Keep your powder dry
Hello friends. A couple of nights ago, I was watching Hannity, whose show I DVR. He had a segment where Pete Hegseth was debating Geraldo Rivera on whether we, the American public, should be able to own rifles such as the AR-15. Now, Rivera is an attorney and has been around for a hundred years (joke), so you would think he has some working gray matter beneath that salt-and-pepper hair. You tell me.
Rivera kept blaming the AR-15 for the several mass shootings we have had in our country in the last several years. He repeatedly made a fool of himself by calling this rifle a machine gun, and calling it an automatic weapon, neither of which is true. He rambled on that “no one” needs and AR-15. He thought he’d be cute and broke out an old 18th century musket and pontificated that this is what the Founders envisioned when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.
If you haven’t figured it out already, Rivera is either an idiot or he thinks you are. In 1770, this musket was the latest technology. The colonists had it because the British had it, and the colonists needed to effectively counter the threat from the British army and the Hessian mercenaries. If there had been AR-15s around in 1770, both sides would have had them!
The Founders enacted the 2nd Amendment so regular citizens would have the means to strike a healthy and sobering respect in the thinking of any potential tyrannically-leaning government.
The problem with people like Rivera is that they think our government could never become tyrannical, oppressive, or overstep their boundaries. For all the traveling this guy claims to have done, he has learned nothing on this subject. People like Rivera think that it would never happen here. That is the thinking of a fool and someone who is ready to become a victim and fodder for tyrants. If you haven’t heard about the abuses committed by DOJ agencies and the IRS in the last several years, you’ve been living under a rock and are ready to have basic rights and freedoms taken from you and you don’t even realize it.
I don’t know why Hegseth didn’t respond to Rivera this way, although I suspect Fox News would think it’s too blunt and/or inflammatory, but this is the 100% true and correct answer to the ridiculous statement by Rivera that none of us need anything like an AR-15 or a similar weapon: We the citizens of this republic need to be able to own rifles like an AR-15 because it is the closest thing to the weapons that government agencies including the military own and could potential bring to bear against us if they become tyrannical. We need to keep the thought in elected and non-elected government officials’ minds that if they ever try to turn their weapons against us, the price they will pay will be a bloody enormity on both sides.
Biden likes to quip that if you want to fight the government, you need F-15s. I venture to say that if that feeble and mentally failing man, or anyone else, ever orders our F-15 pilots to attack their fellow citizens, those orders will be disregarded, and we may have a civil war. Every tyrant around the world disarms the citizenry as one of the first acts in consolidating power. I don’t know about you, but they’ll have to kill me, and I will do my level best to send as many of them to hell before they get me.
Don’t ever let charlatans like Geraldo Rivera tell you that you don’t need an AR-15, which implies that you should trust the government blindly that they won’t ever move against you with force. My parents, my bothers, and I saw it firsthand in our native Cuba. My 91-year-old Mom says that in 1950s Cuba, no one there thought it would happen there. Take heed and learn the lessons from history and people like my family.
I don’t care if the DC, New York, California and Woke crowd calls me a redneck, a yahoo, a hillbilly, or whatever. Keep your powder dry and invest in lots of brass. Their condescending words can’t hurt us and they’re too yellow-bellied to try to abuse us because they know the price will be too high. Keep it that way.
--L. Perez, BSBCR
BSBCR members spent 2 days last week at the Capitol
Tuesday the 10th was opening day of the 88th Legislative Session. A ‘procedural’ day, it was filled with visiting Representatives’ & Senators’ swearing in ceremonies, and election of the Speaker of the House.
The Senate swearing in was dignified and orderly, and the President of the Senate (Lt Governor Dan Patrick) respectful of the Senators’ and guests’ time.
The House swearing in was interesting. And once the Speaker was elected, his ‘acceptance’ speech was almost painful to watch - one word: arrogance. And disdain for the US Congress Republicans and the Texas Senate.
View archived and live Legislative sessions:
House at https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/
Senate at https://senate.texas.gov/av-live.php
BSBCR presented Representatives Carrie Isaac and Mark Dorazio with "In God We Trust" posters for their offices.
BSBCR members in the Capitol rotunda
Thursday the 12th was all about showing up in force (from all across Texas) to send a message: we will fight to get our Texas GOP Legislative Priorities passed - just because one was defeated doesn’t mean we will stop.
Note: the "Ban Democrat Chairs" Legislative Priority was not passed on Jan 11. The Speaker, aided by Democrat AND Republican Reps, killed it before a vote could be taken.
The House Gallery was filled with conservative activists wearing "Ban Democrat Chairs" t-shirts - BSBCR was in good company! (One report said at least a thousand activists showed up.)
The House proceedings were, however, not impressive: the Speaker called for “House is at ease” breaks more than anything else. The House and Senate joint session that followed the morning proceedings was to appoint committee members to canvas the 2022 election votes for Governor & Lt Governor.
The highlight of the morning was during an "at ease" break when Rep Bryan Slaton and Rep Tony Tinderholt showed up in the gallery. The "Ban Democrat Chairs" activists essentially shut down the House showing our support for the 2 Reps.
For more and a video of the 'shut down', please click for the Luke Macias Show: Conservatives in the House!
BSBCR waiting to get into the House Gallery
The Gallery was packed with conservative activists!
The afternoon of the 12th, we attended the Press Conference organized by SREC member & Chair of the RPT Legislative Priorities committee Jill Glover. It was packed!!! And it was informative & necessary -
keep the pressure on to pass our priorities.
View the Jan 12th Press conference: https://youtu.be/Y4bpKXBV-P8
Read about the circumstances leading up to the press conference:
Post Press Conference: Listen to Jill Glover talk about our Legislative Priorities on George Rodriguez's El Conservador Radio show - starting at 7 minutes into the show. Jill Glover with El Conservador
The first week of the Session strengthened our resolve to focus on lobbying for our Legislative Priorities. On the bus trip home, we started planning our next trip. Our goal is to visit every Republican Representatives' office with Legislative Priorities handouts. And will talk with them if they are available.
Waiting on the House Gallery doors to open
BSB Conservative Republicans PAC First PAC in Texas to Declare Border Disaster
BSB Conservative Republicans PAC First PAC in Texas to Declare Border Disaster
At the October 1, 2022, meeting of the Bulverde Spring Branch Conservative Republicans (BSBCR), a "Resolution of a State of Disaster" was unanimously passed by the members.
"Many Texas counties and at least 1 city have issued disaster declarations relating to the invasion that Texas is undergoing. The state of Texas, however, has not declared an invasion - yet. These county & city declarations are gaining momentum across the state, with the goal to have Governor Abbott recognize and formally declare an invasion," BSBCR President Kaci Sisk said. "The BSBCR Political Action Committee (PAC) feels that as an Action organization it is incumbent on us to stand up, speak out, and exercise our right to be heard. The border crisis must be resolved. Since Washington will not protect our country from invasion, Texas must."
State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) Member Senate District 25, Chris Byrd stated, “This resolution is consistent with that passed by the SREC formally requesting such action on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas.”
Bulverde Spring Branch Conservative Republicans (BSBCR) Political Action Committee (PAC) is an independent PAC, not affiliated with any other PAC. BSBCR was formed in late 2020, and has over 300 active and informed members. The PAC's purpose is to equip, empower, and engage the community for active participation in the political process, to preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage, and grow conservative presence at all levels of government.
Resolution of a State of Disaster
WHEREAS, the health, safety, and welfare of Comal County residents are under an imminent
threat of disaster from the unprecedented levels of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and
drug smuggling coming across the U.S. border from Mexico.
WHEREAS, since January 2021, more than 3.2 million illegal aliens have been
apprehended after unlawfully entering the United States.
1. More than 800,000 illegal aliens have avoided apprehension while unlawfully entering the United States and remain unaccounted for within our nation.
2. So far this year, CBP has identified more than 50 known terrorists who have
unlawfully entered the United States through our unsecured border with Mexico.
3. The unprecedented amount of human trafficking, combined with the smuggling of fentanyl and other opioids infiltrating our border with Mexico has killed over 71,238 American citizens.
4. The sophisticated human smuggling and drug trafficking organizations that facilitate these criminal acts are spearheaded by violent international drug cartels who have operational control over our unsecured U.S./Mexico border.
WHEREAS, the ongoing immigration crisis on the Texas border is not acceptable, and has
resulted in a security threat and humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences to the
residents of Comal County and Texans, alike.
WHEREAS, on September 21, 2022 the Governor of Texas has identified certain cartels as terrorist organizations and has called upon the Biden administration to create federal terrorist designations for these cartels which have not occurred;
WHEREAS, the Governor of Texas has also directed The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies to identify Texas gangs that support Mexican drug cartels:
WHEREAS many counties in Texas have determined that extraordinary measures must
be taken to ensure the protection of the health, safety and welfare of county residents.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BULVERDE SPRING BRANCH CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS PAC:
1. That the aforementioned recitation of facts is hereby adopted as findings of fact
related to this resolution; and
2. That as a matter of law, the aforementioned facts constitute – among other things – an
invasion of the State of Texas as the term “invasion” is used in Article IV, Section 4
of the U.S. Constitution and in Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution; and
3. That pursuant to Section 433.005(a) of the Texas Government Code (Calling of State
Military Forces) and Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution (Governor as
commander-in-chief of military forces), this resolution hereby requests the Governor
of Texas as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State declare the
existence of an invasion on its border with Mexico and take necessary actions to
preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas; and
4. That this resolution hereby requests the Governor of Texas to act under the
constitutional authority granted unto him under Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas
Constitution and Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution and
immediately prevent and/or remove all persons invading the sovereignty of Texas and
that of the United States; and
5. That a state of disaster is be declared for all of Texas, pursuant to Section 418.108(a)
of the Texas Government Code; and
6. That pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code, the state of
disaster shall continue until rescinded by the governor; and
7. That pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, the declaration of
a state of disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity; and
8. That this declaration hereby authorizes the use of all lawfully available resources and
authority granted under both the Constitution of Texas and the Constitution of the
United States; and
9. That this declaration shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance and shall
continue in effect until terminated by the Governor.
Be it furthered RESOLVED, a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Chairman of the
Republican Party of Texas, the State Republican Executive Committee, and the Governor of the State of Texas.
DECLARED this 3rd day of October 2022.
This resolution is consistent with that passed by the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) formally requesting such action on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas.