New York city lost over 25,000 people a month between 2020 and 2021 due to dirty politics, strict and questionable COVID mandates and soaring crime. Official counts indicate a total of 305,465 citizens left.
Other Democrat controlled cities experienced similar population losses for that time period:
🔹Los Angeles (-40,537);
🔹Chicago, Illinois (-45,175);
🔹San Jose, California (-27,419);
🔹Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (-24,754);
🔹Dallas, Texas (-14,777);
🔹Houston, Texas (-11,777);
🔹Indianapolis, Indiana (-5,343)
🔹San Diego, California (-3,783);
🔹Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco lost roughly 6.3% of its population in 2021, the highest-percentage loss of any U.S. city.
Illegal immigration appears to be another cause of citizens leaving.
“While only 4% of all cities and towns had a population of 50,000 or more in 2021, collectively they contained 129.3 million people — nearly 39% of the U.S. population,” said Crystal Delbé, a statistician in the Population Division at the Census Bureau. “On the other hand, of the 19,494 incorporated places in the United States, more than 75% had fewer than 5,000 people.”
Fastest Growing by Percentage
Arizona, Texas, Florida and Idaho all had several places among the 15 fastest-growing cities or towns:
🔹Georgetown, Texas, had the largest growth from July 2020 to July 2021, increasing by 10.5%, a rate of growth which would double the population in less than seven years.
🔹 Leander, Texas (10.1%);
🔹Queen Creek Town, Arizona (8.9%);
🔹Buckeye, Arizona (8.6%);
🔹New Braunfels, Texas (8.3%).
🔹Fort Myers, Florida (6.8%),
🔹Casa Grande, Arizona (6.2%);
🔹Maricopa, Arizona (6.1%);
🔹North Port, Florida (5.5%);
🔹Spring Hill, Tennessee (5.4%);
🔹Goodyear, Arizona (5.4%); an
🔹Port St. Lucie, Florida (5.2%).
🔹Rounding out the list were three suburbs of Boise, Idaho: Meridian (5.2%), Caldwell (5.2%) and Nampa (5.0%).
Population Count Growth by People
🔹San Antonio, Texas, topped the list of the largest numeric gainers with an increase of 13,626 people between 2020 and 2021.
A new state law gives Texans additional time to renew their vehicle registration online. House Bill 2152 allows online registration renewals up to 12 months past the expiration date.
Previously, Texans could renew expired registrations online up to nine months past the expiration date. Customers who renew late will still be responsible for paying for a full year of registration.
Additionally, anyone renewing between 10 and 12 months after their registration expires will have the option to renew for both the current (past-due) registration year and the next registration year at the same time.
The month of expiration will not change for Texans using this option. Registration and local county fees will be doubled when registration is renewed for both years; however, only one Processing and Handling Fee will be charged.
Robert Mangiafico Jr., a 55-year-old resident of Carrollton, Texas, was sentenced by the 296th District Court in Collin County to serve 20 years for evading arrest with a deadly weapon and 63 years for possession with intent to deliver GHB, a controlled substance commonly known as a date rape drug.
Mangiafico has a long and sordid history with law enforcement including the Texas State Securities Board.
In 2013, the Texas State Securities Board served as special prosecutors in the Collin County District Attorney’s Office in multiple cases against Mangiafico. He was ultimately sentenced to 40 years on theft and money laundering charges.
Mangiafico was paroled in December 2017, and almost immediately began scheming in the oil and gas industry. By September 2019, he was arrested for circumstances that led to the evading arrest and possession with intent to deliver convictions.
In November 2019, the Texas State Securities Board issued an Emergency Cease and Desist Order against Mangiafico and Premier Resources, LLC., a company he started while on parole and continued to operate from jail.
The order found Mangiafico was committing fraud in connection with the offer and sale of securities.
Mangiafico was subsequently indicted by a Collin County grand jury for theft, securities fraud, securing execution of a document by deception, and money laundering as the result of a Texas State Securities Board investigation.
The indictments allege Mangiafico defrauded over $450,000 from Texas investors by intentionally failing to disclose his prior criminal history and falsely claiming ownership of 61 producing oil and gas wells in Oklahoma.
Punishment evidence was presented at Mangiafico’s trial on Wednesday by special prosecutors from the Texas State Securities Board who focused on Mangiafico’s most recent fraudulent oil and gas investment scheme.
Witnesses included investors in the scheme and a former Mangiafico employee. Evidence was also presented of Mangiafico’s past criminal history which included a DWI, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and six separate convictions for theft, including theft of an automobile, jewelry, and cash. The evidence showed many of Mangiafico’s past victims were elderly individuals, particularly widows.
The Collin County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case against Mangiafico with assistance from Texas State Securities Board enforcement attorneys – Matt Wise, Tina Lawrence, and Dale Barron.
My maternal grandmother, Ruby Floyd, first showed me a list of coincidences between U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy in early 1964.
I was two weeks away from turning 8-years-old when Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The day before, my mother had signed me out of third grade class so she could take me to actually see the President and my father (who was escorting him as a motorcycle patrolman for the San Antonio Police Department).
I grew up reading and investigating about the JFK assassination and even visited witnesses, Lee Harvey Oswald’s landlord, and Dallas police officers who were there in 1963.
My fascination could have been spurred by my grandmother and father’s interest too. When she originally read this to me in 1964, there were only 12 coincidences listed.
By 1972, the list had grown. Here is the Lincoln-Kennedy Penny from that year:
For decades, Americans have marveled at the incredible list of similarities and coincidences between these two assassinated presidents. While the majority of this impressive and eerie list has been circulating for years, historians and those interested, continue to add more incredible items. Read for yourself and see what you think.
– Lincoln’s name has 7 letters – Kennedy’s name has 7 letters
– Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 – Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946
– Lincoln was elected president in 1860 – Kennedy was elected president in 1960
– Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln
-Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy
– War was thrust upon Lincoln almost immediately after inauguration – War was thrust upon Kennedy almost immediately after inauguration
– Lincoln ordered the Treasury to print its own money – Kennedy ordered the Treasury to print its own money
– International bankers may have arranged the assassinations of both Lincoln and Kennedy
– Lincoln gave black Americans freedom and legalized equality – Kennedy enforced equality for black Americans
– Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 – Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963
– Lincoln was loved by the common people and hated by the establishment – Kennedy was loved by the common people and hated by the establishment
– Lincoln was succeeded, after the assassination, by vice-president Johnson – Kennedy was succeeded, after the assassination, by vice-president Johnson
– Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 – Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908
– Andrew Johnson’s name has 13 letters – Lyndon Johnson’s name has 13 letters
– Andrew Johnson had a pug nose and slicked-back hair – Lyndon Johnson had a pug nose and slicked-back hair
– Lincoln was sitting beside his wife when he was shot – Kennedy was sitting beside his wife when he was shot
– Rathbone, who was with Lincoln when he was shot, was injured (by being stabbed) – Connally, who was with Kennedy when he was shot, was injured (by being shot)
– Rathbone’s name has 8 letters – Connally’s name has 8 letters
– Lincoln’s wife held his head in her lap after he was shot – Kennedy’s wife held his head in her lap after he was shot
– Lincoln was shot on a Friday – Kennedy was shot on a Friday
– Lincoln was shot in a theater named Ford – Kennedy was shot in a car named Ford – Kennedy was shot in a car also named Lincoln
– Lincoln’s bodyguard was away from his post at the door of the President’s box at the theater – Kennedy’s bodyguards were away from their posts on the running-boards of the President’s car
– Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran to a warehouse – JFK was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran to a theater
– Lincoln’s assassin had a three-word name, John Wilkes Booth – Kennedy’s assassin had a three-word name, Lee Harvey Oswald
– John Wilkes Booth has 15 letters – Lee Harvey Oswald has 15 letters
– John Wilkes Boothe was born in 1839 (s/b 1838) – Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939
– Lincoln didn’t die immediately after being shot – Kennedy didn’t die immediately after being shot
– Lincoln and Kennedy died in places beginning with the initials P and H – Lincoln died in Petersen’s house – Kennedy died in Parkland Hospital
– Booth was shot and killed in police custody before going to trial – Oswald was shot and killed in police custody before going to trial
– Kennedy’s funeral was modeled on Lincoln’s funeral
– Andrew Johnson was a heavy drinker with crude behavior – Lyndon Johnson was a heavy drinker with crude behavior
– There were conspiracy theories that Johnson was knowledgeable about Lincoln’s assassination – There were conspiracy theories that Johnson was knowledgeable about Kennedy’s assassination
– Days before it happened Lincoln told his wife and friends about a dream he’d had of being shot by an assassin – Hours before it happened Kennedy told his wife and friends it would be easy for an assassin to shoot him from a crowd
– Shortly after Lincoln was shot the telegraph system went down – Shortly after Kennedy was shot the telephone system went down
– Kennedy’s father had been the Ambassador to England at the Court of St James – Lincoln’s son became the Ambassador to England at the Court of St James
– Lincoln and Kennedy were two of the greatest presidents of the nation
– Lincoln’s wife tastefully and expensively re-decorated the White House – Kennedy’s wife tastefully and expensively re-decorated the White House
– Lincoln loved great literature and could recite poetry by heart – Kennedy loved great literature and could recite poetry by heart
– Lincoln had young children while living at the White House – Kennedy had young children while living at the White House
– Lincoln’s sons had ponies they rode on the White House grounds – Kennedy’s daughter had a pony she rode on the White House grounds
– Lincoln lost a child (12 year old son) to death while President – Kennedy lost a child (newly born son) to death while President
– Lincoln had 2 sons named Robert and Edward. Edward died young and Robert lived on. – Kennedy had 2 brothers named Robert and Edward. Robert died young and Edward lived on
– Lincoln let his children run and play in his office – Kennedy let his children run and play in his office
– After Lincoln’s assassination the nation experienced an emotional convulsion – After Kennedy’s assassination the nation experienced an emotional convulsion
– Lincoln’s funeral train traveled from Washington DC to New York – Kennedy’s brother’s funeral train traveled from New York to Washington DC
– Lincoln Assassination conspiracy theories are believed all these years later – Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theories are believed all these years later
– Abraham was the first name of the man who filmed Kennedy’s murder in the Lincoln
– The man running alongside Kennedy’s car snapping pictures with his 35mm camera was a salesman of Lincoln cars
– Jefferson Davis was the name of the President of the Confederate States while Lincoln was president of the United States
– Jefferson Davis Tippit was the name of the police officer killed by Kennedy’s assassin
– Lincoln was famous for his wit and for telling hilarious stories and anecdotes – Kennedy was famous for his wit and for telling hilarious stories and anecdotes
– Lincoln was sitting in a rocking chair at Ford’s Theater when he was shot – Kennedy had a special rocking chair he sat in at the White House – Henry Ford bought the rocking chair Lincoln died in and put it in his museum in Dearborn
– Kennedy’s seat in the Lincoln he was sitting in when he was shot is in Ford’s museum – Lincoln’s seat in the Ford he was sitting in when he was shot is in Ford’s museum
– John Kennedy is the name of a character in a 1951 movie about a detective traveling by train to thwart the assassination of President Lincoln
– John Kennedy is the name of the real-life detective who traveled in the train with President Lincoln in 1860 to thwart his assassination
– In 1863, the Tsar sent the war fleet of the Russian empire to assist President Lincoln during the American civil war – In 1962, during the Kennedy presidency, a fleet of Russian ships transporting instruments of war were steaming towards America with less benign intent
A very dear friend, 95-year old World War II Veteran, Ralph Watkins passed away on Oct. 28, 2020. For several years we were Whataburger breakfast buddies and I enjoyed his tales of service in the Pacific during the war.
Virtually every morning diners would stop by to shake his hand and thank him for his service. He was humbled but honored they would see his veterans cap and acknowledge him.
Dodie and I would also visit him at his home and towards the end through a window outside his hospice bedroom. Among the last things he smiled and said was “tell them I didn’t die of that damn COVID!”
With this article, I’m making good on his request.
It reminded me of Ralph, my own grandfather, other friends and brave family members and all of our veterans. We owe so much to their service and sacrifice to protect and save our precious freedoms.
A few years ago I was changing planes at Dallas Love Field when I saw a crowd of people, some visibly crying and emotional, walking away from windows overlooking some sort of ceremony at the Southwest Airlines gates down below.
I was in a hurry, but asked a bystander what was going on.
“A Vietnam veteran is coming home,” the kind lady said, gently waving a small American flag towards me.
I gave a quick salute and hurried on to my connecting flight.
Last week, going through some old files, I found a note to remind myself of the “Vietnam veteran coming home.” Here are the results:
The Veteran was Col. Roy Abner Knight Jr. who as a pilot in 1967 was shot down and his body had only been recently found and identified.
A notable part of this story was Col. Knight said goodbye to his family at Love Field 52 years prior. His son, Bryan, was only 5 years old when he left to serve our country in Vietnam.
Bryan Knight grew up to be a Captain for Southwest Airlines. It was he who flew the plane that brought his father’s remains home back to the same airport where they said what would be their final farewells.
Capt. Knight touched down on the tarmac while a crowd of onlookers, who had been informed about the powerful moment over airport intercom, watched in awe from the terminal.
Right before my plane arrived, hundreds of people were watching in silence as the flag-draped casket of the fallen airman was taken off the jet.
Col. Knight served as a clerk typist in the Philippines, Japan and Korea before attending Officer Candidate School in 1953. He married his wife, Patricia, after being commissioned a 2nd Lt., and the pair had three children together, Roy III, Gayann and Bryan.
Col. Knight then served as a fighter pilot in Germany and France before returning to Texas with his family in 1963 to become an instructor pilot. He was called to serve in the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron during the Vietnam War in 1966 and reported to Southeast Asia in January 1967. There, he flew combat missions almost daily until being shot down in Laos on May 19 of the same year.
Col. Knight’s body was not recovered because of the hostile location where his plane crashed, and he was declared dead by the Air Force in 1974.
He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and six Air Medals for his actions, his obituary states.
Col. Knight’s family remained without closure until February 2019, when his remains were recovered by personnel assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and identified with the help of dental records.
The veteran’s casket was flown home by his youngest son to be buried with full military honors in Weatherford, Texas.
One article reported Southwest Airlines said they were “honored to support [the veteran’s] long-hoped homecoming and join in tribute to Col. Knight as well as every other military hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.”
“Earlier this year, Captain Knight learned that his father’s remains were positively identified which began the mission of returning Col. Knight to his home in North Texas,” the company explained. “Today, his son flew his father home to Love Field where he was received with full military honors to express a nation’s thanks for his Dad’s service to our country.”
Fourteen defendants were sentenced to more than 74 years in prison combined and ordered to pay $82.9 million in restitution for their roles in a $200 million healthcare scheme designed to get physicians to steer patients to Forest Park Medical Center.
Now a defunct hospital in Dallas, the U.S. Justice Department made the announcement on March 19, 2021.
More than 21 people were charged in a federal indictment in 2016 for their alleged involvement in a bribe and kickback scheme that involved paying surgeons, lawyers and others for referring patients to FPMC’s facilities.
Those involved in the scheme paid and/or received $40 million in bribes and kickbacks for referring patients, and the fraud resulted in FPMC collecting $200 million.
Several of the defendants, including a founder and former administrator of FPMC, were convicted at trial in April 2019 and sentenced last week. Other defendants pleaded guilty before trial.
Hospital manager and founder Andrew Beauchamp pleaded guilty in 2018 to conspiracy to pay healthcare bribes and commercial bribery.
He later testified for the government during his co-conspirators’ trial and admitted that the hospital “bought surgeries” and then “papered it up to make it look good.” He was sentenced March 19 to 63 months in prison.
Wilton “Mac” Burt, a founder and managing partner of the hospital, was found guilty of conspiracy, paying kickbacks, commercial bribery in violation of the Travel Act and money laundering. He was sentenced March 17 to 150 months in prison.
Four surgeons, a physician and a nurse were among the other defendants sentenced last week for their roles in the scheme.
Of the 31 children recovered, officials said at least seven were critically missing children with ties to sex trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced Wednesday, 31 children from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been located, recovered or rescued after a month-long operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations.
Of the 31 children recovered, officials said at least seven were critically missing children with ties to sex trafficking. The cases include:
A 15-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police at a Dallas home following a tip by a confidential source.
A 17-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police from a vehicle.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Arlington police inside a Kerens, Texas home following information from social media.
A 13-year-old girl recovered by Fort Worth police from an apartment.
A 15-year-old girl from Fort Worth recovered in an Uber in Houston during a prostitution sting.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Fort Worth police at a “John’s” house in Fort Worth.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police walking on Lancaster Boulevard.
Federal agencies partnered with four local police departments – Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie – to launch “Operation Missing in the Metroplex,” the attorney’s office said.
“To observe law enforcement partnerships and community concerns culminate into such a successful recovery outcome is rewarding,” Acting United States Marshal Quintella Downs-Bradshaw said. “Victims should know they are not forgotten, there is hope and a way to return home.”
Officials said the remaining 24 children were recovered from friends or relatives, and then were reunited with their legal guardians and removed from the missing children database.
“We are grateful to be a part of a coalition of extraordinary law enforcement agencies who were dedicated in reuniting these children with their loved ones. It is our hope that each of them will be able to put this traumatic experience behind them and move forward to have a happy and productive life,” said Dallas Police Department Chief of Police Eddie Garcia.
Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas said they will continue to work with local law enforcement and federal agencies to identify and recover missing children across North Texas.
“These kids and teens represent some of our most vulnerable populations where adults try to prey on their innocence. We will not rest until every child is located safe and someone is held accountable,” said Arlington Chief of Police Al Jones.
If you believe a child is missing, call local law enforcement. Provide authorities with your child’s name, height, weight, and any other key descriptor. Then, officials said consider calling the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
Many Texans are turning to dangerous heat sources amid widespread power outages caused by the winter storm, leading to more than 900 carbon monoxide poisoning cases in the state.
The Houston Fire Department reported over 300 calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning as of today. Across Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals, there’s been 100 such emergency room cases.
“With that number of patients going in, it’s turning into a mini mass casualty event,” Samuel Prater, MD, UTHealth emergency physician who works with Memorial Hermann, said.
More than half of the patients treated at Memorial Hermann’s emergency rooms were children.
Ben Taub Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center, all based in Houston, have also treated a number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases since Feb. 15, according to the HoustonChronicle. Several deaths in the Houston area are also suspected to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many of the cases have been linked to unsafe use of heat sources such as grills and space heaters, Memorial Hermann Health System said in a Feb. 15 statement.
“If you’re using generators to supply power, the generator needs to remain outside,” Dr. Prater said. “Also, under no circumstances should barbeque pits be used inside the home to create warmth.”
The health system also warned against leaving a gas range or oven running, among other uses of unconventional heat sources.
“They’ve been going without heat for over 30 hours now and trying to protect their families by doing the best way they know how,” Rachel Netzler, a spokesperson for the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office, told the Chronicle. “Unfortunately, all these carbon monoxide poisonings are preventable.”
The National Basketball Association announced all teams will be playing the National Anthem, as per their policy, before each game despite Mark Cuban’s demand to not play it at his Dallas Mavericks games.
This news overshadowed his new generic drug business, the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co., being built at an $11 million drug manufacturing facility in Dallas, according to the Dallas Business Journal.
Construction is to begin on the 22,000-square-foot facility this month and be completed by next year, the Dallas Business Journal reported Feb. 5. The company filed for a license to build the facility Feb. 4.
The billionaire investor and “Shark Tank” TV show star announced the company in January, saying it is dedicated to producing low-cost versions of high-cost generic drugs and pledged to “provide radical transparency in how we price our drugs.”
“We will let everyone know what it costs to manufacture, distribute, and market our drugs to pharmacies,” the company’s website said. “We add a flat 15 percent margin to get our wholesale prices. This makes sure we remain viable and profitable.”
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare must pay two cardiologists who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit $10 million and reinstate their medical staff privileges for one year, a Michigan federal court ruled Feb. 1, according to Bloomberg Law.
In December, Amir Kaki, MD, and Mahir Elder, MD, who were fired from their leadership positions at Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center in October 2018, were awarded $10.6 million. The arbitration award also included reinstatement of their medical staff privileges.
The physicians, who originally brought suit in 2019 alleging violations of the False Claims Act, claimed they were ousted from their leadership positions for reporting problems affecting patient care.
The court ordered the parties to arbitrate the federal claims, and the arbitrator found that Tenet acted with malice when the physicians were fired from their leadership positions and later had their staff privileges revoked, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Tenet, Detroit Medical Center and the other named defendants tried to get the arbitrator’s award vacated in federal court.
The defendants brought three main challenges to the award, and the court stated that only one — whether the arbitrator exceeded her powers — was a legitimate potential ground for vacating the award.
Arthur Tarnow, a district judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, ultimately concluded that the defendants’ arguments were without merit.
The defendants are appealing the court’s order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Christian and a conservative Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R), serves the district covering Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and Boerne in Gillespie, Comal and Kendall counties.
Re-elected in Nov. 2020 by an astonishing 74.8% of votes in his race, Biedermann has been promoting the popular idea of Texas returning to its status as an independent republic.
On January 26, 2021, Biedermann filed House Bill 1359, also known as the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which would allow the citizens of Texas to vote on whether the Texas Legislature should create a joint interim committee to develop a plan for achieving Texas independence.
Below are questions and answers he and other legislature representatives have posted.
Should TIRA be passed by the Texas Legislature and approved by voters in the November 2021 Election, an interim joint committee will be established to study and make recommendations regarding the most effective method for Texas to return to its status as an independent republic.
The committee will be composed of four State Senators and four State Representatives appointed by the Lt. Gov and House Speaker, who will also respectively serve as co-chairs for the committee.
Not later than December 31st, 2022, the committee shall report any findings and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and the citizens of Texas.
Is this un-American and un-patriotic?
Supporters for Texas Independence love America, our flag and our Constitution. Our grievances are not with America but with an out-of-control Federal Government.
It would be un-American and unpatriotic to not make our voices heard and fail to preserve the liberty our Founding Fathers established with their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Can we use Article V Convention of States instead of leaving?
It will be the job of the interim joint committee to pursue all potential avenues that would return power back to the states and to the people, including Article V Convention of States.
How can we become citizens of the Republic of Texas?
Obtaining citizenship will be determined by the Texas Legislature’s joint interim committee as the plan for independence is formulated.
What would happen to Social Security dollars Texans have paid into the system?
Any Texan who has paid into the Social Security system and is currently receiving benefits should continue to receive them. This is an obligation of the federal government to those who paid into the system and should, therefore, be met without question, hesitation, or reservation.
The federal government allows Social Security recipients to move to a foreign country and still collect their benefits. Additionally, those who have paid in should be able to preserve their accrued benefits for exactly the same reason. This will be included as a topic of discussion for the joint interim committee.
What would happen to veteran benefits?
If you are a Veteran who lives abroad, you remain entitled to the benefits and services you earned through your military service. Most VA benefits are payable regardless of your place of residence or nationality.
Source: Veterans Administration
What would Texas do for national defense?
Using the NATO target average of 2 percent of GDP for military and defense spending would provide approximately $37.74 billion annually, making Texas 11th in the world in defense spending. Funding at this level would cover the costs of recruiting, training, equipping, and maintaining an active duty enlistment in excess of 125,000 troops. This would be in line with the number of Texans currently serving in the United States military in all branches.
For more FAQs on the Texas Independence Referendum Act, please visit TNM.me.
Disclaimer: These sentiments on forming the Independent Republic of Texas have been discussed and researched by experts on the subject, however, there is no guaranteed outcome to negotiations that would take place between Texas and the U.S. government.
Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West speaks about the Republican Party of Texas strategy. West in the Chairman.
“The next vital play comes with the redistricting of political office districts that only comes every 10 years. Since we maintained a strong majority in both the Texas House and Senate, we control this process. This will shape the political landscape of Texas, and other states, for the next 10 years. This was the main reason why Eric Holder, Michael Bloomberg, and Barack Obama dumped some $25 million into Texas.
Texas Republicans control this process and must realize this strategic opportunity, and not concern themselves with “fairness” to the progressive socialist left. I think we are getting a lesson right now in the ruthlessness of the left. We can ill afford to be Neville Chamberlains and believe that appeasement, compromise, and acquiescence to the leftists are viable courses of action.
That brings me to this final point, as I know there are still those doggone hot heads out there who want a “revolution.” Just remember, when you read the Declaration of Independence, that our Founding Fathers sought every possible manner of petition to King George. But our history, both as a state and a nation, evidences the one thing that we will not tolerate: disarmament.
In America, we have always recognized that an armed individual is a citizen, and an unarmed one is a subject. This is why another of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities is Constitutional Carry.
Remember these dates in our history: April 19, 1775, and October 2, 1835. These are two dates where the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and Texians in Gonzales responded to the threat and imminent objective of a tyrannical government to disarm them. In both cases, the actions on Lexington Green and the field of Gonzales spurred forth movements toward independence.
If the progressive socialist left — aka the Democrat Party — seeks to pursue a “mandatory gun buyback” initiative, then they will have followed suit with the previous tyrants who dared the same. They will have, indeed, doused themselves with gasoline and struck a match.
The way forward is not to conduct a frontal assault, but envelop the left, outmaneuver them, play chess, not checkers, and anticipate their next move and block it.
If the Bidenistas want open borders, we say no!
If the Bidenistas want the Green New Deal and decimation of our oil and gas industry, we say no!
If the leftists believe that they can mandate equality, we say no!
National lockdowns, the decimation of our small businesses, and mandated mask-wearing, no more, unless government officials want to stop being paid. The best stimulus for our economy is small business.
The government does not exist to protect our health, that is our responsibility. Government exists to protect our rights . . . and that is not defined as the ideological agenda of the progressive socialist left.
We must be resolute, forthright, and stand like an immovable rock. We must school the left on the concept of federalism. After all, they believed that they could declare themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. The left must be taught a firm lesson in the 10th Amendment.
However, what this will require is that Republicans can no longer be “Quislings.” One thing the left, like any bully, relies upon is the lack of intestinal fortitude from us, their political opposition. Their use of fear, intimidation, coercion, threats, and violence (to which they never admit) are the means to their end.
The left is playing a very dangerous game of duplicitous hypocrisy. It is evident and unacceptable. We can borrow a page from their Saul Alinsky rule book and let them see what principled American resistance looks like.
No, I am not scared. God did not give me, or you, a spirit of fear. What we do need are leaders who are calm, cool, and collected under fire, and who will not cower to the left.
Yes, I am gonna be talking to someone about communication platforms. But, what we currently see from the left is abject totalitarianism, targeting members of the Trump administration to undermine their future livelihood. They are censoring conservatives, which is true fascism. But, with all of this, we must keep a cool head as our planning and execution must be flawless, as we frustrate the left into making tactical, and strategic, errors . . . causing their implosion.
A final word to bolster your spirit:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots stay out of our way. We will let you know when it is safe to come outside. It is time to carpe diem!”