Zealots Wanted

Jared Woodfill Harris County GOP Chair

In a recent Chronicle editorial titled Far-right strategy, the Editorial Board praises House Speaker John Boehner for defying tea party conservatives to get a budget deal passed, they minimize Sen. Cruz’s impact on the nation, asserting that he is at “5 percent and sinking in Republican presidential polls,” and finally they take a shot at me, arguing that “Harris County Republican heavyweights are defying their party chairman, a six-term incumbent, and throwing their weight – and their money – behind a challenger who seems less inclined to focus on divisive social issues.” These examples are then used to formulate the following conclusion: “These are signs that Republicans in Texas and elsewhere are beginning to reassess their absolute fealty to the absolutists among them…” They further conclude that we are not listening and “continue to run campaigns that cater to the zealots.”

Zealot is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.” If by zealot they mean one who is uncompromising in their commitment to the life of the unborn-count me in. If a zealot is one who believes in the sanctity of marriage, sign me up. If these zealots are committed to securing our borders, I’m on board. And if this band of zealots are fanatics when it comes to requiring government to live within its means, then consider me a card-carrying member of the zealots.

The Board clearly believes that the key to future electoral success is to run from social issues and only embrace roads, schools, water, and other non-social issues, stating that they “look forward to the day when GOP candidates feel strong enough to doff the wrestler’s pose, exit the ring and reintroduce themselves to the folks outside the arena.” The Board seems to forget that the principles of us zealots are embodied in the Republican Party platform. And the last time I checked, the person most opposed to we zealots, President Barack Obama, lost Texas by 17 points.

Unlike the Board, whose “hope is that the GOP candidates who emerge from the March primary, particularly the statewide candidates, execute that proverbial pivot [to the left] most general-election candidates attempt when they have a credible opponent,” I don’t believe you should say one thing in a primary and another after you become the nominee. Isn’t that just political pandering and a reflection of one who has no core values? Compromising on your principles is not a virtue. Surrendering your core beliefs is not something to be proud of. Sacrificing your values on the altar of political correctness is not a winning strategy.

The Board goes on to state, “we hope they’re forced to talk about issues that matter to Texans in their everyday lives. Ideas and policy positions need to be discussed, challenged, debated.” Life, marriage, immigration, debt, and numerous other issues the Board would have us ignore, are important, relevant, and matter to voters. I hope our Republican candidates will use Sen. Cruz (who won Texas and Harris County by a large margin) as a model and deliver on the campaign promises they make. I trust that our Republican candidates will embrace, not ignore social issues. Finally, I pray our Republican candidates will be fanatical and uncompromising when it comes to their core values, beliefs, and principles. I look forward to seeing more elected officials join us band of zealots.


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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

I would like to encourage all of my fellow Republicans to take a moment today to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was a minister and the most famous civil rights activist in our American history and it was his work on behalf of civil rights that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age 35, making him the youngest person in history to receive the honor.

Dr. King is most often remembered for his, “I Have a Dream” speech, which included a reference to the Declaration of Independence and went on to say, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Dr. Martin Luther King fought for equality, for justice and for human dignity.  These are not ideals that belong to the Republican Party or to the Democrat Party.  These are American ideals that belong to all freedom-loving Americans.

As our Declaration of Independence says most eloquently, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Dr. King stood for these ideals, lived for these ideals and ultimately, died for them.

Regardless of political philosophy or party affiliation, we should all stop for a moment today and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his work and the truly American ideals for which he stood.


America’s Independence Day

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

– William Faulkner

Upon completion of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail from the convention in Philadelphia that he believed as a result of their actions that day Americans would celebrate this nation’s independence as “the greatest anniversary festival, commemorated as a Day of Deliverance” for many generations to come. He expected “pomp and parades, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

How true do President John Adam’s words reflect our joy of celebration that we are a free people. Though we the people are constantly faced with trials from a looming government, the torch of freedom still burns within us. As William Faulkner said, “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

We wish to you a wonderful celebration with your friends and family on this joyous day commemorating our 237th year of freedom.


Senate Amnesty Dies in the HOUSE

Yesterday, as expected, the U.S. Senate passed the bloated bill that will fail to actually fix immigration. The final vote was 68-32, which is significant because with all the arm-twisting, grandstanding and bribery, Democrats failed to reach their much coveted goal of 70 votes. This is a sign of weakness for the Democrats and should only embolden the Republican-controlled House. Both Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz of Texas voted against the bill.

House Speaker John Boehner declared the Senate bill dead and will not be heard in the House. In addition, he said only legislation with the Republican majority’s support will be heard. As the grassroots, we must hold his feet to the fire on this promise. It appears the House wants a slower pace to review immigration and will only pass reforms in pieces rather than an all-inclusive bill. They will start with border security measures that include actual triggers and cut out the Obama Administration’s ability to change the rules. Here are some comments from Republican members on the Senate bill:

“It just won’t happen. It is a pipe dream to think that that bill is going to the floor and be voted on,” Rep. Peter Roskam (CA)

“fold it up into a paper airplane and throw it out the window. Oh, is that not the right answer?” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC)

“The Senate is, at this point, irrelevant,” Rep. Ted Poe (TX)

“The Corker-Hoeven amendment is terrible,” Rep. John Fleming (LA)

“We don’t have to do this for political reasons… If we start pandering and giving out goodies to people, then we’re going to get into a bidding war with the Democratic party. And if we get into a bidding war, we always lose, because the Democrats are always more willing to give goodies to certain groups than we are,” Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)

Help us keep Congress honest! Call them! If you heard Rush or Mark Levin yesterday, they urged this very point, even in blue districts, because it has an actual impact. Because of voter calls, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker had supported the bill on Monday but voted NO yesterday. Here are the numbers for our members:

Representative Local Washington
Ted Poe (281) 446-0242 202-225-6565
John Culberson (713) 682-8828 202-225-2571
Kevin Brady (936) 441-5700 202-225-4901
Al Green (713) 383-9234 202-225-7508
Michael McCaul (281) 255-8372 202-225-2401
Sheila Jackson Lee (713) 655-0050 202-225-3816
Pete Olson (281) 494-2690 202-225-5951
Gene Green (281) 999-5879 202-225-1688
Steve Stockman (409) 883-8028 202-225-1555


Speaker John Boehner (202) 225-0600


Jared Woodfill Statement Regarding Supreme Court Rejecting DOMA

Jared Woodfill Harris County GOP Chair

We find the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act deeply disturbing not only because of its overall findings but because of the intolerance displayed by the majority opinion toward those who disagree with it. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down a piece of the Act based upon a false view of unequal allocation of benefits to equal marriages. The Court’s ruling allows for federal government benefits to be available to both heterosexual and homosexual marriages; however, it appears nothing within the ruling would impact the voter-approved laws in the states on this issue. In addition, the case involving the ban on Gay Marriage by California voters was thrown out by the Court based on a technicality and not on the actual issues of the case. Today’s rulings will not end the debate but only enflame it just as Roe v. Wade did with abortion.

We strongly disagree with Justice Kennedy and the other 4 justices of the majority opinion for their intolerant views of those that disagree with them. Justice Kennedy actually labeled those who seek traditional family values rather than homosexual marriage as “enemies of the human race” which Justice Scalia strongly rebuked in his dissent. We applaud Justice Scalia for taking Kennedy to task for such reckless language. Here is an excerpt of Justice Scalia’s dissent:

But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con-demn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to “dis-parage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homo-sexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence- indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.

The Harris County Republican Party will continue to champion our conservative values such as lower taxes, smaller government, traditional family values and a strong defense. We urge you to stand with us as we are attacked from Planned Parenthood, the IRS, the Supreme Court and the Democrats. We will not compromise on our principles following the examples of President Ronald Reagan and Senator Ted Cruz.