I know it's been a while since I've sent out a report, but conditions have not materially changed since then.
Yesterday the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, tipping their hand of the first of many steps to ratchet our country, against the will of many of the states and 6,000 years of recorded history, into accepting homosexual marriage under penalty of law. Already conservatives are running to their old standbys of pushing for constitutional amendments to remedy the problem, never mind the impossibility of getting two-thirds of the Congress and three-quarters of the states to go along. You can be sure, however, that earnest promises will be made in the next Republican primary.
It is clear to me that we are dealing with a Romans 1 situation. We live in a country that elected and then re-elected Barack Hussein Obama, and there is simply no way out except political separation. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, we can either have the judgment to separate from the blue states, or we will all be judged together. History knows no other fate for societies who have fallen to this level of moral degeneracy.
You can be sure in the coming years that those who hold to traditional morality will be further marginalized as haters and bigots. Many church denominations will either stop talking about the issue or "discover" a new angle on interpreting Scripture in order to accommodate the state religion of equality. It will be a time of testing where people will reveal their true loyalties.
The problem is not merely political. All across the nation about 40 years ago, every single state, red and blue, surrendered to feminist demands and passed laws making divorce quick and easy. Our governments have made a mockery of heterosexual marriage, and so now we are mocked with the spectacle of homosexual marriage. It is also surely true that the epidemic of absent or weak fathers wrought by easy divorce has itself contributed to the growth of the gay population and the atmosphere of moral relativism in our society. We reap what we sow. Spiritual renewal is the only true long-term hope we have.
Nevertheless, it is clear that political separation will help contain the problem, as the blue states are further down this road than ever. The long-term necessity of separation is what makes our leaders here in Texas so generally disappointing. Texas is naturally the state to take the lead in restoring constitutional law under a new government, a process that will take decades to complete, but our leaders so far can't even manage to accomplish basic tasks with historic super-majorities.
Take the Texas House as an example. Despite all of the promises and bluster of the latest "Tea Party" class of freshmen state representatives, every single one of them fell into line and voted for Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House. Individuals who promised thousands of people across the state that they would force a vote for Speaker chickened out. To rationalize their behavior, they told us Joe Straus was going to be different this time, that he wanted unity and wanted to govern as a conservative. Insanity is often called repeating the same mistake over and over again and expecting different results. Straus again stuck it to conservatives, with minimal progress to show for such a large Republican majority.
No immigration legislation was passed in the House. No abortion legislation was passed either, and Joe Straus sabotaged it again in the special session, by delaying it so that it wouldn't have time to make it through the Senate. Governor Perry is now having to call an unprecedented second special session to pass legislation that is supported by a majority of Republicans, all because the Republicans in the House wouldn't stand on principle in electing their leadership.
Yet, there is hope.
The best news of the last cycle was the election of Ted Cruz. Former CIA agent David Dewhurst was clearly the choice of the Republican establishment, yet the Tea Party triumphed. It was the kind of race the Tea Party was not supposed to win: not a backwater primary for the legislature, but rather a statewide, big-money race. Ted Cruz was not part of the plan, and unlike Marc Rubio, he hasn't sold out his constituents in Washington. If the Ted Cruz network can defeat the Dewhurst/Straus go-along, get-along crowd in state government, something might actually change.
As always, the work before us is great and the next Republican primary offers great opportunities. This summer is the time to prepare for these races and defeat those who betray us.
I have one more thing to add, which is we need to spread the word about Jerry Patterson, who is running for Lt. Governor by pretending to be a conservative. Patterson is on the record being the point man for a new "guest worker" program: Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson outlines support for immigration reform, By Zahira Torres, El Paso Times, February 7, 2013]
Any politician who advocates for a guest worker program, even ignoring the immoral aspect of oppressing our own poor by deflating wages, is by definition fiscally irresponsible. If we have guest workers, who pays for their anchor babies, their K-12 education and their emergency room visits? Taxpayers of course!
Patterson is nothing more than a shill for the crony capitalists who want to save $5 an hour in wages on their books while pushing billions in social costs onto taxpayers. They care nothing for the future of the country.
Hopefully another candidate for Lieutenant Governor will stake out a patriotic position on this issue. The Tea Party should not let Jerry Patterson convince them he is one of us. He's a has-been of the pre-Internet era when the big money picked the candidates.
Peter Morrison (email him) is a businessman living in Lumberton, Texas with his wife and four children.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.’" This article is from his free newsletter, which features commentary about current events of interest to Texans—sign up here, or go to Facebook.com/morrisonreport