A Dictator in Dallas

In late May, one of the items on the agenda of the Dallas City Council was a proposed settlement with a property owner regarding an eminent domain case. Councilwoman Sandy Greyson spoke against the settlement,

I’m not blaming anyone that we’re settling this case, but it’s just infuriating that if you’re rich enough you can […]

California (and the Chronicle) Vs. Texas

Last week, the Chronicle announced that California is winning in its rivalry with Texas. Over the past year, the paper reports, the Golden State has outperformed the Lone Star State. Wages grew faster, the economy grew more, and unemployment was lower in California. Perhaps, the article opines, it wouldn’t be so bad for Texas to […]

Protecting Fairy Tales

A recent piece in the Chronicle raised the question: What is a sincerely held religious belief? The question was raised in the context of the Legislature’s ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom. The article offers no answer, but instead illustrates the problems that arise when one attempts to protect fairy tales.

For example, the article […]

The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 5

To Rick Perry, and many conservatives, Progressive policies are guided by the “shifting sands of moral relativism.” Moral relativism, he has written, “would remove any mention of God from the public square, would sanitize our society of bright lines dividing right and wrong, and would elevate doing what ‘feels good’ as a moral imperative higher […]

The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 4

Many on the right, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, argue that the economic examples provided by Texas will ultimately sway voters to reject an intrusive, interventionist government. As he writes in Fed Up!,

In order to find like-minded people, under federalism Americans can exercise true liberty and ‘vote with their feet’—choose to leave a climate […]

The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 3

The Texas Republican Party platform of 2010 called for an outright ban on pornography: “We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses.” While expressing support for the principle of free speech in theory, Texas Republicans seek to limit free speech in practice.

Free speech means exactly […]

The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 2

In Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, the United States Supreme Court overturned a Texas anti-sodomy law that banned certain voluntary, consensual acts between individuals of the same sex. The “Homosexual Conduct” law made it illegal for an individual to engage in “deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.” The statute had been […]

The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 1

Republicans have dominated Texas politics for decades. During that time, Texas Republicans have developed a reputation of being in favor of free enterprise and limited government. But is this reputation deserved? Are they really defenders of individual liberty, or are they something else. This week, I will look at the ideas that dominate the Texas […]

Wendy Davis is a Hypocrite

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is a hypocrite. She defends a woman’s right to choose an abortion, but she wants to deny other individuals a choice in how their money is spent. She wants to force taxpayers to pay for women’s health care, regardless of their own personal choices.

Last week, the former candidate for governor […]

False Alternatives

Last week, the Chronicle lamented the death of the Democratic Caucus of the Texas Senate. Because Democrats accepted the budget put forth by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the paper believes that Democrats have become irrelevant.

The editorial notes that Texas has fallen from the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment to 26th earlier this year. […]