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June 20, 2013 - 3:43 pm
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Texans like smaller government that leaves law-abiding citizens alone while it puts criminals away for a long time. That’s what we keep voting for. We’re rewarding ourselves with safer communities, more liberty, more jobs, and a less intrusive government. Our attitude is that New Yorkers can have their big government if they want, just keep it out of Texas. Democrats’ attitude, on the other hand, is that they want very much to spread their failure and statism as far and wide as they can. To put it bluntly, they would destroy Texas right now if they could. Liberals like the opposite of what Texans like. They like big government that pesters everybody and coddles criminals. Hey, don’t blame me for saying it like that. That’s what they keep voting for. Decade after decade. Recall Bill Clinton, the “new Democrat.” He claimed he was against all that stuff that liberals like. Liberals held their noses to elect him, but they’ve pined for a Barack Obama in their hearts all along and now they have him.

Now, here’s why the Jonathan Chaits of the world either sneer at us or ignore our success. It hurts them politically.

They really believe that the state should be master over all. They won’t say it that clearly, but everything they do say points in that direction. But California and New York stubbornly keep proving them wrong. Texas, most stubbornly, keeps poking them in their blinded eyes.

Liberals want to win in Texas, badly. They don’t care for us or what we stand for, but we’re a big electoral prize. Republicans are no longer viable nationally if Texas goes blue. So they’re ignoring our success and biding their time, hoping that demographics will do for them what their policies will not, and hand Texas to them. It just doesn’t serve their interests to even talk about Texas, except either in stories about how the next great Democrat effort will turn it blue, or to slam us for statistics at the edges of debates. We have too many uninsured, they say — leaving out the fact that that millions of those uninsured are not in the state legally. Liberals are not interested in a real policy discussion about what makes Texas tick, and how our success might be replicated. Texas stands as a shining argument against everything liberals believe in.

What I’m getting at is, it’s not to Democrats’ peril to ignore Texas’ success. It’s to their peril to talk about it at all. Not talking about it is a strategic decision on their part. It’s not an unfounded one, when you consider how Democrats buy and manipulate the low-information voting segments out there. If Democrats and their media allies don’t talk about something, and it’s not accompanied by a headline screaming KATE UPTON TOPLESS ON A HORSE or KIM KARDASHIAN HAS KANYE’S BABY, it didn’t happen.

And so, to millions of Americans out there, Texas’ success doesn’t prove anything because isn’t happening at all.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Well,if there wasn't a Texas we would have to invent one....just to drive liberals nuts if for no other reason...y'all come see us...the weather is hot and the beer is cold
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I think Perry and Texans are going to come to regret this "Come to TX" campaign. Liberal are like locusts, they destroy thier home with horrible policies and corrupt politicians and then move to a new state and repeat the process. They are like eternal adolecents and never learn the folly of thier ways. Doubt me? Look at CO. MT is another state that is suffering from Progressives though not yet on the level of CO. They have greatly impacted both the lumber and cattle industries with the politicians and policies they support.
42 weeks ago
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Victor Davis Hanson: Lies Subvert Democracy
"Obama and his team have subverted the government they pledged to serve."
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/351488/lies-subvert-democracy-victor-davis-hanson
42 weeks ago
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If I have read correctly, the Dems are doing what they have done so well in the past - play the long game and work at the retail grassroots level to achieve their long term political gains. They are not ignoring Texas, they initiated a plan and will work it over the coming years - BattleGround Texas (http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/democrats-launch-plan-to-turn-texas-blue-86651.html).

This is what is going on under the radar. While ordinary Texans are living free and prospering in the business friendly climate that currently exists, their political adversaries and toiling to foment and organize a class and race-based opposition likely to be further fueled by Dem-favorable immigration policies with bi-partisan support. Beware Stupid Party...
42 weeks ago
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Do dem politicians believe that just being here for a couple of generations is going to transform the mostly Mexican illegal population into the kind of people that created and built this country? There’s a lot of evidence to show that the people that did were good to go from day one. And there’s even more evidence to show that Mexicans here haven’t changed much since the day their fathers and grandfathers crossed the border.

43 weeks ago
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Good questions. Let me see if I can provide an answer.


Dems don't worry too much about who lives here or what their educational level may be ( but their politics are carefully examined) because, "You didn't build that", the government did.

You see, it is the all encompassing, ever watchful government that has made America great. And Mexico? Well they never have gotten the hang of it. We are prosperous and free because of, well, we won the famous Democratic Party "Lottery of Life" and now we can't complain that the Dems want to give somebody else a turn.

See, that wasn't hard.
42 weeks ago
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Just another case of stolen identity, today's liberals are yesterdays Soviets.

For the vast majority of "liberals" having a job means working for the government. The majority of these democrat "liberal" people suffer from the teat disease, from mommy to mommy government. It must be a horrible time for these people at life's end when they look back and see --------- nothing.


43 weeks ago
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10% mob tax on construction projects in NYC.
43 weeks ago
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Liberals are right. Demographics and political correctness will work its magic. Why should liberals exert themselves? You can't even arrest an illegal alien without becoming a de facto member of the KKK.

The cisgender colonialist sexist racist white man is the enemy. Failure in the form of the Third World is automatic hero status. Law is irrelevant. Tell me how you fight that particular form of insanity when it's institutionalized in our very gov't, education system, media and pop culture?

Our own gov't is handing America over to the Third World. Short of a violent and almost unimaginable revolution, what in the world will stop them? Law? Hahahahah.
43 weeks ago
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Why is NY still so expensive, if it's so unpopular? Well, NYC is still so expensive. I do not know about the rest of the state, but since it has been losing population for decades, I suspect prices are on their way down.

NYC is expensive, because whole industries are vested in being there. There is the financial industry. There is the Media. There is also international trade and travel and immigration. Where these things are, there are the lawyers.

As soon as there are viable alternatives for these things, they will be displaced, and NYC will collapse like Detroit. If I were of the ueber-rich, I would get to work to simply set up competing organizations in another city or cities, in a more business-friendly (non-Blue) State. Costs would be lower, and I would drive my competitors in NYC out of business.
43 weeks ago
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Sadly, the Left will take over eventually, because it matters SO MUCH to them. I've never been to Texas, but I gather that the general attitude there is: If you don't want to shoot guns, ride horses, eat beef, or go to church, relax, because no one will force you to. Where I live in the People's Republic of New York, if someone else with political pull doesn't want to shoot guns, ride horses, eat beef, or go to church (unless it's approvedly gay-friendly), eventually no one will be permitted to. The Worst, who are full of passionate intensity, never rest until they force their preferences into the Official Culture.
43 weeks ago
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I'm afraid you are correct. And, much as I enjoy reading articles about the economic success here, I'd really rather fly under the radar. The more we throw the example of the success of the Texas model in their face, the more determined the leftists will be to crush it. Further, I have completely lost confidence in the SCOTUS to enforce the Constitution where states sovereignty or the limits to federal power are concerned.

I say this after a 35 year legal career. One of the things they teach you in law school is to pay attention to what is happening and not to the rhetoric that surrounds it. After the Arizona case and even the NFIB ruling, which paid lip service to states' sovereignty, there is little reason to hope individual states can stand up to a federal onslaught, no matter it's legitimacy or lack thereof.

We are West Berlin to their Eastern Europe, but we don't have the US Army to keep them out.
42 weeks ago
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This one observation of yours needs to be elaborated upon: Liberals like the opposite of what Texans like.

Our friends on the Left like such things when they don't have to live amidst them. If you don't believe me, read some of Victor Hanson's articles
43 weeks ago
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