With 10 days left to spare, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has killed very moderate “monument protection” legislation, forbidding the popular measure from even being debated, and this comes after the Joe Straus-protege’ also killed constitutional carry, sources close to leadership report.
In doing this, the Texas House abandoned conventional transparency standards which make individual lawmakers more accountable to their constituents. For example, the minutes showing how individual members voted on the monuments’ legislation still are not available to the public.
When the Texas Committee on Calendars voted to kill SB 1663, substituted in the House for HB 583, the individual votes were not published, concealing Republican betrayals of their constituents — and such dishonest procedural “delays” are common practice when a speaker rams through his personal agenda in conflict with the majority of the electorate.
Consider the below screenshot of the State of Texas’ official bill registry, which shows that actions on HB 583 have not been updated since May 6, 2019, even though bill was killed early this morning:
And see the following “bill stages” snapshot:
The use of this practice is a clear attempt to protect the careers of the representatives responsible for killing good bills. These leadership appointees, in return, dutifully salute the personal political worldview of their “boss” (HINT: not the voter), Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
As we speak, the minutes remain unpublished.
The bill in question protected much more than subjectively “constroversial” Civil War memorials, and specifically, protected the universally-loved Alamo Cenotaph memorial from destruction, i.e. “relocation,” by political neophyte George P. Bush. We reported extensively on Bush’s ethical and legal abuse of power this morning on BLP’s home page. We’ve also regularly reported on Bush’s baldfaced attempt to tear down the vaunted 60-foot, 80-year-old Alamo Cenotaph (“empty tomb.”)
This is similar in form to the speaker killing constitutional carry legislation vis-a-vis the Second Amendment, putting Texas behind almost every other state in its protection of US Constitution’s right to “keep and bear arms,” which “shall not be infringed.” Bonnen infringed.
Although it passed a Senate committee, passed on the floor of the Senate, and passed out of the House tourism committee, the Calendars Committee decided it shouldn’t even be given a chance on the floor (since it would easily win passage.) By the way, it’s the second time the Calendars Committee killed HB 583.
Calendars Committee Vice Chairman Joe Moody, (D-El Pason) in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, defended the committee’s actions by exclaiming:
I don’t think it represented the best of what Texas has to offer. It has no place on the House floor.
Other major influencers, like Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement, do not agree:
The Alamo Cenotaph, statues to Sam Houston, schools named after Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Lamar and even Thomas Jefferson are now in greater danger than before.
We have to fight them every single step of the way. (Emphasis Added)
Whatever your views on the issue, please contact the Texas Legislature’s main switchboard, and ask for Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s direct office line:
Home office: (979) 848-1770.
Austin office: (512) 463-0564.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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