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Is non-treatment of COVID the greatest scandal of our age? 3-Part interview with Dr. John Thomas on COVID treatment.

In three-part podcast interview [you can listen to all 3 parts lower on this page] with a Lubbock surgeon who was called early to step out of his medical “sandbox” and offer treatment to COVID patients, we discuss what Dr. John Thomas calls … [Read More...]

House deadline passes with key bills not getting a vote | End extra benefits to get Texans to work – Pratt on Texas for 05/14/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day:  The Texas House left some important legislation behind after hitting its self-imposed deadline to pass House bills but some survive as Senate bills. A full … [Read More...]

Big Texas House deadline tonight, clock is an excuse | Texas tops for economic performance – Pratt on Texas for 5/13/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day:  Tonight is the big deadline to hear House bills on the floor and what doesn't make it will be effectively dead. Legislators use the we “ran out of time” excuse … [Read More...]

Interview with Dr. Stephen Balch – Toward a National Liberation Movement

I interviewed our friend, scholar Dr. Stephen Balch, about his piece at American Greatness: Toward a National Liberation Movement | The goal isn’t civil war, it’s the redemption of our republic from alien servitude and inching … [Read More...]

Is it racist to oppose racism in Texas? | Local sales tax numbers released – Pratt on Texas for 5/12/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Are Texas Republicans being racist in opposing racist constructs? Rep. Toth’s HB3979 is designed to stop the use of Marxist inspired “critical race theory” in our … [Read More...]

Are Texas Republicans being racist in opposing racist constructs?

What would you call a teaching, a theory if you will, that labels all people as racist if they belong to a certain race or ethnic group? Is it sinful to believe and assert, for example, that all people with dark hair are less intelligent … [Read More...]

Critical race theory bill shows playing nice with Dems nets little | May 11th’s deadly Texas tornadoes – Pratt on Texas for 5/11/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Playing nice with Democrats and caving to their desires doesn't help matters. That was obvious in allowing their amendments to Rep. Toth's HB3979 which is designed … [Read More...]

Jake’s Sports Cafe & Backroom

Jake's Sports Cafe & Backroom is Lubbock's location for food, sports, beer and live music! Jake's has been a Lubbock staple for live music and sports for over a decade with the Backroom hosting everything from Republican meetings to … [Read More...]

Don Huffines to challenge Abbott for governor in GOP primary | Border mess getting worse – Pratt on Texas for 5/10/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Libertarian-leaning former state senator Don Huffines announces that he will challenge Greg Abbott for governor in the next GOP primary. Our Lone Star story … [Read More...]

About those appraisals and your property taxes

Whether you call it the Effective Tax Rate or the No New Revenue Tax Rate, Texans must remember that, in general*, higher property value appraisals do not raise your property taxes; that is done solely by local government officials. Each … [Read More...]

House passes election reform & more | ERCOT and the fees to come – Pratt on Texas for 5/7/2021

The news of Texas covered today includes: Our Lone Star story of the day: Election integrity bill passes the House at 3 a.m. but with all the amendments pushed mostly by Democrats, it will be Senate and House conferees almost fully … [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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