On Thursday, August 19th, the Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club hosted Dr. Richard Johnson III, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Booker T. Washington Initiative.
First off, wow. I came away from the meeting with a new perspective on both Critical Race Theory and on Richard Johnson. When I first met him over a decade ago during his campaign for the Harris County Department of Education, I thought that he was more interested in being a candidate than on implementing conservative philosophy. I came away with the opposite thought about him after this meeting. His presentation and presence could translate into a campaign now because he is focused on implementing policy and pushing back on the liberal takeover of our education system and in general governance.
He had so many thoughts that it would be impossible for me to accurately document all of them for you. So this is more of a recap on some of them and I would urge everyone to click on the links above and below to find out more.
Dr. Johnson started with the observation that we need new leadership in Harris County. He was talking about the Commissioner’s Court which is now controlled by far left-leaning Democrats who have undermined legal voting.
He said that we already have the right to vote, then followed up with ‘every LEGAL, LIVING citizen has the right to vote’. Obviously he was referring to the Democrat’s objective to have illegal aliens vote, as well as their tendency to raid cemeteries for votes. The Democrats continued rhetoric and policy implementation is state funded racism.
Critical Race Theory
Dr. Johnson started with the idea that personal responsibility and self-reliance is the only way to freedom. CRT is a racist tool that stokes fear with their rhetoric that there are white oppressors and dark-skinned oppressed. When we were chatting before the meeting, he explained that CRT has its roots in communism and that it is dangerous and reckless to promote that all white folks are bad and all blacks are oppressed. The leaders of CRT are using the black community as tools to push their propaganda.
He noted that CRT is amplifying the need for school choice.
He closed this topic by saying that CRT is a rollback to pre-1964 Civil Rights Act segregation. The White House is pushing CRT as a way to pit one group against another and said that a house divided cannot stand.
Change School Boards
Dr. Johnson said that it is critical that conservatives run for school boards and change the education system. He cited a district near San Antonio and our own Cy-Fair ISD as examples. He recently gave a speech in Cy-Fair and there are three candidates running on the platform to end CRT, transgender studies and back to basics education. He noted that transgender activism is nothing more than an attack on the nuclear family.
I’ll note that we have another school district where this is happening, as HCRP activists Scott Bowen and Jeff Larson were elected to the Clear Creek ISD board.
Trump did what he said he would do
Dr. Johnson said that when Trump first ran in 2016 that he was skeptical of him. But after about six months, he saw that Trump was actually doing what he said he would do, which was unheard of in a President. He became a huge fan and campaigned for him in 2020. He hopes that in 2024 the people that switched from Trump to Biden in 2020 will switch back after seeing what the Biden administration is doing.
Okay, like I said, I’m not good enough to capture everything he said or all of the topics he covered. I encourage you to click on the links provided and find out more. He wants people to go the website KeepTexasTexan.org to learn more and use the resources that the TPPF provides.
I wish him well in his quest. I encouraged him to run for County Judge. I think that he could pull the various factions of Republicans in Harris County together and also pull some of the Democrats that are ether moderate or lean slightly conservative. He would be a great spokesman for the party and would help all Republicans on the ballot in Harris County, including Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick. He didn’t close the door on that but he was also skeptical after having run in the past and had promises of financial support that never materialized. I get that and it has always been a problem for our candidates that don’t necessarily fit into a traditional definition of a Harris County Republican. But times, they are a changin’, so who knows?