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The Red State Tour Bus

In Culture, Economics, Front Page by Allen West

Last evening I spoke at a very nice community in Flower Mound Texas called Tour 18. I had been invited by several conservative women who seek to become more active and want to start a Women’s GOP club in their community. The turnout was perfect, about 40-45 folks which means a great intimate setting for conversation and exchange of thoughts, perspectives, and insights. One of the women in attendance, in this very diverse group of men and women, was a conservative Black woman, probably in her late 30s, early 40s. She and her husband have lived in Texas for less than two years and came from California. I will never forget her words, as she explained to the group that when they departed California they told friends they were “moving to America.”

That is the sentiment of many who are have left failing states like California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, seeking out states with better economic growth, opportunity, and promise…like Texas. However, there is also a group that seeks to leave but for whatever reason, have not come to the firm realization as to why…they are the ones causing issues in successful conservative, red states.

As reported in the LA Times:

“When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below 50 degrees. Some came unprepared for the cooler weather, shivering in hoodies, flip-flops and one in a Dodgers cap.

“Don’t know how much walking I’ll be doing,” said Paul Paone, 57, a grandfather wearing flip-flops and shorts.

Californians have been leaving the Golden State for decades in search of cheaper housing, lower taxes and a different way of life. According to a UC Berkeley poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times last year, more than half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state. For thousands, that search leads to Texas. California lost 1 million residents to other states from 2007 to 2016, about 2.5% of its total population, and Texas was the most popular destination, according to a 2018 report from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The main reasons Californians cited for wanting to leave: high housing costs (71%), taxes (58%) and the state’s political culture (46%). 

The amazing thing is that we have folks who are moving into Texas and, for some rather insane reason, wish to change the political culture to what they just left.

“Politics isn’t that big a deal to me. The bigger thing is cost of living, how cramped it’s getting,” said Tim Paone, 31, a software developer. “We have a lot of friends who are considering moving out of L.A.” He had promised to report back on the Texas tour to three other families renting in Venice.”

Uh, yes Tim, politics is a really big deal, and it is the reason why you were on the Texas tour bus looking at properties in Prosper! Get it? “Prosper,” as in “prosperity.”

The imperative point that we have to make here in Texas, and other successful red states where folks are flooding into, is to ask two simple questions, “why are you here” and “why did you leave where you were?” If we do not stop and force people, in a kind way, to do the basic self-analysis test and answer those two questions, honestly, then Texas will go the way of Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, trending purple, then blue.

You cannot divorce the politics, principles, policies, and values of constitutional conservatism from the success of states that follow those guiding fundamentals. Texas is a state that honors the rugged individual entrepreneurial spirit. Texas rewards success, ingenuity, innovation, and investment. Texas does not seek to elevate the institution of government over the rights, liberties, freedom, and sovereignty of the individual citizen. Texas seeks to implement policies that enable the pursuit of happiness, as determined by the individual, not direct or promise the equality of outcomes.

Texas believes in the rule of law and the rights of parents to train up their children. Texas is not a place for social re-engineering, breaking down of family values, and murdering our unborn children. Sadly, Planned Parenthood’s second-largest office is located in Houston.

Texas believes in the words of the Apostle Paul to the Romans in Romans Chapter 12:2 (NIV), “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” In secular translation: Texans do not want their Texas to be conformed to California, but y’all moving here should be transformed into this mindset; a mindset that is good, pleasing, and allows you to enjoy a perfect will for your life.

If there is to be a defeat of the ongoing scourge of progressive socialism that threatens our America, it will be here in Texas. Texans have seen what is happening in Virginia, and are fully committed to not allowing such here in the Lone Star State. So, all y’all moving here, just get ready. We’re gonna ask you the two questions, as well. Texans are going to stop allowing the indoctrination of their children in these public schools, overrun with leftist ideology, that includes our college and university campuses.

The ideological battle for America is upon us, and the guns are sounding loud and clear here in Texas. It is time folks came to learn that “come and take it” is not a bumper sticker slogan, it is a way of life.

It defines the Texas way of life.

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