The aforementioned quote by Lenin aptly describes the propaganda machine of the progressive socialist left. In and of itself, socialism as an economic model cannot be advanced by way of truth. It relies upon deceit, false narratives, and outright lies such as, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” which was the Politifact “Lie of the Year” in 2013. Yes, I know, the leftist trolls who surf this page are calling President Trump out as a liar. But, he has yet to receive a “Lie of the Year” distinction.
So it goes. The left has now turned its propaganda machine of lies, deceit, and false narratives onto the Lone Star State of Texas. A recent story, found in the Washington Post, owned by the world’s richest man — and, Jeff Bezos is not a constitutional conservative — is an example of what the left deems they must do in order to “turn Texas blue.” In this case, “blue” should read “sad.”
As reported in the Washington Post in an article by Abby M. McCloskey titled ‘Trump is Unpopular in Texas:’
“In Texas, the nation’s biggest, most important red state, Trump’s disapproval rating has consistently lagged behind many of the 30 states he carried in 2016. This potentially puts the state — a must-win for the president if there ever was one — in play for 2020. To think Trump’s unpopularity in Texas is because of Twitter, or Ukraine, or the media, or a smear job by the left is to underestimate the problem. The reality is that Trump’s signature policies are out of step with what most Texans want.
Take Trump’s threat of tariffs against Mexico as punishment for the flow of unauthorized immigrants across the border. While railing against Mexico might work at a campaign rally in the Midwest, Texans perceive it as a direct threat to their bottom lines. Mexico is Texas’s biggest trading partner, accounting for nearly 35 percent of state exports in 2018. In comparison, Mexico accounts for only 5.8 percent of exports for Ohio.
Polling from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin found that roughly half of voters believe that tariffs against Mexico would hurt the Texas economy. Only 16 percent of suburban voters and 18 percent of women — coveted 2020 voting blocs — think tariffs on Mexico would benefit Texas. The president did eventually stop threatening to use tariffs to punish Mexico over immigration. But one wonders whether Texans will easily forget how carelessly their economic health was leveraged for political gain and dubious ends.
Trump’s immigration policy is also unpopular. While one might assume that the state with the longest southern border, the largest share of Mexican Americans, and one of the highest rates of illegal immigration would appreciate Trump’s hard-line immigration approach, the opposite is true. Texas has maintained one of the nation’s most moderate stances on immigration. It is one of only seven states — and the only red state — to provide in-state tuition rates and state financial aid to undocumented immigrants. Those provisions were signed into law by then-Gov. Rick Perry and a Republican-controlled legislature. More recently, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families at the border “disgraceful.
While the United States struggles to adjust to a changing demographic makeup, Texas has been “majority minority” for more than a decade, with Hispanics expected to outnumber non-Hispanic whites in the next few years. Hispanics and non-Hispanics live by, work with, are friends with and go to school with each other, and this familiarity increases fondness. Which is why Trump’s fear and disparagement of immigrants — and Mexicans, in particular — falls flat here. According to a Texas Politics Project poll, more Texans strongly disapprove of Trump’s immigration approach than strongly approve. Only 39 percent of Texans support additional federal spending on border barriers along the Mexican border, according to a November 2019 report by the U.S. Immigration Policy Center.”
First of all, let it be known that Ms. McCloskey is the former policy director for the Howard Schultz for President campaign. Heard anything about that fella lately? As well, Ms. McCloskey touts the polling and studies from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas in Austin, not exactly a bastion of constitutional conservative thought. This is what the left has taken to doing, trying to undermine President Trump in Texas, perhaps Ms. McCloskey did not see the crowd at the Trump rally in Dallas . . . not exactly a city of conservative leadership.
I hate to inform Ms. McCloskey of something, but perhaps she needs to get out of her office, behind a computer, crunching numbers and talk to Texans on the ground. Real Texans are not happy about the situation with a fluid border, okay, an open border. This has led to Texas being the number one state in the United States of America for human and sex trafficking, a scourge on this great State. Dallas and Houston lead the way as the top two cities for human and sex trafficking. Houston and Dallas are run by Democrats (socialists).
Maybe Ms. McCloskey needs to go down and speak to the folks in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) who live in fear of the drug cartels who are freely operating this side of the Rio Grande river. The recent killings of Americans, and of Mexican citizens and police, just south of Eagle Pass, Texas, has many here in Texas concerned. It has nothing to do with ethnicity; folks just want to be safe and secure.
I am quite sure the Texas Politics Project poll was skewed a certain way, politically, because Texans want to have the border secured, and many insist that Texas should not wait upon the federal government. As for this “separating families” narrative: everyone here knows that the drug cartels are using children to assist in funneling adults into our State, as well as trafficking them. Maybe Ms. McCloskey is perfectly fine with trafficking young girls for those like Jeffrey Epstein, and his clientele?
I think Ms. McCloskey should also remember that Texas does not allow “sanctuary cities,” something she failed to mention in her piece.
We all must realize that the progressive socialist left really wants to flip Texas. And, they will resort to their normal tactics of deceit in order to make that happen. Texans understand that our economic success is important, but we are not willing to sacrifice our sovereignty and security. Yes, perhaps there are those business elites who embrace open borders just to ensure they are profitable, but that is not a winning issue when the state is flooded with illegal immigrants, including a criminal element.
To Ms. McCloskey and her ilk, thanks for letting us know how desperate y’all are to take Texas. I am quite sure the funding for the Texas Political Project tells us all we need to know about their real intent, purpose. After all, George Soros is the major contributor to a media outlet here in the Lone Star State called the Texas Tribune, located in Austin.
According to leftist pollsters four years ago, Hillary Clinton was going to drub Donald Trump in the presidential election. Progressive socialists, y’all keep telling yourselves that President Trump is not popular in Texas . . . right on up to his inauguration in 2021. If y’all think for one minute that the Democrat (socialist) Party is popular in Texas . . . think again. Yes, y’all are flooding this state and overtaking our college and university campuses, and believe that the odds are in your favor.
They are not, and, I, for one, will make sure that the progressive socialist left gets a Texas-sized, San Jacinto, type whipping in November 2020 . . . and evermore.
“Don’t Mess with Texas.”
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