Eight-year Texas State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) announced Monday he is not seeking re-election in a statement he posted on Facebook. The announcement comes in the wake of a crisis of confidence revolving around the conservative official’s handling of gun rights issues.
In what some saw as an un-selfaware post on his campaign’s Facebook page, Stickland compared himself to George Washington, writing:
Eight years was enough for George Washington, and it certainly is for me.
After much prayerful consideration and reflection, I have determined it is not the Lord’s will for me to seek reelection. Instead, I intend to dedicate more time to my family, my church, and my business.
The full Facebook post can be read here.
Appropriately, a thorough homage to the Bedford lawmaker was written by Empower Texans, a powerful lobbying group that prizes Obama-era tea party-wave Republican troublemakers as crown jewels. The author of the post is Brandon Waltens, who was Chief of Staff for Briscoe Cain until recently, another comfortable Tea Party tidal-wave beneficiary.
Unlike Stickland, Briscoe Cain is the descendant of Texas Declaration of Independence signatories, and has yet to foul up in the eyes of constituents sufficiently to lose their faith.
The opposite is true for Stickland, as BLP reported.
“Recently, I have seen and been made aware of some of the most concerning behavior I have witnessed in my time as a legislator. I am saddened by the acts of a few individuals who have stolen the conversation about legislation that I deeply care about,” Stickland said in a Facebook video reply filmed in the wake of a gun rights protest on the lawn of Texas House speaker.
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) killed Stickland’s ‘Constitutional Carry’ bill after protesters fliered the door of Bonnen’s home.
Former speaker Joe Straus publicly admits Bonnen is his protege, who thought it was okay to compare Texas pro-Second Amendment protesters (& his employers) to ISIS, as we reported previously.
“I could no longer watch as legislators and their families are incessantly harassed by fanatical gun-rights activists who think laws preventing criminals from carrying a gun should be repealed,” said Bonnen in a written comment at the time, according to The Statesman.
“Their goal is to eradicate sensible gun policies by allowing anyone to carry a gun without a license and proper training — making it impossible for law enforcement to distinguish between law-abiding gun owners and criminals,” Bonnen continued, making it clear he is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment.
“The fear and terror used to push this agenda has made it clear this is bad public policy.” The speaker even went so far as to lie maliciously, alleging that gun rights protesters endangered his wife and two sons. These statements were later totally discredited and shown to be later turned out to be completely fabricated.
“The bigger point is they can attack me all they want, but don’t go to my residence when you know there’s zero opportunity of my being there … don’t go where my two sons and my wife are and I am not.”
It was later revealed in a Fort-Worth Star Telegram report that Bonnen’s wife, Kim, was not in the premises when protesters were there. All of this background is just to establish what Stickland did when his own legislation promised to his constituents was slaughtered mercilessly.
As we reported at the time:
Unfortunately, Stickland lacked the courage to stand for his supporters who pushed for his ‘Constitutional Carry’ legislation. Stickland followed the lead of the House Speaker in conjunction with the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association to violate his oath to the Constitution and denigrate patriotic individuals for grassroots activism with misrepresentations.
“There is a right way and a wrong way to influence the legislative process … There is never a time or place to physically threaten an elected official with violence. It is never okay or helpful to your cause to curse out their staff. It’s never okay to target their homes or personal businesses when you know they are not in town,” Stickland said.
Stickland’s patriotic Facebook following smelled a rat — the social media impact was instantaneous and negative.
“If this lawmaker had a shred of integrity, he would not allow the actions of a few affect his responsibility to do the right thing for the masses of gun owners in the state who did not show up at his home and did not send threatening messages,” FOX Business political analyst Jan Morgan wrote.
“He is coward lacking in integrity and looking for any excuse to shirk his responsibility to the people,” Morgan added. “He needs a good opponent in the next primary.”
It’s very frequent in politics and considered a proper etiquette to step down when personal or public disagreements, though not necessarily scandal, have the potential to make a Republican seat unsafe ( vulnerable) during elections.
Stickland’s claim to fame as a conservative grassroots champion is lionized by Empower Texans, much the same approach most will expect in an obituary or a funeral sermon.
“A taxpayer champion since his first session in the state legislature in 2013, Stickland has been known by Texans across the state as an outspoken and authentic firebrand, regularly opposing establishment forces by refusing to ‘go along to get along,” Waltens writes.
And while events later in his tenure as a state representative may have discredited Stickland on immediate policy fails, Empower Texans is accurate when it states:
That attitude often won little friends inside the Capitol—where those close to House leadership often punished him by denying him credit for passing legislation—but endeared him to grassroots Texans as a reliable voice for taxpayers in the state Capitol.
“During his tenure, Stickland earned the highest career rating of any lawmaker on the Fiscal Responsibility Index for his voting record on fiscal and limited government issues,” Empower Texans writes.
Big League Politics, hat tip to Stickland: Just prior to his departure, Strickland planted one more squarely on the jaw of the left. He passed legislation that the governor just signed into law reversing the red light cameras’ deadly assault on Fourth Amendment privacy rights & due process.
Also, naysayers are warned by the rotund warrior not to get too comfortable. Stickland says he’s not going anywhere, but feels he’ll be more influential from back outside the fish bowl, than swimming in it, though every single lawmaker who is leaving or retiring always says the same type of thing.
“Being able to contribute to the conservative movement without the shackles of elected office is very exciting, and ultimately I have become convinced, more impactful,” Stickland told Texas Scorecard. “This won’t be the last you’ll see of me; sorry to disappoint the establishment forces!”
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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board
Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican
Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.
Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.
According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.
62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.
Several key findings stood out:
Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”
As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results
On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).
The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:
Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:
Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.
For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:
“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”
Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:
Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.
In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.
All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.
Graphics from the study can be referenced below:
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