BAD ENDORSMENTS HAVE CONSIQUENSES:
By now you probably have seen that there is a runoff election between Dr Tim Westley & Don Buckingham for Texas Land Commissioner. This runoff election will have serious consequences when it comes to our Texas History & our Veterans. A lot of Texans are summing this race up as "The Establishment Rino (Don Buckingham) VS The Grassroots Candidate (Dr Tim Westley). Before you get into the meat of this article, please mark down these important dates in your calendar. April 25, 2022, is the last day you can register to vote. Early voting begins on May 16, 2022 and ends on May 20, 2022. Finally Election Day is on May 24, 2022. If you have any questions on where you need to register to vote or where you go to vote, you can find these answers at VoteTexas.gov .
Throughout this entire process, the primaries & runoff, there has been some really bad endorsements when it comes to Texas Land Commissioner Race. A lot of people started endorsing Victor Avila, a candidate in the primaries for Texas Land Commissioner, mostly because he was a Special Agent with ICE-HSI US Immigration. That all changed in February 2022 when TITFF (This Is Texas Freedom Force) exposed that Victor Avila had endorsed George P Bush (former Land Commissioner who tried "Reimagine the Alamo & remove the Alamo Cenotaph,) who is now running for Texas AG against Ken Paxton. TITFF also caught Victor Avila bragging that his campaign had a big donor with deep pockets (ie George P Bush), so he wasn't worried about the Texas Land Commissioner race, he had it all wrapped up, that didn't work out to well. Soon as TITFF dropped the info publicly, and he was exposed, Texans began to flee from his campaign and his numbers dropped quickly. Victor didn't win the race for Land Commissioner, he came in 5th place (out of 7 candidates) only getting 121,998 votes, about 7.5% of the vote. This just shows that making bad endorsements can have some serious consequences for both the endorser and the person being endorsed.
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Some of you, may have seen last week, that the GOA (Gun Owners of America) put out an email endorsing Dawn Buckingham for Texas Land Commissioner. Now, before we begin talking about this specific bad endorsement, we want to make a few things clear. We are not knocking GOA on their work concerning gun rights or the second amendment. We give credit where credit is due. We commend GOA for bringing in members to testify and working long hours at the Texas capitol on the Constitutional Carry Bill. Although Constitutional Carry was not achieved in the 87th Legislative Session, Texans got Permit-Less Carry, GOA still did a good job at the capitol. But when it comes to their endorsement of Dawn Buckingham, not only did they miss the bullseye, but they also missed the target all together.
As you see above, TITFF's main mission is PROTECTING/DEFENDING OUR TEXAS HISTORY. TITFF has worked on several GUN RIGHTS ISSUES, but we always play a secondary role to groups like Open Carry Texas & GOA, this is done by design. You wouldn't call an asthma doctor to fuse your back, would you? No, you call an orthopedic back surgeon! Same goes with gun rights issues. Yes, TITFF knows our fair share about guns, gun rights, gun laws and gun legislation, but we defer gun related issues to Open Carry Texas and on occasion GOA because that is their primary objective. It's not only the smart thing to do, but also the respectful thing to do. So when Texans are talking about electing a candidate to Texas Land Commissioner, whose position has nothing to do with gun related issues, but has everything to do with Texas History & our Historical Monuments, one would think GOA would at least ask TITFF what our thoughts are about the candidates before blasting a bad endorsement out to Texans, but that never happened. Maybe they are too good to reach out to us, maybe they have gotten too big for their britches and think they know it all, or maybe it's one of those "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" type of deals. No matter what the case, a bad endorsement is a bad endorsement, it's done and GOA has to live with it.
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE RINO IN THE ROOM
There are a lot of reasons Texans refer to Dawn Buckingham an establishment Rino, never mind the nickname we gave her, #Duckingham, we will discuss that later. Also, a lot of this issues we will be bringing up are in the video we posted below. Once you are done reading the article, you can watch the video and see #Duckingham's responses to Texans' questions.
How many of you knew that the establishment Rinos asked Dawn Buckingham to run for Land Commissioner? They did. Buckingham is a current Senator in the state of Texas. Senator is a much higher office than Texas Land Commissioner. No one just ups and decides to leave their Senate seat, take a demotion, and run for a lower office unless they are asked to do so by the Establishment Rinos. The reason they wanted her to run is because current Texas Land Commissioner, George P Bush (establishment Rino), is running for Attorney General against Ken Paxton. The establishment wants to ensure that they will get another establishment Rino in the GLO (General Land Office) because the state has put a lot of money into the Reimagine the Alamo Project. George P Bush screwed up and wasted lots of money on a plan that 97.3% of Conservative Texans were against. They can't afford to have someone come in as Land Commissioner, listen to the will of Texans (specially grassroots Texans), and not see a return on the investment. So, the establishment needs another establishment Rino to come in and do their bidding, hints why Buckingham is running for office. Buckingham brags in her speeches saying, "Some folks asked me to run for Land Commissioner", but she won't tell you who "They" are. TITFF Houston Director Randy Beale ask Buckingham who asked her to run for Land Commissioner, she responds with "We all have folks that ask us to run". When Buckingham was pressed on the issue, she replied, "I can't remember who asked me". Talk about a round about way to answer the question without answering the question. You can see her not answering the question on Video B at the bottom of this article. Buckingham knows exactly who asked her to run, she doesn't want to answer the question because the "THEY" are Rinos and she knows she'd lose a lot of support if she told the truth.
You might be saying, "But I heard Buckingham tell us that she stopped the Alamo Cenotaph from being removed and she's against the Reimagine the Alamo Project." You might have heard her say that, it's on the video below too, but we all know politicians lie like a rug. Let's just talk about the Alamo Cenotaph battle first. TITFF spent 4 years fighting George P Bush & the City of San Antonio, trying to stop the removal/damaging of the Alamo Cenotaph. TITFF attended every single Alamo Meeting that was held from 2017-2021, that includes Alamo Trust Meetings, Alamo Advisory Meetings, Alamo Road Show Meetings, City Council Meetings, Citizens to be Heard Meetings, testifying on Alamo Bills at the Capitol, and much more. TITFF held dozens of #NotOneInch Rallies each year at the Alamo Cenotaph and across Texas. TITFF spent countless nights, spending 24/72 hours, staying at the Alamo Cenotaph in fear, because a crane was parked a few blocks away from the Alamo, and we thought this was going to be the night they try to disassemble the Cenotaph. TITFF dedicated a parade float that had a 8ft by 4ft three dimensional Alamo as our centerpiece, we attended 6 parades, where we passed out fliers talking to Texans about what was going on at the Alamo in hopes to educate them on it. TITFF even had a banner, flown over our rally by plane, that talked about not moving the Alamo Cenotaph. Do you know how many times we saw Dawn Buckingham during those 4 years? 0, a big fat zero! Before each meeting, the committee would read any letters that had been written by politicians or those in high places. Do you know how many times we listened to a letter written by Buckingham at one of those hundreds of meetings? 0, another big fat zero! You can make up any excuse you want, but her opponent Dr Tim Westley was there. State Rep Kyle Biedermann was there. Other Senators & State Reps wrote letters, but Dawn Buckingham didn't. State Representative Kyle Biedermann even asked Dawn Buckingham 3 times to sign on to his Alamo Bills, bills that would have kept the focus on 1836 Battle of the Alamo, but Buckingham turned him down all 3 times. You will hear in the video that Dawn Buckingham claims it was because liberal democrats added amendments to the bill and that is why she turned State Rep Kyle Biedermann down. This is false. During the time that State Rep Kyle Biedermann asked Buckingham to sign on to his Alamo Bills, the Bills had not yet gone to a committee hearing, little less made it to the House Floor where the liberal amendments could be added to the bill. So, her claim is false. Buckingham can say all she wants, but the proof is in the pudding, she turned State Rep Biedermann down 3 times to sign on to his bill before any amendments were added. (FYI- TITFF talked to State Rep Kyle Biedermann via phone before we posted this statement. We want the truth, not hearsay.)
The next topic we will discuss is Buckingham's claim that she was the only person to pass a Monument Protection Bill and her bill now protects all our historical medallions, markers and monuments. This is a true and false statement rolled up in one. First off, yes Buckingham passed a Monument Protection Bill, what you won't hear is that Buckingham's Monument Protection Bill is a DO-NOTHING BILL AND IT DOES NOT PROTECT ALL OF OUR MONUMENTS, MEDALLIONS & MARKERS. Up until TITFF confronted Buckingham on April 4th in Conroe, Texas, Buckingham had been telling everyone her bill protected all our monuments. She changed her tune once TITFF proved she was lying. For those that do not know, TITFF was the first organization to get a Monument Protection Bill put up for consideration in 2017 (85th Legislature). In fact, the first Monument Protection Bill named This Is Texas Freedom Force in the Bill, this followed TITFF hosting a rally where 1,500 armed Texans showed up to confront antifa, who threatened to vandalize the Sam Houston Monument. Since then, TITFF has pressed our Monument Protection Bill for 6 years, 3 legislative sessions (85th, 86th, 87th Legislature, we are currently working with Senators and State Reps to file our bill in the 88th Legislative Session.) So, when it comes to monument protection, we (TITFF) know the ins and outs of the bills & process. TITFF didn't work on Buckinghams monument protection bill because we could see it was a do-nothing bill, so there was no reason to waste our time on the bill. We have seen several do-nothing monument protection bills filed by Senators & State Reps over the years, most just file the bill to say that they did something, like Buckingham is doing. Now some may ask, "How do you know it's a do-nothing bill?" In this case it's really simple. First off, the Texas Historical Commission called Buckingham's bill a do-nothing bill. This was posted in a article in late 2021. Second, since Buckingham's supposed Monument Protection Bill passed, there has been 3 monuments removed by the liberal left, 300 historical bricks with the names of US & Confederate Veterans on them have been removed, and a fourth monument is currently under threat of removal by the liberal cancle culture. When you pass a monument protection bill, there should be 0 historical monuments removed. TITFF's monument protection bill states that all monuments 40 years old or older cannot be removed, monuments 20 years old to 40 years old can only be removed by a vote of Texans, then any monument under 20 years old can be removed if a city council or county commissioners court vote to remove it (that's because TITFF doesn't consider a monument 20 years old and younger to be a historical monument). Buckingham should have used her power & influence to get our bill passed instead of wasting time on her do-nothing bill. A quick side note, during our 6 years meeting with Senators and House Reps trying to pass our monument protection bill, Buckingham is one of a handful of Senators/House Reps that never sat down to discuss monument protection with TITFF.
Another question you may have is "Why did Buckingham's bill pass, but TITFF's monument protection bill didn't pass. The answer goes back to the whole Rino issue. A lot of y'all have heard Don Huffines say "The Governor of Texas can get almost any bill passed that he wants." The biggest opposition to Monument Protection isn't the liberal left, it comes from the Establishment Rino's in office. We have posted several videos in the past where you hear a senator/state reps say "Senate leadership instructed the committee chair to sit on the bill" or "House leadership doesn't want to spend all day arguing this bills". The leadership in both the senate and the house is part of the establishment and they answer to Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott or both. Buckingham's bill was passed because the establishment knew her bill was a do-nothing bill, so they allowed her bill to go through. That way they could claim they did pass a monument protection bill, but they weren't worried about the backlash from democrats for passing it. The establishment is only interested in their next election, gaining more power and making money.
While in Conroe, Texas, Dawn Buckingham told the crowd "There was a period of time there where I thought i was going to have to chain myself to the Alamo Cenotaph because they were going to remove it". This is a bold face lie! See, she thought she would earn some brownie points, because TITFF was in the room, and we are known for our in-your-face tactics to protect our Texas History. In fact, TITFF came up with the idea of chaining ourselves to the Alamo Cenotaph back in 2018, but there were a lot of problems with this tactic. First off, you'd have to have over a 100ft of chain to go around the base of the Cenotaph. Second, that much chain would weigh over 1,000lbs, even if you loaded the chain into wagons or wheel-burrows, you would have to make a mad dash from the parking lot to the Cenotaph (which is a block and a half away) due to all the construction going on during 2018/2019. Don't forget the 10ft fence you would have had to cut to just into Alamo Plaza at the height of the threat. By the time you got your people, the wagons/wheel-burrows, cut the fence, and made it to the Cenotaph, the Alamo Rangers and SAPD would be waiting to arrest you for trespassing and destruction of the fence. We scrapped that plan almost immediately and had a better plan (I'd tell you the new plan, but then Buckingham would claim that is what she was going to do. smh).
One of things TITFF brought up in Conroe was a debate. TITFF offered to pay for, work with and bring other organizations in on a debate between her (Buckingham) vs Dr. Tim Westley. We offered to work around her schedule so she could make it. We offered to host it in her district so she wouldn't have to travel far. In the end, Dawn Buckingham, aka Duckingham, has yet to return our emails for a debate. We suspected that Dawn Buckingham was ducking Dr. Tim Westley. When Dr Westley is asked to go to an event and speak, Buckingham is nowhere to be seen. She even canceled a speaking engagement at her own Country Club when they invited Dr Tim Westley to speak at the event. Buckingham knows she can't compete with Dr Tim Westley, so she cancels or doesn't sign on to speak at the same meetings as Dr Westley. Hints why we nicknamed her Duckingham. The real losers are the people of Texas. If you want Texans to vote for you, if you want to serve the people of Texas, then you should debate your opponent so Texans can make a sound choice who to vote for.
At the beginning of Buckingham's speach in Conroe, Texas, as seen on Video B, she was claiming she would do anything to save our Texas History. As the night wore on, she started to say, "I'm willing to do anything I can, that's respectable for a Senator, to protect our monuments". She realized that she had been exposed, we weren't buying her lies, and she kind of seemed like she felt guilty that she hadn't done more to truly protect our historical monuments. For months now, she has been lying to Texans about her involvement in monument protection & what her bill truly did for Texas History, that's because a lot of Texans were unaware of the truth. When she faced the organization that has led the charge on protecting our history, there wasn't a hole to take cover in, she was exposed.
VIDEO B: TITFF GRILLS BUCKINGHAM OVER MONUMENT PROTECTION & THE ALAMO CENOTAPH
GRASSROOTS CANDIDATE DR TIM WESTLEY
When it comes to talking about Dr Tim Westley, vs Dawn Buckingham, the comparison is like night and day. For those who do not know who Dr Tim Westley is, you are in for a treat. Dr Tim Westley is a man who has done a lot in his lifetime. He's an Army Veteran, a pastor, an author of 5 books, a graduate of Wayland Baptist University where he obtained a B.S. in Religion and a Masters in Christian Ministry. He also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, he's a teacher, a grassroots leader and most recently he served as the Republican Party of Texas Historian (appointed by retired Chairman LTC Allen West and reappointed by Chairman Matt Rinaldi). All very impressive accomplishments, but it gets better.
TITFF met Dr Tim Westley during our fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph. Dr Westley attended a HDRC Meeting (Historic Design & Review) and spoke out against removing the Alamo Cenotaph. TITFF president Brandon Burkhart talked to Dr Tim Westley after the meeting and the rest is history, well protecting Texas History. Dr Tim Westley started speaking at TITFF's #NotOneInch rallies, to save the Alamo Cenotaph, became a member of TITFF, from there he was a staple at TITFF rallies (usually the headliner speaker). Dr Westley stood shoulder to shoulder with TITFF throughout our fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph, which was very impressive to the grassroots who loved hearing, what essentially was a Southern church style sermon about the Alamo and its importance. Dr Tim Westley traveled across Texas with TITFF, spreading the message about saving the Alamo Cenotaph.
On May 30, 2020, Dr Tim Westley did something that 99% of politicians/candidates would never do. See, in the early hours of May 29, 2020, around 2am, during the height of the Black Lives Matter riots across the nation, the Alamo Cenotaph was vandalized by a member of the BLM in San Antonio, Texas. TITFF was first on scene, before the sun rose that morning, inspecting the damage and setting up guards to defend it from further damage. Since the city didn't have time to set up cameras on the North end of Alamo Plaza, TITFF decided to stay all night, defending the Cenotaph. That night, about a dozen different cars drove by, with different people hanging out the car window yelling, "We are going to burn the Alamo to the ground Saturday!" There was a BLM rally scheduled on May 30, 2020, in Downtown San Antonio, the mayor had thrown gas on the fire, so between the known rally and the threats Friday night, TITFF activated the alarm calling for any and all Texans to come to the Alamo Saturday afternoon to protect the Alamo. Saturday morning TITFF president Brandon Burkhart called Dr Tim Westley and said," We have solid evidence that the BLM is going to attack the Alamo this evening, TITFF is gearing up to defend it, do you think you can join us." There was no hesitation in Dr Tim Westley's response, he quickly said, "Send me the details and I will see you there." Dr Westley knew, since he had worked so closely with us, that if TITFF was sounding the alarm, we had pretty good evidence that there was going to be attack. Sure enough, that evening the BLM started to arrive in Alamo Plaza, Dr Tim Westley was not only standing shoulder to shoulder with TITFF, but he was out in front of the TITFF lines, trying to talk some sense into the BLM. We remember this clearly because TITFF had to stick 3 armed guards around him because we couldn't risk Dr Westley getting hurt. That night, Dr Tim Westley stood with TITFF, stopping 5,000 BLM rioters/looters from trying to burn the Alamo to the ground. How many politicians/candidates do you know, that would have done something like this for Texas History? We only know 1. When it was put up or shut up time, Dr Tim Westley proved he wasn't all talk. He proved that he loves our Texas History and was prepared to defend it.
Shortly after defending the Alamo, Dr. Tim Westley was appointed to become the Republican Party of Texas's Historian by LTC Allen West. Dr Tim Westley began traveling the state talking to Texans about Texas History. He made sure that he would attend events, big and small, to talk about our Texas History. When it came time for TITFF to start our push, to pass a monument protection bill in the 87th Legislature, Dr Tim Westley was doing his part, working the capitol, talking to Senators and House Reps, trying to gain more support for the bill. Not only did he work inside the capitol, but Dr Westley also shared the stage with LTC Allen West, Don Huffines, State Rep Steve Toth, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Conservative Talk Radio Host George Rodriguez, State Rep Bryan Slatton, and many more at TITFF events across the state, talking about the importance of Texas History. Dr Tim Westley truly fought (and continues to fight) for our Texas History and Texas Values.
Dr Tim Westley is a man of his word. What you see and hear on stage, is exactly who he is 24/7 365. He's never forgot the grassroots who have stood with him before he took office. Dr Tim Westley even found time to help marry TITFF's president Brandon Burkhart and his bride during the height of covid. The room was filled with patriots from across the state, different grass roots organizations, all maskless and having a great time. Dr Tim Westley is truly a part of the grassroots, We The People. He's done so much for Texas.
I could go on and on about Dr Tim Westley and his accomplishments, but this article is a little long, so I will close with this. Dr Tim Westley is a one of a kind candidate. Texans will never see such a honest candidate, not afraid to answer questions and give you a direct answer, and a man who will stand up and fight for the grassroots, in their lifetime ever again. He practices what he preaches, his beliefs fall in line with true Texas Constitutional Conservatives, and he's unafraid to get his hands dirty and do the work for We The People, and he scares the living daylights out of the liberal cancel culture. Dr Tim Westley is a candidate that Texans can be proud of.
If you haven't heard Dr. Tim Westley speak at an event, we have provided several videos of his speaches. Simply press one of the Black Buttons below and it will direct you to that particular speach. Don't take our word for it, listen to Dr Tim Westley yourself. If you like what you hear, share it on your social media account or to patriotic groups so other Texans can learn more about Dr Tim Westley as well.
NOTE: This Is Texas Freedom Force does not endorse candidates for political office, we simply lay out the facts and let you decide. Now, TITFF Directors, Coordinators and Members do endorse political candidates. If you want to see some of the endorsements you can go on Twitter, to their personal pages, and you can see their personal endorsements.
Dr Tim Westley: @DrTimWestley
TITFF President: @TexanLoyal TITFF SA Outreach Director: @ManimalRamon
TITFF Coordinator: @Timothy59199140
Many conservatives used to assume that if we could get more Republicans elected, then the God-honoring, pro-constitution, pro-family, pro-life, fiscally responsible, conservative, pro-Texas values for which the Republican Party stands for, would then become the guidelines under which those Republican-elected officials would govern. Initially, we were so happy to get a Republican elected, we did not even pay close attention to their actions once in office, but it matters what they do, not what label they use when running.
We have today, a group of individuals who continue to masquerade as something that they most definitely are not and, in all likelihood, really never have been. They are men and women, past and present, who have continued to cast themselves as being ardent defenders of our Constitution and Texas values, as written, and have vowed to fight for all the freedoms it guarantees to the people of Texas, if we agree to vote for them. But sad reality is that these very people are nothing but sinister infiltrators working for the other side. Their mission is to get themselves elected so they can then assist in creating a facade of bipartisanship regarding the ongoing effort to flip Texas blue. Of course, I'm talking about RINOs (Republican In Name Only).
With the rare, and I mean rare, exceptions of Manchin and Sinema, democrats never really go against the party line. It is a generational event when they do. Republicans, on the other hand, can always be counted on to have just enough aisle crossers to ensure that no conservative legislation ever passes. But most telling, however, is the fact that the Texas House and the Texas Senate did not pass the majority of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) priority bills, including monument protection which 97.3% of all conservative Texans voted for, despite the fact that Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, the Governor seat & the LT Governor seat. Despite the fact that Republicans have controlled all this for the last 3 legislative sessions, monument protection hasn't been passed. Houston, we have a problem!
Many decent, well meaning, intelligent, educated people, hold various invalid, or harmful, or irrational beliefs. They often vote for candidates whose behavior in office is inconsistent with their own views. Why?
It isn't that people are stupid, or uneducated, or mean, or corrupt. Most ordinary people not in politics, are decent, and intelligent enough so that, if reasonably informed, they are likely to arrive at valid conclusions with respect to public affairs. But, in practice, a majority of people seem unable to act intelligently in the realm of politics, even when their goals are sensible and benign.
It is quite common to find intelligent, honest, well-intentioned people disagreeing with one another on their election day choices. Since they can't all be right, it follows that many good people vote for the wrong candidate.
One fundamental problem is that, in the area of human relations, there are no precise, objective, means for determining what is the "best" course of action. This is very different from the fields of science and technology, where there are well established, effective, methods and traditions for evaluating ideas. These work very well, tho there are rare cases where errors remain undetected for considerable periods of time. The field where filtering out errors is most effective is mathematics, where there are precise methods for determining the validity of assertions. (There are, however, mathematical problems with no known solutions.) That does not mean that there is no such thing as right or wrong with respect to morality. Over the ages, philosophers have clearly established, for example, that, with minimal exceptions, truth telling is important in human relations. It is obviously essential for progress in science and technology. There is wide agreement about the importance of certain kinds of behavior in promoting amicable relations among people. Dishonesty, selfishness, cruelty, greed, are generally understood to be incompatible with amicable relations among people. While most people are generally decent, there are, unfortunately, some nasty people around, including some who are cruel, greedy, selfish, dishonest. Sadly, a disproportionately large number of politicians are power hungry, greedy, dishonest, and often gutless.
Another basic problem is a lack of high quality, publicly available information about, and intelligent public discussions of, controversial issues. The most common sources of information on current events and politics are TV and, to a lesser extent, print media. Both are almost aways badly biased, mainly serving the interests of the very small, wealthy minority who control them. There are few, if any, intellectually honest commentators on TV. The print media is just as bad. On the internet there are a few decent commentators and sources of information (along with a ton of nonsense). So most people are ill informed, and insufficiently exposed to sensible arguments in the realm of politics. "But there is social media out there to get them good information" you might say. The sad truth is many don't find solid organizations to get them the truth, it's like a needle in a hay stack, so they take the bad advise from fly by night organizations or pay to play organizations who are really just an extension of the establishment/rino party or worse the candidate themselves (so you are getting info the establishment or the candidate wants you to see.).
The difficulty in getting decent people elected is further exacerbated by 2 characteristics of our election system. One is the increasingly dominant role of money. Without access to large sums of money, victory in any meaningful election, is seldom achievable. This is one of the ways in which the establishment exert grossly disproportionate influence. The second problem with our system is the widespread use of sophisticated voting machines, i.e., e-voting. As compared with reasonably well run elections in which votes are manually cast on paper and tabulated manually, e-voting is subject both to failures due to error and machine malfunction, and, even more important, to sophisticated fraud that may be almost impossible to detect.
Perhaps when the deterioration of the lifestyles of enough Americans exceeds some critical point, enough people will be jolted into rethinking their political views, recognize what happened, and act to turn things around. We can only hope that this process begins before irreparable damage has been done to Texas, our values and our beliefs.
Another issue we have is in the grassroots, sort of. Have you ever noticed that the last month or 2 of the primaries that everyone creates a new political group or starts giving their opinion on which candidate they support and attacking those they don't support? This was clear as day in the 2022 Texas Primaries for the race for Governor, if you were paying attention. If you want to influence others, make sure you have done your homework first, otherwise you are leading others astray. The establishment is the guiltiest on this and the proof is in the pudding. At the end of the primaries Abbott received 66.4% of the vote, while Allen West (12.3%), Don Huffines (12%), and Chad Prather (3.8%) only gathered 28.1% of the vote. This came after Greg Abbott's approval rating was lower than ever, rightfully so too. Abbott unconstitutionally shut down the state for covid, put hundreds of thousands of Texans out of a job. On top of that he hasn't touched property taxes since he took office, he failed to get 3/4ths of the RPT priority bills passed, and so much more. Yet, if you looked at the MSM or online news stations, all you saw was Abbott vs O'Rourke, no mention of the other candidates. Then on social media, you had lost souls praising Abbott, making excuses for his misdeeds, and creating groups on social media trying to influence Texans to support him. Although the other candidates didn't sling mud or attack each other, you could see it on a daily basis coming from their supporters on Twitter, Facebook, Getter, and other social media platforms. Social media groups popped up almost daily to not have a legit debate/conversation about the facts where each candidate stood, it was just outlandish attacks on what they proceeded to be their opponent. Let us add 1 thing here, it's absolutely acceptable to call out the facts and put them on display for others to see, but it's not ok to make things up, lie, or put out false info just because you have chosen a candidate and you want others to follow your lead.
How could these groups influence anyone? Were these groups/people at the capitol fighting for monument protection, election integrity, border security, lower taxes, ban CRT, stop the mutilation of children, or banning abortion? Were they blowing up emails of Senators, State Reps, the Governor or LT Governor? Were they in the streets hosting rallies and speaking to groups about their cause? The sad truth is the majority were not.
A problem the grassroots has is those who say "I did my part, I voted, I'm a patriot." So you are a patriot because you did the bare minimum to help Texas by voting? Everyone should have voted! This is one of the most sacred rights you have, but it doesn't make you a patriot.
Definition of a Patriot - a person who vigorously supports their country & is prepared to defend it against enemies. Also patriots love their country but not the government that controls it. Patriotism means supporting and being responsible for your family, your community and all levels of government with your willingness to work, to volunteer. It means if you are in the majority, you protect the rights of the minority. It means respecting your neighbor’s opinion, but not letting yourself be run over by it. It means thinking for yourself, but also seriously working to educate yourself on the facts. To be patriotic, you need to learn and understand where the biases in information you receive are coming from. Is the information objective, or captured by special interests on the left or right, or in between? It means busting your hump 24/7 365 to ensure that the future of Texas & America are on the right track, and doing everything in your power to stop it if it goes off track.
We have allowed the word Patriot to be watered down to fit those who do next to nothing for Texas and America. I voted, I fly a Texas or American flag, I have a pro-gun bumper sticker on my vehicle, I follow patriot groups, these are the excuses for being a patriot by the lazy. There's always a million and one excuses why you couldn't attend a rally, why you couldn't go to the capitol to fight for what you believe in, why you couldn't join a established organization that believes like you and puts in work, or do anything except sit on social media complaining and saying, "Someone should do something about that." Get off your butt and go do something! No one is going to fight your battle for you! Some are physically unable to do the ground work, but you can still donate, you can write emails to lawmakers, you can share post from groups who are doing the ground work, there's always a way to help. No one has an excuse to do nothing but vote. Do everything in your power to further your cause and help protect Texas and America, then and only then will you feel like a patriot.
We have talked about the reason why people keep backing RINOs, about some of the issues we have in the grassroots, but now we want to give you an example of the grassroots not engaged in fighting the RINOs.
How many of you know there is a runoff in the Texas Land Commissioner race? There is! Two candidates have pushed through the primaries and now they are in a race that will dramatically affect our Texas History. The first candidate is an establishment Rino, Dawn Buckingham, the second is a tried and tested grassroots candidate who has been in the trenches, Dr. Tim Westley.
Why do you consider Dawn Buckingham a Rino? There are many reasons. First, we know for a fact that the establishment tapped Buckingham to resign her position as a senator, take a demotion, and run for Texas Land Commissioner. There is speculation on the why, but we believe she was tapped to go in and further the plans of George P Bush when it comes to reimagining the Alamo. For those who don't remember, This Is Texas Freedom Force (TITFF) fought George P Bush and the city of San Antonio for 4 years trying to stop them from removing/moving the Alamo Cenotaph and now we are engaged in stopping the rewriting of our history at the Alamo (ie reimagine the Alamo plan). The second reason, look who is backing Buckingham. You have 1 former candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, Victor Avila, who endorsed George P Bush for Texas AG, and he took campaign funds from George P Bush and bragged about it, he has endorsed Dawn Buckingham. You also have another candidate that attacked & called Buckingham a Rino throughout the entire primaries, Weston Martinez, then a few days after the primaries he endorsed Buckingham for Texas Land Commissioner. See the Rino pattern yet? Next, when Dawn Buckingham was asked to support Rep. Kyle Biedermann's Alamo bill, that would preserve the Alamo and keep the focus on the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, Buckingham turned Biedermann down 3 times to sign onto the bill and support it. Then there's a statement put out by Buckingham which said she was the one that saved the Alamo Cenotaph with her legal letter, this was a lie. TITFF fought for 4 years to save the Cenotaph, we attended hundreds of meetings for the Alamo Trust, Alamo Advisory Committee, Alamo Roadshow, Historic Design and Review (HDRC), Texas Historical Commision (THC), San Antonio City Council (SACC), and in the Capitol on committee hearings. Not once did Dawn Buckingham show her face to stand alongside Texans in these meetings. She was missing in action (MIA). Last she claimed to pass the only bill that protects monuments across Texas from the cancel culture. She may have passed a bill, but it was a do-nothing bill, even the THC said the bill does nothing. You can also take in consideration that 3 monuments have been removed by the cancel culture, 300 historical bricks with the names of US veterans & Confederate veterans were removed, and now a 4th monument is under threat of removal, all since her bill became law. A do-nothing bill! Now you can see why we call her an establishment Rino, because the facts support that.
Dr. Tim Westley is the exact opposite of Buckingham. Dr. Westley has been in the trenches with the grassroots fighting for years. TITFF met Dr. Westley during our fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph, he was testifying at a HDRC meeting. TITFF became friends with him, and he has helped us with our fight to save Texas History ever since. Dr Westley has been a headliner speaker at TITFF rallies and meetings for years. If you haven't heard him speak, check out our YouTube channel and there are numerous of videos of his speeches. Dr Westley was also appointed to be the RTP's Historian by Allen West and reappointed by Matt Rinaldi. Not only has Dr Westley written numerous articles on Texas History, he also wrote a book titled "The Republican Party & the Journey Blackwards." This book talks about the history of the Republican Party in Texas. He's authored several other books like "Motivation-Inspiration 365" & many more. Once Dr. Westley became the RPT's Historian for Texas, he played a huge role helping TITFF push our monument protection bill in the 87th Legislature. Even during covid Dr. Westley would join others like Allen West and Don Huffines at the Alamo speaking at TITFF rallies, maskless. I can honestly say the man doesn't have a dishonest bone in his body and that is rare, extremely rare for us to say, but he earned it. If you don't believe Dr. Westley is grassroots by all this, the next sentence will get you. On May 30, 2020 when TITFF stood armed in front of the Alamo to defend the Alamo against 5,000 BLM rioters/looters, it was Dr. Westley who stood with us. Do you know any other candidates that would do that or better yet have done that? Yeah, we don't either. Dr. Westley is truly part of We The People and he has proven that 10 fold.
So when the fate of the Alamo is at stake, when the establishment and the liberals are trying to rewrite history at the Alamo, who do you want controlling the Alamo? A candidate that never showed her face for 4 years during the fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph? Do you want a candidate that was missing during the fight to stop the reimagine the Alamo plan? Common sense says you want a candidate that has stood in the trenches fighting to save the Alamo Cenotaph, stop the reimagine the Alamo plan. Do you want a candidate that has lied about protecting our Texas History and done nothing to protect our history? Again common sense says you want a candidate that was shoulder to shoulder with TITFF and the grassroots fighting to protect our monuments. The choice seems very clear to us.
We know the establishment Rino candidate is backed by lots of dirty money. We know the establishment candidate is backed by other Rino endorsements. So you'd think the grassroots would be doing everything in their power to see the right candidate gets the job, but the grassroots is silent right now, at least most are. Not sure if they are licking their wounds and rebuilding their egos from the primaries, or maybe they just aren't paying attention, but it's not too late to right the ship. We know the media is going to cover the establishment candidate every chance they get, so the grassroots should be blowing social media up with their grassroots candidate. We know big Rino donors are going to donate to the establishment candidate, so the grassroots needs to donate to the grassroots candidate. For every play in the establishments playbook, the grassroots should have a counter measure in their playbook. That is if the grassroots is serious about saving Texas. We began this article asking "Why do Texans keep electing Rinos?" The answer to that question, is because the grassroots is not giving it their all. The runoff elections are over in May, it would be a huge boost to Patriots everywhere to see the grassroots pull this off and put their candidates in office, send a message, but that is all up to how serious are you about saving Texas.
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Pics of Dr Tim Westley working with TITFF over the last few years.
In the wake of removing the Travis Park Monument in San Antonio, TX in 2017, a chorus of lame stream media outlets, political activists, and random people on the internet have called for the removal or destruction of Confederate monuments in cities across the country. The left says we shouldn’t honor a bunch of racists who fought to preserve slavery, and that it’s long past time for these painful reminders of our past to come down—stow them away in a museum or smash them to pieces, just get them off the streets.
This iconoclastic impulse is a mistake. It’s a mistake because there is something noble—and, for a free people, necessary—about preserving our history so we can understand who we are and how we should live.
For all the lefts tough talk over the years about the problems with these historical monuments, there hasn’t been nearly enough discussion of their history. Most of them were built a half-century after the war, as the Civil War generation was beginning to die off. Before the turn of the century, Confederate graves had for the most part not been cared for in federal cemeteries, and erecting a Confederate monument was considered treasonous.
But as the veterans of the war began to die, there was a renewed push for reconciliation between the North and South. Of course, the monument boom across the South during the first two decades of the twentieth century came at a time of terrible race relations, mass immigration, which poisoned the South.
So the monuments reflect more than one current of early twentieth-century America. They served to honor Confederate heroes like Robert E. Lee, and they were also an outpouring of grief and remembrance for the hundreds of thousands who had died in the war. Nearly a quarter of Southern white men in their twenties were killed or died from disease. Is it any wonder that decades later, as families began to bury Confederate veterans in greater numbers, there would be a push to erect memorials to that generation?
People in the South adorn these monuments, their purpose was also to convey to future generations why so many people kept fighting, for years and in the face of staggering casualties. For the ordinary soldiers who fought and died, devotion to the Confederate army did not arise primarily from a devotion to the institution of slavery (just as most Union soldiers were not fighting primarily to end slavery) but from a devotion to their home states and a sense of honor and duty to defend them from what they considered to be an invading army.
The fact that there was slavery in the North & South back then, does not excuse us today from the burden of trying to understand what motivated them to fight—and what motivated them and their families to undertake a flurry of monument-building decades later as the surviving veterans began to die off.
Speaking on Memorial Day in 1884, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a Union veteran who saw a great deal of action, talked about the importance of transmitting the emotional weight of the war from one generation to the next, and he specifically mentions the role of monuments: “I believe from the bottom of my heart that our memorial halls and statues and tablets, the tattered flags of our regiments gathered in the Statehouses, are worth more to our young men by way of chastening and inspiration than the monuments of another hundred years of peaceful life could be.”
For Holmes, it was also the duty of Civil War veterans themselves to convey the significance of the war to posterity. He said, “the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire… we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after.”
THIS REALLY ISN'T ABOUT CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS
Nevertheless, the lefts' common objection to these statues today is that because they occupy public spaces, they serve to venerate their subjects, who were of course racists and fought to preserve slavery in their minds. But if we know the history, why can’t we see them in a different light? Why shouldn’t we view them as we should?
Certainly, the statues were not originally meant to educate future generations about the evils of slavery and secession, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take them as such today. Indeed, the fact that these statues were erected in prominent public places is itself a powerful lesson in American history—a testament to our turbulent past that would be diminished if they were removed to a sanitized display in a museum. Not every statue or piece of public art has to comfort and console us. Sometimes, they should oblige us to grapple with our nation’s history and the vagaries of human nature.
Even so, some rinos (Republican In Name Only) are willing to let the things go. Kevin Williamson at NRO urged conservatives to do nothing. “The Left’s vandalism is intended mainly to get a rise out of the Right, in the hopes of getting some Republican to wrong-foot himself over a racial question,” he said. Even if some sympathize with those who want to remove Confederate memorials—there’s no need to join them because the iconoclasm sweeping the country, said Williamson, “mainly consists of local authorities making democratic decisions about the disposition of public property,” and thus “there is a case for political quietism in this matter.”
Really? Did he just say that? That would be fine advice if it were true that this is really just about local authorities making democratic decisions about statues. It would even be fine if it were just about the moral preening of Democratic politicians and activists, seizing on an opportunity to shame and embarrass Southerners for gradually abandoning their party in favor of the GOP. But the iconoclasm on display now is about more than anathematizing the Confederacy or scoring cheap political points against conservatives. It’s part of the Left’s overarching critique of American constitutionalism, the goal of which is to overthrow that order.
THE REAL REASON THE LEFT WANTS TO FORGET THE PAST
President Trump was mocked for suggesting that if we tear down statues of Lee then activists would demand the removal of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson next. But sure enough, later in the week after Trump said that, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC was vandalized with spray paint. A Lincoln statue in Chicago was burned. Al Sharpton said the Jefferson Memorial should be abandoned. A pastor in Chicago asked the mayor to remove the names of Washington and Andrew Jackson from city parks because they owned slaves. A writer at Vice News called for Mount Rushmore to be blown up. One columnist in Philly even argued for tearing down a statue of Frank Rizzo, who served as police commissioner and mayor in the late 1960s and ‘70s. In some cases, any monument would do.
All this sounds crazy, but jumping from Confederate statues to Lincoln to Rizzo follows a certain logic. For the Left, the Confederacy is just a small part of a much larger problem, which is the past. Iconoclasm of the kind we’ve seen this week is native to the Left, because the entire point is to liberate society from the strictures of tradition and history in order to secure a glorious new socialist/communist future. That’s why Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China torched temples and dug up ancient graves, why the Soviets sacked Orthodox churches and confiscated church property, and why various governments of France went about de-Christianizing the country during the French Revolution.
The modern-day American Left is just as bad as all that, its ideology about the past is the same. Hence the statement issued in 2017 by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray calling for the removal of all “symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city.” These symbols, Murray said, represent “historic injustices,” and “their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities.”
He is not interested in the history of the statues themselves, the people or events they depict, or “what political affiliation may have been assigned to them in the decades since they were erected.” Don’t be fooled by the therapeutic language about causing pain. The statues must go because they remind us constantly of a past that needs only to be overcome and forgotten.
A more mature society would recognize that the past is always with you and must always be kept in mind. There’s a reason Christians in Rome didn’t topple all the pagan statues and buildings in the city or raze the Colosseum. Edmund Burke had strong words for the French during their revolution, while they were doing their best to destroy a rich past and slaughter one another in the process:
You had all these advantages in your ancient states; but you chose to act as if you had never been molded into civil society, and had everything to begin anew. You began ill, because you began by despising everything that belonged to you… If the last generations of your country appeared without much luster in your eyes, you might have passed them by, and derived your claims from a more early race of ancestors. Under a pious predilection for those ancestors, your imaginations would have realized in them a standard of virtue and wisdom, beyond the vulgar practice of the hour: and you would have risen with the example to whose imitation you aspired. Respecting your forefathers, you would have been taught to respect yourself. You would not have chosen to consider the French as a people of yesterday, as a nation of low-born servile wretches until the emancipating year of 1789." ~Edmund Burke
This Is Texas Freedom Force (TITFF), a nonprofit whose mission is preserve and protect Texas historical monuments, has been fighting the left since 2017, trying to ensure our Texas historical monuments stay intact. TITFF has protected and has stopped many of the lefts plots to destroy our history. Texas doesn't have a monument protection bill, that's why TITFF has led the charge to get this passed. It's important that we preserve our historical monuments, they serve to honor those who died, display the craftmanship of that era, and it serves as a reminder of our past. That is part of why these memorials and statues are important. Giving into the iconoclasm of the Left, with temperatures running high, will mean we lose far more than we gain by hiding these physical reminders of our nation’s past. Let our historical monuments stand as a memorial of our ancestors who died, a challenge to understand their time and its troubles, and a warning for the present day.
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This Is Texas Freedom Force has hit the ground running in 2022 with 6 events on the Calander within the next 45 days. Texas is in a fight for our lives. The establishment Rinos are dropping loads of money into their campaigns to convince you to reelect them. They don't want you to remember the Republican Priority Bills that they killed in the 87th Legislature, nor do they want you to remember Texas being shut down for covid in 2020. While the rinos scramble to save their necks, the grass roots are taking the battle to the rinos. Rallies all over Texas have sprung up with some great conservative challengers in the primaries, but the media is downplaying the challengers, even hiding their names from articles. We encourage Texans to go hear from the candidates, listen to their message, before you go vote.
Below is a list of events coming up, you can simply click on the black box below the event and it will direct you to our site for more info & to RSVP for the event.
TITFF HOST AARON SORRELLS & DR. ALMA ARREDONDO/LYNCH
TITFF'S VP & PRESIDENT WILL BE JOINING DON HUFFINES, WESTON MARTINEZ, DR TIM WESTLEY & NATHAN BUCHANAN
TITFF HOST LTC ALLEN WEST & DR. TIM WESTLEY
SAVE TEXAS RALLY
TITFF HOST CHAD PRATHER & WESTON MARTINEZ
TITFF'S 5TH ANNUAL REMEMBER THE ALAMO CEREMONY
So as you can see, there is a lot going on. Join us at these events. God bless Texas!
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.