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Who is behind Texas Citizens Coalition?

September 26, 2018

You’ve likely been receiving emails from Texas Citizens Coalition, and perhaps you’re curious about who is behind our non-profit. We thought we would take a minute to introduce you to our founder and president, Gary Gates.

Gary is active in his community and local church, Republican clubs, and the Conservative movement. He has served as a delegate for the Texas State Republican Convention, has been a committee member during many convention cycles, and has had the honor of hosting the annual Fort Bend GOP picnic at his ranch. He’s served as a board member for a Pregnancy Resource Center and is a lifetime member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association. Gary is a long-time supporter for several organizations including the Lincoln/Reagan dinner, the Art League of Fort Bend County, a community sports center, and the Foster High School Wrestling program.

Gary also owns and operates his own business, providing jobs for more than 500 people. With a strong belief in capitalism and a commitment to entrepreneurship, he started and built Gatesco, Inc. from the ground up. This business remains today as a family-owned real estate investment company with operations in the Gulf Coast region of Texas and Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Gary is a loving husband and proud father. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Melissa, for thirty-six years, and together they have thirteen children, eleven of whom are adopted. 

Gary started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. Simply voting every two years and sending elected officials to Austin or D.C. is not enough. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a common sense, conservative perspective. 

We’d love to hear about you and your involvement in the conservative movement, too! Please feel free to shoot us an email to introduce yourself.

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

What’s on Your Reading List?

September 6, 2018

What are the best books you’ve ever read on America, conservatism, and the United States Constitution? We’d love to hear your recommendations! We thought we’d take a minute to share some of our favorites with you too. Have you read any of the books listed below? If not, hopefully you’ll add these books to your must-read list and crack them open soon! These books are full of treasures.

1) Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville:

While visiting America in 1831, the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville wrote down his brilliant observations, comparing and contrasting America with the European aristocratic systems. He presents sage advice on how to reap the benefits of democracy, while avoiding its pitfalls. He also gives a stellar game plan to prevent tyranny from arising in America. Buy Now from Amazon.

2) Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk: 

Buckle up for a ride through Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and London, as Russell Kirk shows how those cities influenced the documents drafted in Philadelphia at America’s founding. The American Founders drew from the divine revelation, moral framework, and faith of biblical Jerusalem, and adopted some of the philosophy of ancient Athens. They leaned on ancient Rome’s system of political order and law as well as London’s common law tradition. If you want to know the history of Western Civilization that formed our nation, then this book is for you. Buy Now from Amazon.

3) Liberty, Order, and Justice by James McClellan:

This book is not for the faint of heart—you’ll need to brew a strong cup of coffee to get through this 629-page book! However, it’s worth the long journey through this book. We often talk about how unique and vital our Constitution is, but many of us don’t even know what is actually in it, the meanings behind the words, and how challenging it was to bring about such a remarkable and free system of Constitutional government. This book gives a deeper understanding of each article in the Constitution and makes the strong case for Federalism and separation of powers. It lays out the defining debates that took place at our country’s founding and the struggles for Constitutional liberty. Buy Now from Amazon.

4) The Conservative Mind by Russel Kirk:

American conservativism owes a great debt of gratitude to this book: it helped revitalize conservativism in the 1950s. If you are conservative yet have not read this book, it’s almost like being a Christian who hasn’t read the Bible! Russell Kirk clarifies in this book what it really means to be a conservative, and he traces conservative thought back to the 18th century, when it started with Edmund Burke. From there, he outlines all the major players who have shaped conservative thought. If you’re a conservative, this book will reveal your “family tree” and heritage. Buy Now from Amazon.

Well, there you have it—four great books to get started on. Do you only have time to read a few chapters in each of these books? Then shoot us an email, and we’d be happy to recommend the most important chapters to read.

Happy reading!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Republicans Aren’t Stingy—They Just Believe in Self-Sufficiency and Human Dignity

August 14, 2018

When Republicans call for a decrease in government welfare, the Left yells that we must hate poor people. Case in point, President Trump recently signed an Executive Order that called for increased work requirements for those on welfare, and the Left called it “punishing the poor.” According to some, the Trump Administration is done waging the War on Poverty and is instead waging the “War on Poor People.” Contrary to such flamboyant rhetoric, Republicans are not trying to punish poor people — they’re trying to clear a path to self – sufficiency and build local community.

To promote self – sufficiency, President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) calls for agencies to better enforce the work requirements for welfare eligibility and introduce new work requirements for non – cash programs like food stamps and Medicaid. His plan is similar to one enacted by the Clinton Administration in the 1990s.

After the media outcry over Trump’s EO, the White House released a statement last week saying, “Expecting non – disabled working – age adults to work shouldn’t be controversial.”

Good point. But to be fair to the other side, the controversy is not over expecting healthy adults to work. What the Left is really saying is that there’s not enough opportunities for the poor to get a stable job, so it’s unfair to expect the poor to have a job in order to receive essential needs like food. Plus, the Left is upset over welfare funding being reduced, because they claim the poor are indeed working, but their job doesn’t pay a living wage. So, according to the Left, the issue is not that people are lazy and need motivation to work: the issue is that the poor cannot get work, especially if they’re uneducated and unskilled, discriminated against, don’t have access to affordable child care, etcetera.

However, if the Left would’ve actually read the EO instead of outrageously claiming that Republicans are demonizing the poor, they would’ve seen that the EO acknowledges their concerns. It states the government needs to provide opportunities for work and invest in programs that effectively move people into the workforce and out of poverty. It admits that there’s some populations that particularly struggle to find and maintain employment, and that challenge will need to be addressed in any proposed plan. The EO calls for an investment in programs that equip people with necessary skills for employment.

Perhaps one of the best features of the EO is its call to promote “strong social networks as a way of sustainably escaping poverty…” and to empower “the private sector, as well as local communities, to develop and apply locally based soluti ons to poverty.” Wait — wasn’t the point of the EO to promote self – sufficiency? Yes, but self – sufficiency does not rule out getting help from your social network. Self – sufficiency does not equal isolation. As Genesis 2 says, it’s not good for someone to be alone. We need strong social bonds and community commitments — life is not a Do – It – Yourself project. There’s nothing wrong with humbling yourself and reaching out to your neighbors for help, and then helping them when their crisis comes. Small communities ca n fulfill Christ’s command to “Give to the one who begs from you.” When you reach out for help to your neighbor, that doesn’t give them power over you.

In contrast, wh en you reach out to government for help, it must create a new program and hire more bureaucrats, which expands its power over you. That’s the problem: over – reliance on government, which gives it access to run your life. And they run your life without ever needing to know your name, face, and personal challenges.

One of the most cruel consequences of government welfare is people becoming isolated and alone. We’ve seen people on welfare who hardly ever leave their home. Their check comes in the mail from a faceless bureaucrat, and they never have to engage with the outside world. It’s d evastating to see — they are lonely, depressed, and purposeless. Work helps put people in community. Work is a way of serving our neighbor, and it enhances human dignity and self – confidence. Work is not a punishment. After all, work existed before the Fall: God told Adam and Eve to work to subdue and fill the earth. Yes, work became “thorny” after Adam and Eve disobeyed (God told Adam the ground would be filled with thorns and thistles), but work in and of itself was not a punishment — it’s part of the created order of things.

So, when Republicans want increased work requirements for the poor, it’s not because we want to punish or demonize the poor. It’s because we believe work is a good thing, and we want to see people thriving in community, being self – sufficient, and living with dignified purpose.

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Religious freedom supporters are awakening all around the world!

July 31, 2018

“Religious freedom is a universal aspiration, and its supporters are awakening,” said USAID Administrator Mark Green at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week. Samuel Brownback, the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, agreed. He thinks nations are tearing down the Iron Curtain that has prohibited religious freedom. A burst of religious freedom is hopefully on its way!

“Ensuring religious freedom around the world is a key priority of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy,” declared U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who hosted the Ministerial. Since it’s a key priority, the U.S. invited over 175 civil society representatives and more than 100 religious leaders from around the world to create an action plan for ending religious persecution and to inspire commitment toward religious freedom.

The first day of the Ministerial (aka a meeting with government ministers) was focused on equipping and empowering civil society organizations that spread religious freedom. The organizations learned how they can access U.S. grants to help support their efforts. Senior U.S. government officials also provided an overview of their foreign policy goals regarding religious freedom.

The second day involved speeches by religious leaders representing every corner of the world. Breakout sessions included discussions about countering violent religious extremism, the connection between religious freedom and economic prosperity, and best ways to provide support to religious persecution victims.

The third day brought together government authorities and international organization representatives from over 80 counties. They participated in sessions about global challenges to religious freedom. Delegations announced their new plans and commitment to protect religious freedom.

At the end of the 3-days, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. has now established a Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program and is also launching an International Religious Freedom Fund. The Potomac Declaration was also unveiled. It’s a Declaration of Religious Freedom that comes across as strong as the Declaration of Independence. The accompanying Potomac Plan of Action sets forth the important work to be done.

Throughout the three days, survivors of religious persecution also shared their stories.

One woman spoke of her many family members in Iran who have been incarcerated for many years because they follow the Baha’i faith. Their family farm—which belonged to the family for hundreds of years—was deliberately demolished.

Two other women, Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, told their story of converting to Christianity and then being arrested and sent to one of Iran’s most notorious prisons for nearly a year. They were threatened with execution unless they denied their faith in Jesus Christ, which they wouldn’t do. The women said they endured only because of their personal relationship with Jesus and the love of God they had experienced. Fortunately, they were released because Christian ministries, international organizations, etc., put too much pressure on the Iranian government, but unfortunately, religious persecution continues in Iran.

A Muslim man named Qasim Rashid explained that it was Election Day today in Pakistan, yet the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is not allowed to vote because of their religion.

A woman named Ji Hyeona was in the audience, and Mike Pence told her story. She had been imprisoned and tortured in North Korea simply for carrying a Bible. When she tried to escape, the North Korean authorities forced her to have an abortion.

Nadia Murad, a part of the Yazidi faith community, was also in attendance, and Mike Pence described how she had been taken captive by ISIS and was forced to endure the “most degrading form of human slavery” before escaping.

After hearing such heart-breaking testimonies, Bryan Hook, the Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State, said these stories underly the importance of the work being done to promote religion freedom: the work is critical so that we no longer have victim stories like these.

Such work is also critical for protecting freedom as a whole. Mark Green said our Founders enshrined freedom of religion into our Constitution from the very first lines of the Bill of Rights: religion is America’s first liberty. It first must exist, or else our other freedoms will be lost.

Hopefully, many more will be awakened to that fact.  Johnnie Moore, a commissioner for a governmental body that defends the universal right to freedom of religion world-wide, dubbed last week’s Ministerial the “first-ever Super Bowl for religious freedom.” Now that people are pumped up and awake, religious freedom might start ringing through every nation.

At least, that’s our prayer. Please join us in praying for an end to religious persecution and an influx of religions freedom.

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Illegal immigrants can now vote to shape education in CA—let’s hope Texas doesn’t follow suit

July 25, 2018

Apparently, San Francisco, California thinks that you no longer need to be a U.S. citizen to have the right to vote. Come this November election, immigrants who are here illegally can show up at the voting booth to shape the direction of education in San Francisco. Wait a second…let me get this straight…those who are breaking the rules get to vote on and make the rules? This can’t be good.

In the November 2016 election, Californians voted to allow non-citizens to vote. The Charter of the City and the County of San Francisco was amended to allow San Francisco residents “who are not United States citizens but who are the parents, legal guardians, or caregivers of a child residing in San Francisco to vote in elections for the Board of Education.” That amendment will now be implemented for the first time in this year’s upcoming election.

Doesn’t that break Federal law, which declares non-citizens are not allowed to vote? Actually…no. It’s true that Federal law proclaims that non-citizens cannot vote to elect any Federal offices, such as the President, Vice President, Senator, Representative, etcetera. However, non-citizens are authorized to vote in other types of elections—such as a city election for a Board of Education—if a State constitution, statute, or local ordinance allows it. So, that’s how San Francisco is getting away with this craziness.

To be fair to San Francisco, this isn’t without precedent. Up until the 1900s, non-citizens were allowed to vote in most states, and currently, a city in Maryland allows non-citizens to vote in city elections.  Nonetheless, it does not make sense to allow people who are here illegally to vote.

Those who are all gung-ho about non-citizens voting say the intention is not to allow illegal aliens to vote but to give a vote on local matters to legal non-citizens who are permanent residents. If it’s true that the intent is not to allow illegal immigrants to vote, then why doesn’t the amendment simply clarify that only legal non-citizens can vote? Instead, the wording of the amendment leaves it completely open for illegal immigrants to vote.

Also, why in the world will there be an “important notice” on the San Francisco ballot, warning people that their information will be public and immigration officers might find out about them? Doesn’t that imply San Francisco is expecting illegal immigrants to come vote? I think it’s crystal clear what the intention is—it’s about opening the ballot door to illegal immigrants.

Now, before some liberal yells that we’re being racist for not wanting illegal immigrants to vote, this isn’t about race. This is about whether someone is breaking the law to be in America or not. The U.S. Constitution declares the right to vote is not to be “denied or abridged on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Yes and amen. We’re not advocating that people should be denied the right to vote based on their race, but based on their legal status in America.

Those who disrespect the law by being here illegally should not have the right to shape our nation’s laws. If they truly respect America and our rule of law, they can prove it by becoming a citizen or being here legally.

That means we also need to promote immigration reform that gives a clear pathway to citizenship to the lovers and respecters of our country. The muddied, near-impossible, red-taped path to legal residency and citizenship needs cleaned up. However, while we’re working to clean it up, we cannot just start allowing those who took the illegal shortcut to vote.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours? Please contact us and let us know what you’re thinking!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Is the Supreme Court Nominee Part of the Swamp or Part of an Experienced Pool?

July 17, 2018

Some conservatives are concerned that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is part of the Establishment Swamp. After all, he’s lived in Washington a long time, attended Yale Law School, worked on the team that investigated Bill Clinton, served as a close aid to President George W. Bush, and judged on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for over ten years. But does that make him “swampy”—or experienced?

These days, we’re often immediately suspicious of anyone who has worked in D.C. for a long time. And with good reason. Corrupt career politicians are a serious concern. In fact, one of the main reasons people voted for President Trump is so he would clean out the Establishment Swamp.  However, an NBC article claims that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination reveals that President Trump is not so anti-establishment when it concerns the highest court of the land. Similarly, Fox News legal analysist, Andrew Napolitano, argues that President Trump is no longer being faithful to his campaign promise to drain the swamp.

If President Trump is anti-establishment for every position except the role of judge, does that make him unreasonably inconsistent and unfaithful to his campaign promise? Maybe there’s good reason behind the so-called inconsistency. What if he realizes there’s an important distinction between the judiciary and the other branches of government?

Being a part of the judiciary branch requires deep knowledge of history, law, and the Constitution, while that knowledge might not be as necessary for the other branches. Way back when our Constitution was being drafted and ratified, Alexander Hamilton argued in Federalist Paper 78 that Supreme Court justices must know an extremely large bulk of cases and precedents, which demands “long and laborious study to acquire a competent knowledge of them.” That means there are very few people in society who have sufficient skill and knowledge to qualify them for the stations of judges. Plus, skill and knowledge aren’t the only things needed to be a judge. Hamilton declared that integrity must be united with knowledge. But since human nature is often corrupt, it’s hard to find someone with the necessary integrity to be a judge. We are thus left with a very small pool of people capable of being a judge.

And the people capable of being a judge might be those who have gained experience and knowledge by being in D.C., attending an Ivy League school, and serving on other courts for a long time. We don’t necessarily want that from our Representatives and Senators—we want them to live normal lives, with normal businesses, so that they can represent us better. We don’t want them being entangled for long in D.C., making a career out of politics. That’s not the example George Washington set. He set the example of serving for a limited time in politics and then returning to his own “vine and fig tree” to be a normal, private citizen again.

Perhaps for the judiciary branch though, we don’t need normal, everyday citizens on the bench. The judiciary branch does not represent us or popular opinion—they represent the Constitution. Our Supreme Court justices thus need a specialized set of knowledge of law, and since their station is for life, we must be more certain that they’re the right pick. We need to be able to examine their past dealings and rulings, so in a way, they need to be people who have been working in D.C. for a while. They must be people whose integrity has been tested and tried repeatedly, and people who have endured long and laborious study over the years. Justices can’t be “normal.”

What do you think? Is Brett Kavanaugh swimming in a swamp or a clear pool of experience? Has his many years in D.C. trained him to be a competent judge, or a corrupt one?

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

A Conservative Movement led to American Independence

July 4, 2018
It’s rather ironic that we’ve dubbed America’s War for Independence a “Revolutionary War,” because in many ways it was not “revolutionary.” Rather, it was a conservative movement, attempting to preserve and respect the good parts of the past.
​To better understand that the War for Independence was not technically a “revolution,” but a conservative movement, it helps to compare it with the French Revolution, which was a revolution in every sense of the word!​

John Quincy Adams liked how the German conservative, Friedrich Von Gentz, described the major differences in his 1800 book titled, The Origins and Principles of the American Revolution, compared with the Origin and Principles of the French Revolution.

Gentz showed that the French revolution was violating old rights and trying to create radical, arbitrary rights out of thin air. Essentially, the French invented grand wishes based on their feelings and called their wishes “rights.”

In contrast, the American colonists were just trying to preserve their previously-established  rights as British citizens. They even wrote to the king that “We ask only for peace, liberty and security…we demand no new rights.” To put it in modern terms, they were not whining for socialized medicine, or demanding that everyone should have equal possessions and no private property, or asking for more social welfare without having to lift a finger. They just wanted their essential rights.

Another difference is that the French revolutionists went wild: they made arbitrary laws, stole property from the rich, murdered royalty, robbed the clergy’s possessions, etc., and it eventually led to Robespierre’s Reign of Terror and  Napoleon’s dictatorship. The French revolutionists had a “thirst for destruction,” Gentz said.

The American colonists, on the other hand, kept themselves within the bounds of their previously-established rights and natural law. They first attempted a peaceful solution for many years and didn’t want to go to war. They wanted preservation, not conquest, and were defending themselves, not attacking, as Gentz described.  They finally had to resist though, because King George III and the British Parliament continued to tighten the American colonists’ chains.

The British Parliament chained up the American colonists in the form of taxes. Gentz proclaimed the only purpose of the taxes was to make the “colonies feel their chains.” In other words, the taxes were an attempt to make America bow down at the feet of Parliament. But for all the previous years, Parliament didn’t even have control over the colonists! An essential right of British citizens was that they could not be forced to pay taxes unless their own representatives established them. Since the colonists did not have representation in Parliament, they had not been under Parliament’s authority–they were just under the authority of the king and his governors.

Instead of the British Parliament, almost all American colonies had their own representative assemblies, which basically functioned like small American parliaments. In England, legislative and executive powers were split between the king and parliament, but in America, the powers were split between the king and America’s representative assemblies, as Gentz explained. The king could only levy taxes if the American representative assemblies agreed. So, when the British Parliament declared the Stamp Act, tea tax, etc., Parliament was violating the rights of Americans.

The American colonists were accustomed to self-government–it’s the system they grew up in. There was a “long established chartered right of the colonies to govern themselves,” as Russel Kirk explained in his book the Roots of American Order. But when Parliament enacted one tax after another, they were putting an end to America’s old, constitutional ways of self-government.

That means the “Revolutionary” War prevented a revolution. The Crown was revolutionizing the system of government in America. When the American colonists resisted, they were stopping a “royal revolution,” as Kirk put it.

In the Olive Branch Petition to the king, the colonists said they wanted nothing more than the “restoration of the former harmony.” When the king refused to restore the former harmony, the American colonists were left with no other choice than staying chained with their rights stripped away, or fighting to conserve their self-government and way of life.

They chose the conservative route by fighting to preserve their inherited rights and liberty. As a result, we now get to celebrate being a free, independent country with our rights maintained.

Have a happy Independence Day!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

What is a conservative?

June 25, 2018

We throw around the word “conservative” a lot. Perhaps the term has lost its meaning from overuse and from Leftist abuse of the word. So, what does it actually mean to be a conservative? If you’ve titled yourself a conservative, how would you respond if someone asked you, “What do you mean by that?”

Russel Kirk, a 20th century political theorist and historian, attempted to describe what is meant by the term conservatism, defining it by ten principles. You can find the principles in his book, The Politics of Prudence, or here, but below is a short, paraphrased summary so that you’re ready to go the next time someone asks you to describe conservatism.

1. Conservatives believe in permanent moral truth. Society will fall if it’s based on self-interest or social controls: moral order is needed instead. Even if a nation has a perfect constitution, if the people do not have a sense of right and wrong, a good society will not be possible.

2. Conservatives observe custom and tradition, believing that traditions help people live together in harmony. They believe that such things as order, justice, and freedom come from centuries of trial and error and from people making necessary sacrifices, so we should not be in such a hurry to change the way things are. Some change will obviously be necessary, but it should come about gradually and with discernment—not by radically overthrowing all the customs of the past in such a mad rush that the baby is thrown out with the bathwater!

3. Conservatives do not make decisions based on one person’s private rationality and judgement. Instead, they know the human race has inherited wisdom from previous generations, and it’s important to follow the rights and morals they established. “Conservatives sense that modern people are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, able to see farther than their ancestors only because of the great stature of those who have preceded us in time,” as Kirk expresses.

4. Conservatives are prudent: they don’t rush into sudden and disruptive reforms without weighing the consequences. Unlike liberals, conservatives know that society is complex and there are no simple, quick remedies, so conservatives first think long and hard before trying to change something.

5. Conservatives prefer variety and diversity instead of the “narrowing uniformity” of liberals, as Kirk states. Liberals try to level everyone to the same status; they think “equality” means “sameness,” and thus there can be no authority, no one who has more than someone else, etcetera. In contrast, conservatives realize that people are equal before God and the law, but that does not mean we should have equality of outcome, pay, or class. It’s okay for there to be natural and institutional differences between people, differences in wealth, etcetera.

6. Conservatives are aware that humans will never be perfect while on earth. They know that trying to make a utopia always ends in tragedy. Kirk says the “ideologues who promise the perfection of man and society” have turned the world into a “terrestrial hell.”

7. Conservatives advocate for personal property, for we know it helps protect freedom, teaches responsibility, and helps people stay out of poverty. Keeping the fruits of one’s labor—instead of it being stolen by government—improves culture and society as a whole.

8. Conservatives perceive the vast importance of voluntary community and local governance and do not want a centralized authority to take over the functions and duties of the local community. Living in community is how people learn to love their neighbors, and a nation can only be strong if the numerous little communities throughout the nation are strong.

9. Conservatives restrain power and human passions by using political checks and balances, enforcement of laws, Constitutional restrictions, etcetera. Since human nature is a mix of evil and good, conservatives do not trust someone to always do the right thing. There’s always a possibility power can be used for evil, so no one person, or small group of people, should have a monopoly on power. Limiting and balancing power is the way to go.

10. Conservatives are not against progress and prudent reform. After all, people will stagnate without change. However, conservatives also respect their heritage and history. Progressives think that everything new is automatically superior, but conservatives believe that some of the old is instead superior. Conservativism strives to reconcile and balance both permanence and change.

So, what do you think of Kirk’s ten principles? Are there any other conservative principles that need added to the list? Let us know what you think!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

Will we get to see you at the Republican Convention?

June 12, 2018

The Texas Republican Convention has started this week in San Antonio.  We’ll be at the convention from June 14-16, and we’d be thrilled to see you! Please stop by our exhibit booth in the exhibit hall and say hello. You can even enter our free giveaway to win some exciting patriotic prizes and books.

The convention is vital because it elects State Party Chair and Vice Chair and decides the Republican platform and legislative priorities for the next two years. Delegates will be working hard at the convention to set the rules that the Republican party will follow and to choose leadership for the party. The delegates will be pulling long hours to craft and debate the party platform. 

If you were not chosen as a delegate or alternate, you can still attend this important political gathering as a guest.

Are you planning on going to the convention? If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here. The convention prides itself in being the “largest political gathering in the free world.” 10,000 people are expected to attend! Compare that with the recent California Democratic Party Convention, which only had 4000 attendees.

The tremendous number of people who attend the Texas GOP Convention reveals that Texans truly are politically active and engaged! They don’t just sit back and whine about what needs changed in Texas—they get up and take action to ensure Texas stays a wonderful place to live.

We can hardly wait to see so many hard-working and involved Republicans all together in one room! We hope that you are one of the passionate Republicans we’ll get to meet this week!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

The Taliban Killed a Trump Supporter—Can it Happen in America?

June 6, 2018

An Afghanistan tribal elder, Gul Nabi, helped make a medal in support of President Trump. Apparently, that meant he had to die, according to the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Back in January, a gathering of about 300 people in Afghanistan decided to pay for a medal to be crafted and delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for President Trump, as reported by a leading TV station in Afghanistan. The medal had the following words etched on it: “Bravery Medal from the people of Afghanistan to Donald Trump, the President of the U.S.”

Gul Nabi made the medal, and now the Taliban has killed Nabi with a bomb. An Afghan Local Police commander, Farhad Akbari, also helped raise funds for the medal, and he is fleeing the country so that he will not be killed too.

The official website of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan proclaims that Nabi’s support of the medal for Trump was “appalling.” The Taliban said Nabi had to face the dire consequences of his action.

The Taliban sure has a strange definition of “appalling.” What’s really appalling is that the Taliban thinks making a medal for President Trump deserves a brutal death sentence!

Before you think that nothing like that could ever happen in America, consider the violent threats that some Trump supporters here have received. When Kanye West came out in support of President Trump, the American rapper Daz Dillinger called for the deadly Crip gang to “F*** Kayne up.”

Award-winning recording artist Joy Villa is a proud supporter of President Trump, and as a result, she has been pounded with hate mail and has received death threats.

At a 2016 Trump rally in San Jose, protesters threw eggs and water balloons at Trump supporters, and even started punching them.

U.S. Representative Martha McSally received death threats from Steve Martan, because he was upset the representative supported President Trump.

And it goes both ways. A quick Google search reveals reports of violence by Trump supporters, too.

It’s time for such threats to end. If we don’t stop now, down the road perhaps it will not be mere threats—people will actually get killed for their political views, as happened in Afghanistan. We must slam on the brakes and stop America from going down that road. How? We can be intolerant toward wrong political ideas, but we must be tolerant toward people. We can put to death wrong views using sound reason and evidence, but we must not strike down people. We should engage in robust debate, not robust punching!

Here’s our challenge for the day. Go out and find someone who has complete opposite views when it comes to religion or politics. Take them out for coffee and ask questions about their views. Respond with your own views, and remember that solid evidence will speak loudly enough, so we don’t have to raise our voices in shouts. If it’s on Facebook, respond without using ALL CAPS or calling people names. Let’s set an example for others—let’s show that we can disagree without yelling at people, smearing them, or punching them. Let’s show we can disagree without hate.

Let’s demonstrate that we can still “love thy neighbor,” even while disagreeing with our neighbor about who should be president!

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

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