Sessions and Cornyn: Stomping on Conservative Principles

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I received my end of year scorecard from Heritage Action this weekend, and it isn't great. When President Elect Donald Trump said he wanted to drain the swamp, this is precisely what he was talking about.
Residing in their usual and customary bottom ten positions for Republicans key voted are Rep. Pete Sessions at 70% and Sen. John Cornyn at 46%. According to the scorecard:
House Republican average score: 65% and Senate Republican average score: 57% (thanks to Cornyn's score)
These numbers are abysmal and do not represent Texans conservative principles, yet career politicians like Sessions and Cornyn are continually, and blindly voted in.
Among some of Sessions' low-lights are his votes for the lame duck continuing resolution in September, no child left behind re-authorization which rolls back many conservative education policies and does nothing to stop government intervention in education, his own house rules committee gimmick to advance the the $325 billion highway and transit bill that also re-authorized the Export-Import Bank corporate slush fund, the house budget reconciliation bill which did not repeal Obamacare as promised explicitly in the budget but also funded Planned Parenthood (something he claimed he would defund in his Wylie town hall), TPA, T-HUD beefing up housing and urban development by an astounding $1.5 billion above current spending levels and the $1.1 trillion year-end omnibus spending bill just this month.
Cornyn's low-lights include voting for the lame duck CR, draft our daughters defense bill and against tabling the omnibus spending plan this month. He also voted in support of reauthorizing no child left behind, the transportation spending hike, bailout and Ex-Im re-authorization, Obama's budget agreement, CR to continue funding planned parenthood, the highway and transit bailout, TPA, confirmation of Loretta Lynch for AG and authorizing a blank check for amnesty in DHS funding bill.
Other notables with terrible scorecard ratings are Rep. Joe Barton with 63% and Rep. Kay Granger with 58%.
You simply cannot have a score of 80% or lower and consider yourself a conservative Republican. Yet, well-meaning, low-information voters continually support these candidates, often with the help of misguided Texas GOP precinct chairs and county leadership, who are in it for the name recognition, bones tossed their way or the personal back rubbing these candidates give them. I always find it surprising that a variety of community and GOP leaders are willing to forgo the betterment of the masses for the betterment of their personal achievements.
Among the Texans voting for our conservative principles are Rep. John Ratcliffe who earned 95%, Sen. Ted Cruz with 94%, Rep. Louie Gohmert with 92% and surprisingly Sam Johnson who squeaked by with 89%.

Kicking the Obamacare Can

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Pete Sessions makes the rounds in and out of my befuddled headlines. Not only is he a recurring nightmare that keeps us awake, he is also a recurring daymare as well.

My current irritation with Sessions stems from his selfish insistence to place quashing full repeal of Obamacare before his duty to constituents. Did we not state emphatically for years that we want full repeal of Obamacare, and nothing else? What doesn't he get about this?

Instead, Sessions' actions show clearly that he is not on board with full repeal. In fact, quite the opposite rings true. If I were a betting woman, I would venture to guess he will claim we just have a simple difference of opinion on strategy. The truth is, I find his own Sessions-Cassidy healthcare bill at issue, not because of what is written in it, but because of how he is going about force feeding it to D.C.

The rhetoric coming from the Floridian in Texas drag sounds as if he is more interested in pimping his own healthcare plan, than pushing for full repeal.

Installing Sessions' less than stellar healthcare plan, would require replace and then repeal while the Obamacare can is kicked down the road. Note the flip in steps, which is especially important for those who voted based upon full repeal campaign promises. Think back to those handy campaign fliers we got in the mail during the last two primaries where repeal was always his first step.

Rep. Pete Sessions

Rep. Pete Sessions

Rep. Pete Sessions

Rep. Pete Sessions
In fact, Sessions claimed to feel passionately about repealing Obamacare that he spent a great deal of time discussing it at his August, 2014 town hall meeting.

Rep. Pete Sessions, 2014
Good to know Sessions only feigns feeling vehemently. In this case, actions do speak louder than words.

With rhetoric that defies conservative logic, the Sessions camp is pushing for a "fix first" scenario that will cause two issues screaming the me-first establishment are still in charge in D.C.

First, Sessions can bend the ear of many a GOP bobble-head. If the focus shifts on repeal first instead of replace first, GOP leadership will assume, incorrectly, that Republican voters didn't have a clue what they wanted, and will capitulate to pressure to replace over repeal.

Second, that stale, old, fear-monger messaging will be spread by the media. Once again, we will see videos repeated ad nauseum of grandma being pushed over the cliff in her wheelchair as the media rekindles the power we tried to extinguish in November. If you think their tactics to get Hillary in office were untoward, wait until you see their tactics to keep Obamacare alive.

In my opinion, Sessions is crafting a self-centered push to replace Obamacare and it is completely unacceptable. Anything but full repeal first will stall repealing the law for months or longer.  This most certainly was not the method to our voting madness in November, I might add. We demanded full repeal of every...last...word.

Please inundate Pete Sessions' office and let him know you want full repeal of Obamacare first. Oh, and make sure you tell him TXun asked you to call.

Washington, DC Office

Phone: 202-225-2231

Dallas Office

Phone: 972-392-0505

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The Great Millennial Lie

Millennials act as though they invented all this LGBTQ drama. As if it's some newfangled idea and the older crowd just don't get it. Except, we do get it. The fact is, we got it years ago.

I grew up in the 1980s where tons of people in college were gay or bi-curious. The university I went to was notoriously gay. In fact, several of the people I worked with were gay and I used to walk around with them, checking out guys in a very shallow and sexist way that I'm truly not proud of. 

Everyone I knew was listening to Boy George and Wham and there were tons of male band members that wore eyeline and even lipstick.  Even some of the 80s hair bands wore eyeliner. Adam Ant wore frilly white blouses and more men than I can recall were wearing skin-tight leather pants. It was cool to be feminine and well, different. 

Rocky Horror was cult-like epic, and frankly we could have cared less what people were doing behind closed doors. That was their business.

Let's not forget that the 1970s folks before us had their Ziggy Stardust androgyny and the 1960s folks saw sky high free love hippies having orgies and slithering around in the mud at Woodstock. Free love was taken anywhere they could get it.

The fact is, anyone that is age 60 and under was desensitized to all of this years ago. It may not have been our cup of tea, but we just looked the other way. Whatever.

That wasn't good enough. A mass lie had to be concocted and aimed at the younger generation, telling them that their parents and grandparents were hateful and bigoted. Ask yourself why.

Copy and paste this general scenario for black Americans. It's just a plagiarized story.

Now every TV show must portray a gay or two in an embarrassingly juvenile and prissy fashion, though most gays I knew didn't behave like that at all. Now our eyes are offended by the roughly 3% population representation of men and women by those acting like they should be on a pole and stuffing dollars down their undergarments, instead of in a respectful parade honoring fallen heroes. 

It's ridiculous and unnecessary but for this lie to work, it had to infiltrate the minds of our young so they would think their parents were whatever-phobes. So frilly and flashy gaydome was bastardized and rammed down everyone's throats, as was white privilege nonsense. People had to be coddled and made the center of attention and absolutely not ignored. Ignoring others is forbidden. 

Sadly, the damage has been done, and the target audience of this lie, the millennials, mistakenly bought into thinking everyone over 35 is a homophobe or racist.  The result is what we see displayed all over the webosphere and in the news; that they want and need the government to powder their bottoms and stop all this mock hatred and judgement, coming really, only from their tainted minds. 

The general population doesn't give a flip, we're too busy working or trying to survive. Without thinking critically, many millennials believe the lies that Big Brother infiltrated their minds with. It's what's for breakfast in college. I even see it at the graduate level.

This is what happens when the politicians in charge want to make the masses dependent upon the government to run every aspect of their lives, from cake baking to marriage licenses.