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Volume XIII Number 20 - July 4, 2014     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

New Democrat Immigration Reform Plan: Open Borders

TCR Review Of Key 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

Texas Democratic State Convention

Ten Life Lessons From Admiral William McRaven

TCR Movie Tip

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Happy Fourth of July!

New Democrat Immigration Reform Plan:
Open Borders

Yes, if the Democrats were being honest, that is their policy. For years, we have been sold a bill of goods that the border was under control and it was fine to move forward with permanency for those in the U.S. illegally. We now know the only surge at the border is the estimated 90,000 children apprehended this fiscal year for entering the U.S. illegally, in search of Obama's promises that the children can stay. Also note that, per ABC News, there are 300,000 unaccompanied children in the U.S. waiting for hearings, which can take 3 - 5 years.

Now Obama says he will do what he wants via Executive Order (which the Supreme Court says he doesn't have). TCR's idea: End all talk of amnesty or normalization until the border is truly secured and the recent inflow is sent home.

TCR Comment: The future appointees to the Supreme Court are critical. We need to control the Senate and win the White House. Anymore radical leftist Justices on the court and the floodgates of runaway government will be open wide.

TCR Review Of Key 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

The Supreme Court had an interesting term, and for conservatives there are a number of positive decisions.

Susan B. Anthony List vs. Driehaus (of Ohio): A critical decision giving standing to the Pro-Life PAC who had been threatened by a pro-abortion candidate who was trying to use the Ohio speech policing law, under which a complaint triggers a criminal investigation. This case was sent back to the lower court to deal with this type of law. This type of law challenging free speech needs to be found as unconstitutional.

National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning: The court by a 5 - 4 vote said only the Senate can determine when it's in recess for the purpose of the President making recess appointments. In this instance the Senate was in "pro forma" session. So the NLRB appoints are a no go. Another example of an Obama overreach.

Riley vs. California: Police must almost always obtain a warrant before searching mobile devices in a 9 - 0 vote. This decision was a landmark in protecting our constitutional privacy interests from the power of modern technology.

Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell: In a 5 - 4 decision, the court found closely held businesses can't be forced to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. In an underlying decision, 7 - 2, the court found the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects a family-run business and its sincerely held religious beliefs.

What's really interesting is the Democrat and left wing reaction calling it another part of the war on women by the GOP and that the GOP is standing between women and contraception. Of course, this is not true. In the case of Hobby Lobby, their insurance covers 16 out of 20 forms of contraception! And the Democrats want you to forget that fact.

Harris vs. Quinn: In another 5 - 4 decision allowing, the right to work for home health care workers was, in essence, recognized, and the court found they couldn't be ordered to fund an organization they disagreed with. This hopefully is a harbinger of the future freedom of workers to choose to be in a union or not.

Texas Democratic State Convention

The not ready for prime time players, also known as the Texas Democratic Party, just finished their state convention.

A few observations:

  • Democrats once again used the race card and State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) made headlines when he referred to Republicans and other "Gringos Y Otros Pendejos." Martinez Fischer also caused controversy when he placed the photograph of Republican Gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott on Mexican Lottery cards, photo-shopping it with horns and a red face and calling him "El Diablito."
  • Democrats also repeatedly used the Republican Party platform and ticket to say that Republicans are anti-women, anti-immigration, anti-gay, anti-minority, and anti-choice. They attacked Voter ID and civil rights issues in the platform. In the future, Republicans should think more carefully about the absence of conservative women and minorities on the ticket and including items that really do not need to be included, like reparative therapy for gays. Texas Democratic State Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa told the crowd he thought that Texans would think that the Democratic platform is more in line with Texas values and Texans think that "Democrats are going to fight for me."
  • Democrats were invigorated about working to turn the state Blue. Houston Mayor Annise Parker called upon Democrats to remember to "Walk, Talk, and Vote." Democrats were told that if women get out and vote and they increase Hispanic voting from 2% to 20% and maintain the Black American vote at 15%, they could win statewide elections.

Ten Life Lessons From Admiral William McRaven

In a recent speech at the University of Texas commencement, Navy Seal and Admiral McRaven gave a brilliant and important talk, not in any way like the typical pablum from left wing commencement speakers.

Here are the highlights per TCR:

"I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way to a better world."

"So, here are the ten lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.

"Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.

"If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack, rack-that's Navy talk for bed.

"It was a simple task-mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs-but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

"By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

"If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

"During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews. Each crew is seven students-three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.

"Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surfzone and paddle several miles down the coast.

"Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach.

"For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.

"You can't change the world alone-you will need some help- and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.

"If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

"I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had was made up of the little guys-the munchkin crew we called them-no one was over about 5-foot five.

"They out paddled, out-ran, and out swam all the other boat crews.

"SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.

"If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

"Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It was exceptionally thorough.

"Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges.

"But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle - it just wasn't good enough.

"For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

"The effect was known as a "sugar cookie." You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day-cold, wet and sandy.

"There were many a student who just couldn't accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right-it was unappreciated.

"Those students didn't make it through training.

"Those students didn't understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.

"Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.

"It's just the way life is sometimes.

"Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events-long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics-something designed to test your mettle.

"Every event had standards-times you had to meet. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to-a 'circus.'

"A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics-designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.

"But at some time during SEAL training, everyone-everyone-made the circus list.

"But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Over time those students--who did two hours of extra calisthenics-got stronger and stronger.

"The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.

"Life is filled with circuses.

"You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.

"At least twice a week, the trainees were required to run the obstacle course. The obstacle course contained 25 obstacles including a 10-foot high wall, a 30-foot cargo net, and a barbed wire crawl to name a few.

"But the most challenging obstacle was the slide for life. It had a three level 30 foot tower at one end and a one level tower at the other. In between was a 200-foot long rope.

"The record for the obstacle course had stood for years when my class began training in 1977.

"The record seemed unbeatable, until one day, a student decided to go down the slide for life-head first.

"It was a dangerous move-seemingly foolish, and fraught with risk. Failure could mean injury and being dropped from the training.

"Without hesitation-the student slid down the rope-perilously fast, instead of several minutes, it only took him half that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record.

"If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

"During the land warfare phase of training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego.

"The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks.

"You are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position-stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid.

"And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you-then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.

"There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.

"Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission-is the time when you must be calm, composed-when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.

"If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

"The ninth week of training is referred to as "Hell Week." It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and-one special day at the Mud Flats-the Mud Flats are area between San Diego and Tijuana where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue's-a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.

"As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some "egregious infraction of the rules" was ordered into the mud.

"The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit-just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

"Looking around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up. It was still over eight hours till the sun came up-eight more hours of bone chilling cold.

"The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one voice began to echo through the night-one voice raised in song.

"One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing.

"We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well.

"So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you're up to your neck in mud.

"Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell.

"All you have to do to quit-is ring the bell.

"If you want to change the world don't ever, ever ring the bell.

"To the graduating class of 2014, you are moments away from graduating. Moments away from beginning your journey through life. Moments away starting to change the world-for the better.

"It will not be easy.

"Start each day with a task completed.

"Find someone to help you through life.

"Respect everyone.

"Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up-if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and-what started here will indeed have changed the world-for the better."

TCR Movie Tip

This July 4th weekend go see America: Imagine the World Without Her at the theater, and then decide to get reinvigorated in the fight to save America.

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About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his fifteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last thirteen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 11 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary is also in his 13th year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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