Withstanding certain top-down efforts to steer the Tea Party with big money, in order to restrict it to issues of debt, spending, and taxes (which make the sources of that money suspect) it is very refreshing to see the real, live Tea Party recognizing the full crisis in which our nation is awakening to find itself.
America can balance its budget every year and still lose this war, still become a province of global Marxofascist empire, having lost the Independence established on July 4, 1776, and having slid off the sovereignty and liberty cast in bedrock through our Constitution, in 1787. Some say this has already occurred. We should ask ourselves whether we are truly maintaining the Rights to Life, Liberty (and Property) at July 4, 2011 on the calendar.
With all this in view, it is encouraging to find a fuller set of critical concerns, even the s-word, in the welcome page of a dynamic effort in Texas:
We are The Grassroots Texans Network, a statewide network of hardworking Texans dedicated to the advancement of fundamental American principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, the rule of law and American sovereignty.
This same collaboration offers an electronic letter for broad circulation, forwarding, and republishing. It focuses upon Texas’ Governor Rick Perry, the subject of Kelleigh Nelson’s article in Gulag Bound, “The Phony Right-Wing, Part 5….“ Its subject is Gov. Perry’s failure to appropriately handle the strategic attack to America that is our massive flood of illegal immigration and the attempt to translate these into “transformative” voters for Democrat (neo-Marxist) and other transnationalist (anti-Independence) officials. Their notice and letter:
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Whether you live in Texas or not, you are hereby invited to join with a statewide coalition of Texas tea parties in calling on Texas Governor Rick Perry to call the Texas Legislature to Austin to finally address long overdue immigration reforms. Governor Perry alone has the power to advance immigration reform in Texas by calling a special session, and we call upon him to use that power.
The open letter is below. Please consider signing on. Thank you.
The Grassroots Texans Network Team
June 30, 2011
The Honourable James Richard ‘Rick’ Perry
Governor of the State of Texas
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 78701
We write to express, in the strongest possible terms, our disappointment over the outcome of the regular and special sessions of the 82nd Legislature, in which every single one of the dozens of common-sense immigration reform bills died.
As you are most likely aware, the overwhelming body of polling data shows that Texans are extremely concerned about the effects of unchecked illegal immigration on our state. A recent University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll of 800 registered voters in Texas found the following:
Texas voters consider illegal immigration to be the most important problem facing the State of Texas, with the lack of border security ranking a close second.
Fully 87% of Texas voters, including 71% of Hispanic voters, support the passage of a law requiring employers to verify immigration status for their employees, with 70% of Texas voters ‘strongly supporting’ such a law.
Roughly 69% of Texas voters oppose ‘sanctuary city’ policies which prevent the enforcement of immigration laws.
Despite an overwhelming consensus among voters on the need for urgent action on illegal immigration, the Texas State Legislature blocked all bills filed in the regular and special sessions relating to employment verification, sanctuary cities, cost reporting, state licensing, or any other common-sense immigration reform policies. The vast majority of immigration-related bills filed in the State Legislature were prevented from even receiving a committee hearing, much less a floor vote.
Although we do not necessarily hold you completely responsible for the inexcusable actions of the House and Senate members during the regular and special sessions, the ball is now squarely in your court. It is solely within your power as Governor to call the legislature into session and demand that they complete the important work that they promised their constituents they would do.
Further, you have the inherent power, as the Chief Executive of the State of Texas, to issue one or more executive orders to address illegal immigration, if you only choose to do so. You have the inherent executive power, for example, to issue an executive order requiring the use of E-Verify for all state employees and by all state contractors, following the examples set by the governors of Florida, Virginia, Idaho, Rhode Island and Minnesota.
It is a point of pride for many Texans that our Governor is receiving a great deal of attention as a potential contender for President of the United States. Your bold conservative message has clearly struck a chord within the hearts of many Americans. That said, the American people are hungry for a statesman whose bold words are followed up with bold action.
All eyes are on you, Governor. Please don’t let Texas down.
THE UNDERSIGNED (CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE LETTER)
Executive Director, Grassroots America-We The People, Tyler, Texas
Chair, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee
Maria Martinez Executive Director, Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas,* Houston, Texas
Founder, Garland Tea Party
Member, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee
Roberto F. GonzalezChairman, Clear Lake Tea PartyMember, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee
Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, The Woodlands, Texas
Member, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory CommitteeKenneth Emanuelson
Co-Founder, Dallas Tea Party*
Sheryl Kelly Howieson
Organizer, Plano Tea Party, Plano, Texas
Co-Founder, We The People-Longview, Longview, Texas
Technology Coordinator, Brownsville Tea Party Association, Brownsville, Texas
Organizer, Lake Fork Tea Party, Emory, Texas
Co Founder, Kingwood Tea PArty, Inc., Kingwood, Texas
Chair, Tyler Tea Party, Tyler, Texas
Treasurer, Tyler Tea Party, Tyler, Texas
Co-Chair, Tyler Tea Party, Bullard, Texas
Organizer, Canton Tea Party Patriots, Edgewood, Texas
Co-Founder/President, Llano Tea Party, Llano, Texas
Secretary, Clear Lake Tea Party, Friendswood, Texas
Founder & President, Kingwood TEA Party, Inc.,
Member, Texas Tea Party Advisory Committee
Founder, Hideaway Grassroots, Hideaway, Texas
Coordinator, Kaufman County Tea Party, Forney, Texas
Board President, McKinney Tea Party, Mckinney, Texas
Bill O’Sullivan Jr.
Treasurer, Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, The Woodlands, Texas
 See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, Feb. 24, 2011. This result mirrors national opinion trends. In a recent CBS News Poll of 1,082 adults nationwide conducted Aug. 20-24, 2010, 88% of respondents characterized illegal immigration as ‘very serious.’ In a Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll of 1,001 adults nationwide conducted July 8-11, 2010, 63% considered it ‘important’ that elected officials pass legislation to address immigration.
 See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, cited above.
 See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, cited above.
 A cursory search of filed bills identified dozens of bills filed relating to immigrants or immigration.
 See, e.g., http://governor.state.tx.us/news/executive-order/
[*] Title listed for identification only.
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