VDARE.com: 07/06/11 – The Peter Morrison Report: Special Session Priorities Still Unachieved Thanks To RINO Sabotage


The Peter Morrison Report,


By


Peter Morrison

Special Session Priorities Still Unachieved Thanks To RINO Sabotage

Recently

Governor Rick Perry
ordered a special legislative
session to

deal with a few pressing issues,
such as school
funding, Congressional redistricting, and other matters.
During a special session, legislators may only deal with
issues specified by the Governor in the call for the
special session, or issues which he adds once the
session begins. In this case, Governor Perry added

two more items to the agenda.

 The first was
a
bill banning
"sanctuary cities"
in Texas.

 The term refers
to cities and towns that declare themselves a sanctuary
for illegal aliens, openly stating that they are not
going to enforce laws against illegal immigration. The
other one was a bill that would make it a crime for

TSA agents
to

touch the private parts
of airline passengers during

"security screenings."

These are both
issues which conservatives care deeply about, and we had
high hopes that both would be passed and signed into
law. However, we had no illusions about what we were up
against, and that it was going to be a real fight to get
these bills through. The biggest obstacle was

House Speaker Joe Straus,
who never seems to meet a
conservative bill he doesn`t want to obstruct.

We expected
Straus to pull out all the stops in order to halt both
bills in their tracks. He didn`t let us down. Rep.
David Simpson is
the original sponsor of the anti-groping bill, and here
is how he

summed things up in a press release
:
"The Speaker
unilaterally halted a bill supported by a majority of
Texans, coauthored by 111 members of the House, approved
by a majority of the Senate, vetted by Attorney General
Greg Abbott, requested by Lieutenant Governor David
Dewhurst, and called by Governor Rick Perry."

After a huge
outcry from conservatives, Straus finally agreed to let
a watered down version of the bill come up for a vote,
but it didn`t get enough support from House members, and
it died. The sanctuary cities bill is also DOA. Rick
Perry blamed Sen. Robert Duncan, the sponsor of the
sanctuary cities bill, for its failure.

Duncan said he had no choice,
as he couldn`t allow
the bill to be tied to the school funding bill. Everyone
points fingers, makes accusations and plays the blame
game, but if they would devote half as much time to
actually working to pass a bill as they do to making
excuses after it fails, there wouldn`t be any problem
getting conservative bills signed into law.

Let me be
perfectly frank. There is no good reason either of these
bills should have died in the special session, let alone
both of them, and the blame lies entirely with the
Republican leadership in Austin, and I`m not referring
only to Joe Straus. Yes, Straus is a definite obstacle
to passing conservative legislation, but Rick Perry is
still the governor, and if he really wanted these bills
to become law, they would have both passed. A big part
of what leadership is about involves using your
authority to cajole, persuade and convince others to
come around to your way of thinking. The governor has a
lot of tools at his disposal, including both sticks and
carrots, and he could have used them to turn these
important bills into law.

Unfortunately,
Rick Perry didn`t have time to exercise his leadership
during this special session. He was too preoccupied with
other matters, like running for President. Call me
cynical, but it seems pretty obvious that Perry`s
presidential ambitions were a major factor in his lack
of bold leadership on these two bills. He has spent some
time over the past few weeks pandering to liberal
left-wing race based groups, such as the

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed
Officials
– can you imagine the outcry if he had
spoken to the National Association of White Elected and
Appointed Officials? Instead of shoring up his
conservative credentials, Perry chose to speak to a

group whose membership is not only race based,
but
is overwhelmingly composed of liberal Democrats.[

Rick Perry`s Jose
Cuervo joke at Latino convention bombs in Texas, as
governor mulls 2012 GOP bid,

By Aliyah Shahid,
NY Daily News, June 24,
2011]

Rick Perry was
also quoted recently as saying that some of his proudest
accomplishments as governor were nominating black and
Hispanic judges for Texas courts. [Rick
Perry: A Texan`s `exceptionalism`,
By George F.
Will, June 24, 2011]He didn`t explain exactly why the
race of the judges he appointed is relevant (a governor
should simply pick the best qualified candidates, not
race-based tokens), but it`s clear that Perry has
decided to go into campaign mode as he tests his
presidential chances. Heading back to Austin to fight
for passage of the sanctuary cities bill would not have
served his political ambitions, as even the slightest
opposition to illegal immigration is these days
denounced as
"racism"
and
"hate"
by the very groups Perry is pandering to.

We`re going to
have to show Rick Perry that if he wants to win the
White House, it`s conservative voters he`d better be
trying to please. If Rick Perry wants to be President of
the United States, he`d best remember the old Texas
proverb that "you
dance with the one who brung you."
It is
conservative voters who put Rick Perry where he is
today, and it is our principles and causes he had better
be fighting for. The same thing applies to the
Republican Party in general. If they keep betraying us,
and turning in such miserable performances as we saw
during this special session, then they had better start
looking elsewhere for votes, because conservatives are
just going to stay home.

Thankfully, it`s
not too late to do something about what just took place
in Austin. Rick Perry and the GOP leadership can make up
for the abject failure of this past special session and
demonstrate that they`re serious about fighting for
conservative legislation. The governor of Texas has the
authority to call as many special sessions as he deems
fit. Rick Perry needs to order another one immediately,
and then he and the rest of the Republican leadership in
Austin need to do what it takes to pass the TSA and the
sanctuary cities bills.

Peter
Morrison (
email
him) is a businessman living in
Lumberton, Texas with his wife and four children. He
currently serves on the Lumberton ISD School Board and
as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party. He
says "I believe deeply in the principles of limited
constitutional government, the sanctity of life and that
our state and nation should be run under Thomas
Jefferson`s principle of `Equal Rights for All, Special
Privileges for None.`"
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