The Harris County Republican Party continues its get out the vote efforts:
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The Harris County Republican Party continues its get out the vote efforts:
I know … you’ve heard this all before. And, if you’re a reader of this website, you probably have absorbed this statement deep into your DNA. But I want to share a couple of thoughts with you to, in turn, share with friends here and in other parts of the country who may not yet “get it.”
In 2008, the GOP lost countywide races in Harris County, including most of the judicial races that year, for the first time in over a decade. Those losses had consequences, and still are having consequences in our county government and our courthouses, which must be reversed in this election cycle. But many of those races were decided by a just a few hundred votes because tens of thousands of Republican and conservative voters did not vote straight ticket, and did not vote all the way to the end of the ballot. This phenomenon is called the “undervote.” Even in 2010, when we won all of the countywide and statewide races on the Harris County ballot except for Governor, the margins of victory at the bottom of the ballot (where the judicial races are listed) were close because of the undervote in those races.
Friends, you get the local government you don’t vote for. This year, as you go to the polls remember that, and vote—either straight ticket or all the way down the ballot. If there is a specific race in which you don’t want to vote for the GOP candidate, or don’t want to vote for either candidate, you can always go through the list after you’ve voted straight ticket, but before you confirm your vote, and remove or change your vote in that specific race—it’s that easy with electronic voting. But don’t just stop with the races at the top of the ticket. Remember, if conservatives really believe in a limited federal government and returning power to individuals and communities, then we have to reassert responsibility over our local government—and that starts with voting in the races for local offices.
And that point leads to my last point on the local ballot, and another reason to vote all the way down to the end of the ballot: there are important referendums at the very end of the ballot that affect HISD, HCC, and Metro. Please vote in these races, and vote “no” or “against” the bond referendums, and “yes” or “for” the Metro referendum (because of the wording of the Metro referendum, a vote for the referendum will stop Metro from diverting funds away from county and local mobility projects to continue funding expansion of the misguided light-rail project). Don’t let the undervote decide these referendums!
The National Election
We all are focusing on the national election, but we here in Texas know that the fate of the Presidential election is really out of our hands now. Unless a political earthquake suddenly hits the state that no one foresees, Romney will win this state, Ted Cruz will win the Senate race, both houses of our state legislature and our statewide courts and agencies will remain under Republican control, as will our Congressional delegation. The only concern I have about Texas in this cycle is whether all of the Electors that we chose at our state convention will vote for Romney when the time comes.
And I am concerned about the Electors because my larger concern now is about how close this election may be, both on the Presidential level and at the Congressional level. Currently, Republicans not only control the House of Representatives, but we hold the majority of 33 state delegations within House. The control of some of these delegations, like Illinois, is razor thin. We cannot afford to lose a majority of these delegations, even as we may retain control of the House as a whole. Here’s why—it is not inconceivable that this race could end up as the third race in our history to be decided by the House of Representatives; and if so, the House votes by state delegation, with each delegation casting one vote (see Article II, Section 1 and the 12th Amendment, of the U.S. Constitution). Given the lateness of the date when the Electoral College meets in each state to vote, and depending on how the word “immediately” in the 12th Amendment would be construed and applied, the Congress that may decide this election may be the new Congress we elect on November 6th. The party that controls the majority of the delegations will control that vote and decide who becomes President.
Given the current polls, it is not inconceivable that Obama and Romney could tie at 269 Electoral Votes—one less than the majority needed to win the election. This could happen if Romney were to win all of the states that have been shown as in his column, and he wins North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa; while Obama wins all of the states that have been shown as in his column, and he wins Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. A tie would put the election into the House.
The election also could be thrown into the House if Romney were to win all of the states plus New Hampshire (or loses Iowa and New Hampshire, but wins Wisconsin), giving him 273 Electoral Votes; but then four or more of the GOP-selected Electors choose to vote for some third person rather than Romney.
I hope that neither of these scenarios comes to pass, and that Romney wins decisively, and that the Electors we chose vote as we have entrusted them to vote. But, we must be prepared for all potential outcomes, including the scenario that the Presidential election could be thrown into the lap of the new Congress that takes office after New Year’s Day but before Inauguration Day. Therefore, please encourage your friends across the country to vote not only for Romney and their GOP Senate candidates (because the Senate will vote for the Vice-President if neither ticket wins a majority of the Electoral Vote), but also for their Republican candidates for Congress as if the Presidency will depend on it—it just may. We must retain control of at least 26 delegations to assure a Romney Presidency if the election goes to the House (and we need 51 Senators to assure Ryan is elected as Vice-President).
As for those of you who are GOP Electors in states where your vote is not automatically bound by state law to the winner of the popular vote, don’t breach our trust. Vote for Romney when he wins your state—the Presidency and our children’s future depend on your fidelity to those who entrusted you with this honor and responsibility. And those of you who are friends of persons who have been entrusted with this duty, please do all you can to ensure that your friend fulfills his or her duty correctly.
“You have a civic duty to vote and push the liberal platform” – this was part of the brainwashing that I received at an early age into what is nothing more than a high functioning cult in the Black community called the Democratic Party. I always wondered why it was considered a civic duty instead of a moral obligation and 15 years ago after becoming a Republican I understood why; morality resides in our party.
To suggest that only a civic duty exists in this election is to minimize the work that must be done in this country and underestimates the forces that are hell bent on destroying the foundation of this country. In elections, there are some issues that go beyond passive participation; those issues require you to vote your faith and to offer assistance whenever possible. Those issues place upon you a moral obligation to act.
Over a million babies are murdered each year in this country as democrats attempt to convince everyone that abortion is a viable method of birth control and to suggest otherwise, is an attack on women. We must do everything that we can to prevent these murders from occurring, even if that means being subjected to claims of sexism from the very group we are looking to protect. How can women support abortion on demand when it is being used for programs like gender selection where baby girls are murdered in the womb because boys are considered more “valuable” in some cultures?
The first obligation that we must have as a society is to protect the weak and there is no group weaker than babies. I am a firm believer in Pro Choice-you have the “choice” to use contraception to prevent a pregnancy; you have the “choice” to raise the baby that was gifted to you; or you have the “choice” to give the baby up for adoption.
Blacks and Hispanics are some of the most religious people in the country, but the Democratic Party has convinced them that it is ok to vote for candidates that push programs like abortion that fundamentally conflict with their religious upbringing. No matter how you spin it, murder is not about politics and should not be accepted, we have an obligation to stop it.
Democrats have done an excellent job in falsely claiming that the Republican Party is racist when a close examination shows that the Democratic Party is built on racism. Think of the genius of their trickery, first they reign as the party of racism through groups like the KKK; they promoted violence against minorities; and they treated minorities as a species that was less than human. Democrats now use that past to convince minorities that it is their party that can best protect them from the very evils that they unleashed on minority communities.
Democrats keep minorities in a constant state of fear and self-doubt so that they never realize that their true potential rests within their own minds. In order to perpetrate such a devious plan, minorities are kept in an infantile state where the government acts as the parent.
Republicans must not abandon any community to be left to the mercy of the liberal agenda; an agenda that does not believe minorities are smart enough or strong enough to rise above their situation. We have to fight to end programs that are race-based and not merit-based and counter the belief by liberals that Blacks and Hispanics are so intellectually feeble that they need government handouts instead of opportunity. We also must stop the continued electoral racism which mandates that election lines get drawn based on race. The Democrat theory that limits minorities’ choices on the ballot by race is part of their belief that obviously minorities are too dumb to decide who can best represent them. These programs and beliefs perpetrated by the Democrat party are insulting and plain racist and we have an obligation to stop racism.
The mantra of this election cycle has been “look at what everyone else has that I don’t have”. The sin of envy is a capital sin for a reason; it opens up the heart to justify committing other sins. “Robbery is ok because the rich man had a lot of money”, “he sold drugs because he was born poor”…excuse after excuse for sinful behavior lies at the doorstep of envy. This President has used envy so much and so effectively to tear this country apart that he has even convinced people that he sympathizes with the poor while having a personal wealth of approximately 8 million dollars and holding an Ivy League degree.
As Republicans, we must do all that we can to help end this virus of envy that has been unleashed in this country; a virus that has turned good people into common criminals under the guise of fixing wealth inequality. Democrats condoned, coordinated, and endorsed the criminal behavior of the occupy movement instead of practicing goodwill and feeling blessed for the material gifts granted to our fellow neighbors.
The spread of envy by the President as a means to divide us has been disastrous in this country. It has turned American against American and must be stopped in this election so that we can start the healing process.
We have to do everything we can to meet our moral obligation:
We had a lot of fun yesterday our Precinct 377 get out the vote party. Precinct Chair Joan McMillan did a great job organizing the event and getting candidates to come out. The kiddos seemed to enjoy it too:
Today the real fun begins – we get to rush to the polls to hopefully end the four year nightmare known as the Obama administration. Call your friends, enemies, neighbors, relatives, call ANYONE that is registered to vote and remind them that they can help turn this country around. If you can, volunteer at one of the Victory 2012 phone banks or find a candidate to help. Every vote is needed and every vote counts. Click here for a list of early voting locations – remember, you can vote at ANY location during early voting but if you wait until election day, you MUST vote at the location specified for your precinct. Here are the hours for early voting:
Why vote straight R? The easiest reason is that under Republican leadership, Texas’ economy has led the nation. Think very hard before you choose to dismiss that one. It doesn’t matter what level a race is, don’t you want to be part of a winning team?
Besides which, you are kidding yourself if you are one of those people that say you research every candidate and make the best possible choice. Utter nonsense. Few people have the time to do that and even those that do have the time find themselves limited to information that others have collected, put their spin on, then presented it as “objective”. Obviously, there may be times when you need to cross over and vote for a single candidate of the other party because of corruption or incompetence or they are your relative or whatever but those few races are well publicized and/or well known. I’ve done that before and I’ll do it this year. But the single best thing to do to ensure that the candidates you vote for represent your overall views is to ask yourself which party you most identify with, given their platform and philosophy, and then vote that ticket. And for me, that choice is clear – Republicans on the whole are much closer to my individual political philosophy.
But, but, what about judges, you ask? They aren’t part of any team and party influence doesn’t matter in court. True and that is why it is even more critical for you to ask yourself – why would a person that wants to sit in judgement over people self-identify with a platform and party that doesn’t come close to my values? In my case, why on earth would I in a million years want to vote for a judge that runs under the banner of a party that supports bigger government, redistribution of wealth, non-traditional family values, thinks that law should be interpreted differently than intended, and calls for a free-for-all, no restriction abortion policy?
So do us all a favor and vote straight ticket Republican – as a side benefit, you’ll get in and out much quicker.
Join Houston’s original Tea Party in the ultimate election day primer for what’s on your ballot.
In this free event we’ll go over the issues on local, state, and federal levels to make sure Houston is up to speed on what we’ll be voting on and how you can change the electoral landscape.
We’re bringing together a panel of seasoned activists and watchdogs to share information we all should know before early voting begins!
Local issues, like what are the details of the Metro, HCC, and HISD bonds and the city of Houston? What we should watch for in the Texas State Legislature? How can you help in Senate races in other states?
Be informed and ready for November! Please bring all you and your friends and don’t miss it!
If this event is typical of others presented by Felicia Cravens and the HTPS, it will be long on information and short on rhetoric, so those of you that are frightened by media portrayals of tea party groups can relax and attend. You’ll learn facts that will help you make the right decision on down ballot items, particularly several bond issues and a METRO vote. Rumors are that several high-profile Republicans (namely those known for pay-to-play endorsements) will either sit out regarding the bond/METRO issues or will actively support the bonds and vote against the METRO resolution. If you attend, you will have the knowledge to agree or disagree with them.
So come on out and be informed BEFORE you vote! I know, a novel idea, but it is worth trying.
Event: Houston Tea Party Society Election Season Ballot Primer
Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
True the Vote, the non-partisan election integrity organization based in Houston, Texas, today announced more findings of voter fraud in the U.S.
Folks, all that the folks from True the Vote want is for elections to be free and fair. That’s it. For their efforts, they are continually bashed by the left and celebrities. Check out this Tweet by Cher, (for those younger than 60, she used to be a singer):
Members of Tru The Vote r a bunch of Tea Party Nazis, who go 2 Latino& Black polling places 2 intimidate,video, & demand 2 c the I.D’s
I thought that this Tweet from Anita Moncrief to one of Cher’s attacks on TTV was pretty good:
Oh well, enough of the Tweets. Fact is, voter fraud exists and True the Vote has the courage to address it. Click here to donate to their efforts.