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Volume XVII Number 17 - June 25, 2018     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

The Illegal Immigration Mess

Texas State Republican Convention

RIP: Three Great Losses, One You Know, The Other Two You Should Have

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Thoughts This Fortnight

The Illegal Immigration Mess

Watching the feeding frenzy by the "mainstream" media and a whole lot of politicians, one wonders, what is this about? The latest controversy is treatment of children illegally entering the US at the border. So we are dealing with what to do when the parents get arrested.

But that only becomes a question due to our failure to secure our borders and allow us to decide who is allowed into our country. People who enter illegally are making the decisions for us and that is flat wrong.

So, Republicans say we need to pass legislation. The Democratic leader, Senator Schumer, says no, we just need an Executive Order. What a cop-out! But if you are for open borders as many Democrats and leftists are, it all makes sense.

What also has not been told to you is that the leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals making ridiculous rulings have handicapped the government's ability to properly deal with illegal entry.

Also, you might have missed in the hysterical misinformation from the "mainstream" media is the fact that 12,000 illegal entry minors are in custody of the US and of those, 10,000 (or 83.33%) are in fact UNACCOMPANIED MINORS!

Don't be fooled by this manufactured crisis, which is designed to further open our borders and to change the subject from the shocking threat to our democracy, not Russia, but a rogue FBI working to change the 2016 Presidential Election. You can't make this stuff up.

Texas State Republican Convention

As one of the 10,000 or so attendees at the State Convention, permit me a few observations:

First, the battle for Chairman turned out to be a laugher as James Dickey crushed his opponent, Cindy Asche. The most bizarre moment was when it was clear Dickey was going to win, his opponent's forces doubled down and brought out the mud, Asche attacking Dickey in her speech. Her speech was not very persuasive and alienated a lot of delegates and Dickey's margin expanded significantly! What could have been a Reagan-like moment (1976 - when Reagan appeared with Gerald Ford, who had beaten him), turned into Cindy Asche being booed off the stage. It was a sorry end to a campaign that should have been more uplifting.

Good luck to Chairman Dickey.

RIP: Three Great Losses,
One You Know, The Other Two You Should Have

The world lost three outstanding people, Charles Krauthammer, Fox News commentator and columnist, James T. Evans, lawyer and long time key Republican leader and Rafael Arbisser, educator with a world of experience, born in 1924.

Let us share what we have lost in these three:

First, Charles, who was a brilliant commentator and columnist. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts, your editor had the privilege of being with him on a few occasions where one can't help but be awed at his brilliance. By the way, he was also a commonsense conservative, but he wasn't reluctant to rip conservatives too, from his perch at Fox News. His parting comments are especially compelling, "I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life, full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living."

Next, James T. Evans, a larger than life personality. Jim was a fine lawyer and a principled citizen involved in politics. Your editor got to know Jim when he served in the leadership of the Harris County Republican Party from 1996 - 2002 (coinciding with your Editor's Chairmanship). Jim was someone who did not mince words, he cut through the bull, which is found in politics and stood up for his principles, that were usually conservative. He also told it like it was, no matter how important the person was. To those who knew Jim it was truly a blessing. Giants such as Jim are not easily replaced.

Third, Rafael Arbisser, someone many of you didn't know, but a wonderful educator with an extraordinary history. "Raffi" was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924 into poverty. Fortunately for him, his family moved to Palestine pre-World War II, through most miss the Holocaust in Europe. In Palestine (Israel), he joined the Palmach and fought to defend his people from Arab attacks. After the war he came to New York and became an outstanding Jewish educator and leader in his field. His handprint can be found in establishing day camps, youth transport to Israel, organizing a Museum of Judaica in Houston. He retired at 55 and moved back to Jerusalem for twenty-two years and was again involved educating children. He would be called by President Bush, as one of the thousand points of light. They aren't making them like Raffi anymore, too bad for us.

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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 twenty-first year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last seventeen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 15 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 17th 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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