It is tradition in our country that the executive branch of government occasionally addresses and provides updates to the legislative branch. On Tuesday, February 5th we witnessed this annual occasion with President Trump's State of the Union Address. Here in Texas, we have a similar tradition every other year when the Governor will speak before the members of the House and Senate to provide updates and present his priorities for the Legislative Session. This biennial speech is known as the State of the State Address.
Speaker Bonnen recently announced committee assignments, and I am honored to have been appointed to Appropriations, one of the most important committees affecting Texas state spending. Being on this committee puts House District 15 in a position to influence budget decisions. As a committee, we began meeting right away to gather information on property tax revenue estimates, school funding mechanisms, Medicaid spending, and our border security operations, to name a few.
"If you look at the data, compared to other counties with similar populations such as Fort Bend and Williamson counties, Montgomery County is facing higher civil, family, and felony caseloads with fewer judicial courts," Rep. Toth said.
At a Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting last November, court administrator Nathan Jensen presented a resolution from the County's district and county court judges calling for the additional court. The Commissioners Court supported the resolution.
We never want to think it could happen here. We always want to believe that we are somehow immune. That is human nature with most tragic events. Following the horrific school shootings in Parkland and Santa Fe almost one year ago, Texans can no longer hide behind these illusions. As the father of two young daughters in the public school system and husband to a former schoolteacher, I never want to look back and ask myself what I could have done as a legislator to help protect my loved ones and yours. With over five million students in public schools throughout our great state, school safety has to be a priority for our districts.
I have been asked to comment on a meeting that took place yesterday between MCRP Chairman Wilkerson, and Precinct Chairs Mark Frank, Charlie Parada, and Paul Gebolys. Well, there is really not much to say about it. Anyone can meet anywhere and at any time since this is a free country and all. Whatever was discussed is pretty much irrelevant with regards to changing the rules of our party. There is a process for that and we will follow that process. If someone wants to submit an amendment to the bylaws to the CEC for consideration, then it will be handled in accordance with the rules of our party just as it should be.
Also, I watched the video of that meeting and a few things jumped out at me. First, I noted that Charlie Parada is still pushing this idea that bylaws require a 2/3 vote to be adopted at a biennial organizational meeting. Since this has been explained to him over and over and he just simply refuses to accept the truth, I will just chalk this up to being “un-learnable” for him. For everyone else who is capable of reading and comprehending the law and the party rules, this matter has already been settled so no further comment is needed.
I also noted that Mr. Parada and Chairman Wilkerson stated that they would be “willing to accept the new bylaws” IF the bylaws were changed to what they want them to be. You know, I just have to say that I find it a special, and disturbing, kind of arrogance for someone to believe that just because they don’t accept the truth, it is no longer the truth and that their “acceptance” of the truth can be used as some sort of bargaining chip. The attitude displayed by those statements alone is a ringing endorsement for the new bylaws.
Finally, the debate about the bylaws is over and we have moved forward in modernizing the party, energizing the party and uniting the party just as we promised. We had a very successful November election cycle with hundreds of volunteers reaching out to thousands and thousands of voters and getting them to the polls. We were able to do this despite our Chairman and his followers effectively boycotting our election efforts and even forming a PAC to work against us. We are not interested in going backwards and we will continue to build upon our efforts to keep Montgomery County “Red”. We deeply appreciate the support that we have received and we welcome everyone to participate in the effort to preserve our way of life here in Montgomery County. You can find out more information about how to get involved at www.MCRPTX.org.
May God bless each and every one of you and I look forward to working with you to keep our county “Red” in 2020 and for future generations.
Jon P. Bouche
Precinct 35 Chairman and Steering Committee Member
Message from the Chairman
In the interest of fostering a stronger and more unified local GOP, the Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee is proposing an amendment to the bylaws containing the following three changes:
1. The county chairman would be given the authority to call an executive committee meeting on his own, provided he gives 14-day notice and the agenda is voted on and approved by the CEC at the beginning of each meeting. The steering committee or a petition of Precinct Chairs can still call CEC meetings as well.
Some takeaways for Montgomery County voters and members to think about from this auspicious beginning to 2019:
Can we really change truth? Not long ago we had moved from a “Big T” Truth to a “little t” truth, and casually merged into a full-blown “alternative facts” rule-of-thumb. We’ve morphed from “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants”, from “life” to a “non-human” (that just happens to have a heartbeat.) Border solutions seem to also have taken a “small t” turn, thinking and naively hoping that a political shield is all the security one needs.
Our judicial system is unapologetically peeking under the blindfold of justice while marching glibly to the tune of the pied piper of politics.
I’ve been reading George Washington’s last circular letterto the states and his emphasizing the need for unity in our nation. He wisely noted, “. . . if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” He goes on to challenge these same citizens, to either be happy or miserable; that we as a nation have been given a great gift and our security and happiness depends upon our conduct: “whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or contemptible and miserable as a Nation.”
He continues with a list of four things that are essential to this well-being. Number four is what caught my attention:
“The prevalence of that pacific and friendly Disposition, among the People of the United States, which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the Community.”
Security is at its biggest threat not when there is disagreement or alternative solutions, but infighting and disunity. A blatant disregard for laws—of our country, state, county, or party—will leave us weak and confused about where to go and who the real enemy is: blurring and attempting to erase truth.
Let’s take a beat, inhale this good ole’ Texas air, and see what we are doing to serve our sweet Montgomery county, how we can “forget [our] personal prejudices and policies,” working for a general prosperity. We can laugh at the tit-for-tat back and forth between Nan and Don, but their eye for an eye philosophy will eventually leaves us all blind.
We don’t have to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but must to get back to the basics of law, constitutional integrity, and community prosperity.
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