The latest from Pratt on Texas

Was there ever a legitimate case against Ken Paxton?

The anti-conservatives and Left are boiling over the dropping of charges levied against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in 2015 over an investment recommendation. Their backup plan is to talk about the circumstances of the charges being … [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...]

Lynn Co.’s unethical election | New Tx polling | DeVillier wins | Judge Jack should fine self – Pratt on Texas 4/16/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The old fossil federal judge, Janis Jack, is at it again - thinking she can just mandate, fiat, that a giant government bureaucracy work the way she wants. Jack … [Read More...]

Runoffs: Slimy VanDeaver & Hagenbuch | Trump’s trial debases the nation; similar is going on in Texas too – Pratt on Texas 4/15/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: State Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) was a paid consultant for a lobbyist group representing public schools while in office and serving on education … [Read More...]

Patrick releases Senate interim charges | Effrontery of Texas Dems | New elections to appraisal boards – Pratt on Texas 4/12/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: As if illegal immigration, in the millions now, isn't enough of a problem and disservice to the American people, Texas Democrats want colleges and universities to … [Read More...]

Texans now electing 3 to local appraisal district boards | Review of wildfire hearings with Ross Aten – Pratt on Texas 4/11/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Senate Bill 2, from the 2nd Called Session of the 88th Legislature,  provides a new law that allows the public to elect 3 representatives to sit on the board the … [Read More...]

Criticism of Texas House GOP caucus | 3 stories showing how bad/stupid are Texas Democrats – Pratt on Texas 4/10/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: The Texas House Republican Caucus shows its members support their incumbent colleagues over voter trends - and that's not surprising. However, Rep. Brian Harrison … [Read More...]

Odd shakedown of Texas counties by software vendor | Paxton sues Harris Co. over welfare scheme – Pratt on Texas 4/9/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Votebeat broke one of the strangest stories I have read in a while last week that was then picked up by other Texas outlets. "Texas counties surprise surcharge … [Read More...]

Phelan’s runoff folly | Living Christian values isn’t what Left says | Schumer’s court intimidation – Pratt on Texas 4/5/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Democrat Chuck Schumer is attempting to coerce by political intimidation federal courts in Texas to run court business has he and other liberals want. So far, the … [Read More...]

Texas didn’t “backtrack” on SB4 in court today; Texas told the court what I’ve said is true all along – Pratt on Texas 4/4/2024

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Despite a media feeding frenzy, Texas did not "backtrack" or "reverse course" on SB4 in oral argument before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today. No, in a … [Read More...]

Anti-Wimp: Homeowner stops home invasion with firearm

Around 9 p.m. on Holy Saturday, on the east side of San Antonio, a 59-year-old man forcibly entered a home on MLK Drive and assaulted a 27-year-old male homeowner.  When police arrived they found the home invader dead with multiple gunshot … [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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