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Annual Property Tax Misrepresentation Season Begins

Lubbock’s mayoral runoff features a candidate who uses the most common falsehood. For at least a decade and a half, I have spent considerable time correcting the ignorance, and yes often purposeful misdirection, of elected officials and … [Read More...]

“Working with” Texas Democrats different than empowering them

Election season tends to find certain political issues exaggerated or distorted by candidates, candidate supporters and opponents, and members of the media reporting on such. One such issue is the Texas Republican fight over appointing … [Read More...]

Cornyn running again in ’26 | Gambling PAC pouring money into runoffs | Rutherford’s 3 Indy 500 wins – Pratt on Texas 5/24/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Speaking to a caucus gathering at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in San Antonio, Senator John Cornyn says he is definitely planning to run for … [Read More...]

Ignoring culture wars is recipe for disaster, DEI as an example | Ballots not secret? – Pratt on Texas 5/23/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: A Texas Senate hearing showed how horrible it is for legislators to ignore the culture wars. All tax and regulatory policy, through the reps elected by voters, … [Read More...]

Israel proves fallacy of DEI | FERC pushes policy that imperils all electric grids, raises electricity costs – Pratt on Texas 5/22/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Israel proves the fallacy of DEI and CRT fundamentals and of Progressive political ideology and that's why progressives so hate the Jewish state outside of issues … [Read More...]

Why some want Tx House status quo | Loss for Palo Pinto Co. bosses | RPT chairman hopeful Ben Armenta – Pratt on Texas 5/21/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Local government good ol' boy bricks-for-brains running Palo Pinto County decided to infringe on political speech at election time as they are still upset that … [Read More...]

Global warming isn’t behind insurance rate rises | Trump defends 2A, says Paxton would make good A.G. – Pratt on Texas 5/20/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Has your insurance company blamed skyrocketing rates on "global warming" to the media? Like with most such claims, the data doesn't support the assertion. Texas … [Read More...]

Gov’t will not protect your child from sexual perversion | Press flips out on Daniel Perry pardon – Pratt on Texas 5/17/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: As I said yesterday, don't expect an honest media narrative on Abbott's pardon of Daniel Perry who was wrongly convicted of murder in Travis County for defending … [Read More...]

Anti-Wimp: Armed deacon stops Beaumont burglar

A man identified as Leon Goodman, 45, of Beaumont is alleged to have attempted to steal from a Beaumont church.  A deacon with Impact Ministries, Quentin Grant, happened to arrive at the church to do some cleaning and noticed church … [Read More...]

Judge finds illegal voting in Harris Co. 2022 General Election | A&M caught again | Big pardon – Pratt on Texas 5/16/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: After more than two years, a judge has substantiated claims of substantial illegal voting in the 2022 General Election in Harris County and declared a do-over for … [Read More...]

Critical that 5th Circuit get Galveston redistricting right | Abbott hits back at Dems on school funding – Pratt on Texas 5/15/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The entire 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, heard arguments on Galveston County's redistricting case yesterday. At issue is whether the Voting Rights Act can … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. — Edwin Meese III

 

On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. — Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

 

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. — Nicolás Gómez Dávila

 

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. — Milo Yiannopoulos

 

On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. — Zhou Youguang

 

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

 

On Universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unworkable ideas. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Rush Limbaugh

William F. Buckley is the esteemed father of the American conservative movement and gave it meaning; Ronald Reagan took conservatism to the public, showed it worked, and made it popular; Rush Limbaugh is the man who embedded political conservatism into our culture. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Mistakes in Politics

Politics, as opposed to science, does not reward the correction of mistakes, given that correcting a mistake also entails admitting to having made one. Worse, the bigger the mistake, the greater the political urgency of defending it at all costs. — Lionel Shriver

 

On Rights and Freedoms

When we think of our rights and freedoms as rewards for good behavior, we lose. — Meghan Murphy

 

On Republican Moderates

Republican “moderates” rarely fight hard for anything, except for other Republicans giving up their principles. — Robert W. Pratt

 

On Judging Public Policy

Judge public policies by their results, not their intentions. – Milton Friedman

 

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