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Republican Texas House Speaker Won’t ‘Waste’ His Time Trying To Implement Party Platform

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Dennis Bonnen does not care about the opinion of grassroots conservatives.

When The Statesman asked Bonnen about criticism from Empower Texans, a renowned anti-establishment group, the House Speaker said “You will never please or appease those folks, and I’m sure as hell not going to waste my time trying.”

Bonnen was specifically asked about issues such as tougher anti-abortion laws or failure to expand gun rights, which were major planks of the Texas Republican party platform.

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Bonnen confidently stated that he is “incredibly comfortable with my conservative record.”

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The House Speaker lashed out against the group and its hardnosed tactics.

But more significantly, they are a group that you are fooling yourself and you are not respecting your constituents, you are not respecting this institution, if you are chasing their wants and their desires because you will never meet their wants and their desires. They are a group that is based on attacks and disrespect to raise money. They are not based on issue ideology.

In general, the 2019 session did not focus on wedge issues such as Constitutional Carry because of Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s unexpected performance in the 2018 elections, which had a strong carryover into lower tier races in the State House and State Senate.

Because of this, Ray Sullivan, an aide for former Governor Rick Perry, said “every faction of the Republican Party needs to be rowing in the same direction, heading into the next election cycle, because everything is at least believed to be much more competitive than it has been in the past.”

The three chief players in the Texas state government—Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Dennis Bonnen— agreed with this assessment. Instead of focusing on controversial issues, they tackled issues like red light cameras, school finance, and property tax relief.

Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan disagreed with the conventional take on the 2019 legislative session. He even hinted at primarying bad incumbents who did not deliver on key conservative issues.

Interesting to watch ‪#TxLege politicians cloak the session in the packaging of `unity.′ Most people in the real world couldn’t give a scintilla of a rip less about the `unity’ of politicians. They want measurable, visible results on the issues they care about.

The 2018 Texas Republican Party Platform placed these issues as their top five priorities:

  1. Constitutional Carry
  2. Abolishing Abortion
  3. Abolishing all Forms of Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
  4. Replacing the Maintenance and Operation School Property Tax with a Consumption Tax
  5. Protecting Religious Freedom

None of these key issues were addressed during the session, which irked Sullivan.

The Empower Texans CEO said, “except for a very, very narrow thin slice to protect a Georgia-based chicken business, while yet not addressing things like mandatory sick leave and all the other local principles attacking small businesses. I mean, the list goes on and on and on. It’s why I’m not sure how they keep up with this, how they think they’ll keep up this façade. But maybe, maybe they think, well, people are too stupid to care.”

For gun owners, this was a disappointing session in particular. House Speaker Bonnen killed Constitutional Carry without so much as a hearing, let alone a vote.

Although Texas remains a pro-gun state, with some of the most gun-friendly laws in the country, activists can’t afford to rest on their laurels. The progress Democrats made in 2018 was no coincidence, but rather a prospecting effort made by Democrats who recognize the changing demographics taking place in the U.S.

If establishment Republicans play politics as usual, they can expect massive policy reversals in the 2020s.

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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?

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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?

Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.

Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”

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However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.

The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.

In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.

One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.

The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”

The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”

Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”

Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.

His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”

Sanders responded, “Yes.”

Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.

All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.

Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.

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