Platform

Platform

Texas, Our Texas

Border/Immigration

Gun Control

Federalism

  • The rights of the federal government are “few and enumerated.” All powers not specifically delegated to the Federal Government are reserved to the states, or to the People. However, over the past two centuries, the rights of the states have dwindled to the point that Texans struggle to identify any area in which Texas retains any autonomy. Even in areas where the constitution is silent, the Federal government uses its power of taxation to bribe and extort Texas to bend to its will. The Texas Legislature must strongly reassert the terms of our contract with the Federal Government per Article 1, Section 1 of our Texas Constitution. Texans died for our liberty and we must endeavor that Texas be governed by Texans and not by unelected, career bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

Law Enforcement

  • Law enforcement exists to save citizens time and money. Half of Texans carry a firearm and can protect themselves if necessary, but if a bank robber initiates a heist, how many of us have the time or the training to respond? Certainly though, as citizens we have the legal right and responsibility to do so, in the absence of any alternative. Thus it is important to remember that law enforcement officers are civilians that bravely step forward and take the responsibility to deal with the ugliness of society head on, day after day, so that we rarely need to. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize why we have law enforcement: because some people are bad people, and because most of us don’t have the proper training. We must have suitably trained and staffed law enforcement in our cities and in our counties. It is our responsibility to stand behind law enforcement.
  • While it is the case that many municipalities pay more than they should for most everything because wasting money is what we have come to expect from government at all levels, the current effort to de-fund the police is an assault to our way of life and to the rule of law, which is the hallmark of Western Civilization.
  • In contrast with Governor Abbott’s plan to cap the property taxes of municipalities that de-fund the police, a better plan is to bill municipalities at an increasingly steep rate, for services rendered by DPS answering 911 calls and requests made by cities which have less-than-adequate police departments. Such cities, having to pay Texas for these services, would have to pass on the costs to their residents and those residents would be properly penalized for electing public officials that threaten public safety. Governor Abbott’s plan, by contrast, rewards uninformed citizens with a frozen property tax (don’t we all want a frozen property tax?).

Taxation

  • Governor Abbott is absolutely correct in declaring that property tax is nothing less than renting your property from the government. If you don’t pay your property tax, then the state can take your land, so therefore you really don’t own it in the first place, right? However, I think that all of us would much prefer a property tax to a state income tax.
  • The costs of some services, such as schools, have gone up at an increasing and unsustainable rate. Addressing this problem would go a long way toward alleviating our frustration with property taxation (please review the Schools section). However, property tax itself is an anchor around the necks of all property-owning Texans, and we must seek a better alternative which does not provide a disincentive for Texans to own their piece of Texas.
  • Another root problem for Texans is that so much money flows up to Washington, only to trickle back down to the states after a dozen agencies take their cut. Waste in Washington is the biggest threat to the pocketbooks of Texans, and the Texas Legislature should take bold steps to “de-fund Washington” and to keep state money in Texas. In the late 18th century, Americans in Boston rebelled over a half-a-cent tax on tea, and today we are paying up to a third of our income to Washington D.C, and getting very little in return. Texas must re-negotiate a working relationship with Washington.
  • I support improving the homestead exemption benefits for homeowners by reducing the maximum taxable property value increase from 10% per year to 5%.
  • All single family residential properties that don’t qualify for a homestead exemption should have a standard exemption that limits the amount of taxable property value increase to 15%.

Schools/Parents

Military

  • Because of our geography, coastline, and many large cities, Texas has a much greater natural need to be able to mobilize and react in the case of a natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Texas has a proud military tradition and the Texas Guard is composed of both federal (Texas National Guard) and exclusively state troops (Texas State Guard).
  • The Texas Legislature should expand and formalize the Texas A&M Corps to other state colleges and otherwise formalize the normative commissioning process of state troops via this system.
  • Texas should support and encourage participation in state military forces including but not limited to:
    • Opening up the purchase of state insurance to any active Texas Guard members. This would not be free to participants but could actually reduce the costs by adding a population of healthy soldiers to the plan. State troops would worry less about holding a certain type of job simply to have access to health insurance, and instead pursue careers that make them more accommodating to state active duty deployments.
    • Freezing property tax for all active Texas Guard members.
    • Any member of the Texas Guard should have access to affordable loans available via the Texas Veterans Land Board.
    • Enforce existing benefits that are currently ignored. For instance, Texas Guard members are not required to pay tolls while on duty, but the Texas Toll Authorities provide no mechanism for members to avoid paying these tolls. Also, Texas Guardsmen are not required to pay property taxes directed toward roads and bridges, but municipalities have narrowly construed this to essentially nullify this provision.
    • All branches of the Texas Guard should be sufficiently funded so that troops are always compensated for drill attendance, training, and deployments.
    • All Texas Guard members should have access to state-provided life, disability, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
  • Texas should seek to strengthen its military for state-active-duty contingencies by establishing a statewide high-frequency communication network in collaboration with the Amateur Radio community, with equipment that can be used for routine amateur communications in peacetime, and which can serve as a backbone to be leveraged by trained Texas Guard members on military channels during times of emergency.

Texas Sovereignty/Federal Relations

  • Texas is unique in that it joined the United States as a treaty between two equal nations. Both Texans and Americans died to secure our freedoms. This is why it is appropriate for Texans to choose to fly the Texas flag at the same level as the American Flag. Similarly, Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas constitution states unequivocally that Texas is a free and sovereign state, subject to the federal government only insofar as our local rule is unimpaired. Our local rule is clearly impaired.
  • Through decades of mismanagement and crushing bureaucracy, the federal government is undeniably standing at an economic cliff. In the coming years, it appears possible that the dollar will no longer reign supreme and the ability of Washington to debt-finance trillions of dollars per year will be impaired. In contrast, Texas has a tradition of maintaining a fairly balanced budget with a relatively minimal debt.
  • The Texas Legislature needs to consider and support fairly expansive measures that will ensure that Texas is, as much as possible, insulated from current and past decisions made by Washington D.C.
  • The Texas Legislature will need to secure and protect the interests of Texans as increasingly draconian actions will be taken by Washington to cover (through taxation) its diminished ability to provide services due to the accumulation of debt.
  • Texas needs to recognize that the fate of Texas is, and should be, in the hands of Texans.
  • Intrastate Commerce should not be subject to any Federal scrutiny or regulation.
  • Texans should have the right to opt-out of Social Security.
  • Pursuant to Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas must be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified. Regulation of Commerce in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution has exceeded the original intent. All attempts by the federal judiciary to rule in areas not expressly enumerated by the United States Constitution should be likewise nullified. Any federal enforcement activities that do occur in Texas should be conducted under the authority of the county sheriff.
  • I support the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution and I support the original mechanism for sending Senators to Washington, D.C.
  • I oppose all forms of warrant-less government surveillance of United States citizens and businesses.
  • I support the repeal of the Freedom Act. Spying on law-abiding Americans must stop immediately. Court-ordered warrants should be required in cases directly involving national security.
  • All federal land in Texas should be returned to, and administered by, Texas. Exceptions should be made for land specifically authorized in the Constitution, such as military bases, federal buildings, post offices.

Land Use/Agriculture

  • We are at a critical juncture where the costs of acquiring land and the costs to comply with federal and state regulation has become so great that young people are not seriously considering farming as a viable profession. We must have a new generation of farmers to feed our communities, as well as supporting existing farmers to stay in business. Our farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our rural communities, and we need to support these small businesses.
  • The Texas Legislature should reduce the five-year waiting period for lowering property taxes for agricultural use to one year. This encourages the continued use of land for agricultural purposes, as well as supporting the next generation of farmers who are starting out.
  • Texas farmers and ranchers are burdened with senseless regulations that drastically increase costs. The Texas Legislature should seek to reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulation, particularly for small farms and those selling directly to local buyers.
  • Supporting Texas farmers and ranchers also means supporting the businesses they rely on. The Texas Legislature should take steps to reduce the burdens on small-scale slaughterhouses, commercial kitchens, and other infrastructure needed to build a resilient, secure agricultural and food system.
  • Small farmers should be able to sell produce without having government officials inspecting their farms.

Energy

  • Texas has tremendous access to natural gas and much of that gas is being discarded. Furthermore, natural gas needs minimal refinement, compared to crude oil, and burns extremely cleanly.
  • Texans should have the ability to affordably convert their vehicles to use natural gas, and all impediments that currently exist for any mechanic to convert a vehicle should be removed. Furthermore, the state should expand its assistance in building pipelines to well sites to assist in the movement of this natural gas to processing stations and refineries.
  • Texas must take steps to ensure that it retains control of its electrical grid, and that it remains as independent as possible.
  • The Texas Legislature must take steps to ensure that the Texas grid is protected from natural and man-made calamities, including Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP) and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME).
  • I support the repeal of legislation mandating ethanol as a fuel additive and/or primary fuel.

Water

  • Texas is a vast and varied country, composed of areas that get regular, consistent rainfall, areas with irregular rainfall which is sufficient over a long period, and areas which do not receive enough rainfall to account for the needs of Texans.
  • Texans shouldn’t be victims of water shortages–we have the technology to address our water needs (i.e., we are not California).
  • In the mid-20th century, Texas had a long-term water plan that would have met the needs of Texans today, had it not been abandoned. This plan involved continuing to build reservoirs and, more importantly, to interconnect these reservoirs with pipelines that would move water from wetter areas in East Texas to areas in the west that currently are depleting their underground water reserves. The plan must be revisited.
  • Even the dry areas of Texas often have deep brackish water reserves which, along with pipelines to coastal regions, could provide an almost endless supply of water if we had the ability to desalinate it. Miraculously, God also blessed Texas with an almost infinite supply of natural gas, which could provide the energy to run such facilities. The Texas Legislature should enact legislation which would provide funding for a feasibility study of using natural gas as a fuel for desalination plants, and create a new 100-year water plan for Texas.
  • Conservation is great, but having plenty of water to drive a booming agricultural production is even better.

Healthcare

Drugs/Alcohol

 Religion/Abortion

 Crime

 History

 Term Limits

  • In order to succeed, Texas requires statesmen: citizens who step up for a short time to work and serve their neighbors, and should shortly return home when their task is done. Career politicians are in opposition to this ideal. A reasonably low limit (2-3) of consecutive terms should apply to every elected office. Citizens should be able to run for the office again after at least a one-term break.

Voting and Elections

  • Voting is one of the most fundamental basic rights of our republic and fraud via duplicate votes and votes from deceased people disenfranchises all legal voters. Therefore, I support measures which keep elections fair including purging voters from rolls after a set number of missed election cycles and requiring all voters to re-register every four years.