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#Stand4Life as #txlege goes into another special session to help save a fetus from abortion after 20 weeks and to upgrade health standards of abortion clinics across the state.

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Life is not a Choice

Mark Davis had an interesting caller Monday morning as I was driving to work.

A mother of a 22 y/o man called and said that her son came in, hugged her, and wept uncontrollably because he learned that his then fiancee had aborted their child. The 20 y/o girl didn’t even tell him she was pregnant, and made the decision on her own.

The mother said that they all had a discussion when they first got engaged that if some accident like that happened, then she would raise it or even the guy would raise it if the girl wanted to leave that situation.

The girl said she decided to have the abortion because “she wasn’t ready for a child.” I don’t know if the guy, or adoption crossed her mind when she made the decision to end the pregnancy.

The guy often comes home to his mom and weeps. He feels such a deep loss for a child he had no way to say “I will raise this child because I love it.” A son or daughter was ripped away from the love of a family forever.

Women’s “right to choose” as expressed through the “right to privacy: is not found in the Constitution. It is completely made up by 3 judges. 1 had something to prove. The other 2 “felt” like it should be a right. The judgement that set forth the legalized practice of abortion had no basis in law. If you don’t believe me go read the 4th chapter of Men In Black.

Abortion affects more than just a woman. It definitely affects the life of that child. It can affect the life of the father. It can affect the lives of that baby’s siblings. It can affect the life of aunts/uncles. It can affect the life of grandparents. It can affect the life of great grandparents.

Psalm 139: 13-18

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

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Bravo Elbert Guillory. Thank you for your Bravery and Convictions.

“But our system wasn’t designed by the Founding Fathers to be efficient. Indeed, it was designed to rein in the arbitrary and capricious use of power. The growing belief that the Obama administration can’t be trusted to respect the rule of law may prove to be one of the biggest obstacles it faces in passing the immigration reform it so powerfully desires.”

Seriously, how can anyone trust this administration? This article also doesn’t mention that California refuses to enforce laws they don’t agree with. They’ve had some of the worst immigration problems in the country because they don’t want to enforce immigration laws. The state also refused to uphold the will of their citizens in defending Prop 8 in court.

As a Conservative I firmly believe in the Rule of Law and how it helps create a predictable and just environment for the citizens of a nation to live. Why is that such a hard concept for those on the left to grasp?

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Rush explains what American Exceptionalism REALLY is.

Even the limited religious exemptions in Section 6 of this bill are only afforded to religious organizations, not privately owned businesses. This law makes it so that religious beliefs are to only be accepted in private, and it will be mandatory to accept these deviant private beliefs in public. Furthermore, once Congress conveys on these people a protected status, it’s easy to imagine the inevitable lawsuits against those “discriminatory” religious institutions.  Not only is this reflective of government-mandated immorality, it represents an infringement on private property and private contracts.

  • General Welfare Clause Explained
  • Mark Levin
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The 17% government shutdown got me thinking the other day. It perfectly illustrates why we need a limited federal government.

If a government controls your means of acquiring health insurance through appropriated subsidies, how quickly would the Fed cut them off if the People did not comply with some thing at the time? That was illustrated with the National Parks Service. Armed guards were keeping veterans and people out of national memorials and parks that remained open during the last shut down. Most of them were paid for by the People’s money to begin with. How are we supposed to trust these petty people with something like medical care?

The Founders understood that no person or group of people were virtuous enough to control a large number of individuals. That’s the purpose of the limited powers in the Constitution and our Federal system that divides powers further as explained in Federalist 39. The states demanded further limitations with the Bill of Rights.

Mark Levin does an excellent job of explaining just how the Federal government is supposed to be limited in the audio above. He contrasts the views of Robert Yates, Anti-Federalists, and James Madison, Federalist on the General Welfare clause. Yates thought it would be abused (as he was proved correct today) and Madison said no in Federalist 41. The powers granted, define the general welfare, and vice versa.

This abuse of the General Welfare clause has gotten us $17 Trillion in debt, destroyed the sense of commerce, brought about the Great Society, and countless other programs and initiatives that march us further toward tyranny all in the name of Welfare.

We cannot obviously do away with the Federal government. I would never call for that. It is needed to protect the general union of the states and to secure our God given rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The word “General” does not reach down to the individual though. That is where the abuse is occurring today.

A limited Federal government is not something that is meant to be cold and distant. It is meant as a shield for the people that provides the warmth of Liberty. The states are meant to provide for the welfare of the people since they are the closest to them, and Hamilton argued that in Federalist 17. He didn’t think it was possible that people sent to the Federal level could ever WANT to take away power from the state. That would ultimately hurt them, being citizens of that state, and hurt their fellow citizens.

Having read "The Original Argument", I cannot see any other way for the country to right itself other than returning to the original principles of limited government. We are a free people. Born free by the grace of God. My belief in God given freedoms, and the belief in our Founders vision of a limited government are why I call myself a Constitutional Conservative.

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Memorial Day

We at Collin County Young Republicans want to take a moment and honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. This day we set aside to honor those heroes is only a small measure of gratitude we can bestow upon them. We want to thank the families of those who have sent their loved ones into harm’s way, so we can all live our lives secure in the knowledge of our freedoms.

Primary Run-Off Elections
If you didn’t do so during Early Voting, go vote in the Primary Run-Off elections. There are several major statewide races to be decided and a few county offices as well. 


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I Rise in Support of the Amendment

By no stretch of language is an Article V Convention of States with a limited purpose of reigning in the Federal government abuses and officials a Constitutional Convention. A Constitutional Convetnion is the rewriting of the whole governing document as the Framers were given the task to amend the Articles of Confederation, “to render the constitution of the Federal Government adequate for the exigencies of the Union.” A limited Convention of States is meant to perfect our governing document.

Constitutional Convention was a term used by a radical Liberal Justice Burger and other Liberal cohorts to silence states from using their authority to overturn their decisions.

Nullification is not a right of the States. Why are we calling to assert a purely theoretical right? Convening to propose IS a right. States cannot act as a legislative and judiciary above the Federal level as Virginia was rightly rebuked for putting forth its resolution to nullify. People authorize the Constitution’s powers, not the States.

Texas did not call an Article V Convention in 1977, as it is not listed in a database of called Conventions. There are 27 resolutions in the 2012 Republican platform a Convention of States can potentially fulfill.

This, as Mark Levin says, is Federalism at work.

Sadly I was not able to cite all of the rich resources I listed above, This speech or resources are just the surface of the wealth of knowledge that is becoming available in regard to the history and understanding of the Article V process. I’d encourage everyone to check out Convention of States, Rob Natelson, and the ongoing series on RightScoop.

I gave my speech in favor of an amendment to strike new language from Collin County’s proposed revisions to the 2012 Republican platform that opposes a Constitutional Conventions. In my opinion, the revisions equate two vastly different things, and cuts off our chance to stop the encroachment of the Federal government. Our amendment was defeated but I feel confident that our testimonies encouraged others to seriously look at the matter.

This just means we’ll need to take our fight to the State Convention.

The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836.

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.

When the Federal Republican Constitution of their country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of their government has been forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded but that of the army and the priesthood, both the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the everready minions of power, and the usual instruments of tyrants.

When, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is at length so far lost by those in power, that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms themselves of the constitution discontinued, and so far from their petitions and remonstrances being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into dungeons, and mercenary armies sent forth to force a new government upon them at the point of the bayonet.

When, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of the government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its original elements. In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.

Nations, as well as individuals, are amenable for their acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is therefore submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazardous but unavoidable step now taken, of severing our political connection with the Mexican people, and assuming an independent attitude among the nations of the earth.

The Mexican government, by its colonization laws, invited and induced the Anglo-American population of Texas to colonize its wilderness under the pledged faith of a written constitution, that they should continue to enjoy that constitutional liberty and republican government to which they had been habituated in the land of their birth, the United States of America.

In this expectation they have been cruelly disappointed, inasmuch as the Mexican nation has acquiesced in the late changes made in the government by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who having overturned the constitution of his country, now offers us the cruel alternative, either to abandon our homes, acquired by so many privations, or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny, the combined despotism of the sword and the priesthood.

It has sacrificed our welfare to the state of Coahuila, by which our interests have been continually depressed through a jealous and partial course of legislation, carried on at a far distant seat of government, by a hostile majority, in an unknown tongue, and this too, notwithstanding we have petitioned in the humblest terms for the establishment of a separate state government, and have, in accordance with the provisions of the national constitution, presented to the general Congress a republican constitution, which was, without just cause, contemptuously rejected.

It incarcerated in a dungeon, for a long time, one of our citizens, for no other cause but a zealous endeavor to procure the acceptance of our constitution, and the establishment of a state government.

It has failed and refused to secure, on a firm basis, the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the citizen.

It has failed to establish any public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resources, (the public domain,) and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.

It has suffered the military commandants, stationed among us, to exercise arbitrary acts of oppression and tyrrany, thus trampling upon the most sacred rights of the citizens, and rendering the military superior to the civil power.

It has dissolved, by force of arms, the state Congress of Coahuila and Texas, and obliged our representatives to fly for their lives from the seat of government, thus depriving us of the fundamental political right of representation.

It has demanded the surrender of a number of our citizens, and ordered military detachments to seize and carry them into the Interior for trial, in contempt of the civil authorities, and in defiance of the laws and the constitution.

It has made piratical attacks upon our commerce, by commissioning foreign desperadoes, and authorizing them to seize our vessels, and convey the property of our citizens to far distant ports for confiscation.

It denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own conscience, by the support of a national religion, calculated to promote the temporal interest of its human functionaries, rather than the glory of the true and living God.

It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.

It has invaded our country both by sea and by land, with intent to lay waste our territory, and drive us from our homes; and has now a large mercenary army advancing, to carry on against us a war of extermination.

It has, through its emissaries, incited the merciless savage, with the tomahawk and scalping knife, to massacre the inhabitants of our defenseless frontiers.

It hath been, during the whole time of our connection with it, the contemptible sport and victim of successive military revolutions, and hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrranical government.

These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, untill they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms in defence of the national constitution. We appealed to our Mexican brethren for assistance. Our appeal has been made in vain. Though months have elapsed, no sympathetic response has yet been heard from the Interior. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.

The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.

We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.

Richard Ellis, President of the Convention and Delegate from Red River.

Charles B. Stewart
Tho. Barnett
John S. D. Byrom
Francis Ruis
J. Antonio Navarro
Jesse B. Badgett
Wm D. Lacy
William Menifee
Jn. Fisher
Matthew Caldwell
William Motley
Lorenzo de Zavala
Stephen H. Everett
George W. Smyth
Elijah Stapp
Claiborne West
Wm. B. Scates
M. B. Menard
A. B. Hardin
J. W. Burton
Thos. J. Gazley
R. M. Coleman
Sterling C. Robertson
James Collinsworth
Edwin Waller
Asa Brigham
Geo. C. Childress
Bailey Hardeman
Rob. Potter
Thomas Jefferson Rusk
Chas. S. Taylor
John S. Roberts
Robert Hamilton
Collin McKinney
Albert H. Latimer
James Power
Sam Houston
David Thomas
Edwd. Conrad 
Martin Palmer
Edwin O. Legrand
Stephen W. Blount
Jms. Gaines
Wm. Clark, Jr.
Sydney O. Pennington
Wm. Carrol Crawford
Jno. Turner
Benj. Briggs Goodrich
G. W. Barnett
James G. Swisher
Jesse Grimes
S. Rhoads Fisher
John W. Moore
John W. Bower
Saml. A. Maverick (from Bejar)
Sam P. Carson
A. Briscoe
J. B. Woods
H. S. Kimble, Secretary