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Abuse and Use of Power

American politics seem to be getting nastier by the day, from both sides of the political spectrum. I am disappointed in the Grand Jury’s decision to indict Texas Governor Rick Perry, not to mention the fact that charges were brought in the first place. I am equally as disappointed in John Boehner’s talk of a lawsuit against the president. This sort of activity – seeking any means by which to take down political opponents – will bring this country down. It is a waste of taxpayer money as it distracts us from the important issues playing out day by day. Such activity is in no way good for the country – it is intended only to forward the personal agenda of the individual initiating the divisive action.

We voters must wake up and rise above the partisan kool-aid being served up by both political parties. We must demand true leadership from those we elect to serve in our state and federal governments. We must stop drawing conclusions based on social media soundbites and the so-called “experts” on the so-called cable news channels. We must expel from office those who abuse their power and demand real leadership from those whom we elect to serve us. They work for us – never forget that.

Friends, we have the power of the vote. We don’t have to agree on everything, but for the health of our great nation we must agree on this: we must agree to use our power of the vote wisely. We must dig deeper than Facebook, Fox, MSNBC, and the rest. We must reject the partisan kool-aid and insist on facts. We must demand that those elected to serve do so for the good of the nation, not to forward their own selfish personal agendas. On this, each of us, whether liberal or conservative, should be able to unite.

Merry Christmas, Fellow Texans!

I have long been frustrated with the militant atheists who insist on removing any acknowledgement or mention of religious tradition from public places. Not only do they desire to not practice religion (which is their right), they don’t want anybody else to, either – at least not in public (which is my right).

My frustration is not with their taking a position; it is with our courts that have supported their position. The Constitutional question of what “freedom of religion” means has been twisted out of sync with our Founders’ original intent. The fact that the state does not sponsor a religion was not intended to preclude we citizens from practicing our religion and displaying symbols of our religion in the public places paid for by our tax dollars. Unfortunately, some judges, choosing to legislate from the bench, disagree with that interpretation. Their rulings have effectively moved our country towards the state-sponsored religion of Atheism.

The judicially sponsored religion of Atheism has reduced many Americans to such silliness as erecting “holiday trees” in our schools, changing “Christmas break” to “winter break”, and narrowing the choice of music for the school choir concert to secular winter tunes. Many Americans are even afraid to greet their neighbors with a cheery “Merry Christmas” for fear of persecution.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thankfully, my great state of Texas has taken a stand against such silliness in the form of legislation passed last week. Dubbed the “Merry Christmas” bill, it passed easily in the Texas House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Perry last Thursday. Our new law protects Texans and Texas schools from legal action stemming from the display of religious symbols. Symbols of all religions enjoy equal protection under this law, which I believe is consistent with the intent of our Founding Fathers as they drafted our Constitution.

Some will attack this bill as trivial. Others will say that Texas has taken a step backwards from the so-called “progress” that the anti-religious segment of society believes they’ve achieved. Me? I applaud my legislature and my governor for defending our Constitutional rights when our Federal courts and Federal legislature have failed to do so.

I can’t wait for December 25. It will be a Merry Christmas in Texas, indeed!

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