If you remember the 2016 election, Democrats with massive funds from uber-leftists like George Soros and his allies swept the countywide races and seized critical positions.
The best way to describe the 2016 battle, the Democrats used howitzers and Republicans used squirt guns. It was clear that the Democrats understood the election was a war and the Republicans saw just another election with their useless slogan, "Harris County Works."
Flash forward to 2018, and the Democrats international and national leftists allies are back. Why? Because, they understand that Harris County is the key to Texas and, ultimately, the key to winning the White House.
This year, the Democrats plan to win other countywide offices controlling the voter rolls, seeking to take control of Commissioners Court and eliminate Republican judges (regardless of qualifications), oust Congressman John Culberson, and threatening Senator Ted Cruz's reelection.
The nightmare today is that this is all very possible.
National conservative funders need to engage in this political war or risk losing everything!
Locally, conservatives, likewise, need to recognize what is at stake. With such kooky ideas like a revolving door for criminals, growing government, anti-family efforts, abortion on demand paid for by taxpayers, continued neglect of our infrastructure to fund favored social programs, tax increases on working Texans, abolishing our borders and opening them to foreign criminals, government takeover of our medical care, and last, but not least, a post-election coup d'etat removing President Trump from office.
There is reason to be concerned, as this year's slogan has appeared - "Keep Harris County Strong." Hopefully, this is not a sign that the 2018 campaign is a reprise of 2016. If so, the results will not be any different, another historic defeat for Republicans.
Failure to truthfully define what we face in November allows Democratic candidates like "Beto" and "Lizzie" to get away with hiding their radical leftist agenda behind a nice smile and a good personality. FYI, we will lose personality contests.
So, this is a call for action, for all to wake up and engage with a meaningful campaign that truthfully defines our candidates and theirs.
Early Voting begins soon on October 22, 2018 and Election Day is November 6, 2018. It will be here before you know it. Time is slipping away and so is our hope to maintain the progress we have made under conservative leadership. The alternative is quite simply an era of decline culminating in the snuffing out of our freedom and republic, replaced by a new Socialist paradise.
Uncontrolled Immigration Seemingly
Baked Into System
By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor
One of the great joys of writing my column comes when I get to interact with real experts on issues. Sometimes they educate me and sometimes I have a tete-a-tete that defines a significant difference on a major policy point. I had that with a noted policy person on the issue of immigration.
My positions on immigration have been clearly delineated in the column previously. I, like almost every American, treasure the benefits we derive from most all our immigrants. The problem is too many people have merged "legal" and "illegal" into the issue of immigration. I am against illegal immigration. It harms America and harms the illegal immigrants by having their first activity in America one that breaks our law. The fact that supposedly being here illegally is only equivalent to a traffic ticket is a joke. I don't believe that a person entering our country illegally or overstaying their visa has the same rights as an American citizen. We need a comprehensive visa control system and a wall along our southern border. Welcoming 500,000 - one million legal immigrants into our country every year doesn't makes us miserly. We, the American people and our elected representatives, should be making the rules for who becomes an immigrant not others. We need a real system of dealing with people looking for asylum, not just anyone who walks up to our border because they don't like the prospects in their home country. I think stories of how my family came here from Lithuania or how Speaker Ryan's family came from Ireland are quaint but have zero/zilch/nada to do with how the immigration policy should be designed for our country in 2018 with a high-tech society of 330 million people. And, lastly, I am embarrassed by the failure of our education system such that we must continue draining other countries like India of their most talented people because our students waste their time at universities getting degrees that have little benefit to their or our country's future.
The expert with whom I corresponded does not exactly agree with my position. He believes that we should not be questioning whether the significant numbers of people coming here are seeking asylum. He believes that the courts should do that after releasing the people with electronic monitoring devices because that is more cost effective than housing them, which he stated was not as expensive as alluded to by (Director of Homeland Security) Secretary Nielsen.
When I asked why the people who were seeking asylum did not stop in Mexico, I received this response: "They don't stop in Mexico partly because the people who are trying to kill them could easily hop the border too; partly because Mexico's labor market isn't as good; and, partly because they already have family here. Migration is always a confluence of factors."
Yes, it truly is a confluence. Why so many of their family are here is because 1) We are more tolerant of these people than Mexico is; 2) We give them more free stuff; and, 3) A large portion of our country is not run by drug gangs.
I then posed this: "The problem is with 60,000 or so a month coming here and claiming amnesty, we end up with more than a half million a year who get into our country not going through the normal immigration process. They are here because they will end up getting government benefits because there are not jobs for these people who have few skills and we do not get to choose who comes into our country -- they do. Thus, it is a modified open borders policy and that is what you appear to be endorsing." His response was "Wildly inaccurate. Immigrants work at higher rates."
He is correct there; immigrants also have a higher home ownership rate.
The problem is he omitted a key word – LEGAL immigrants. Also, we have a lot of unfilled jobs, but those are for skilled workers. I may be wrong, but I am just guessing the illegal immigrants are not highly-trained technicians.
I responded to him by stating: "The bottom line is you are arguing that we should let all these people in here, put ankle bracelets on them hoping they will return to court. We will pay for their health care and other benefits and then at some point they will get legalized through the next amnesty program. How is that not an endorsement of open borders?" His response: "What do you not understand about these people coming through our legal process?"
Then it hit me (not that I did not have a hint before) that the system is totally fixed in favor of mass immigration – mainly illegal. If 60-75% return for their court dates, what do we do after that to find the others? Almost nothing. Add that to the unmonitored visa overstays and this system is wildly on the side of those who want to come here circumventing our laws. And Trump is a racist because he wants to get a handle on this?
It got even better from there. When asked what limits we should put on this, I got the following statements. "You are acting like this will bring down our country to let these people in. You know what share of the population 100,000 people is? 0.03 percent. Conservatives shouldn't run scared from a few women with children. Let Americans sponsor immigrants, and the issue would disappear. Let Americans decide, individually in the free market. If I need a worker, sponsor them. If I want a family member to come, sponsor them. That'd be ideal. Until then, we'll have to make do with what we have. I don't want the immigration politburo to pick a number out of thin air. Why no chain migration? That's how most people immigrate, by following their families."
These positions are not coming from a Leftist, La Raza or another group arguing you are racist if you don't want unfettered immigration. This is someone with a mainstream group and a policy expert in the immigration field.
Just some information you may want to know.
Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee. You can follow Bruce on Twitter @brucebialosky.
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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 serves on the Board of Directors of American Values, a national pro-family, pro-faith, conservative organization supporting the unity of the American people around the vision of our founding fathers and dedicated to reminding the public of the conservative principles fundamental to the survival of our nation. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.