Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ C.S. Lewis

Scott Braddock: The Media Misstep of the Session

scott-braddockI like Scott Braddock, a lot of my friends will probably cringe at that statement but I actually have found him very fair with my clients. I’ve heard him ask severely slanted questions of others, but haven’t had negative experiences myself.

I’m having a bit of a deja vu moment writing this piece. On many issues the capitol press corp have been able to keep a fair and balanced approach. Some reporters are certainly more fair and straight shooting than others. But when it comes to the dismemberment of innocent life, a “disconnect and naivety” is the nicest description I can come up.

According to Mr. Braddock a debate over whether we should dismember innocent and sick children is “unnecessary”.

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HB 2510, the sunset bill for the Department of State Health Services, provided an opportunity for lawmakers to protect innocent life. Representative Matt Schaefer brought up a number of amendments, the most notable one being the removal of the “fetal abnormality” exception for late term abortions.

Currently Texas has outlawed abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, something the vast of majority of Texans agree with. There is, however, an exception for children with fetal abnormalities. The exception is morally wrong, but also very tight. We aren’t talking about children with 9 fingers. These children, barring a miracle, are not leaving the hospital. These are children who are going to die.

The logic behind allowing abortions in these instances would have to be that they are going to die, so why not end their life. Quite sick when you think about it and not in any way reflective of our laws regarding other human beings who are facing the same fate.

Mr. Braddock did not explicitly advocate for late term abortions, but his naive comments show a lack of basic understanding of human biology. I hope he will take more time to study this issue.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

So you have to insert a “she” in place of the “he” in the verse but there is no clearer example of this truth than in my mother’s dedication and discipline, in seeking to know God more.

photo (1)Taking notes is something my mom has done in church consistently for as long as I can remember. She has binders full of notes taken diligently through sermon after sermon. I remember noticing my sister Grace (the oldest of my younger sisters) taking notes regularly a number of years ago, it wasn’t long after Grace that Hannah (my second youngest sister) followed in the same way.

It was around 6 weeks ago that I looked over and saw, now Abigail, my youngest sister and the baby of our family has joined the ranks of Macias women who take regular notes during Sunday sermons.

I don’t want to take too long to list all of the advantages to taking notes during Sunday sermons, I think we all know how much more you can learn when you are forcing yourself to concentrate through the entirety of the 45 minutes your pastor is talking. How much more you retain when you are listening, and recording the truth being preached.

I can actually remember my sister Hannah taking notes before she actually knew how to spell the books of the bible. She was constantly whispering in my ear, asking for me to spell out “Ephesians” or some other word the pastor had used.photo

I can’t make a definite judgement on any my 3 sisters hearts or motivation. But I can say that the Lord is working in all of their lives and that, thanks to the example that my mother has been, they often can be found jotting down every point made by our pastor.

I don’t think parents realize how much their children pay close attention to their actions. Don’t get me wrong, all of my siblings and I have had times in our lives we weren’t as close to my parents as we are today, but the beautiful reality is that Hannah and Abigail’s level of contentment regarding the parental decisions of my mom in any given week don’t seem to stop them from mirroring her practices on Sunday mornings.

In politics “public education” is always at the forefront of discussions and concern in the minds of voters. You can talk about reforms all you want, but there is never going to be a way for the state to replace parental involvement, the single largest factor in a child’s educational success. When we talk about the need for parental involvement in education, it’s due to an inherent reflection children will have, based on the actions of their parents. It’s not about the fact that a child can never break from their parents actions, but a reality that it will always be part of who they are, and who they reflect.

Whether we want to or not, certain things from our parents cannot be shaken. It’s up to them as to what those things might be. How blessed I am to have been gifted parents who are such positive examples.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

Conservatives Won Texas Senate District 4

If I had lived in Senate District 4 I would have voted for Steve Toth. I personally respect the guy and believe he was the strongest conservative in the race to succeed big-spending Tommy Williams. That being said, conservatives won the Senate District 4 election, with the election of Representative Brandon Creighton.

Conservatives won the minute Jason Villalba and Bennett Ratliff started touting Brandon Creighton as their guy. There are several social media posts I won’t quote because they are so intellectually dishonest that recognizing them would be a disservice to Texans, but below are some of the basics of what these guys said. Other posts were more blatant about trying to say that the establishment won the Senate District 4 special election. Speaker Straus’s henchmen have also attempted to drive this narrative. I do have to point out that, unlike the conservative side of the isle, the Speaker’s team is too afraid to put their name on anything they write.

“Brandon Creighton at 72% in early voting. Wow! Awesome.” – Jason Villalba

“Congratulations to new Senator @CreightonForTX, well done sir, well done #txlege” – Bennett Ratliff

Look how far we have come!

Establishment, big-spending moderates are so desperate to claim a victory that they have decided to champion Brandon Creighton, a man who, by his vote on the 2013 budget, claimed that Ratliff and Villalba were big spenders who’s standard for fiscal responsibility was more liberal than his own, (Creighton voted with 31 conservatives against the Straus/Pitts budget which grew spending by billions while intentionally underfunding transportation and water).

Jason Villalba and Bennett Ratliff scored in the 40’s on Texans for Fiscal Responsibility’s scorecard, Creighton scored an 84, putting him amongst the 25 most conservative State Reps in Texas. Villalba and Ratliff on the other hand scored closer to Democrats than to Creighton’s score. To put this in perspective, the gap between Creighton and Ratliff is wider than the gap between Jonathan Stickland and Dan Branch.

Conservatives are winning, and I’m grateful to Representative Villalba and Ratliff for making that abundantly clear.