Category Archives: Commentary

Brandon Dutcher: School Choice Will Increase Teacher Pay & Quality

Brandon Dutcher of OK Council of Public Affairs reports:

"During a past Texas school finance trial...Dr. Jacob Vigdor, an expert witness hired by public school districts...", explicitly stated, “'introducing greater competition into the market for teachers will raise teacher salaries...'”

"Dr. Jacob Vigdor contended that Texas should not adopt school choice because districts would then have to pay teachers more. But his argument supports exactly what quality teachers and concerned Texans desire: using school choice to improve the quality and salaries of teachers."

Title IX Bathroom Policies Signal the Death of the Rule of Law

Once we let the Feds define reality, the Rule of Law is DEAD!Though you have heard discussions of this issue until you have most likely tired of it, we can’t simply accept it and go on with our lives. The issue of transgenders being allowed in restrooms designated for the opposite sex is a death knell for the Rule of Law.

Our Department of Education is seeking to complete the destruction of our culture by overturning the known and promulgated meaning of Title IX that has been accepted since its inception.

Instead of preventing women from feeling harassed, violated or threatened, which is what Title IX has done until now, it is now being used as the vehicle of harassment for American females young and old. American citizens are being forced to legally accept the transgender’s sometimes fluid self-concept that is often at odds with the reality of their physical bodies.1

Americans are now being told they must accept as Truth words spoken, whether sincerely believed or not, whether consistently or fluidly held by any given individual. And we must spend millions of dollars of taxpayer dollars to alter facilities to reflect this new engineered “reality.”

It is the fable of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” on a national scale. It will do nothing to change the overwhelming majority’s common understanding of the Truth that men and women are different, but if meekly accepted, it will be the final nail in the coffin of the Rule of Law and our culture.

Foundationally, under the Rule of Law, every law requires two things:

1. The law must be commonly applied (cannot single anyone out).
2. It must be knowable (promulgated and experiential).

The new unconstitutionally mandated bathroom policies must not be accepted as law. They violate both tenets of law (common and knowable) because the gender identification in question is not knowable by anyone else’s experiential reality, and a specific exemption is required by its implementation. Furthermore, they mandate that sexual harassment laws should consider the perpetrator’s subjective interpretation rather than simply the facts of the case.

Call or write your school superintendent & ISD Trustees: ask them to reject this new interpretation of Title IX. Demanding that we all accept the delusion of a few individuals at the expense of all girls’ and women’s privacy and safety violates both tenets of law [applicable to all (common) and knowable] as well as the intended purpose of Title IX.

How does any law hold up if a perpetrator can claim a personal exemption that is unverifiable by any third party assessment?
What does it say about our commitment to Truth and Freedom if we allow a Federal bureaucrat to re-define reality itself at whim?


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Reflections on Our Government & the Texas Plan


Why We Must Support Gov. Abbott’s Texas Plan
by Robin H. Lennon

I watched Justice Antonin Scalia’s March 9, 2009 Conversation at Pepperdine University ( yesterday.

The entire Conversation is worth watching, but I was struck by his response to a question near the end of the video. When asked how our Nation had arrived at the Imperial Presidency, Constitutionalist Scalia warned that defanging the Presidency would unleash the Congress. He added that if that occurred we’d better watch out because Congress’ excesses would basically make the Presidency’s over-reaches look like child’s play.

The Conversation took place in March of 2009, years prior to the recent Executive Edicts of President Obama. Yet, Justice Scalia’s words still resonate.

As angry as we have become with our elected legislators in Congress, they have been rendered toothless with a plurality, but not a veto-proof majority in the Senate and opposition in the White House. The horrors still to come should constitutionalists fail to sweep in 2017 boggle the mind. However, seeing the tenor of our times during this election cycle has made me fear our Right, too. The Establishment, of course, but angry, nihilist, My-Way-or-the-Highway conservatives as well.

I have watched as ‘conservative’ judges and sheriff candidates promised to follow, not the Law as legislated but rather their interpretation of the Constitution, running for important Judicial benches and law enforcement offices in Texas. It is NOT their role to legislate the Law!

To fix this mess we’ve allowed our once-great Nation to become requires the patience, dedication, and unswerving passion of each and every Citizen to right the course. We must move our government NOT to the Far Right with the collusion of activist judges on the Right, but by electing Constitutionalists who will remain balanced in the middle as our Founders intended and follow the Law. We need these Originalists to forward any legal yet unjust decisions to the People who will take the problematic laws up with our Legislators. We the People must work with our Legislators to amend, repeal, or replace the laws which cause our Courts of Law to render proper legal decisions rather than just ones.

Even should we elect a strong Liberty-minded constitutionalist to the Presidency in November, our Nation is in serious danger of collapse from the actions of those we elected to office. As Gov. Greg Abbott has stated often, the cracks in our government’s foundations need to be fixed, not just cosmetically covered-up. Polar swings with growing animosity are not the answer. We must strive for the Rule of Law under which ALL Americans are held equally under the Law rather than under a government permeated with “naked greed and misconceived philanthropy” as so ably discussed by Frederic Bastiat.

For that reason, I ask you to join me and countless other supporters behind Gov. Abbott’s Texas Plan to Restore the Rule of Law by calling a restricted Convention of States to pass the nine amendments proposed in the Texas Plan. These amendments contain measures that will restore the Balance of Power carefully crafted by our Founders as well as the Rule of Law vital to maintaining our Nation.

It is imperative to restore the Constitutional grounding of our Nation which has been destroyed by the loss of our American ideals: virtue, a firm mooring in Truth, and the unalienable value of the individual in our culture.

With forethought, diligence, and the Will needed to call an Article V Convention, given to us by a Founders as a remedy for our out-of-control government, the Texas Plan will help us restore the Liberty we once enjoyed in our Nation for our children’s and grandchildren’s sakes.

The choice is clear:

  • Stand Up and Restore Freedom to our Nation or
  • Explain to our children and grandchildren that Freedom Died in our lifetimes because we were afraid…
Are You a Leader among Leaders?

The Time Is Now!
Are your State Legislators Fully Supporting the Article V Convention?
Ask them if they’re members of the Convention of States Caucus?

Let’s do it!

For more information on the Texas Plan:

Thank you, Gov. Greg Abbott, for your expertise, diligence and leadership in the battle to Restore our Liberty!

Edited Sat., June 11,2016. Added videos and copy introducing them. rhl