Author: DB Pattillo September 24, 2015
Title: Sample Opinion Article
This is a sample of the proposed layout for the Opinions page.
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Author: Howard Allison March 1, 2016
Title: THE ESTABLISHMENT? OF WHOM DO WE SPEAK?
Someone asked me to explain what we mean by the Republican establishment. Hopefully this writing can clear the matter. Let's see.
The Republican establishment, or more commonly among conservatives just “the establishment”, refers to the permanent political class and power structure that together run the Republican Party...particularly its political philosophy. This includes long term politicians, their influential civilian friends and cohorts of power and wealth, controllers of political PACs, and huge corporations and unions. (Unions buy influence through their gifts to both major parties and their candidates all at the same time...thus making the politicians of both parties beholden to them and their wishes.) To great extent this is all simply a part of life, but not entirely. The masses' input can have an effect, but only if they choose to which is all too rare, but right now seems to be one of those times.
I personally believe we are right now in a quiet or soft revolution. I hope it continues and that it continues quietly and softly. Let's not have the other kind!
These establishment individuals and groups tend to control the rules of the party system, party elections, and funding disbursements. The establishment is typically viewed as more elitist, politically moderate, and out-of-touch with true conservatives. It usually includes all long-time senators and congressmen!
These are some of the characteristics that make up “the establishment.” These characteristics have led to a tea party revolt within the Republican Party. The establishment tends to support ideologically moderate candidates whom they deem “safe” and attempt to push their chosen candidates through primaries. “Safe” means electable, re-electable, manageable, and likely to tow the line of the establishment. The establishment actually views electing from their own “club” as more important than winning with a truly conservative candidate who would challenge their long-time moderate, compromising stance. That stance keeps themselves in power due to its broad appeal amongst themselves and makes fewer waves. As former Senator John Tower said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Such a position has led to establishment support of politicians such as Arlen Specter, who left the party to join the Democrats and cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, and Charlie Crist, a former popular Florida Republican who bailed the party because he was certain to lose the GOP nomination for Senate in 2010. Most Tea Partiers are Republican or lean Republican. But the Republican establishment disdains the Tea Party and treats it as an adversary; this due to the Tea Party's solid reliance on our Declaration and Constitution...probably the greatest documents ever penned except for the Holy Bible.
The establishment tends to operate under a “good old boy system,” to paraphrase Sarah Palen. They follow the next-in-line strategy when it comes to elections, deciding who “deserves it” based on how long they have been around Washington and who has best built up a network of fellow establishment insiders. All this has led to a number of unimpressive presidential candidates such as Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Now, February 29, 2016, Jeb Bush was the presumptive “next-in-line” with more Bushes likely to follow...the newest in line now is Texas Land Commissioner, a nice easy political starting point where election on name recognition was 99% cinch...shades of a kingdom) Right now the establishment chooses Marco Rubio whom they think they can control and they are probably correct on that!
The establishment also props up candidates in senate, congressional, and gubernatorial elections and regularly had their way until the post George W. Bush era's Tea Party revolution.
For an in-depth reading on the subject, I encourage you to Google “RNC Takes A Step Toward Investigating Outrage In Mississippi Primary”. There you will find many other revealing news articles, etc.
Various other labels for The Establishment include: GOP establishment, good old boy network, RINO’s (Republicans-In-Name-Only, such as a liberal or compromising Republican), party insiders, Republican National Committee, powers-that-be.
Individual examples of RINOs from my own perspective include: John McCain, John Cornyn, Lisa Murkowski, Orrin Hatch, Richard Lugar, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John Boehner, David Dewhurst. Be sure to include Marco Rubio, a new young Republican who wants to be thought of as a true conservative. But Rubio joined the establishment in the gang of eight who chose a pathway to citizenship for illegals thereby rewarding those who broke our laws. Rubio, along with Ted Cruz's own fellow senator from Texas, declined to join Cruz and maybe a dozen other new, true conservatives when Cruz had the courage to take on the establishment like no other new senator has ever dared in my memory. Quite understandably the old establishment senators don't like Cruz. He calls them out when they are wrong. That takes courage for a new senator, and Cruz has proven his courage and his dedication to our Constitution.
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Author: Lt Col Dwight Allen U.S. Marines, Ret June 18, 2016
Title: The Flag - A love Story
It was the summer of 1939 in southern Illinois. A happy, smiling 5 year-old boy in shorts and sandals was standing on the sidewalk with his favorite possession, an American flag, held proudly across his chest. His dad had just told him “we’re going back to Texas, it’s time to get you started in school”.
My dad was a roughneck in the oilfield and when the drilling activity in the Burkburnett field slowed down, the drilling crews had followed the activity on to the next fertile field. Even as itinerants, we were a happy family. Dad was a hard worker and throughout the depression, he always had a job – any honorable work he could get. Mom handled the rest and they both made sure there was plenty of love and laughter to glue everything together. The belief that if you played fair, worked hard, respected your fellow man and stayed true to your God, the opportunities this great country offered were endless - we believed in the American Dream. As I have grown, that belief has remained central to my being and is held firmly in the flag of our United States of America.
By 1941, we were in Wichita Falls and dad owned his own service station business. December 7th ushered in an era of the greatest national patriotic unity the world had ever seen. I remember Thanksgiving 1943. My mother was a volunteer at the USO and we had decided to go to the USO and invite two lonely G.I.s stationed at Sheppard Field home for Thanksgiving. The two declined as there were five that had made a pact to spend the day together. With a smile from mom and a nod from dad, we became a family of eight that day and remained so until they each had shipped out. There were a lot of things about World War II that a young child might not comprehend, but an entire nation coming together in the cause of freedom was not one of them, and nothing represented the heart of the nation more than that beautiful flag.
The brief period of peace and prosperity we experienced during and after the recovery from WW II gave us a sense of having been tested as a nation and united people, and we had passed! Our armed forces, however would again receive the call to service in the Korean war – another selfless act of bravery and sacrifice indicative of the character of a strong, benevolent nation. A nation as unique in worth and character as the United States of America would forever need a strong military presence to “protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. The core values of this nation, to me, are packaged serenely in our noble banner.
In 1952, I was privileged to enroll at The A&M College of Texas and finally put on my first uniform representative of military service when I joined the Corps of Cadets and The Aggie Band. I felt like it was the completion of the first leg of a pre-destined journey - I was now on the path to a tangible and productive role in the defense of the nation. While enrolled at A&M, I enlisted in the Texas National Guard, remaining in service until my commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957, retiring from active service in 1978.
Our country is experiencing troubling social upheaval and international conflict today, but our dedication to loyalty and unconditional love of our nation must not waver. The words of Stephen Decatur are as true today as they were in 1816…”Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right: but our country right or wrong”.
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