The answer is no. You know it. I know it. The Houston Chronicle knows it (8/25/19) and ABC-13 knows it (8/27/19 broadcast).
So figure out who is in charge in Houston, and in November do not re-elect them. You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.
Coming Soon: TCR's City Of Houston
Candidate Questionnaires And Answers
As many longtime leaders know, every city election year we ask all Mayor, Controller and City Council candidates to answer a number of simple questions about important public policy positions.
Normally, most of the candidates answer and those who don't are not worthy of your vote.
Trade Battle With China Is Critical For U.S.A.,
No Matter Your Party
It used to be that political disagreements stop at our shore. However, the nasty political climate has the Democrats so hysterically anti-Trump that they seem to be rooting for China!
Let's take a step back where all this came from and what is it about.
First, this has been going on for a long time. It simply isn't fair trade. The Chinese have now become a high-tech superpower. They are also one of the greatest world spymaster hackers of computers and networks. They are no longer a startup country that doesn't know what they're doing. So Trump's position makes sense. When he says, "If you're not going to allow American manufacturing access to your market, we're going to start charging you a tax for the products that we let into our country. We got to even this out somehow."
So the Chinese are not willing to do fair trade with the U.S. and are working with the Democrats to harm the U.S. economy and threaten President Trump's re-election. The Chinese hope for a Democratic win and the unfair Chinese trade advantage gets restored and becomes a permanent problem for the U.S. economy.
He is not right about everything, but on Chinese trade, President Trump is correct.
New York Times Crazy Idea,
The 1619 "Hate America" Project
The New York Times used to be a newspaper that reported the news from a liberal slant. However, they were journalists at heart, no more.
That is officially gone. The paper has taken its Donald Trump obsession to ridiculous heights. First, it was the Russian collusion hoax. Then, it was Trump is a racist. Then, Trump is anti-Semitic. Then, Trump is a white supremacist, and now, the economy is tanking.
The latest hoax is the worst yet, that America was founded in 1619 when the first African slaves moved to what is now Virginia. Their theory, everything that is great about America is not legitimate, as it wouldn't have happened without slavery.
This is the latest attempt to get President Trump. With thanks to Erick Erickson (theresurgent.com), he debunks the theory and false facts used by the paper:
"The Times claims "Conveniently left out of our founding mythology is the fact that one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery. By 1776, Britain had grown deeply conflicted over its role in the [racism and slavery] that had reshaped the Western Hemisphere. In London, there were growing calls to abolish the slave trade."
"The truth of the funding of America is that there was no way to put the 13 colonies together without acknowledging the need of the Southern states to be able to maintain their slavery positions. But every one of the Founding Fathers wrote of slavery in a condemning, critical way. "[T]he abolitionist movement in London," "did not take off ... until after 1776...
"The leader was William Wilberforce, in getting rid of slavery in Great Britain. But his movement to abolish slavery "did not take off ... until after 1776 and it still dragged on well into the [1800s]. In fact, Massachusetts' began considerations of abolishing the slave trade in 1767," before the founding, "and voted again in both 1771 and 1774 to end its practice altogether," even before our founding in Massachusetts.
"Another fact - Massachusetts remained a slave state despite voting to get rid of it because the British overrode it with a veto before our revolution. And yet The New York Times is claiming that we revolted because the Brits wouldn't let us keep slavery?
"The next falsehood by the Times is the statement about one of the primary reasons. They say that preserving slavery was a primary reason for our revolution. The Continental Congress, 1774, pledged to end the slave trade, and in 1776 even southern states had agreed to abide by nonimportation of slaves from abroad."
This will be a continuing series by The New York Times and soon its allies in the left-wing major media, and they are creating a public school curriculum, part of the so-called 1619 Project. The project is to convince people that the founding of America is not what they've always been told that it was and we should be ashamed.
Red, White & Blue
New Shows Return September 6, 2019
Returning for its eighteenth (18th) season on Houston Public Media TV 8 (PBS), the long-running politics and public policy show Red, White & Blue.
On September 6, 2019, viewers get to renew their long-running relationship with founding host (your editor) and joining the team as co-host is Dallas Jones.
Tune in for exciting informative and respectful discussion on key issues and political personalities impacting all our lives.
Gary Polland and Dallas Jones
TCR on the Air
Red, White, and Blue featuring TCR Editor Gary Polland on Fridays at 7:30 pm on Houston Public Media TV 8, replaying Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 8, Monday at 11:30 pm on Channel 8.2 and on the web at www.houstonpublicmedia.org.
Red, White, and Blue returns on September 6, 2019. Shows are available for streaming at Houston Public Media.
About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his twenty-second year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eighteen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 16 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary is also in his 18th year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on Houston Public Media TV 8 PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of American Values, a national pro-family, pro-faith, conservative organization supporting the unity of the American people around the vision of our founding fathers and dedicated to reminding the public of the conservative principles fundamental to the survival of our nation. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.