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Patriots should demand citation of legal authority for extraordinary actions

Rick, via Facebook, asked: Where does the authority come from to close businesses? This is exactly what I have been saying true Citizens should be demanding from all officials … [Read More...]

Action that abridges freedom should be justified with empirical evidence

Sadly history shows that a good bit of our, and any, populace act as sheep following the crowd and noise mindlessly, hence the term sheeple. Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote a … [Read More...]

In crisis, what is our role as constitutionalists and conservatives?

As constitutionalist conservatives, just what is it that we are to be about during the social and economic crisis of the spread of the new coronavirus strain? First, as … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 4/3/2020

Can governments commandeer private property during emergencies? Texas AG asked to weigh in. As Texas Local Debt Increases $11 Billion, School Districts Lead Local Taxing … [Read More...]

Local governments should be acting now for coming shortfall

While some of you small business people and employers are dealing with possible bankruptcy down this road we are on, don’t feel too secure in how Texas at least lets you keep your … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 4/2/2020

Comptroller’s Office Extends Franchise Tax Deadline Local governments, already hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing a fresh budget threat: economic recession - and yet few if … [Read More...]

Health officials wasted time on the speculative, didn’t harden the known

When you criticize during an emotional and stressful situation, there are those who reflexively throw out the triteness of hindsight being 20/20. However in the case of the Wuhan … [Read More...]

GOP 7th Court of Appeals race voided, re-vote in July

From the Justice Larry Doss campaign: Almost a month ago, I discovered that voters in two counties -- Cochran and Collingsworth -- could not vote in the race for the Seventh … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 4/1/2020

AG Paxton Applauds Fifth Circuit Decision Temporarily Upholding Governor’s Order Halting Unnecessary Medical Procedures Texas prisoners suing for soap, hand sanitizer, more … [Read More...]

Not April Fools: Snitch lines & business threats: How long until violence breaks out?

Conservative and former Lubbock city councilman Gary Boren wrote: “They [Lubbock’s Mayor Pope and other officials in concert] have decided religion is not an essential service in … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/31/2020

Abbott stops short of statewide shelter in place, extending social distance measures through April 30; closes schools until May 4 Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In … [Read More...]

FlatSafe from Tom’s Tree Place

Tom's Tree Place is proud to partner with FlatSafe Tornado Shelters in Oklahoma. We are now a distributor and installer of FlatSafe Tornado Shelters. Contact us if you would like … [Read More...]

Context: 2009-2010’s H1N1 experience versus Wuhan virus numbers in Texas

Monday (30 March 2020) morning’s Texas Division of Emergency Services situation report listed 25,483 as having been tested for the Wuhan virus and listed confirmed cases at … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/30/2020

As Texas economy sputters, will rainy day fund rescue state government? Proposed Spending Cut: The Moving Image Industry Incentive Program AG Paxton Files Intervention to … [Read More...]

Texana 3/27/2020

Today in Texas History: Massacre at Goliad ‘Take It Back’ meets ‘Come and Take It’ with this custom Houston Astros pistol Bluebonnets Signal Spring’s Arrival in Texas RIP: … [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, Pratt on Texas

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 unpalatable ideas. — Robert 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 Pratt

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