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A charge to all good citizens for 2021

Make a resolution and follow through this year to be one of the very few people who regularly contact your elected officials on matters of importance. Why do you not do so? Most … [Read More...]

Stop confusing the revered with the sacred. The Capitol is not “sacred.”

Representative Liz Cheney, in her childishly petulant justification of supporting impeachment of a president who is out of office in a week anyway, says the Executive deserves this … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 1/14/2021

Senate Adjusts Rules to Stop Democrats From Killing GOP Bills Texas Senate modifies key rule to preserve GOP power Texas Senate Redefines Supermajority to Maintain Republican … [Read More...]

Liz Cheney’s high-minded talk is highly petulant and hypocritical

One of the telltale signs you are dealing with an immature child-like mentality is when there is not even a modicum of patience with the other party combined with a refusal to step … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 1/13/2021

Texas legislators: Stop governments making people join private social media to get critical news Legislature convenes in muted ceremonies 87th session of Texas State … [Read More...]

Texas legislators: Stop governments making people join private social media to get critical news

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel understands what Twitter is doing to censor speech is wrong calling their ban on Donald Trump “problematic.” Her spokesperson said that the … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 1/12/2021

Phelan Elected Speaker as Texas Legislature Kicks Off Session - Only freshmen State Reps. Bryan Slaton and Jeff Cason voted against Phelan. Speaker Phelan says after rules are … [Read More...]

Trump’s Texas visit has RGV Democrats in a snit | An annual Texas Legislature?

Democrats are particularly exasperated at the moment in the Rio Grande Valley because Trump is expected to appear in Alamo today to highlight 400 miles of border wall being … [Read More...]

Anti-Wimp: Fort Worth homeowner shoots alleged thief

WFAA reported: "A woman was shot and killed by a homeowner during a possible attempted theft, Fort Worth police said. ... "Officers found a woman with apparent gunshot wounds to … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 1/11/2021

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate Lt. Gov. Patrick: Statement on the Biennial Revenue Estimate Texas Lawmakers to Face $1 Billion Budget … [Read More...]

Pay attention to the show in Austin as much, or more, than in Washington

Will you see press stories apologizing for the hyperbolic commentary that President Trump would not peaceably leave office and we’d need the military to get him out? It was as dumb … [Read More...]

Texana 1/8/2021

Lone Star New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Dallas VIDEO Hundreds flock to SPI for 23rd annual Polar Bear Dip Move over, tiny homes. 'Barndominiums' have arrived to the … [Read More...]

Doc’s Cigar Corner: The Dark Hour by John Bull

The featured cigar is the The Dark Hour Churchill Maduro (7" x 50) by John Bull. The John Bull Churchill Connecticut (Sir Winston Churchill 7.0" x 47) was the first cigar I … [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

 

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