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  • To the People of the Republic of Texas:

    April 30, 2011 in the Year of Our Lord

    It is with little hope of publication that I sit to record these, my thoughts on the current state of affairs affecting our Republic of Texas. Many are the ills confronting us as a people of this proud state, indeed, too many to commiserate here in a limited missive.

    I have been awakened on occasion the last few years by a loud thumping noise. The noise vexed me greatly for I could discern no ready source of the chaotic din. After long hours of intense contemplation, and some investigation, I have discovered the source. It is the sound of the past patriots of the Texas soul spinning in their graves. Sam Houston, Stephen Austin, William Travis, Jim Bowie, Ben Milam, and a host of others have indeed polished the insides of their coffins. The despicable levels we have allowed this once great and noble example of liberty to descend to are unconscionable. The Lone Star no longer waves proudly for all to see. Instead it hangs limply in shame for want of a patriotic spirit in its peoples.

    There is no question, at least in my admittedly limited intellect, that we are in the closing stages of a long, protracted agenda intended to strip the peoples of the United States of all that freedom and liberty once meant. We are being morphed from free citizens with rights reserved to subjects with no such rights as are not allowed to us by our masters. The usurpations and transgressions are too many to list, yet a few of the most onerous must indeed be addressed.

    The problem as I see it is we are being attacked from so many directions that we lose focus on what is important to us as citizens of Texas. To be sure, the national issues must be confronted; however, it is apparent to my poor cognizance that we should perhaps get our own house in order before cleaning up the neighborhood. Perchance, if the citizens of the greatest state in the union can stand up and loudly proclaim “Cease! No More!” then the other more timid will find their wits and courage and follow the example. Texas and Texicans have a moral imperative to be leaders in the defense of our rights and liberties. The spirit of Goliad, the Alamo and San Jacinto courses hotly through our veins. The honor and sacrifice of those Texicans who rose and defended the union in World Wars one and two deserve no less. The countless brave souls who have spent their lives and honor to protect us in undeclared “wars” and “police actions” deserve no less. And finally, we who have been graced by the almighty to have been born in this great state must rise to our rightful height of dignity and honor and lead where no other will advance. If our current state leadership is not up to the task, we must cast them aside and find those who will lead. We can no longer sit and listen to the mindless drivel being spewed by our leaders. Mediocrity and compliance are no longer possible or desired. We need leaders who will protect and defend most vigorously our rights and interests as Texicans.

    Much is being said about the process of State nullification. Many brush it aside as wishful thinking and others merely shrug out of ignorance of the process. Rest assured fellow Texicans, nullification is a real, viable reply to the transgressions of the mighty. It is a remedy that we should be pursuing with boldness and intent. Alas, the only alternatives are secession or, worse, submission. Dissolution of the union is not an option in my opinion. Forcefully returning it to its enumerated scope of powers is an option and in these times, a vital necessity.

    The uncertainty of will would seem to me to be a serious lack of education. Our children are no longer taught to be citizens. They are instead taught to do whatever makes them feel good. It would appear that self-esteem is thought to be more important than intellect and integrity. There is no right or wrong, only that which pleases us. Our churches, schools and most definitely our parents have instilled no sense of patriotism or civic mindedness in our youngsters. How then are they to defend themselves against those who would harm them? Would you have them become a herd of mindless, obedient slaves to the moneyed elite? Would you condemn them to an eternity of abject servitude to a powerful nanny state that forbids individuality and independent thought? Is this really what you and we wish for our children and their children? God Forbid! I would rather they grow up with the chance to be anything they desire. I would wish them the success that all should be free to attain.

    So, who will take up the burden? Who will lead and who will follow? Do we Texicans no longer have the will and honor to lead? I wonder… and I fear.

    Upon this missive rests the likelihood of others. I feel the need to address the nullification issue. And I should like to point out how I see it as a deterrent to the various usurpations cast upon us. Perhaps I shall offer my thoughts in a future letter. It all depends.

    American by Birth, Texan by the Grace of God.

    An Old Texican
  • Forget the regulation of pot, we should treat it like any other plant that yeilds a substance that is consumed(fruits, veggies, aloevera, herbs, spices, tea). My bill would propose a free market, and the USA will gain money for the taxes of it being sold and if the seller is making more than $10,000 a year. as far as kids go, they should know better Besides, if they wanted to smoke, they will get it anyways. It would elivate the legal consequences that the parents would have to suffer and the parents that dont approve can enforce their children themselves. Just make a legal smoking/ growing age for responsible adults.  What if kids grew their own tobacco  because they couldnt buy cigaretts, or brewed their own alcohol for the same reason? Whats to stop them from getting yeast, sugar and water to do so?
  • WILL AMERICA VOTE FOR ANOTHER PUPPET PRESIDENT IN 2012?

    By: Devvy
    February 26, 2011
    NewsWithViews.com

    Do you know that a year from now most of the presidential primaries might be over?

    There is great turmoil going on in this country right now with more to come. But, there will be another election and the primary process is part of the show put on for public consumption. Make the American people believe they have some say in who will occupy the White House. Isn't it about time we take control over the presidential election?

  • Here's a bit of a follow-up to let people know just what significance of these votes are about.  It appears the House & Senate were playing PR Politics.  Look at the tally of each and see what you think.  This unbalanced and weak opposition does not compute.

    House Bill "H.J. Res. 44" Further Cointinuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (Continuing the spending of madmen.)

    Passsed 2/01/2011 on passage: 335-91 (6 Republicans voted Nay)

    Senate Vote #29 (H.J. Res. 44) 

     

    Passed 2/02/2011 on passage: 91-9 (see tally below)

    Idaho - Crapo (R) Nay;  Risch (R) Nay

    Iowa - Grassley (R) Yea;  Harkin (D) Nay

    Kentucky - McConnell (R) Yea;  Rand Paul (R) Nay

    Michigan - Carl Levin (D) Nay;  Stabenow (D) Yea

    Utah - Hatch (R) Nay;  Lee (R) Nay

    Vermont - Leahy (D) Yea;  Sanders (I) Nay

    Washington - Cantwell (D) Yea;  Murray (D) Nay

  • I am so frustrated!

    The US Senate passed the budget continuing resolution today, 91-9.  The resolution will allow the government to continue to spend while $6 billion was cut from federal spending.  Oh, my goodness!  Let me catch my breath.  I am so impressed.  

    When will someone stand up and begin acting in a way that matches their rhetoric? 

    Republicans have a good story line. That is, we can not live with this deficit. We can not pass this debt on to our children.  If I hear this one more time, I will scream!  If dealing with this deficit is so critical, where is the action?  I do not want to hear another plan or another debate or wait for another commission to tell us what we already know.  Leaders say this resolution will provide the time to solve this problem.  Time, what?  Is the need for a continuing resolution a surprise to the leadership?  Did this problem arise last week?  These are the same leaders that have known about this looming problem for months.  Do not tell me that if you simply have more time you can solve the problem.  You have had plenty of time.  This is analogous to the lazy, uninspired student who wants another week to turn in their book report while they have known about the deadline for weeks.

    I am so frustrated because no one is willing or able to take action. The Republicans pat themselves on the back for cutting $6 billion out of a $3 trillion budget.  That is equivalent to someone that earns $50,000 cutting their spending $100!  Clearly, the Republicans are not the answer.  They seem to be satisfied with convincing us they are part of the solution all the while they are reacting only to keep their priviledged position and power.

    The Democrats, on the other hand, are reacting as one would predict.  Deficits do not matter and they must continue to redistribute wealth so the recipients will keep them in their privileged position and power.  One must acknowledge however, the bold action of the senate democrats in Wisconsin.  At least they are taking action to accomplish what they believe in.  At least they have the conviction to take action.  Where is the action, boycott, demonstration, walkout, etc. of the Republicans?  Or for that matter, of the Tea Party? 

    Everyone seems content to just talk on Fox News.  Things will never change.

    I want to secede.

  • Glad to be here Folk.
  • Joseph, It is the typical government manipulation of winners and losers.  It is not competition by maintaining control of the masses by creating megaopolies to fund their re-election bids.

     

  • Interesting, Robert. After two years in SMU, my father, an independent lumber wholesaler, offered to loan me the money to buy an 18 wheeler on which to haul lumber. That was in 1948. I bought an International, with a 200 H.P. Cummings engine.  It didn't get up the hills too good pulling 20,000 board feet of lumber.  One day the cops stopped me. I was dragging a mile of telephone wire behind me. Due to the restrictions of for hire trucking permits imposed by the Texas Railroad Commission, and the number of "pekerwood" sawmills springing up in East Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas not on the railroad, coupled with an enormous building boom following World War II, we wanted to cash in on it by trucking our own lumber, which did not require a for-hire permit. Our big mill competition, one on the railroad, told the IRS about us.  The IRS attempted to force us to pay the transportation tax, calling our operation a subterfuge. I learned their game. Some companies who trucked their own products backhauled for hire. The Federal Trade Commission called it a subterfuge.  After a year of trucking lumber, and having added three more rigs, I became a lumber salesman. In 1956, my father retired and turned the business over to me.

     

    Double digit inflation bought about Nixon price controls. The Nixon administration went to the biggest lumber producers for advice in how to set up lumber price controls. Price controls put most of my independent producers out of business. My business suffered. By 1975, I was out of business.  The transition was no help to independent building contractors, or to the quality of lumber.

     

  • Fascinating life stories, Joseph.  I have had similar experiences as my grandfathers related their personal stories to me when growing up.  Particularly interesting is the fact that my own sister worked for L. Marcus in Dallas, as a senior fashion consultant, up until the 1993 attack on the WTC in NY, after which I personally moved her several times with the help of a full size 18-wheeler which I drove for the family businesses in construction and wholesale building materials. Later in my career as a tradesman in AC & Refrigeration, I worked many hours maintaining the physical plant equipment of the Neiman-Marcus store in Houston, TX Galleria.  It was always a joy to reminisce those old days with old timers who started out their professional careers with N-M.  Life was very different and work was good in those days. Most business deals were accomplished with a handshake. Nowadays?  It hardly means the same thing.  thx:billy_bob
  • My grandfather Frank P. Smith spent 42 years in the public services of Texas, ten years as the District Clerk of Bosque County, six years in the State Comptroller’s Department, six years in the Secretary of the State’s Office, and twenty years as the Engrossing Clerk in the State Senate of Texas.  My father told me that in his youth (in the early 1900s) the Federal Government was non-existent.  With the Federal Government now bankrupting state governments, can you believe that my grandfather never mentioned the Federal Government to his family? In the early 1900s,  our taxes were a tiny fraction of today's taxes, and now with a $14 trillion national debt, they must raise the debt ceiling,  or we will undergo a horrific financial disaster.  We have not faced reality yet.

     

    My last home in Texas was in Flower Mound.  I was the neighbor and friend of Edward Marcus, Chairman of the Board of Neiman Marcus. I went with a group of town officials, with Marcus, to visit Columbia Maryland and Reston, Virginia, two “New Towns.”  Marcus and a group of Dallas businessmen planned to make Flower Mound a New Town.  The “old settlers” of Flower Mound wanted no part of it.  They unconstitutionally took over the town government and shut down Flower Mound New Town, with the cooperation of Denton County officials.  At the time, Texas was celebrating her Bicentennial Convention, and offering to let the citizenry play a role. 

     

    I contacted the Convention people and explained what had taken place in Flower Mound.  I was given time to present my case before the State Senate Judiciary Committee.  One of the members objected, stating that ordinary citizens with a complaint against the county had no place there. The chair allowed me to speak, and followed up. Denton County qualified in population for a District Attorney. 

     

    At the time, it was the law west of the Pecos in Denton County. The “Old Settlers” planned to ambush me and end my life, so the police chief told me.  At the time, my wife was divorcing me, and my business enterprise of 25 years was on the rocks. As a parting shot, I talked my divorce lawyer into running for District Attorney. He won and the “good old boys” left the county government.  On Good Friday, 1975, I departed Texas for good, arriving in Miami, Florida for the first day of my new life. What a life it has been! I’m now retired in my dream home near Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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