About that vote
I reluctantly voted against this bill. There are many things to like in this bill and many examples of good-faith compromises. But this vote was about the border security debate, an issue which shouldn’t be debatable in the first place. There are approximately 400,000 illegal immigrants apprehended while crossing our border each year, and this bill does not take the necessary steps to fix this problem. This issue is not about who wins arbitrary political battles; it’s about the security and sovereignty of our nation. When will we start taking it seriously and finally give our border agents the resources they’ve requested?
US Congressman, District 2
A rose by any other name
A CNN news story is titled “Harris takes on questions about her ‘blackness.’” Harris is Kamala Harris, who is seeking to be the 2020 Democratic candidate for president of the U. S. Will folks ever quit asking such idiotic questions? The color of one’s skin is no more relevant to being president, mayor, governor or ... than the color of the person’s hair or eyes. That which matters is the quality of one’s ideas, character and values. It’s as simple as that!
The Opry lives on!
Thank you so very much for writing the article about the Liberty Opry staying open – I had no idea The Tribune would do this and I am so appreciative! We are struggling now, trying to figure out how to get the word out to people and this will help tremendously. The Tribune has always been so supportive of the Liberty Opry and it means a lot to us.
On Socialism. And Fascism, Too.
“If you grew up during that Cold War period, then you saw a time in politics when the word socialism could be used to end an argument,” Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg recently said, further adding “You can no longer simply kill off a line of discussion about a policy by saying that it’s socialist.” Buttigieg’s statement is accurate, but while he is fine with that sentiment, I am not. For nearly 50 years after the end of World War II, the West was engaged in a global struggle against the Soviet Union and its socialist ideology. I am proud that I got to have a very small role in that fight. The West won. The Soviet Union is no more. But, was it really a victory? Consider that after World War II, no university professor or politician would embrace fascism. But, after the Cold War, leftists of all stripes are entrenched in many of our universities with high-paying, tenured positions. And today, there are open socialists elected to political office and treated seriously, many in the chattering class. Fascism, by the way, is wrongly seen as an ideology of the right. Leftists of all stripes call anyone who disagrees with them fascist. But, fascism is socialist at its heart, although it takes on rightist trappings by being nationalist as opposed to globalist in focus. Both socialism and fascism require strong, centralized, unaccountable governments to control society, direct the means of production, and stay in power. For America to actually be the land of the free and home of the brave, we need to return to limited government with an emphasis on local government, closer to the people, having more power than faraway mandarins. All the great evil states of the modern era have had big governments.
No emergency here!
Growing up and working in developing countries, I have seen firsthand what the erosion of democracy looks like. President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency – where none exists – doesn’t just threaten our democracy, it imperils critical federal funding Harris County requires for Hurricane Harvey recovery. As the elected official in charge of a county with a population the size of Colorado, I want to make my stance crystal clear: I care. My constituents care. This matters. With this move comes a renewed threat to the billions earmarked to help disaster recovery across our nation, including for Texas and Harris County to recover from devastating storms. As Harris County judge, I am vehemently opposed to this so-called “national emergency” declaration because it violates our democratic principles and threatens our ability to recover from a real emergency. I vow to fight to keep every dollar for our recovery from going to a vanity wall.
Lina Hidalgo, County Judge
Smollett, Booker and Harris
In the past three weeks, Jussie Smollett, a black, gay actor on an apparently popular television show, has gone from supposed victim of a hate crime to indicted perpetrator of a hate-crime hoax. Much has been said and written and much more will come out as the story unfolds, but let’s pause for a moment to consider the two black and homosexual-friendly Democratic candidates for President, Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Immediately after the fake news broke, both Booker and Harris called what supposedly happened to Smollett as a “modern day lynching.” Even now that it appears that Smollett paid, by check if you can believe it, two Nigerians to fake an attack on him, Booker is waiting “until all the information actually comes out” before judging the Jussie Smollett attack. Harris, also taken aback, is now saying “facts are still unfolding.” While both were quick to jump on the Left’s bandwagon, they are now much more circumspect but still can’t seem to muster any criticism whatsoever for Smollett or for their own rush to misjudgment. Booker and Harris played their sick little role because it was an easy thing to do. They have signaled their virtue. What allegedly happened to Smollett just confirmed to them that Trump supporters – and remember that Smollett’s attackers were said to have been white Trump supporters – were nothing but racists and “homophobes.” Metaphorical lynchings actually await those who the Left and the media minions find – you know the word – deplorable. Booker and Harris know who their friends are and who they are running against. The sad thing is that, even as I write this with Smollett just released on bond, some people still believe he was the victim of a hate crime. They are likely Booker or Harris voters.