehicles, looting stores of hard working Americans, no that would be the BLM & Antifa aka liberals. So don't call us a militia extremist group, oh and by the way, it This Is Texas Freedom Force not Texas Freedom Force. Even if Guy Reffitt committed these crimes you say he did, TITFF wasn't there, he acted on his own accord, so don't drag our name in the mud for no reason at all.
THE FAKE NEWS
Now that Special Agent Thomas B. Ryan mischaracterized TITFF we have other fake media outlets running with the story and printing their own mischaracterization of our organization. Yahoo news has reported that it was TITFF that stormed the capitol with Guy Reffitt. They overlooked one small detail, TITFF was over 3,000 miles away in Texas when this happened (Lord give us strength). Hell, Yahoo News couldn't even get our name right, they called us TFF, Texas Freedom Fighters, Texas Freedom Force, everything but our name. They also characterized us as only protecting Confederate Monuments which is false (for the record we fight to preserve all Texas History). If you can't get that small detail right, how can anyone trust the news you are putting out?
Now every liberal rag tag news agency is going to quote that as fact and add their own liberal spin to it. Next they will tell you we shot Kennedy. smh This is exactly why no one trust the media anymore. Somewhere along the lines the media stopped investigating the facts and just published whatever they thought would sell more news articles. It's truly a shame.
The last thing we will say is this, if Guy Reffitt threatened his family, if he attacked law enforcement, or if he was part of the mob that stormed the capitol, he will have his membership revoked. But we have to see some proof because we have already caught the FBI & the media in several lies. We here at TITFF do not condone any illegal activity. We are better than that and we expect our members to be better than that. We may not always have the most popular opinions, but we do things the right way and for a reason. If Guy Reffitt would have just been a active member, learned from us, listened to us, he might not of ever gone to DC and none of this would have happened. Instead we are left publishing the facts & dealing with these headaches.
So now you, the people of Texas & America, know the truth. It's not flashy , just the cold hard truth.
THE FOLLOWING IS A COMPILATION OF POST ON SATURDAY JAN 9, 2021 FROM PARLERS JOHN MATZE REGUARDING THE BIG TECH CENSORSHIP OF THE FREE SPEECH MEDIA PLATFORM
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We are the closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years. I believe Amazon, Google, Apple worked together to try and ensure they don’t have competition.
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Apple, a software monopoly, provides no alternatives to installing apps on your phone other then their store. We do not own our phones, Apple simply rents them to us. Apple, Google and the rest of the anti-competitive pack of big tech tyrants coordinate their moves and work together to stifle competition in the marketplace.
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