Texas Congressman Fights to Prevent Chinese Takeover in America

Back in 2013, Shuanghui Group, the largest pork producer in the world and the largest meat producer in China, dominated headlines when it purchased U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. for almost $4.7 billion.

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At the time, Chinese companies owned about $1.3 billion worth of American farmlands. In 2022, China now controls over $2 billion in farms and ranches.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to crack down on “undue influence from rogue states” like China in response to Chinese businesses reportedly buying up large tracts of farmland.

DeSantis said he will sign legislation to limit the extent to which Chinese firms can invest in Florida pension funds.

“We don’t necessarily have a lot of it, but we want to make sure that we’re cutting ties so that we’re not funding our number-one adversary,” the Republican governor said.

This month, senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kevin Kramer (R-ND) wrote a letter to the Biden administration demanding that officials review a Chinese company’s purchase of North Dakota farmland just several miles from a sensitive military base.

Fufeng Group, a Shandong, China-based company that specializes in flavor enhancers and sugar substitutes, recently purchased 300 acres of farmland near Grand Forks, North Dakota, a rural area that lies about a 90-minute drive from the Canadian border.

The location of the farmland, which is just down the road from a US Air Force base that houses sensitive drone technology, has lawmakers on Capitol Hill worried about potential espionage by Beijing.

Three North Dakotans sold the land to Fufeng Group for $2.6 million, according to CNBC.

TEXAN CHIP ROY

In a letter to his constituents on Monday, Congressman Chip Roy of the 21st District of Texas proclaimed, “Communist China shouldn’t have a foothold in our nation.”

“Did you know that OVER 35 MILLION ACRES of US farmland — a plot roughly the size of Iowa — are now controlled by foreign investors, including some affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party?”

“It gets worse: right now China is apparently exploiting sister city partnerships in the United States to spy on over 150 American communities and spread Maoist propaganda.”

“Last week, I offered two critical amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act to counter Communist China’s influence, but Democrats refused to even bring them up for a vote.”

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“The CCP is scheming to gain power in America while undermining our national security, and Democrats REFUSE to even look at how much damage China has inflicted. That’s unacceptable.”

“We need to get serious about our national security and stop playing around as China drives full steam ahead to overtake us and undermine our way of life. That starts with countering the CCP’s infiltration here on our own soil.”

Should Congress investigate the CCP’s purchase of American land?

“I am leading the fight against the CCP in Congress. Last year, I introduced the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act (H.R. 3847) to ban CCP members from buying up land in the United States.”

“I have also introduced the Sister City Transparency Act (H.R. 1852) with colleagues in the Senate to investigate whether these partnerships leave America vulnerable to Communist espionage and influence.”

“Bottom line: Communist China shouldn’t have ANY foothold on our farmland, in our cities, or in the hearts and minds of our citizens. Full stop.”

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Keeping Current With States Voter ID Laws

As of October 17, 2021, 35 states require some form of identification when voting.

🔹In 20 of those states, photo identification is required with the remaining 15 requiring non-photo identification.

🔹Fifteen states and the District of Columbia do not typically require voters to present ID at the polls.

Here are three recent rulings from courts on voter ID laws:

Texas

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a voter ID law in 2018 which required photo identification under most circumstances. If a voter did not have a proper ID at the polls, he or she could vote provisionally and return later to present the proper ID.

Missouri
 

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a provision regarding affidavit requirements if a voter did not have a proper ID. As a result, Missouri voters could cast a ballot with either photo or non-photo identification.

North Dakota
 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a law that re-established the state’s voter ID requirement. Under the law, voters without an ID at the polls could vote provisionally and then present a valid ID later. Voters could also present supplementary information like utility bills or bank statements if needed.

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Energy Facts Liberal Media and Globalists Don’t Want You to Know

America now produces more oil and gas and holds more coal reserves than any nation, surpassing Saudi Arabia in 2013 as the largest producer of petroleum hydrocarbons in the world.

Because of these recent increases in domestic energy production – driven by market forces, pro-energy policies, and American ingenuity, under President Donald J. Trump, America became a net energy exporter, meaning we export more than we import.

If America continues to lead by fostering free markets and energy entrepreneurship, America and her allies will benefit from a wealth of energy and ideas, thereby increasing our economic and geopolitical security.

Within days of the Biden Administration White House takeover, it became obvious this is not their plan. Democrats are on course for a socialism Globalist stance. We can preview where this will take us going down this path by looking at Europe.

Average electricity rates in Germany have risen by more than 50% in the last 10 years

According to Eurostat, retail electricity rates for an average German household rose from 20.6 to 30.5 Euro cents per kWh from 2007 to 2017.

This increase is primarily due to taxes and levies to support renewable energy generation and integration, including a 6.88 Euro cent per kWh levy for direct payments to renewable energy producers.

Average retail prices for U.S. households were 12.9 cents per kWh in 2017.

Direct taxes and subsidies for renewable energy cost and estimated €24 billion in 2017, and IHS estimated that net export losses due to high electricity prices were €52 billion from 2008 to 2013.

Despite hundreds of billions of Euros in taxes and subsidies over the past two decades, CO2 emissions in Germany only fell by 9% from 2003 to 2016 because Germany is forcing out nuclear generation, the only practical means to achieve zero carbon electricity generation, and relying on coal to support intermittent renewable resources.

The recent experience of Germany and many other countries, including many U.S. states, has shown that mandates, taxes, and subsidies that support renewable energy and increase power prices are regressive, distort markets, and do not move the needle on global climate change.

By most accounts, the U.S. contains enough reserves of fossil fuels to sustain current production levels for many decades to come.

The latest estimates show that the U.S. has at least 310 billion barrels of recoverable oil, enough for almost 80 years of production at current rates.

North America has over 2 quadrillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas, enough for more than 60 years at current production rates.

The lower 48 states have enough recoverable coal to meet current demand for 350 years. And more resources are being found every day as the energy markets go to work.

Energy demand and production will always have their booms and busts due to economic cycles and price fluctuations, but the fact that more than 80% of the energy we consume comes from petroleum, natural gas, and coal will not change in the foreseeable future.

Thanks to the shale revolution, domestic production is rising to satisfy that continued demand. The Energy Information Administration correctly projected the U.S. would produce oil and natural gas at record levels in 2018 and 2019 and became a net energy exporter in 2020. 

Before Biden, we were making great progress in technological advances and the efforts of energy entrepreneurs, we were unlocking resources once thought unattainable and achieve sustainable fossil fuel production.

Is it any wonder China will soon earn its third wind turbine farm in Texas on land they know is rich in fossil fuels?

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Note: Much of this information came from Life:Powered, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to ensure that Americans continue to benefit from abundant, reliable, safe, and clean energy. 

Mid-States From Dakotas to Texas Brace For ‘Once in a Generation’ Winter Storm

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a state of emergency across the entire state ahead of the arrival of the current winter storm, and requested a federal emergency declaration from the White House to establish additional resources for communities impacted.

“Every part of the state will face freezing conditions over the coming days, and I urge all Texans to remain vigilant against the extremely harsh weather that is coming,” said Governor Abbott. “Stay off the roads, take conscious steps to conserve energy, and avoid dangerous practices like bringing generators indoors or heating homes with ovens or stovetops.”

Accuweather map and risks.

Accuweather has deemed this a ‘Once in a generation’ storm.

“Life-threatening cold is an additional risk with this storm, and any motorists who become stranded on snowy or icy roads may find themselves in a dangerous situation,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins.

According to Adkins, “Temperatures in some areas may be in the single digits or even below zero for 12 hours or more, and that’s a significant concern for anyone unprepared for cold of this magnitude as hypothermia and frostbite can occur very rapidly.”

“The cold will also help to keep any ice and snow accumulations around for several days following the end of the storm.”

Here are two quick articles to help you with these storms:

How To Prepare Your Home

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Article V, US Constitution Growing in Favor by More States to Restrict Federal Government

What do Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Steve Hilton, Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, Mark Levin, Louie Gohmert, and Allen West have in common (besides being censored by Big Tech websites)?

They all endorse using Article V of the United States Constitution to reign in Deep State operatives and the abuses of power by federal government.

The Convention of States Project is a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution.

The intent is to propose amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

Americans want to bring power back to the states and the people, where it belongs. Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. shouldn’t be allowed to make sweeping decisions that impact millions of Americans. But right now, they do. So it all boils down to one question: Who do you think should decide what’s best for you and your family? You, or the feds?

WHAT’S A CONVENTION OF STATES ANYWAY?

Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. The convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”

Once 34 states apply for a convention to propose amendments on the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government), Article V requires Congress to name the place and the time for the convention. If it fails to exercise this power reasonably, either the courts or the states themselves can override Congressional inaction.

States are free to develop their own selection process for choosing their delegates—properly called “commissioners.” Historically, the most common method used was an election by a joint session of both houses of the state legislature. 

Delegates discuss and propose amendment proposals that fit the topic framed by the 34 state resolutions that triggered the convention. All amendment proposals the convention passes by a simple majority of the states will be sent back to the states for ratification.

Each state has one vote at the Convention. If North Carolina sends seven delegates and Nebraska sends nine, each state must caucus on each vote. North Carolina’s one vote would be cast when at least four of its delegates agreed. Nebraska’s vote would be cast by the agreement of at least five of its delegates.

Current status

The ratification process ensures no amendments will be passed that do not reflect the desires of the American people. In addition to this, there are numerous other safeguards against a “runaway convention.” 

Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) is the parent organization of the Convention of States Project. CSG provides the resources and experience necessary to make this project a success. The CSG mission is as follows: “Self-governance must be restored across America. Citizens for Self-Governance will elevate awareness and provide resources, advocacy, and education to grassroots organizations and individuals exercising their rights to govern themselves.” CSG sees the COS Project as a means to accomplish this mission.

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Sowing Kindness Reaps Its Own Rewards

“Sowing kindness reaps its own rewards” is a fine sentiment, but seeing it in action is just the sort of heartening harvest we all could use a lot more of these days.

Unhjem farm, Sept. 2020.

Lane Unhjem, like many farmers, woke up before dawn on September 12, 2020 ready to spend a long, tiring day on his combine machine.

The 57-year-old, was driving his rig, harvesting crops on his 1000-acre Divide County, North Dakota farm when it caught on fire.

As Unhjem tried to extinguish the fire, he suffered cardiac arrest. He was soon airlifted to Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota for treatment.

Jenna Binde, a family friend contacted two local farmers who “got their equipment, and then other people just started calling and we had equipment offered from all over the place in the county, and their workers to go with it.”

Unhjem Farm South of Crosby, ND.

Just two hours after Unhjem was airlifted away, about 60 farmers in the area started showing up. Putting their own harvesting on hold, they worked together to cut 1,000 acres for their suffering neighbor.

Neighbors, friends, and family from the Crosby community brought 11 combines, 6 grain carts, and 15 semis. Within 7 hours they were able to get Unhjem’s durum wheat and canola corn in the bin.

The following week, another group came to harvest the soybeans.

Those who assisted say letting the Unhjems’ crops go unharvested would’ve been a big loss for the family, and helping out was just common sense.

“Everybody knows the Unhjems, and they’re good people and good in the community, and just kind of the farming way of life too. You help your neighbor out when they need it, and don’t expect anything in return”, added Binde.

Americans have been especially grateful for our farmers in 2020. It is true when they say God created farmers to be caretakers of the world.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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