IS HILLARY THE ONLY VIABLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?

questionIS HILLARY THE ONLY VIABLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?
By Nicole Nichols

There has been considerable angst expressed by Progressives over the belief that Hillary Clinton will be the sole Presidential candidate in 2016. In numerous conversations and polls it has become apparent that the dismay is wide-spread, and other than an Elizabeth Warren unlikely possibility many feel that all hope is lost.
According to the Politics and Governance Portal, part of Politicks.org, however, there are some others on the horizon. Would any of them be viable, or acceptable to the Progressive base? Even if they should throw their hats in the ring, would they present a clear challenge to the heavily favored, though somewhat battered Clinton?
The list is lengthy with numerous undesirables, to be certain. However, for those who claim that Clinton is the only viable candidate – think again. We just haven’t been looking in the right places.
Here are the possibilities listed:

THOSE ALREADY DECLARED:

Willie Carter: This will be his 8th run at the Presidency. He is a small-business owner out of Los Angeles who is also a Sunday School Superintendent. He claims that he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America.

Something tells me that Willie doesn’t stand a chance with Progressives – or in this race.

Doug Shreffler: This will be his first run for any office. He is, according to him, a former CIA Black-ops kind of guy with a “G4 Classification,” with the code name “Strong Ramrod” – whatever in the hell that means. Interestingly, he has had a great deal of difficulty with the press over this claim since no one has been able to verify such a classification or even his employment with the CIA.

Shreffler fills the bill in his reported stance on all of the social issues which are of concern to Progressives and Liberals around the country. The problem is that no one will ever take this guy seriously. He claims to be running a grassroots campaign (good luck with that). According to his website, “His goal is to unite people from the lower, middle and upper classes while maintaining the values of the Founding Fathers.”

Something tells me that Strong Ramrod will fail to rise to the occasion.

Michael Steinberg: He is an Attorney out of Tampa Bay, Florida. He’s pretty much a centrist in his views. Except for protecting Social Security he is pretty silent on other social issues. This statement pretty much sums up his stance on the issues:

“He advocates a strong foreign policy that focuses on strengthened ties with historic allies and a firm approach to the challenges posed by US adversaries around the world. He believes in rethinking education policies to redesign and strengthen schools and place the emphasis on achievement and excellence. His economic policies emphasize incentives for job growth which he believes will reduce the government’s expenditures on social welfare programs while at the same time bring more revenue into the Treasury for much needed investments in science, education and programs for the elderly and disabled.”

 

Something tells me that Progressives and Liberals are not interested in electing another “Blue Dog” Democrat to the Presidency, and Steinberg appears to be just that. It is highly unlikely, as well, that he will be able to muster the financial support necessary to become a viable threat to Hillary.

Robby Wells: This candidacy should raise all sorts of red flags – but don’t discount his viability. Robby is the CEO of a marketing business in Charlotte, North Carolina. He ran for President in 2012, as an independent when he was unsuccessful in securing the nomination of the Constitution Party. Now he is running as a Democrat even though he is as self-described “Constitutional Conservative.”

His party ambivalence is but one of the problems he presents. His affinity for the Constitution Party should set off all sorts of alarm bells for Progressives and Liberals. In the past he has also been a staunch supporter of Ron Paul and is certain to attract more than a few former Paulites into his camp.

But, perhaps the most alarming thing about Robby (if all of the previous doesn’t scare the bejusus out of you), is the fact that he proudly proclaims that he is a member of one of “the fastest growing churches in the nation, Elevation Church.” Elevation Church is nothing short of a cult. Steven Furtick, the lead pastor of the church, along with his flock have long been criticized by other denominations for their cultish behaviors.

Reformation 21, a popular Christian blog, cited a page from a Sunday School Coloring book used by Elevation Church, as “…the kind of evangelical brainwashing that all of us should be calling out. This should make us angry. Because its wrong. And because it’s not Christianity.”

http://matthewpaulturner.com/2014/02/19/this-is-what-stevenfurtick-is-teaching-the-kiddos/

With attendance at about 14,000 every week, the “church” brings in a tidy little payday of about $400,000 every week.

Something tells me that the smell I am finding so repulsive is the proverbial rat. I look for Wells to make a little splash in a big pond. While he doesn’t have anything near a shot, there will be a few lost souls who rally around him and make a lot of noise. Those who jumped onto the Ron Paul bandwagon, but find his son as repulsive as I do, will, undoubtedly engage with Robby, and along with them they will bring their same brand of zealotry and divisiveness that we witnessed in 2008 1nd 2012. The rest of us will get out our well-worn fly-swatters and have them at the ready.

THOSE LISTED AS POTENTIAL CANDIDATES:

Ben Affleck: Yes – THAT Ben Affleck – actor, director, screenwriter, & producer. He has also been an active supporter of the Democratic Party and its candidates, as well as a human rights activist. He is the co-founder of Eastern Congo Initiative an “advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.”

Affleck embraces many Progressive and Liberal views and leanings. Both in 2001 and 2007, Ben indicated that he might someday run for Congress. He hasn’t yet. Recently rumors have been flying that he might consider a run at the Presidency.

Something tells me that he won’t do that. He has been quite supportive of Hillary in the past, so I doubt that he will go head to head with her. However, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him make a Senate or house bid. To those who say that he doesn’t have enough political experience – I say that might be just what this country needs.

Birch Evans “Evan” Byah: Former Governor and United States Senator from Indiana. Evan is somewhat of a mixed bag leaning left in some areas, right in others. He is an attorney and partner with the McGuire Woods Law and Lobbying firm – a huge and very influential outfit. He is also a Senior Advisor with Apollo Global Management – a private equity firm, a messaging advisor for the United States Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of Berry Plastics Corporation, and on the Board of Directors for Marathon Petroleum.

Something tells me Byah won’t throw his hat into the ring, but will work behind the scenes on behalf of Clinton. Byah has access to a lot of corporate money which will be flowing into the coffers of which ever candidate he supports. As to the Progressive/Liberal base – Byah represents more of the same and would gain very little support from that group.

Michael Bennett: He is a current United States Senator out of Colorado. Michael is a businessman and attorney from Denver. He was first appointed to his Senate seat in 2009, and was elected in 2010, in one of the closest and most expensive races in history.

Bennett fits the bill on almost every issue. He is married to Earthjustice Legal Defense Attorney, Susan Diane Daggett. He is pro-choice; pro-same-sex marriage; pro immigration reform; pro-gun control; pro-renewable energy, etc., etc.

Something tells me that Bennett will not seek the Presidential seat. However, he appears to be a viable candidate and one that, certainly, bears a close look at from the Progressive/Liberal corner. He appears to be flying under the radar currently. Perhaps with a little encouragement he will become a little higher profile after the mid-terms.

Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr: Current Vice President of the United States. Joe doesn’t need a lot of introduction or discussion. He sought the Presidential nomination in both 1988 and 2008, dropping out early in the race.

Something tells me that, although he is considering a bid for the Presidency, he won’t run. Joe is definitely a liberal-leaning individual with the cajones to carry out the office – no doubt. However, all of the hoopla surrounding Hillary Clinton right now might just make him think twice. Should he opt to run and fail against the heavily favored Clinton, he would be the first sitting Vice President to be snubbed by the Democratic Party. I doubt that he wants that distinction. Unfortunately, the recent outpouring of Hillary supporters could prove to be a very intimidating factor to others considering a Presidential bid.

Barbara Boxer: She is currently a United States Senator from California. Boxer is one of the most liberal people currently seated in the United States Senate, supporting progressive and liberal issues across the board. The problem? Last year Boxer introduced Senate Bill 462 – The United States-Israel Partnership Act, which some progressives considered to be highly discriminatory toward Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims. The Bill was sent to the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations. Given the current events with Israel, Boxer might not have the same appeal to those on the left.

Something tells me that Boxer would make a good run at being President if she were so inclined. She could certainly hold her own in a primary against Clinton. Is she being courted, or even considered, by the Democratic Party? It doesn’t appear that she is.

Maria Cantwell: Current United States Senator from Washington since 2001. She has been called a “savvy, pro-business Democrat.” Prior to becoming Senator, Cantwell was in the United States House of Representatives from 1993-1995, where she voted in favor of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As a Senator, she has created more than a little friction between herself and fellow Democrats when in 2005, she voted for the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

Something tells me that although Cantwell appears to be a hard-core liberal, her length of tenure in the political realm, and her leaning toward big-business would make her unpalatable to those on the left end of the spectrum.

Bob Casey, Jr. : Current United States Senator from Pennsylvania since 2006, when he defeated Rick Santorum. Now, Casey is pretty liberal in many of his views. However, he makes no apologies for being a pro-life Democrat. He also voted to confirm both John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Additionally, Casey is pro-2nd Amendment rights and against gun control.

Something tells me that Bob Casey might be a Presidential candidate in the future – but not in 2016. His pro-life stance will, certainly, hinder his popularity among women voters, but he has some charisma and his voting record on other issues make him viable, and probably likable to the current population of moderate Democrats.

William Maurice “Mo” Cowan: Former interim Senator from Massachusetts through his appointment in 2012. This is an interesting choice for a “potential Presidential candidate.” While Mo is, undoubtedly, a rising star within the Democratic Party, he has never run for election of anything. As a matter of fact, he declined the opportunity to run in the 2013 Special Election. He is now a fellow at the Institute of Politics in the Harvard Kennedy School. Given his short tenure, it is really impossible to determine his stance on many issues. He is considered a “moderate liberal” by the “On the Issues” website.

Something tells me that considering Mo as a “potential candidate” is wishful thinking on someone’s part – but, not any liberals or progressives that I know.

Andrew Cuomo: Current Governor of New York since 2010. Quomo is currently viewed as one of the most Progressive governors in the nation, largely because of his stance on same-sex marriage and gun control.

Something tells me that he won’t be considered by the Democratic Party. I say this because he might just be a little too far to the left for them to consider him electable. That, combined with the fact that he has been living with Sandra Lee from the Food Network for the past three years without the benefit of marriage, probably wouldn’t sit well with the ever-increasingly centrist and right-wing DNC.

Howard Dean: Former politician; former Governor of Vermont; and 2004 Presidential candidate. Howard Dean is the consummate liberal. He founded Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, in 2004. Dean knows how to run a true grassroots campaign, and was hugely successful in his fund-raising efforts.
In 2000, as Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean signed into law the first piece of civil union legislation in the nation. Dean has expressed an interest in running in 2016.

Something tells me that because Dean has been away from the political arena for so long, and because his leanings are toward the progressive end of the spectrum, he is not being courted or considered. However, he does hold some promise as a potential candidate.

Rahm Emanuel: Former U.S. Representative; White House Chief of Staff; and current Mayor of Chicago. Rahm has undergone sharp criticism for his support of the Iraq War. However, on social issues he is quite liberal. For some time he served as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he led the party’s efforts to capture the majority of the House of Representatives in the 2006, elections resulting in a 30 seat gain for the Democrats. However, he came under considerable criticism for ignoring and refusing support for some progressive Democrats.

Something tells me that neither the DNC, nor the Progressive base, will even consider an Emanuel run at the presidency. His temper and outbursts aside, his hawkish stance coupled with his support of Israel and anti-Palestinian stance would render him untenable to those on the left. Additionally, given his Jewish heritage, and the controversies that he has been involved in it is unlikely that the DNC would be too excited about an Emanuel candidacy.

Al Franken: United States Senator from Minnesota. Franken is hugely popular with the liberal and progressive base. Franken is a strong advocate for single-payer health care, LGBT and women’s rights. He is one of the leaders in the fight for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizen’s United.

Something tells me that if Al Franken ran for President in 2016, a record number of progressive and liberal Democrats would flood the polls. Could he beat Hillary in a primary? That is a good possibility and one that should be explored.

Kristen Gillibrand: Former United States Representative and current Senator from New York. Gillibrand was appointed to her Senate seat by, then governor, Paterson to fill the vacated seat of Hillary Clinton. While in the House she was part of the “Blue Dog Coalition,” a caucus of Conservative Democrats. However, while in the Senate she has appeared more liberal in spite of her 100% rating from the National Rifle Association.

Something tells me that Gillibrand would be more easily elected than, say, an Al Frankin. Yet, she would not be all that appealing to the progressive camp. Gillibrand will not run against her friend Hillary Clinton. In many ways, I think they are pretty much cut from the same cloth.

Alan Grayson: Former and current member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida. In actuality, they don’t come any more progressive than Alan Grayson. He has been one the most outspoken members of Congress and a champion for health care reform.

Something tells me that his outspoken manner coupled with his progressive ideology would be considered too extreme for many of today’s voters. While progressives would rally strongly around Grayson, mainstream liberals and centrists would likely be less enthusiastic.

Christine Gregoire: Former Governor of Washington State. While she faced some criticisms from Democrats during her tenure as Governor, Christine Gregoire endeared herself to many with her support for LGBT rights, teachers, and new mothers. She has been regularly suggested as a potential Supreme Court Justice.

Something tells me that Christine fits the bill as far as mainstream acceptance. She’s not too radical, yet in touch with many of the social issues that plague Americans today. On top of that – she’s the right gender for what seems to be in vogue today. However, she doesn’t seem to have the name recognition that would immediately sell her to the public – and there isn’t much time left. While she might not be a true Progressive, I think she’s close enough to make her an acceptable candidate.

Kamala Harris: Former and current Attorney General of California. Kamala holds the distinction of being the first female, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American Attorney General in California. Harris has to be considered a very progressive potential candidate for any office she chooses.

Something tells me that we will see and hear a lot more about Kamala Harris in the future. While she is making a very big splash among the liberal and progressive community, a presidential run is probably too lofty of an idea right now. Imagine what the Tea Party would do with a presidential candidate with a mother born in India, and a father born in Jamaica!

Maggie Hassan: Current Governor of the State of New Hampshire. Hassan can be characterized as liberal, but not progressive. While she favors a progressive view on most things social, she also favors an expansion of the military.

Something tells me that the inclusion of Maggie Hassan on this list should be questionable, and grasping at straws. With very little name recognition, and no indication of interest in a presidential run, I would say that the odds are slim to none that Hassan is our girl.

John Hickenlooper: Former Denver Mayor and current Governor of the State of Colorado. John Hickenlooper is a somewhat eccentric, but very popular politician. Liberal in his views, Hickenlooper would make any bid for office quite entertaining.

Something tells me that Hickenlooper might move on to bigger and better things in the future. Right now, I think he is quite comfortable right where he is, and not ready to throw his hat into such a dog-fight.

Jay Inslee: Fomer United States Representative and current Governor of the State of Washington. Inslee has a very liberal voting record and is a big advocate of clean energy. He has also been a proponent of LGBT rights, and appears to be well liked by Washington voters.

Something tells me that Inslee is someone to be looked at closely as a future contender. Given the fact that he just became governor last year, it’s highly unlikely that he would even consider a presidential run in 2016.

John Kitzhaber: Former and current Governor of the State of Oregon. Kitzhaber holds views that a largely liberal. On the Issues characterizes him as a “Moderate Liberal.” This would probably make him a viable candidate to many Democratic voters.

Something tells me that John Kitzhaber lacks the interest in running for President of the United States of America. He is Oregon focused as he has been for all of his political career. While, obviously, a popular Governor, he doesn’t strike me as someone who has the inclination to move up that chain.

Amy Klobucher: United States Senator from Minnesota. Amy Klobucher made the New York Times list of the seventeen women most likely to become the first female President of the United States. She is definitely liberal, and supports the liberal agenda.

Something tells me that since so many believe that the time is right for a female president, Amy Klobucher fits the bill. She is definitely worth more than a passing glance. Actually, if she doesn’t want the position she might just be a plus as a Vice Presidential running mate.

Mary Landrieu: Current United States Senator from Louisiana. First, it must be noted that Mary Landrieu is the most conservative Democrat in the United States Senate. Her support of the Keystone Pipeline, alone, pretty much seals her fate among progressives.

Something tells me that Mary Landrieu is on her way out the door in November. The sad thing is, she will probably be replaced by a Republican. At any rate, she would be a hard pill to swallow for most left-leaning and progressive voters.

Daniel Malloy: Current Governor of the State of Connecticut. Malloy is just about as liberal as they come, and definitely progressive on all social issues. Whether or not he has the interest or the stamina to withstand the rigors of a Presidential race is not known, however.

Something tells me that Dan Malloy should be courted and encouraged to move on up, if not in 2016, then at a later time.

Jack Markell: Current Governor of the State of Delaware. Jack Markell is another of those “Moderate Democrats.” He is a businessman out of Newark, Delaware, who earned a fortune in wireless communications at both Nextel and Comcast.

Something tells me that Jack Markell is way too conservative, and way too corporate oriented to even be considered by progressives for a presidential nomination. However, Markell has expressed an interest in running in 2016, saying that should he choose not to he would support a Joe Biden candidacy.

Claire McCaskill: Current Senator from the State of Missouri. We will never forget how McCaskill whipped Todd Akin. However, Claire is pretty close to centrist when it comes to her politics, and very much a friend of the coal mining industry.

Something tells me that even though her gender is correct for this point in time, she might not be as acceptable to the left as some of the others who have been mentioned.

Robert “Bob” Menendez: Current Senator from the State of New Jersey. Robert Menendez is, certainly, a left-leaning liberal. Another factor in his favor is his Cuban heritage. However, Menendez has been surrounded by controversy for a number of years. True, some of that controversy was brought about by zealous right-wingers who wanted to damage him.

Something tells me that Menendez would not be an electable presidential candidate largely because of the damage that has been done through accusations, investigations and controversy.

Chris Murphy: Current Senator from the State of Connecticut. Murphy is the youngest member of the Senate and one of the brightest stars in the Democratic Party. He has gone on the offensive attempting to pass legislation that would hold Supreme Court justices to the same ethical code as other federal judges and provide an avenue for recusal. His stance on social issues is nothing less than progressive.

Something tells me that liberals, progressives, and the Democratic Party are missing the boat if they don’t heavily recruit this young man and groom him for the Presidency – if not in 2016, certainly, in the next election.

Patty Murray: Current Senator from the State of Washington. Many say that Patty Murray is a hard-core liberal. Her voting record bears that claim out. Again, there is another female contender on the horizon.

Something tells me that Patty Murray will not seek the highest office in the United States. That’s fine. We need all the liberal Senators we can muster.

Janet Napolitano: Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Arizona. Janet Napolitano is somewhat of an enigmatic mixed bag. While liberal-leaning on some issues she falls largely in the “moderate” are in the whole picture of things. Several news sources have speculated that she might throw her hat into the ring in 2016, and Time Magazine listed her among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States. Seriously?

Something tells me that aside from being more moderate than liberal, Janet Napolitano also comes with a lot of baggage. She has stirred up more than a few hornet’s nests and found herself embroiled in more than her share of controversy.

Bill Nelson: Current United States Senator from the State of Florida. He has held that office since 2001, is an attorney, and resides in Orlando. Nelson is a left-leaning liberal, by all accounts.

Something tells me that as one of the few sane Congressmen representing the State of Florida, Bill Nelson, who is quite popular, would be a really good candidate. Is anyone even looking at this man?

Jay Nixon: Current Governor of the State of Missouri. Although a Democrat, Nixon shows several signs that he is a very right-leaning politician. He has been embroiled in controversy surrounding his stands on abortion, capital punishment, and school desegregation.

Something tells me that given his conservative nature, and his current actions concerning Ferguson, Jay Nixon wouldn’t stand a chance in hell of being a viable presidential candidate. No self-respecting true liberal or progressive would ever elect this individual.

Martin O’Malley: Former Mayor of Baltimore, and current Governor of the State of Maryland. O’Malley might very well be the Progressive’s Dream. He is hugely popular within the Democratic Party and has many laudable accomplishments under his belt. Additionally, he has indicated great interest in a presidential run in 2016.

Something tells me that Martin O’Malley is the dark horse here. With the current dissention in the liberal/progress ranks over a possible Hillary Clinton candidacy, I think now is the time for O’Malley to start making more than overtures about running.

Pat Quinn: Current Governor of the State of Illinois. Quinn is one of those moderate Democrats who seem to be so prevalent within the party today. While he takes some pretty liberal stands, he still holds to a more conservative approach.

Something tells me that Pat Quinn would never be a serious contender in a presidential race. He has had quite a struggle in his first term trying to turn the state around after the controversial Governor Rod Blagojevich affair.

Chuck Schumer: Former United States Representative and current Senator from New York. Chuck Schumer has been in office for twenty-seven years. Schumer is liberal in his voting record.

Something tells me that Schumer is too much of a member of the “old guard” to be an acceptable presidential candidate in today’s political climate. While he has a liberal voting record, he has also had a lot of time to get his hands dirty.

Brian Schwitzer: Former Governor of the State of Montana and current Chairman of the Stillwater Mining Company. Brian Schwitzer is kind of an interestingly, down-to-earth, folksy guy. While he appears somewhat liberal, it’s his mouth that gets him in trouble.

Something tells me that Brian Schwitzer’s recent remarks regarding both Eric Cantor and Diane Feinistein have killed any chance, albeit small, that he might have had at any kind of nomination.

Peter Shumlin: Current Governor of the State of Vermont. Peter Shumlin has been called a “liberal’s liberal.” His record is absolutely stellar when it comes to all liberal/progressive issues. He appears to be a real champion.

Something tells me that Peter Shumlin will not confine himself to Vermont politics. He may not run for President in 2016, but it’s a pretty safe bet that we will see him in a national election in the future.

Earl Ray Tomblin: Current Governor of the State of West Virginia. Why Tomblin runs as a Democrat is anyone’s guess. By all appearances, he is one of those middle-of-the-road guys who sways in the breeze, is unpredictable in his ideology, and could be a member of either party depending on the issue.

Something tells me that Earl Ray Tomblin would be a very unlikely candidate for President of the United States. Should he throw his hat in the ring, his bid for that office will be very short lived.

Mark Warner: Current Senator from the State of Virginia. Mark Warner is a centrist. His stand is somewhat flakey on most social issues of import to liberals and progressives. He considered running for President in 2008, and it was speculated that he might be a Vice Presidential candidate, but he withdrew his name.

Something tells me that Mark Warner might be recruited heavily by those sitting in or a little to the right of center. But, if you are looking for a true liberal or progressive, he is not your guy.

Elizabeth Warren: Current Senator from Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren is nothing short of an icon to Progressives in America. She is credited with the creation of much of the intellectual foundation of the Occupy Movement. Needless to say, she is being heavily encouraged to run against Hillary Clinton in 2016, although she has repeatedly said that she will not.

Something tells me that should Warren change her mind, she has a very good chance of becoming the first female President of the United States. However, should she choose not to run, her tenure in the Senate will result in some historical legislation.

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2014 Texas Candidates

 

Texas – United States House of Representative Candidates

DISTRICT 1

GohmertLouis Gohmert (R) – is the incumbent. He ran unopposed in the primaries. He is a Southern Baptist who has been in office for the last 10 years. He does not believe in man made climates change and claims that evidence supporting same is “fraudulent.” He supports charter schools and vouchers.

Gohmert sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Bill, believing that life begins at conception. Additionally, after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School Gohmert claimed that the tragedy never would have happened if teachers had been armed. In an interview, he told Chris Wallace, “I wish to God that she [principal Dawn Hochsprung] had had an M-4in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out… and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.” He also claimed that the 20 victims who had been killed with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle had “defensive wounds.”

Gohmert has distinguished himself as somewhat of a conspiracy nut with his rantings about “Terror Babies,” where Muslim women become pregnant and deliver here in the United States and take the children back to become terrorists. Also, his paranoia about national security and the Muslim Brotherhood has helped to raise concerns within the Muslim community.

Gohmert sponsored legislation that would designate the first weekend in May as Ten Commandments Weekend.

On the issues, Gohmert is: anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-prohibiting job discrimination basend on sexual orientation; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; voted no on giving mental health full equity with physical health; pro-charter schools, vouchers, and parental choice; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, anti-birthright citizenship, pro – declare English as the official language; anti-green energy; pro-big oil and gas industry.

Gohmert has been endorsed by: Freedom Works; Campaign for Working Families; Tea Pary Patriots; Government Is Not God (GING PAC); Eagle Forum. REBIBLICAN

Louie Gohmert is a special kind of a bat-shit crazy, uber-conservative, ReBiblican. Unfortunately, he has a lot of support from like-minded money men and powerful groups.

McKellarShirley McKellar (D) – a retired United States Army officer, and registered nurse. McKellar is somewhat of an enigma. Although she is running as a Democrat, the opening statement on her website where she discusses her political stands can’t help but to raise an eyebrow or two. It reads:

“Compassionate Conservatism
“I strongly believe in core Texas values – encouraging personal responsibility, compassion for others, and supporting family values. Strong families are the foundation for a prosperous and civilized community.”
The rest of the discussion can only be described as “generic.” Her stance on education leaves one scratching their heads: “A good education system helps strengthen our society by teaching and instructing young adults, giving them a strong foundation that will help them learn and succeed as citizens and individuals.” Really? On health care she claims that we have the “greatest health care system in the world,” and then says that we need to reform it.
In a statement she makes to her electorate she closes with: “With the guidance of family and friends I now realize that God has a distinct and very different pathway for me to follow. It is my desire to use my skills and ability to enforce the greater good for ALL Texans. “I ask for your VOTE and your SUPPORT.”
My gut tells me that, at the very least, she is a Blue Dog Democrat, or a Republican running not-too stealth.
NOTE: Sorry, Texas District 1 is in serious trouble. Unfortunately, it appears that Louie Gohmert will remain in D.C. spewing his nonsensical and venomous message – and we’ll have to live with that for another two years.
DISTRICT II
PoeTed Poe (R) – is the incumbent and the first Republican to ever represent the Second District. That isn’t his only distinction, however. In 1981, Poe was appointed as a felony court judge – the first Republican judge in Harris County. There he became nationally known for his “creative sentencing.”
Poe has been surrounded in controversy for a number of years. First, in November of 2002, Poe ruled from the bench that he would allow the PBS show “Frontline” to film jury deliberations during a capitol murder case. On appeal, the higher court struck down Poe’s decision.
Quoting Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, on the House floor in 2007, didn’t do a lot for his image, either.
In 2009, Poe became a co-sponsor of H.R. 1503, furthering the ridiculous notion that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen. This act created a lot of negative reaction from the media for Poe.
In 2011, it came to light that Poe, along with two others were trying to prohibit soldiers families from choosing which prayers could be said at the funerals of their fallen loved ones. This was seen as an effort to impose Christian ceremonies on military funerals.
He is currently under scrutiny over erroneous charges he filed in 2003, which have resulted in a young boy requiring 24hr medical care for the rest of his life. It is promised that a book chronicling the circumstances surrounding this case will be forth-coming in November of this year.
Ted Poe is a hard-core conservative who is: anti-women’s rights; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and school choice; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; anti-birthright citizenship; pro-English as official language; anti-green energy.
Poe’s endorsements include the following: Texas Medical Association; Houston Association of Realtors; Texas State Rifle Association; National Rifle Association; Freedom Works; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); National Right to Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Texas Alliance For Life, Inc.; National Association of Police Officers. REBIBLICAN
Poe lives in Humble, Texas where he is a member of the Church of Christ. He attended Abilene Christian University. In spite of the many controversies surrounding Poe, he has managed to garner support from a number of heavy-hitting groups and deep pocketed PACs.
LetsosNiko Letsos (D) – a teacher out of Houston. At the moment, Letsos isn’t making any noise in spite of his slogan “The Time for Boldness is Now.” He is advocating for a Democratic National Convention in 2014 – as if that is going to happen. With a little over 3600 people on his Facebook page, a call for government transparency and accountability and little to no name recognition, I don’t like his odds against the Poe machine.
NOTE: Again, unfortunately, it appears that yet another Texas District will remain red, only helping to destine Texas to an ultimate fail. One can’t help but wonder where the real liberals and progressives reside in the State of Texas – and why they aren’t stepping up.
DISTRICT III
Johnson SamSam Johnson (R) – the incumbent from Plano. Johnson will turn 84 this year. He is a retired construction executive, former fighter pilot and Viet Nam prisoner of war for seven years. He was first elected to the House in 1981. Johnson is a hard-core conservative.
On the issues he is: anti-women’s rights; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-vouchers and charter schools; pro-abolishing the Department of Education; pro-absolute right to gun-ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; anti-green energy.
As one of Texas’ longest serving congressman, Johnson is part of the old-guard. It appears that he runs largely on his conservatism and his military background. He currently has over $763,421 in his coffers. REBIBLICAN
NOTE: Sam Johnson will, once again, be the United States Representative for the Third District of Texas as he drew no Democratic challenger, and Cecil Ince, the Libertarian candidate failed to be nominated by the Libertarian Party.
As the Texas mid-term elections are taking shape, the lack of Democratic candidates signals a dire situation in the State.
DISTRICT IV
Hall RalphRalph Hall (R) – is the incumbent. At 91 years of age he is the oldest serving member of Congress, the oldest person to ever serve in the House of Representatives, the oldest person ever elected to a House Term, and the oldest House member ever to cast a vote.
In the primary he received 45.42% of the vote in a field of five. He will face a run-off with United States Attorney, John Ratcliffe, who received 28.77% of the vote.
Hall was a member of the Democratic Party for more than 50 years when, in 2004, he switched his allegiance. His voting record certainly does not reflect any semblance of either a liberal or conservative Democrat. Currently, he cannot be labeled anything other than a hard-core conservative Republican.
On the issues Hall is: 100% pro-life; anti- Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-gay adoptions; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; advocates making English the official language; anti-green energy; pro-big oil and gas. REBIBLICAN
While he has received an endorsement from Michele Bachmann, and will garner some sympathetic support from his District IV constituents, he might just have his hands full with his Republican challenger in the run-offs.
RatcliffeJohn Ratcliffe (R) – from 2004 to 2007, Ratcliffe was appointed to the office of Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas by George W. Bush. From 2007-2008, he served as U.S. Attorney. He is currently listed as a Partner in John Ashcroft’s Law Firm.
On the issues Ratcliffe is: anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration and amnesty; pro-gun ownership; anti-gun control; anti-woman’s right to choose; pro-Israel.
He is endorsed by: North Texas Tea Party; Collin County Conservative Republicans; Senate Conservatives Fund; Red State; Club For Growth; Madison Project; Our Liberty Elections; Jim Gilchrist (Minuteman Founder); Dallas Morning News. REBIBLICAN
NOTE: There is, once again, no Democratic challenger in this race. However, the run-off election will tell us a couple of things: 1) How loudly does money speak? Right now, Hall and his old-guard cronies are scrambling to raise campaign funds, while Ratcliffe’s coffers are being lined by big-business and heavy-hitting right wing groups; 2) How far does sympathy go? Hall has spent seventeen terms in the House. As the oldest member, will his constituents re-elect him, or will they seek to infuse new blood into their little corner of Congress? Obviously, the Fourth District will remain red either way.
DISTRICT V
HensarlingJeb Hensarling (R) – the incumbent. Hensarling is an attorney who was first elected to the House in 2002. He was the former State Director for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. He was dubbed the country’s “Budget Nanny” by the National Review in 2005.
On the issues he is: anti-woman’s right to choose; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-gun control; anti-Obamacare; pro-parent choice and charter schools; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Affirmative Action; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
Hensarling is a hard-core conservative Republican, who promises to deliver more of the same to the Fifth District and the nation. He has drawn a Libertarian challenger.
AshbyKen Ashby (L) – a former engineer and teacher. Ashby’s stand on the issues is the usual Libertarian fare – smaller government; no more bailouts; end the war on drugs; shut down the Department of Education, commerce, energy, Homeland Security, etc.; end the TSA; end farm subsidies; cut entitlements; and lower taxes. He doesn’t address social issues or civil liberties.
NOTE: Ken Ashby has been running unsuccessfully for office since 1992, and probably won’t do any better this time around. Hensarling is pretty much a shoe-in for the Fifth District.
DISTRICT VI
Barton JoeJoe Barton (R) – the incumbent. Barton, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, has held his seat in the House since 1985. The Sixth District encompasses the communities of Arlington, part of Fort Worth, and several rural areas south of Dallas.
Barton was the lead representative in forcing the switch from analog to digital TV and auctioning off the public airwaves to private companies.
Last year, Barton, a real piece of work, campared man-made climate to the Biblical flood story and argued that climate change isn’t man-made. He is a major proponent of the Keystone Pipeline. Additionally, in the House hearings on the BP oil spill, Barton told Tony Hayward, the executive officer of BP, “I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words — amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize.”
Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) listed Barton on its Most Corrupt Report in 2011.
A hard-core conservative, Barton is another of the old-guard Republicans that Texans seem to be so fond of. As to the issues, he is pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-gay adoptions; voted against prohibiting job discrimination based upon sexual orientation; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
Interestingly, Barton recently switched his position on creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in this country. This resulted in his loss of an endorsement from Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) and placed him on their “traitors” list. He has, however, been endorsed by: Red State; the National Rifle Association; Dallas Morning News; Texas Alliance For Life; Concerned Women for America; Americans for Prosperity; Keep America Safe; American Security Council Foundation; Christian Coalition of America; Family Research Council.
cozadDavid Cozad (D) – a former United States Marine and teacher out of Arlington. He is pro-education; pro-equal pay for women; pro-choice; pro-Obamacare; pro-immigration reform; pro-Dream Act; pro-green energy; anti-fracking and pro-EPA regulations.
NOTE: On the surface, Cozad looks like a dream candidate for liberals and progressives. The big question is “how will all of this liberalism play out with the voters in District VI? Cozad ran against Barton in 2010, and Barton garnered 66% of the vote to Cozad’s 31%. It all depends on how disgusted District VI voters are with the status quo. Liberals and Progressives have a golden opportunity here to unseat Barton and bring a little bit of sanity to Texas and the nation. The first hurdle is getting them to the polls to vote.
DISTRICT VII
culbersonJohn Culberson (R) – the incumbent. Right out of the box, the Seventh District takes in a very big part of West Houston and Harris County. The District was created in 1967, and has been, historically, Republican. Culberson has been endorsed by: Americans for Legal Immigration; Family Research Council; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Texas Right to Life; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
On the issues, Culberson is: pro-life; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of gay hate crimes; voted no on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation; anti-separation of church and state; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
cargasJames Cargas (D) – is an energy attorney out of Houston. He served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development during the Clinton Administration, later worked in the Al Gore Presidential Campaign. Cargas ran against Culberson in 2012, and received only 36.43% of the vote. He had the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, the National Herald, NEO Magazine, and the Washington Monthly.
Cargas is running on the following issues: increase federal funding for science and biotechnology; a comprehensive national energy policy; protecting social safety nets; protecting women’s rights; enacting comprehensive immigration reform; and supporting public transportation.
In short, Cargas appears to be a highly educated, intelligent individual with a passion for creating a sustainable environment, bringing common sense and humane ideas for immigration reform to the table, and protecting the rights of women as well as civil and human rights. He has been endorsed by an impressive list of civil rights organizations and renowned scientists and physicians.
Sounds good, right? The big question is how smart are the voters in the Seventh District which has never elected a Democrat?
fowlerGerald Fowler (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination to run in the Seventh District. He is a civil litigation attorney. Fowler isn’t making a lot of noise, and it is unlikely that he would win the seat. However, his candidacy only serves to muddy the waters in what is certain to be a difficult climb for Cargas.
DISTRICT VIII
BradyKevin Brady (R) – the incumbent. Brady is a Chamber of Commerce executive. He is a hard-core, right wing, conservative Catholic.
On the issues he is: fiercely pro-life; strongly against Affirmative Action; voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act; opposed to LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and enforcing anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatizing Social Security; pro-vouchers for private and parochial schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, amnesty, and birthright citizenship; anti-EPA regulations; pro-big oil and gas development. REBIBLICAN
Brady is endorsed by: Family Research Council; Texas Right to Life; Texas Alliance for Life; National Rifle Association; Texas Conservative View; Conservative Republicans of Texas; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
pettyKen Petty (L) won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Petty parrots the Libertarian theme quite well, although he doesn’t seem to be making a lot of noise. He is running as the “Liberty Candidate,” emphasizing individual freedoms and states-rights. He rants against Brady and Obama, and Obamacare, while championing for the 2nd Amendment. He is very much in favor of school vouchers and parental choice.
NOTE: Voters in the 8th District will, likely, send Brady back to D.C., putting another feather in the nest of ReBiblicans who are seeking re-election this year. Of course, the alternative that they have in Petty doesn’t leave them with much of a choice.
DISTRICT IX
greenAlexander (Al) Green (D) – is the incumbent serving since 2005. He is a Southern Baptist attorney out of Houston who previously served as the President of the Houston NAACP.
On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-gun control; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-Obamacare; pro-separation of church and state; pro-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-green energy.
Al Green has excellent ratings among all liberal groups who are endorsing and funding campaigns. The fact that he has held his office since 2005, gives hope to Texas Democrats and the people of the Ninth District.
johnsonJohnny Johnson (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. His platform includes: securing our borders and no amnesty; repealing Obamacare; supporting term limits; controlling spending; return to the Constitution; and protecting Second Amendment Rights.
Johnson strongly believes that the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution are “granted by our Creator.”
NOTE: It appears that Johnson has very little in the way of backing or endorsements. Green should run away with the vote and help to bring a little ray of sanity to an insane House of Representatives.
DISTRICT X
McCaulMichael McCaul (R) – the incumbent and the wealthiest member of Congress. He is a Catholic out of Austin, and has held his seat since 2005. According to Wikipedia:
“In August 2011 AlterNet reported that McCaul, along with John Culberson and Ted Poe, was attempting to remove the right of deceased soldiers families to choose which prayers, if any, were to be read at a soldier’s funeral. The three politicians were said to be attempting to impose Christian ceremonies on the military funerals of everybody who has served in the military, regardless of whether or not the deceased was Christian and with or without the consent of the family of the deceased.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McCaul
On the issues he tows the GOP party line: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and charter schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
He has been endorsed by the Texas Farm Bureau; National Federation of Independent Business; National Rifle Association; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
CadienTawana Walter – Cadien (D) – a registered nurse with virtually no political experience. As of April, Tawana only had a little over $2,000 in her campaign coffers, and almost nothing in the way of an internet presence.
kelseyBill Kelsey (L) – is a pilot for Zimex Aviation out of Austin who really doesn’t appear to be running any sort of campaign at all.
NOTE: Given the current lack of funding and media presence, it is unlikely that McCaul will be upset in November. The apparent disinterest of the Democratic Party in Texas screams of its imminent defeat.

DISTRICT XI

Mike ConawayMichael Conaway (R) – the incumbent, and long-time friend of George W. Bush. Conaway is an accountant out of Midland and has held his seat since 2005. He is a hard-core, conservative, Southern Baptist.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; pro-prayer in school; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and school choice; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; ant-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Conaway has the support and backing of the National Rifle Association, and all of the right-wing pro-life groups, while civil and human rights groups shun him like the plague.

Ryan LangeRyan Lange (L) – won the nomination of the Libertarian Party. He lives in Ballinger. For all practical purposes, no one seems to know anything about Ryan Lange. His Facebook page is a hodgepodge of his simplistic views on a variety of policies and practices making it obvious that he lacks the knowledge and the maturity to pose any sort of real threat to Conaway.

DISTRICT XII

Kay GrangerKay Granger (R) – the incumbent out of Fort Worth, and the first Republican woman from Texas in the House of Representatives. She has been there since 1997. Prior to taking a seat in the House, Granger was the Mayor of Fort Worth.

Despite some GOP members thinking she might be “too liberal” for the House back in the early 1990’s, Granger has made her bones on some of the conservative issues favored by the hard-right.

On the issues she is: pro-life (she claims “pro-choice,” but her voting record says otherwise); anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-vouchers and charter schools; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-gun control; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Mark GreeneMark Greene (D) – is a former City Councilman. He is the antithesis of Granger on all issues: pro-choice; pro-civil and human rights; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public schools; pro-green energy.

 

 

Ed ColiverED COLLIVER (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. According to his website: “Ed Colliver believes in personal freedoms, local jurisdiction, fiscal responsibility, and international non-interference.” He claims that if elected he will “protect your Constitutional rights and fight to keep the federal government out of your bedroom, out of your medicine cabinet, out of your gun locker, and out of your wallet.”

NOTE: There is little doubt that Texas needs a change. That change could begin with the election of Mark Greene. It remains to be seen whether the Democratic Party, Texas businesses, and the voters in District Twelve have the good-sense and the conviction to make this happen.

DISTRICT XIII

Mac ThornberryMac Thornberry (R) – is the incumbent. He is an attorney and rancher out of Clarendon. Mac has been serving in the House since 1995.

On the issues he is: fiercely pro-life; strongly against Affirmative Action; voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act; opposed to LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and enforcing anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatizing Social Security; pro-vouchers for private and parochial schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, amnesty, and birthright citizenship; anti-EPA regulations; pro-big oil and gas development. REBIBLICAN

He has been endorsed by: BeefPAC of Texas; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); National Rifle Association; Texas Association of Business; Texas Farm Bureau; Texas Right to Life; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Mike MinterMike Minter (D) – is the owner of Falls Foundation Repair, Indian Capital Group of Texas, and Indian Plains Leasing of Nevada. He is a member of Texoma Cowboy Church. He says that his “strong Christian faith and belief in the value of liberty and education will be the foundation” of his work in Congress.

Emily PivodaEmily Pivoda (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. She has established absolutely nothing in the way of internet presence.

 

NOTE: It is absolutely unclear as to whether or not Mike Minter will truly represent liberal or progressive ideologies or if he will further the interests of the Blue-Dog Democrats. Pivoda seems to be more of a token representative of the Libertarians. Thornberry has the backing. It will be an interesting race, but I fear that District XIII will vote for more of the same.

DISTRICT XIV

Randy WeberRandy Weber (R) – is the incumbent out of Pearland who succeeded Ron Paul. He is a small businessman, politician and former Texas State House Representative.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-traditional values; ant-separation of church and state; anti-immigration; anti-Obamacare; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

He has been endorsed by: Ron Paul; Rick Perry; Gregg Abbott; Todd Staples;Ruth and Nolan Ryan; Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Texas Right to Life; Eagle Forum.

Don BrownDon Brown (D) – is a mortgage broker out of Galveston. He is a strong supporter of unions and of LGBT rights. He is running on preserving Medicare; strengthening the public education system; preserving Social Security; and restoring jobs and the economy.

 

John WiederJohn Wieder (L) – is a minister and Viet Nam War veteran. He ran in the 9th District in 2012. In an interview with the Examiner in 2012, he made the following statements:

“There is a Parental Rights bill before Congress now. Please go to parentalrights.org and sign the petition to return parental rights to the parents.Please join us in prayer for the safe return of my wife, Jernielyn Wieder, to us. Prayer for prayer back in school, prayer that all the unborn see the light of day all over the world and they live long productive lives, and pray parental rights are returned to the parents.”

“Guns, anyone can own gun, just register them like cars.”

“GOD, prayer back in school, whole life(conception to natural death),students use modern technology etc.”

Enough said.

NOTE: Don Brown seems like the most logical candidate in this race. The question is, “can he outspend Randy Weber and his endorsers?” It’s a shame that we have to ask something like that, but thanks to Citizens United that is exactly where we are.

DISTRICT XV

Ruben HinojosoRuben Hinojosa (D) – is the incumbent out of Mercedes. Apparently, there is hope for Texas! Hinojosa is a grocery executive who has been serving since 1997.

On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public education; pro-preservation of Social Security; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship, and the Dream Act; pro-green energy; pro-Obamacare.

Hinojosa has been endorsed by the National Education Association and the Texas Hospital Association PAC. He has been a tireless advocate for the disadvantaged.

Eddie ZamoraEddie Zamora (R) – is the Executive Vice President of OE Investments. Zamora writes about his unsavory past on his campaign website. He served a little over 5 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for threatening his ex-wife with a gun in a Wal Mart parking lot in 1994. Two years later, he was convicted of stalking. In 2002, he claims that he found the Lord and that has changed his life.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-same-sex marriage; pro-states rights; pro-elimination of the Department of Education; pro-limited government; anti-Obamacare; anti-gun control; anti-EPA regulations and mandates; pro-oil and gas; anti-immigration and amnesty.

Zamora believes that all of our rights, including the right to bear arms, were bestowed upon us by God.

Zamora has garnered the endorsement of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), and Red State.

Johnny PartainJohnny Partain (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. We won’t even discuss this candidate other than to say that he ran in 2012, and gathered 1.65% of the vote.

NOTE: While it is unlikely that Hinojosa will be unseated, as District XV is largely Democrat, Zamora could make a good run. A lot will depend on voter turn-out in this race. Hopefully, the Democrats will understand this.

DISTRICT XVI

Beto O'Beto O’Rourke (D) – the incumbent and businessman out of El Paso. He was first elected in 2012.

On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-Obamacare; pro-public education; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship; anti-military expansion.

In 2012, O’Rourke won the primary against Silvestre Reyes who had been endorsed by both President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Corey RoenCorey Roen (R) – is a career Army Officer who pledges to “vote the Bible” if elected.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-same sex marriage; pro-traditional values; anti-immigration. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

Jaime Perez (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

NOTE: Look for Roen to pick up endorsements from numerous right-wing, and religious right groups between now and November. This one is tough to call at the moment.

DISTRICT XVII

Bill FloresBill Flores (R) – the incumbent and former CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company out of Bryan. He is a Southern Baptist and has held the seat since 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University. His last campaign was endorsed by George H. W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-LGBT rights and gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; amti-gun control; voted no on the Violence Against Women Act; anti- separation of church and state; pro-vouchers and school choice; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-military expansion; anti-EPA regulations.

He is endorsed by:  Business and Commerce Political Action Committee (BACPAC); National Right to Life; and Gun Owners of America. REBIBLICAN

Nick HaynesNick Haynes (D) – is a social worker. His platform includes the fight for immigration reform; equal opportunity; and a government that works for its people. He is a member of the Antioch Community Church, and a member of Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform. Haynes’ wife came to this country illegally, hence he has taken up the fight for immigration reform.

Shawn Michael HamiltonShawn Michael Hamilton (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. He is a former government contractor out of Waco.

On the issues he is: pro-life, believing that life begins at conception; anti-gun control; pro-state rights; pro-school choice and parental right to choose;

NOTE: The waters are really murky in this race. That Bill Flores needs to go is a given. Hamilton is, apparently, a rather right-leaning Libertarian and probably stands little to no chance of a victory. Haynes on the other hand, is an enigma. A former conservative, he is now championing the immigration issue. However, where he stands on other issues remains to be seen.

DISTRICT XVIII

Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson Lee (D) – is the incumbent out of Houston. She is an attorney and a judge and has been serving since 1995. She is known as one of the “meanest” bosses in Washington with an outrageous turnover of staff. In spite of that, Lee represents liberal and progressive issues much of the time.

On the issues she is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public education; pro-Obamacare; pro-preservation of Social Security; pro-gun control; pro-immigration reform; pro-green energy; and anti-military expansion.

Sean SeibertSean Seibert (R) – as a former Colonel in the United States Army. He ran against Sheila Jackson Lee in 2012, where he received 22.5% of the vote. His platform is rather generic in that it speaks in vague generalities regarding national defense, border security, taxes, jobs and the economy, and fiscal responsibility. He, perhaps wisely, shies away from addressing any of the social or hot-button issues currently being debated.

NOTE: Given the demographics of District 18, it is highly unlikely that Seibert will unseat Lee. Of course, it is early and major endorsers are waiting to commit, however, I think it is safe to say that Lee will retain her seat.

DISTRICT XIX

Randy NeugebauerRandy Neugebauer (R) is the incumbent. He is an account and real estate developer out of Lubbock who has held his seat since 2003. In 2001, he was ranked as the “most conservative member of the House” by the National Review. Neugebauer lives up to that label with his voting record. He is a member of the Values Action Team and the Prayer Caucus.

On the issues he is: pro-life;  anti-LGBT rights; anti-gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; anti-separation of church and state; anti-gun control; anti-immigration, amnesty, pathway to citizenship; pro-privatization of Socail Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy.

He is endorsed by: Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), Business and Commerce (BAC-PAC), with top ratings from the following organizations: American Conservative Union, Christian Coalition, National Right to Life, Club for Growth and National Rifle Association.  REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

Neal MarchbanksNeal Marchbanks (D) – is a retired meteorologist and United States Air Force Veteran. He is running on the following platform:

Agriculture; Public Education; Wind and solar energy; A strong middle class; Improving services and benefits to veterans; Women’s rights; Pro-Choice; Pro-Obamacare; Pro-pathway to citizenship; anti-racial profiling; and anti-Voter ID laws and voter suppression.

Richard Chip PetersonRichard “Chip” Peterson (L) – is Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University and is a frequent candidate. He claims that he is running: “1) to give people the option of voting for a well-qualified candidate who doesn’t belong to any major party; 2) Because some people do not want to vote for the incumbent (possibly because they don’t want to vote for any incumbent) and I want them to have a choice other than staying home or for voting for a member of the Democratic (“Socialist”) Party who would have to support the policies of Nancy Pelosi if elected; 3) To keep pressure on the present incumbent to keep him fiscally conservative and not let him pander to special interests by promising to spend more of the people’s money than his opponent from the Democratic (“Socialist”) Party; 4) To insure that at least one candidate in the race will be strongly committed to obeying the U.W. Constitution and protecting individual liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights; 5) To help build the people’s awareness and support for the Libertarian Party which is the only party truly committed to following the principles established by our nation’s founders in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is the party dedicated to support limited government, individual liberties, and low taxes.”

NOTE: Rarely are Texans given the opportunity to elect someone like Neal Marchbanks – a true liberal. Marchbanks would be a breath of fresh air to the Nineteenth District. What becomes problematic here is that Neugebauer has held this district for a number of years. Last election he won 85% of the vote against Peterson. In a District that is heavily Republican it will be a serious challenge for Marchbanks – especially if Peterson is able to garner that same 15%.

DISTRICT XX

Joaquin CastroJoaquin Castro (D) – is the incumbent and identical twin of Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio. He first served in the Texas Legislature from 2003-2013. Interestingly, Castro is running unopposed assuring him the seat. While he is a Democrat, and considered a liberal, he is a little more moderate than progressive. Still, his stance of social issues will help to level the playing field a little more in Texas and the rest of the country.

DISTRICT XXI

Lamar SmithLamar Smith (R) – is the incumbent and an attorney out of San Antonio and has been serving since 1987. He is a Christian Scientist.

On the issues he is: pro-life;  anti-LGBT rights; anti-gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; anti-separation of church and state; anti-gun control; anti-immigration, amnesty, pathway to citizenship; pro-privatization of Socail Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Smith has been endorsed by: Texas Association of Business  & Commerce (PAC); Texas Alliance  for Life; Texas Right to Life; and National Rifle Association.

Ryan ShieldsRyan Shields (L) – is an oilfield worker who won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Shields shares little about his personal life getting straight to the issues which he finds problematic. He is running on an 8 point platform, this is where he stands:

1) Introduce Fair Tax and Balance Budget Amendment; 2) Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; 3) Strengthen Private Property Rights; 4) End the Federal Reserve; 5) Reintroduce the Marijuana Act of 1937; 6) Protect  private decisions in a persons private life from government intrusion; 7) Make across the board cuts to the budget; 8) Increase oversight on government spending.

Philip PKT TottenhamPhilip “PKT” Tottenham (I) – is a non-profit founder and businessman. Tottenham is all over the place with peace, love, and freedom. He quotes Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Gandhi. Apparently, Philip is extremely liberal in his views and wants to put an end to injustice, inequality, and corruption. All noble quests, to be certain. He refuses to take ANY donations relying on social media to garner him a win.

NOTE: Twenty-seven years is long time for anyone to serve in Lamar Smith’s capacity. But, it appears that he will be there for a couple of more years. Shields is a typical, bombastic Libertarian while Tottenham is way too altruistic in his goals.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

TEXAS-HERE’S YOUR CHANCE

Well, the Primaries are over in Texas, and it’s time for Texans to roll up their sleeves, put on their walking shoes (or wading boots) and hit the streets because they have a lot of work to do. While there will still be a few run-off elections, we pretty well know what needs to be done. Here is some information that may prove invaluable. November 4, really isn’t that far away.

U.S. SENATE

CornynJohn Cornyn (R) – walked away with the 59.4% of the vote in a field of 8 candidates. Cornyn is the incumbent since 2002, and the current Senate Minority Whip. His beliefs on same-sex marriage were published in the Washington Post via a quote:

“It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right…Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife”.

He is anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; anti- senior citizen; pro-charter schools; pro-gun rights; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-English as the official language; anti-green energy.

His endorsements include: Texas Right-To-Life; former Senator Phil Graham; Dick Armey; Governor Rick Perry; the National Rifle Association; National Right-To-Life PAC; Texas Alliance for Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of both Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law. He is a member of the Church of Christ. REBIBLICAN

Cornyn will face either:

david-alameel_jpg_800x1000_q100David Alameel (D) – dentist and businessman out of Dallas, who won 47.6% of the vote. Alameel is a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. He is the founder and owner of Jefferson Dental Clinics. His platform includes: Raising the minimum wage; forcing big corporations to pay their fair share in taxes; enforcing equal pay laws; a faster track program of lawful work permits for immigrants; a pathway to citizenship; protecting a woman’s right to choose.

David Alameel has been endorsed by (just to name a few): Wendy Davis; The Austin American-Statesman; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; The Houston Chronicle; The Dallas Morning News; The Beaumont Enterprise; The Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Bexar County Tejano Democrats; Hispanic Women for Better Justice; Mexican American Democrats of Texas, San Antonio Chapter; Texas Young Democrats Women’s Caucus; Grace Hernandez, Mexican American Democrats of Texas “ONDA” Chapter; Houston GLBT Political Caucus; Bexar County African-American Political Alliance; Bexar County Northside Coalition of Women; Bexar County Mexican American Democrats; Bexar County Second Chance Democrats; Bexar County Young Tejano Democrats; Rosa Rosales, former national president of LULAC.
Alameel faces:
RogersKesha Rogers (D) – a Lyndon LaRouche devotee. Kesha has called for the impeachment of President Obama. She ran in both 2010 and 2012, for the U.S. House of Representatives.
NOTE: It is unlikely that Rogers will win the run-off against Alameel. A showdown between extremist Cornyn and David Alameel will be the race to watch (and to get involved in if you are a Texan). Cornyn is hugely popular among conservatives and the religious right. With a very large war-chest and a lot of heavy-hitters it will be interesting to watch the drama unfold as he takes on David Alameel and his dedicated, socially responsible cadre.
This is one of several opportunities for Texans to take out the trash and bring in a little sanity to the United States Senate. Will they rise to the occasion?


With Governor Rick Perry taking the high-road after this year, we can only say don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Believe me when I say that Texas might be a whole lot better off after January of 2015. But the operative word there is “might.” A whole lot depends on November 4, 2014 – and I DO mean a LOT.

Now that the primaries are over we know that Greg Abbot and Wendy Davis will face off at the polls to fill that vacant governor’s seat. Let the games begin – not that they haven’t already been in a dog-fight; not that it hasn’t already gotten bloody; but look for the REAL fireworks to commence, because we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Here’s the skinny:

Greg AbbottGreg Abbott (R) – the 50th Attorney General of Texas, won 95.5% of the vote in the primary. He became the Attorney General in 2002, when his crony John Cornyn won the U.S. Senate seat. He is best known for successfully advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol. Previously, he was appointed by George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court. According to Wikipedia, “In the first six months of 2011, he raised more funds for his campaign than any other Texas politician, reaching $1.6 million.”

He is: committed to ending Obamacare; committed to defending the 2nd Amendment and any restritictions placed upon gun ownership; committed to the conservative values of faith, family, and freedom; committed to fight EPA regulations; committed to the enactment of strong Voter ID laws; committed to upholding the 10th Amendment.

Greg Abbott has been endorsed by: Sarah Palin; Texas Right-toLife; National Rifle Association; Mike Hucabee Huck PAC; Ted Nugent; Chuck Norris.

Abbott is a devout Orthodox Roman Catholic. REBIBLICAN

DavisWendy Davis (D) – Davis garnered 79.1% of the vote over challenger Ray Madrigal. She is an attorney out of Fort Worth, Texas where she served on the Fort Worth City Council. She has served in the Texas State Senate since 2008. Her rise to popularity came about when she held an eleven hour-long filibuster in an effort to block Senate Bill 5, which was legislation aimed at more restrictive abortion regulations in the state. She was successful in blocking the Bill for that session, however it passed in the next. She has been called the 4th most liberal Senator in the State.

On the issues, she is: pro-women’s rights; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-public education; pro-veterans services.

She is endorsed by the Texas State Teachers Association; Human Rights Campaign; Girl Scouts of America; Emily’s List; Progresssives United; Mayor Julian Castro; American Federation of Teachers.

NOTE: The fur has been flying for months now between Abbott and Davis, of that there is little doubt. The campaign will be a very dirty one, for certain. Abbott has the backing, the finances, and a lot of support from the old-guard, the religious right, and Texas Republicans. Davis, on the other hand has been bruised, battered, and bloodied while hanging on as the best hope that Texas Democrats and Progressives have for a saner, kinder and more palatable leadership in the state Capitol.

It is, truly, time for Texans to decide if they want to continue on the path of ignorance and insanity that they have been following, or if they want to participate in making their state one worthy of respect. Electing Abbott not only insures more of the same lunacy demonstrated by Perry, but promises to take that insanity to a much higher level. Texas – now is your chance.

HEADS UP TEXAS! I mean seriously? I know that there are serious issues in your state with poiticians, but this Lieutenant Governor’s race is a ridiculous state of affairs! There will be a runoff election between David Dewhurst (R) (the incumbent) and Dan Patrick.

DewhurstDavid Dewhurst (R) – as the incumbent he only garnered 28.3% of the vote, yet he is in a runoff. He is a businessman and rancher out of Houston, and a former officer in the CIA. It has been reported that he is worth in excess of $200 million. He has been Lieutenant Governor since 2002.

On the issues he is: anti-women’s right to choose; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-Voter ID laws; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; pro-gun; and anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

Dewhurst is a member of the Second Baptist Church in Houston. He has been endorsed by: Texas Eagle Forum; Tea Party’s across Texas; Texas Coalition for Parental Choice in Education; Christian Coalition of America; Texas Association of Business; Texas Oil and Gas PAC; Texas Right to Life PAC. REBIBLICAN

pATRICK DANDan Patrick (R) – Talk show host and current state Senator out of Houston. During his first month in office, Patrick introduced a bill that would have made abortions in the State illegal. In 2010, Patrick was listed as one of the top 10 influencers in Texas by PolitiFact.

Dan Patrick fits the bill, not only of ReBiblican, but of Dominionist. While vehemently opposed to abortion, Patrick is no friend of public education. Not only does he support increasing the number of charter schools, he has proposed a 20% cut to public education funding, and is determined to establish the teaching of creationism in the school curriculum.

He is anti-immigration and has advocated the adoption of Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law.

When the Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, Patrick quickly assured voters that he intended to fight that decision should he be elected to Lieutenant Governor.

His list of endorsements is a veritable of who’s who on the extreme right of religion and politics in Texas, including: Mike Huckabee; Concerned Women for America; Texas Values; Bum Phillips; NE Tarrent Tea Party; Pastor John Hagee; Conservative Republicans of Texas; Montgomery County Texas Patriots PAC; Dave Ramsey; The Liberty Institute; Family Research Council Action PAC; Ralph Reed; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Texas Conservative Review.

Dan Patrick took 41.5% of the vote in a field of four. He is a dangerous candidate for the second highest office in the State of Texas. Not just a conservative, but a religious-right uber conservative, placing Dan Patrick in a position that powerful could spell the downward spiral of one of the largest states in this country. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

van de putteLeticia Van de Putte (D) – will be running against either Dan Patrick or David Dewhurst on November 4, 2014. She is a current member of the Texas State Senate. She has also served in the Texas House of Representatives. She is a pharmacist out of San Antonio.

On the issues, Leticia is: pro-women’s rights; pro-public education; pro-equal pay; pro-veterans benefits; pro-immigration.

She has been endorsed by: The Latino Fund; Democracy for America; Emily’s List; Texas Organizing Project; Annie’s List; Democratic National Committee; Texas AFL-CIA COPE.

NOTE: Both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s race inTexas are clearly races between common sense and extremism. The rest of the nation has watched as Texans have been noted for their number of executions, their support for secession, and their states-rights mania. We have watched, with bated breath, as their school board and text-book adoption committee made repeated attempts to include creationism in its science curriculum and to bastardize our history books with a white, Christian bias if revisionism.

On November 4, 2014, Texans have the opportunity to set things right. They have the chance to demonstrate to the rest of the nation that common sense does exist in Texas, and that religion belongs in church – not in government. Embrace the Separation of Church and State, Texas. Here’s your chance.

 

The Mountain of Business

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As Dominionists strive to conquer the Seven Mountains of Culture and instill a Biblical worldview in individuals across the world, there have been few stones left unturned. They are making headway in all of those areas at a pretty rapid rate.

Business is one of those mountains to be conquered. We have all heard about the controversies surrounding businesses like Chic-Filet and Hobby Lobby. What most haven’t heard about is how they are moving into businesses, small and large. Most of us don’t know about the indoctrination of many within the workplace – all part of their agenda – all creeping stealthily with certainty into the realm of business.

ICWMPerhaps the most well known Dominionist (and opportunist) who is chipping away at the mountain of business is Os Hillman and his International Coalition of Workplace Ministries. However, as is true with all of those furthering the Dominionist movement, there are many more, less heard of, ministries and groups. Hillman serves as the front man, gathering the focus, while there are other operatives at work behind the scenes.

One of those groups is The Navigators, a para-church outfit out of Colorado Springs (where else?). Their main purpose is training Christians in how to proselytize and share their faith with others, particularly in the workplace. According to Wikipedia, “Currently, more than 4,600 Navigator staff of 69 nationalities minister to college students, military personnel, business and professional people, communities, and churches in 103 countries.”

The Navigators is not a new organization. It has a long standing history in the United States and around the world:

 “The Navigators was founded in 1933 by Dawson Trotman. As a result of mentoring United States Navy sailor Lester Spencer aboard USS West Virginia, 135 additional Sailors on Spencer’s ship became Christians before it was sunk at Pearl Harbor. By the end of World War II, thousands of men on ships and bases around the world were learning the principles of Christian discipleship.

“The collegiate chapter of the Navigators was founded in 1951 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The organization was established by a group of students in the Sigma Nu fraternity house who along with Trotman decided to spread the organization onto the college campus. The collegiate organization of the Navigators has since spread to over fifty different campuses in the US and many more worldwide.

“Since WWII, The Navigators has grown into a worldwide organization with representatives in most countries. In 1953, it acquired its current location at Glen Eyrie through Billy Graham‘s sale of the then-vacant property to Trotman’s organization. As a result of a well-organized fund raising effort despite an extremely tight deadline, friends of The Navigators provided the money needed to purchase the site.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Navigators_(organization)

They have been named in several lawsuits by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for their continued proselytizing in the military.

In their endeavors to create a Christian work environment in the United States they operate Metro Missions of the Navigators. They concentrate on building a Christian workforce in several major cities where they sponsor various events and outreach for business leaders and workers. According to the Kansas City website:

 “Our local ministry is a part of The Navigators worldwide organization. The central idea of The Navigators is multiplying laborers for Christ. This includes evangelism, following up new Christians and helping them mature. The Navigators today has 4,605 Staff Members of 71 nationalities ministering to 214 people groups in 107 countries using 161 languages, including 1,267 cross-cultural missionary staff. The aim of The Navigators is to help fulfill Christ’s Great Commission by multiplying laborers in every nation.”

http://kansasnavs.org/

Additionally, their college outreach programs along with what they call the 20’s Generation they have become very successful in attracting future workers and business owners. They claim to have reached 21.6 million college students, and the mission of the 20’s Generation is stated as follows:

 “We want the 20s generation to be fruitful lifetime laborers who love Christ and have the savvy to follow Him in a lost world. The Nav20s are committed to seeing this happen among the 20s of our cities—where they live, work, and play.”

The leadership of the Navigators stays relatively unscathed and out of public scrutiny. They make no waves and seldom make headlines in anything other than the usual Christian publications. They simply, and quietly, continue to claim the mountain of business for Christ.

Called into work Called Into Work is another group who claims to be training up an army of Christian believers to bring Christ to the workplace. In fact, they aren’t shy about stating their purpose:

 “Are you part of that “army” of Christian believers God has strategically deployed throughout the work world? Soldiers sent into a war zone need to be battle-ready. Your work world is a spiritual war zone. As a Christ-follower who spends a major part of your waking hours there, you need to be workplace-ready.”

http://www.calledintowork.com/

 

Believing that they are in a spiritual war zone, and that Christianity is being threatened has become the mantra of the religious right. Their efforts to harvest souls, recruit and convert, and take dominion over the workplace and business in general have become much more aggressive of late. With organizations like Corporate Chaplains of America making their sizable contributions to the Christian Jihad, the Dominionists are doing a lot more than chipping away at that mountain of business.

corporateWhile Corporate Chaplains of America claim to “respect the faith boundaries of employees, they boldly publicize their Statement of Faith  – a true testament to Dominionism:

 “About the Bible: We believe that the Bible as originally written is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

“About God: We believe that there is one and only one living and true God; that He eternally exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that all three are eternally equal in nature, attributes and perfection.

“About Jesus: We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit by the virgin Mary, lived a physical life on this earth and, being fully God and fully man, was without sin.

“About Salvation: We believe that all mankind sins and as such, no one has the ability to save themselves by doing good deeds or by being a ‘good person’. It is only through accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord that one can receive eternal life in Heaven. Salvation is available to anyone who acknowledges by faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins, rose bodily from the grave, and asks Him to forgive them of their sins and save their soul.

“About Ministry: We believe that, as Christians, it is a responsibility, a duty and a joy to spread the Word of God to all who will listen.”

http://www.chaplain.org/about-us/beliefs/#sthash.O77t2SWE.dpuf

In short, CCA trains and helps to place Christian Chaplains into the workplaces of business and industry. Their mission?

“At CCA, our mission is to “build caring relationships with the hope of gaining permission to share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening manner.” As global economies rise and fall, one need remains the same – the need of souls to find lasting hope. At CCA, we believe that Jesus Christ is the answer to our greatest need. While we respect the faith boundaries of employees and adhere to the standards and expectations for a permission-based, secular workplace ministry, when directly asked about their theological underpinnings, our chaplains are trained to respond from a Biblical Christian worldview.”

http://www.chaplain.org/about-us/overview/#sthash.hsQDerol.dpuf

CCA is affiliated with the C12 Group. The C12 Group is all about making your company a profitable business by incorporating the Bible into your business scheme. One example of adhering to the C12 plan that resulted in a lawsuit can be found here: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/01/18/54048.htm

C12In their hype about why business owners should join the C12 Group, they make the following statement:

 “Beyond producing stronger top and bottom-line performance, C12 member companies are increasingly fruitful in sharing Christ’s love in tangible ways with their stakeholders through salvations, discipling, and service to their communities. The typical C12 member company reaches a far larger “flock” than most churches and, given how few Americans regularly attend a Christ-centered church, C12 companies are able to have great ministry impact along the way. C12 Members also report improvements to their marriages, families, and work relationships as a result of C12’s proven life-long learning process, rooted in God’s unchanging truth.”

http://c12okc.com/the-c12-difference/

 

Perhaps the largest outfit in this country is Marketplace Chaplains USA originating out of Dallas, Texas. They currently can be found operating in 44 states and 960 cities, and are employing over 2,800 chaplains. The largest company served by them is Pilgrim’s with close to 4,000 employees.

Not only is that mountain of business in their sights, but they continue to intrude into the lives of unsuspecting individuals who simply want to do their jobs and enjoy their families without outside pressure or interference. Additionally, it is quite a money-maker. After all, God wants his Christians to prosper.

CBAExemplifying the ideal of Dominionist Kingdom Theology is a group calling themselves The Christian Business Association. Part of their schitk is encouraging business owners to develop a “Kingdom Mindset.” An excerpt from their philosophy of such a mindset gives us the flavor of what they are selling:

 “The Bible calls for us to pursue economic growth. Long-term economic growth is a sign of Gods blessing on His people. True, it should not be pursued as such. “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). All these things is the promise of economic growth and prosperity in response to covenantal obedience.

Think about this when it comes to long term forecasting: as long as there is growth in population, which is a means of dominion, we will have both growing per capita wealth and rapidly increasing numbers of people. Rapid growth is a blessing of God that points to our final deliverance from the sin of bondage.

The simple truth is economic growth comes to societies that respond to Gods call of repentance. This of course does not mean that every single redeemed man will become rich and all sinners will go broke. What it means is that as a general phenomenon, those living under the rule of God’s law-order will prosper, and those living in societies that are in rebellion to God will not prosper. Long term economic growth is a sign of Gods blessing. Long term economic poverty is a sign of Gods wrath.”

KAAnd others have jumped on the bandwagon. Smelling a profitable enterprise, financial advisors have coat-tailed onto the ever-growing Kingdom Movement, among them Kingdom Advisors. They list their “Core Beliefs:”

“MY PRACTICE

I am called to be a disciple of Christ and a discipler of others in my present vocation. The stewardship of my practice is a holy calling and requires intentionality and will have eternal consequences for me.

“LEADERSHIP

As a disciple of Christ and discipler of others, I am called to leadership. Leadership is a function of character and not position. The skills of leadership can be nurtured and developed.

“DISCIPLESHIP

According to Matthew 28:18, Jesus calls each of us to go and to make disciples of all men. The goal of discipleship is to “Present every man complete in Christ,” Colossians 1:28-29. Discipleship is an intentional lifelong process.

“BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

My worldview is my ultimate core belief and, as a Christian, I believe in a personal creator who created me to be in relationships with others for all eternity. It is an empowered other-centered life that requires my radical obedience to our Lord and Savior. I know that God always has my best interests at heart and ultimately it is all about God and not me. Everything I do while living on earth has an eternal consequence.”

Then there is the Christian Investment Forum and Sound Mind Investing, along with a host of others championing the same views. Sound Mind Investing offers a very simplistic and succinct mission statement:

“Sound Mind Investing exists to help individuals understand and apply Biblically-based principles for making spending and investing decisions in order that:

  1. their future financial security would be strengthened, and
  1. their giving to worldwide missionary efforts for the cause of Christ would   accelerate.

“In other words, we want to help you have more so you can give more.”

Over the past 10 years, more and more corporate CEO’s have “outed” themselves as Dominionists or right-wing fundamentalists. That, coupled with, the number of evangelicals, and hard-line extremists who have gained seats in our state and national governmental entities has created an environment which is polarizing the country.

With Dominionist organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the Heritage Foundation among many others, fostering the growth of the movement, conquering the mountain of business is moving ahead as planned.

This has been but a glimpse into the many, many groups and organizations involved in Christianizing the business world. Interestingly – and alarmingly –  this is happening right under our noses, and few speak of it. As we go about our busy daily lives, most individuals are oblivious to the machinations of the Dominionists, and they like it that way.

Watch as Rich Carey explains the Mountain of Business to his flock.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/4927863″>Kingdom Strategy for The Mountain of Business</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1686357″>Richard Carey</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Identity, White Power, & To Kill A Mockingbird: The Tragedy In Overland Park

Nothing ever prepares us for senseless violence. Nothing ever prepares us for a display of unmitigated hatred against an entire segment of our society. Nothing ever prepares us for tragedy in our midst. However, in 21st Century America, we are witnessing such things on an almost weekly, if not daily, basis.

The shooting s at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement home in Overland, Kansas yesterday left the entire community reeling in disbelief. Talented children from across the area had gathered at the Center to participate in auditions for KC Superstar, a singing contest that had been held at the Center for the last five years. All of those kids were hoping to advance and eventually win the coveted $10,000 Craig Citron Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to the best high school singer in the metropolitan area. Little did they know that shots would be fired by a maniacal old anti-Semite who was in a love affair with the memory of Adolf Hitler.

April brings out the worst in neo-Nazi and hate group behaviors. Just last week, the Anti-Defamation League sent out an alert that the Passover Holiday was coming up and that Hitler’s birthday was approaching. These are two of the most troublesome events as far as violence from the racist groups in this country. The ADL was, unfortunately, correct.

Miller The shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross, or Frazier Glenn Miller, as most know him, went on a rampage killing three people – two at the Community Center and one at Village Shalom. The two dead at the Community Center were Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old Grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. The third victim was Terri LaManno, 53, a former occupational therapist at Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. She was visiting her mother at Village Shalom.

According to eye-witness accounts, Miller asked if they were Jewish before he shot them. Upon his arrest he was shouting “Heil Hitler.” The irony in all of this is that none of his victims were Jewish. Corporon and his grandson Reat were both Methodist. LaManno was Catholic. Jew-hater, racist, and hate-monger, Miller, killed three white, non-Jewish people.

Frazier Glenn Miller, a former Green Beret, has a long history within the White Supremacist Movement, and was once a “Grand Dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and founder of the White Patriot Party, a Christian Identity group. A resident of Aurora, Missouri, Frazier is known for his vitriolic hate speech, his calls to action, and abrasive personality. He is someone who the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as law enforcement have kept their eyes on for decades. For more on Miller go here: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/who-is-frazier-glenn-miller

For years, Miller has been affiliated with Alex Linder, founder of the racist Vanguard News Network. On their forum, he used the screen name “Rounder.” To many of the neo-Nazi types who frequent the cesspool of hate, he is revered. To others, however, he is nothing more than a tool for law-enforcement. Some blame him for the arrest of the infamous group known as “The Order.”

 

“Rounder” built up quite an internet presence in the neo-Nazi community, often bemoaning the lack of ‘activism’ among white supremacists. When the news first hit about the shootings, the VNN forum came alive with the usual cheering and applauding that accompanies acts of violence against minorities among the hate-ridden ranks.

The identity of the shooter had not yet been released and the details were sketchy. All they knew was that there had been three killings at a Jewish center. Here are a few of their reactions:

“Thank God people are finally fighting back against these vicious demonic parasites. The jews are so evil. It is shocking that most people still don’t have a clue despite the fact that the Internet has given total transparency to their incredible and innumerable crimes”.

“Happy April 20th.”

“3 ain’t bad. Heil Hitler brother!!”

“It’s so terrible, that he was apprehended.”

Later, as pictures of “Rounder’s” arrest started to surface, the fact that it was one of their own started to set in. While some were critical of his actions, his stalwart fans were trying to hold their own.

“Is KS a death penalty state?

If so, you can bet izzy’s jewstice system is going to use it here.

 

“It’s OK to be a coon and rape and murder several Whites, in fact they’ll even let you out after 15 years or so. But kill the chosen ones? Oy! Oy!… never again!”

“He meant it, guys. Surprised? Why? The only legitimate criticism might be his score.”

“He needed to go on a more crowded day. It doesn’t sound like it was too well thought out.”

“You know they’ll at least throw him down a deep, dark hole. Probably Florence, or some place like that where he will be held incommunicado indefinitely. The upside… three less blood sucking parasites in the world. The downside… one less pretty good spokesman for WN.”

“Well ultimate responsbility for this unfortunate little episode lies solely with the System which has created the conditions that could potentially force a certain type to do something like this.”

Journeying into the VNN forum is rather unnerving. Doing so for any length of time often ends with a lengthy shower and a good stiff drink. However disturbing that venture might be it definitely gives one the sense of depravity and insanity that has kidnapped the minds of the neo-Nazi and Christian Identity Movement. One individual, however, seemed to have it all figured out. What Frazier Glenn Miller did was necessary. Why? Well, it seems there was another event taking place at the Center which required Miller’s attention:

“I liked that guy, this makes me sorta sad, but also happy. I am glad he will go to heaven for sure now. These bolshevik brats were rehearsing the play “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which is about a scum lawyer who gets a black rapist of white women off, and is portrayed as a hero.

“He acted appropriately. That kind of filth is disgusting and they should all be shot more than once. I am sad for his girlfriend or wife though, whoever answered his phone.

“Part of me says he was worth more than those victims, but I think it was a beautiful, idealistic sacrifice.

“That play mocks the tragedy of millions of rapes of white women by blacks. He will die a true hero now, he was before but to act alone for what is right, it takes 1000 times more courage than when you got a thousand people backing you.”

Uh…seriously? Fortunately, a newcomer to the forum, and apparently not an adherent, posed the question, “Did the kids understand that? Enough to die for?” A rational voice in an irrational world! But, the poster would not be dissuaded. His response:

“i’m just taking a wild guess those kids were gonna grow up to be nigger lovin’ pansies, jew enablers. Future traitors. Glenn did them a favor. He was like a real father to them, teaching them right from wrong.”

“whatever he did in the past, this makes up for it. All I know for sure is he was a sound voice for the truth, and stood up on talk shows, ran ads on TV, did 1000 times more than 99.9999% of the public to tell the world the truth about the goddamn jews. He’s not the 1% he’s the goddamn elite .001%.

“I had to read that book, To Kill a Mockingbird in school, so have tens of millions of white impressionable 14 year olds. He has set a fantastic example of how an adult, informed audience should respond.

“All these fake fucking churches are putting this play on around the country for little kids. There are thousands of them and they have huge crowds.

“Niggers are going completely wild and these people are still relentless pushing this shit on white kids when they should be being trained for all out race war in self defense. These people are absolute judas horses. They are leading a whole new generation of white children to middle school rape and soulless wiggerdom.”

When another opined that what Miller did might have been “dementia,” he met with the following resistance:

“Semitic christinsanity is not a form of dementia. The latter disproportionately afflicts the elderly, while the former is inflicted on the young.

“I’m more interested in examining the sociological and ideological context of this event than I am in drawing any moral conclusions about the individual persons involved. If the next of kin are content that the deceased are now blissful inhabitants of a semitic heaven, why should we feel otherwise?”

Neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists, Kluxers, white nationalists, national socialists, etc., are pretty much cut from the same cloth. Within the rank and file of any of those groups, however, you will find a broad spectrum of individuals from the intellectual and propaganda motivated to the radical, violent-prone psychopath. You have the Holocaust deniers who spend their years manufacturing evidence that will negate the horrendous events during the Hitler years. You have the skinheads and youth who are searching for acceptance and fighting their own demons of self-worth and recognition. You have the internet warriors who believe they are “helping the cause” by belting back a few while sitting at their key-boards and commiserating with their comrades on the current plight of the white man. You have the Alex Linder’s and the Don Black’s who spearhead the “Movement” by providing a forum and a few occasional sound-bites for the media.

Vanguard News Network has, over the years, become a gathering place for some of the most virulent and venomous racists among us. Several of them are currently behind bars. Miller was a time-bomb. That time-bomb attracted some of the worst possible psychopaths the movement has to offer. His early escapades endeared him greatly to the most vulnerable and malleable of the group. Additionally, when you combine the Christian Identity ideology of Miller and many others with the deep-seated psychoses which often accompanies pernicious and malignant hatred, the outcome is generally deadly.

As can be seen by the words of his followers, there are more budding and aspiring racist individuals left behind to follow in Miller’s footsteps. While there are countless men and women out there who harbor racist animosities, it is difficult to ascertain how many or who might go down Miller’s path. However, one is one to many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KANSAS ZEALOTS BASTARDIZE THE CONSTITUTION JUST LIKE THEY DO THE BIBLE

If you are following nothing other than mainstream media, you might have missed what the right-wing, religious nutso legislators are doing in the State of Kansas. In an effort to, once again, circumvent the United States Constitution, they have decided to resurrect old Jim Crow and this time homosexuals will be the victims.

In a frenzied attempt to further their religious agenda and implement a government by theocracy, the Kansas State House of Representatives passed HB 2453 which, as written, legalizes wholesale discrimination against homosexuals based upon “religious freedom.”

This bill now goes to the Kansas State Senate, where it stands a chance of passing, and it is a sure bet that Governor Sam Brownback will have no problem signing it into law. Of course, it will eventually be overturned, but the very acceptance of such a blatantly despicable and oppressive piece of legislation by a body of individuals who have been placed in positions of power should sound the alarm bells and raise all sorts of red flags for sane and rational people.

Rmuse, a columnist at Politicususa.com, perhaps said it best today when he wrote:

There is a war going on in America where one specific group of Americans is claiming their religious liberty affords them power to abridge other Americans’ rights in spite of state and federal laws or guarantees of freedom in the U.S. Constitution. What the religious right and their Republican enablers are pushing in Congress and GOP-controlled states under the guise of religious liberty is religious tyranny, and now another group of Republican fascists are passing legislation to violate the Constitution and other Americans’ rights. Americans should not be deluded for one second that theocratic-driven laws denying Americans their Constitutional rights will stop until this country’s rule of law comes from the Christian bible and the people are ruled by a theocracy along the lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.”

While it is incumbent upon us, especially in this political climate, to keep a close vigilance who is inhabiting the halls of our country’s government, it is becoming more and more important to work diligently to rid our state and local governmental entities of religious tyrants and their agendas.

For the good people of Kansas, knowing who these people are during this election cycle is the first hurdle. The next is up to you – get them out of your State House – send them all of them a strong message that their hatred and intolerance is not welcome in the Sunflower State.

Here is a link to a list of Representatives who voted “YES” on HB2453

Please consider adding your name to the growing list of supporters on Facebook here.

 

 

 

Generation Opportunity

Generation Opportunity first came on the scene in June of 2011. Touting itself as “a non-profit, non-partisan 501 c4 organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.”

They set up a Facebook page under the title “Being American,” and rapidly grew. After all, what red-blooded 20-30 something doesn’t like being American. Clearly, this was an effort at deception. Consequently, lots of people “liked” the page. After a few cleverly crafted manipulations, the Facebook page became “GenOpp,” with the following description:

“Generation Opportunity (GenOpp) is a free thinking, liberty loving organization of young people promoting opportunity, creativity and freedom.”

As of this writing, the group has had 2.6 million Facebook “likes.” Of course, they count these “likes” as supporters. However, after a cursory look through the comments, it becomes abundantly clear that is not the case.

The actual website associated with the organization is almost laughable in its attempt to appear youthful and “hip.” Their “Meet the Staff” page is an absolute riot. Resembling more of a Match.com type profile, each staffer answers questions like “What is your favorite beer? What famous person would you most like to have a beer with? What is your ideal date?”

http://generationopportunity.org

A few months ago, Generation Opportunity created quite a ruckus with their anti-Obamacare television advertising campaign. With over $5 million dollars in an account controlled by none other than the Koch brothers they were telling young people not to become insured, and that the fine would be cheaper. Never mind that those hired by the organization are provided with health-care. One particularly creepy ad brought bellows of protests. Check it out.

The former president of Generation Opportunity is Paul Conway who works with the Heritage Foundation an the Leadership Institute. He was replaced by the current president, Evan Feinberg.

Feinberg worked as an aid for both Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). According to Feinberg’s biography:

“After college, Evan accepted a job at the Heritage Foundation, researching and writing extensively on federal education policy and social and cultural issues such as the importance of stable traditional families.  Evan’s main role at the Heritage Foundation was acting as a “one-stop-shop” for the school choice movement – managing a school choice website, coordinating events, and publishing research on the success of school choice policies.

“Evan then moved on to Capitol Hill to serve as Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) Legislative Assistant for Health Policy.  During his three years working for Dr. Coburn, Evan helped lead the charge against Obamacare.  In this role, Evan promoted substantive alternatives to a government takeover of healthcare.

“After the 2010 change election, Evan was offered a position with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to serve as his top policy aide on healthcare, education, labor and entitlement reform. Senator Paul depended on Evan to implement his policy goals  in those four areas. While working in this capacity, Evan crafted several proposals to fundamentally reform our nation’s unsustainable entitlement programs.”

Matthew Faraci is the Senior Vice President for Communications. He is an anti-abortion activist who in 2010, was also named Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing for Americans United for Life (AUL).

Generation Opportunity is nothing more than, as blogger Kevin Bondelli wrote, “a conservative Astroturf frontgroup.” It is yet another example of re-branding and re-packaging by the Religious Right and their fundamentalist cohorts, in an effort to recruit and to legitimize themselves in the eyes of a not-too-discerning public.