Posted by: reddiva | April 12, 2010

How Serious Are They?

I have a lot to say about this, and I promise to try to keep it as short as possible.

Conservative Texas Legislators Band Together to Start New Organization, Put People Before Party

AUSTIN – On the eve of the “Tea Party” movement’s anniversary, conservative legislators in Texas have banded together to form a new organization – the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas.  With conservative voters organizing like never before to protest the unprecedented overreaching intrusion of the federal government, voters need to know there are Republican legislators who share their beliefs and will uphold their principals.

The group was founded on five core principles each member has committed to uphold:

• Stand for conservative principals and to put people before Party.
• Fiscally accountable, limit the size of government, and fight for free market principles.
• Protect our borders and to support a strong military.
• Protect life, support strong family values, and uphold the Judeo-Christian beliefs our nation was founded upon.
• Honor the Constitution and protect the sovereign rights of

“We are all proud members of the Republican Party and will remain so.  However, this organization provides us with accountability outside of our political party,” the group’s founder Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) remarked.  “We recognize we are first and foremost accountable to the people who elected us.  We have dedicated ourselves to these core principals and have said ‘this is who we are and this is how we will legislate,’” Sen. Patrick concluded.

“We’re joining together to say test us, try us, hold us accountable.  We mean it when we pledge to defend limited government, individual liberties and free enterprise,” remarked Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford).

“The voters placed their trust in us because we share their values and priorities, and we have a responsibility to govern according to those principles,” Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) added.

“With increased awareness of the citizens expressing their desire to be involved, it is exciting to be a part of this movement to accept the challenge of bringing our state and nation back to the conservative, godly heritage of our founding fathers,” Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) offered.

“Dedication to America’s founding principles, through our commitment to civic awareness and responsibility, is what the Independent Conservative Republicans will follow as our course of action,” Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) observed.

You can find a complete list of the Founders Members on the website.  Additionally, the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas has a website.

If you do yourself a big favor, you will read the comments on the Texas Insider article also.  I have, and I can assure you there are some eye-opening statements made about some of the founding members of this Senator Dan Patrick.  I have not digested everything I have read, but I can assure you there will be several more articles from this writer on this subject in the months ahead when our legislature convenes to do Texas business.

If you are strapped for time and unable to read all the comments, here are the names of the articles and the links so you can read them at your leisure.  I think they are very important, but as always, I would urge you to make up your own mind.  If you have questions or concerns and if your Senator and/or Representative is listed on the membership roll, discuss it with him or her.

They want us to hold them accountable, and I can assure you this one Texan will do exactly that.

Independent Conservative Republicans?  Nothing Independent or conservative About These Texas Republicans

Reference – Project Vote Smart.  It allows the reader to type in the legislator’s name to see his/her voting record.

Reference – Young Republicans of Texas Legislative Ratings for the 81st Legislature Note:  it is a PDF file so be sure to allow time for it to load.

I also found a link for the 2008 Texas Republican Party Platform.

I have a few questions for the Founding Members, and I will do my best to have them addressed.

  1. In the Contract with Texas, item number one is “We give our word to stand for conservative principles and to put people before party.”  Whose “conservative principles” are you referring you; yours or mine?
  2. Item number three is “We give our word to protect our borders and to support a strong military.”  Will you author and work to pass a bill that will put border security in the hands of the Texas National Guard, the Texas Militia, or the Texas Citizen?  Will you provide the means and the safety precautions for them to do the job required of them to protect Texas borders?  Will you support legislation that offers amnesty for illegal aliens currently in Texas?  Will you support stopping illegals from working in Texas taking jobs away from unemployed Texans?
  3. Item number four is “We give our word to protect life, support strong family values, and uphold the Judeo-Christian beliefs our nation was founded upon.”  Will you support legislation making adoption of Texas babies easier so that adoption truly becomes a viable option for a young girl considering an abortion?
  4. Did you decide to band together with the thought in mind that it would help to secure your own personal position in the Texas Legislature?
  5. Don’t you think a REAL contract with the people of Texas should have been initiated by the people of Texas?  For all practical purposes it already is.  It is called ELECTION DAY!  We recognize and you should too that if you do not do the things Texans expect of you, you are serving your last term in office.  I hope you don’t think for one minute that this fancy website and even fancier name you’ve given yourselves makes you invulnerable at the polls.

Fellow Texans, we have been given promises by our legislators that they are willing to do the will of the people.  If we do not tell them what we want them to do how are they to know?  Why wait until the Texas Legislative Session begins January 10, 2011?  Start writing.  We have a lot of business to attend to and only 140 days in which to accomplish our business.



  1. Hmmmm. Well, there’s nothing wrong with having a caucus but this doesn’t seem like a caucus to me. A caucus is a group of legislators, often bi-partisan, who share common views and who meet together to discuss with *each other* their common goals and to develop a unified legislative strategy. I’m a Kentuckian and don’t know any of these legislators, but even if they are all conservative, it seems to me to be more like a marketing ploy to voters than a caucus. I would tread carefully.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comment. I haven’t checked out all of the Legislators on the Founders List, but I’m not really certain how Conservative many of them are. There are many times I have had doubts about my own State Senator. I am not alone in that – the YCT agrees. In their report cited in my article, he is rated very poorly. You can be certain that he will get one of the first emails about this new group from me – soon!


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