An Aggie will not use evasive statements or technicalities. . .to defeat the ends of justice.
Article 4 of the Aggie Code of Honor
Article 4 of the Aggie Code of Honor
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The Religious Left's Immigration Hypocrisy
While in Peru with my two Spanish speaking children on a medical mission trip with the Texas A&M medical school and Christian Medical Association, it struck me that those American's focused on providing material and spiritual support to "the least of these" in the far corners of the world are disproportionately Christians. Strange, because we are so often accused of lacking the left's concern for "law-abiding" illegal immigrants and liberal corporation's compassion for their educated J-1 visa holding indentured servants. But if these immigrants are such skilled, peace loving people (and I'm sure, for the most part, they are), why on earth would we want to steal them from countries in desperate need of these very citizens?
"And who is my neighbor?" Jesus was asked, before he related the parable of the good Samaritan. The expert in the law was hoping for an answer that was culturally and geographically circumscribed. But our compassion for the poor should know no such bounds. Are Salvadorans, Syrians or Sudanese only our neighbors when they cross our borders? Must we now throw open our borders to the impoverished of the world? According to the religious left, yes. But why?
I would suggest it is because they have made a cynical political calculation in response to their inability to convince a majority of native born citizens of the wisdom of their ideology. They hope that the children of these immigrants will embrace the same racial identity politics of other minority groups, thus ensuring the political power that will otherwise elude them.
The Eagle reserved their Easter editorial to lecture Christians that Jesus would stand at the edge of the ocean and "welcome those who come here". No he wouldn't. He would go to the least of these (and those with the resources to make it to our shores or obtain a coveted visa are usually not even in that group), as the Body of Christ is doing, while the political, religious and corporate left remain focused on more temporal concerns:
America can do the most good by continuing to be who we are and provide an example and influence to the world of the benefits of free markets and the rule of law. These two things have done far more to raise the standards of living of the world's poor than all of the left's good intentions combined. Open borders and misapplied compassion will be the end of the American experiment and all of the benefits it has provided the least of these.
Police Shootings End!
Did you notice this miraculous development? The end of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid (which was never able to capture the enthusiasm of black voters the way Obama's had) has caused racist police to stop shooting black suspects. The Top Fake News Story of 2016 would be laughable. . . if it hadn't gotten so many innocent people killed.
Flores Owns Protestors
A group of hecklers known as TX-17 Indivisible thought they would get to make a spectacle at last week's town hall but were "Trumped" by Flores decision to engage with a wider cross section of his constituents by telephone. He took their questions still, which included "Why aren't you here?" by one activist who had "invited" him to their "town hall". Because I've got over 2,000 people on the line, how many are there? Boom.
Next time, try fielding an electable candidate. And when you still don't like the outcome and still think you deserve a special hearing, try civility,
Education Establishment Owns Texas House
True conservative leaders like Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have recognized school choice as not only the civil rights issue of our day, but also as the best way to reform our K-12 educational system to better serve all students. But sadly, that will have to wait until we first reform our state house of representatives--starting right here in the Brazos Valley.
With four kids in public schools, we have a lot vested in our current system too. But we also have the means to choose which public school we attend or leave for a Christian school if we don't like any of those options. We have school choice. All families should.
If you think Representatives Raney and Kacal are just representing the views of most of their constituents, you haven't seen the polling data. According to a national poll, 59% (and 76% of Republicans) now support funding for students to attend "any private or public school".
I can't imagine our community being much different.
Ten years ago, patients with Scott and White insurance were a captive audience. Now they can choose where they receive care. Were we good doctors and staff before? We sure thought so, and we saw no need for reform. But there is no doubt in my mind that the same doctors and staff give better care now. Freedom can be scary--but it works. Everywhere it's been tried.