The Democrats are terrified that Texas voters may be happy.
Happy that Texas achieved the second highest high school graduation rate in the nation; the highest graduation rate among African-Americans; and second highest graduation rate for Hispanics.
Happy that Texas makes up less than 9 percent of our population but accounts for 38 percent of all new jobs created since 2001. Happy knowing that Texas leads the nation in high-tech exports and energy exploration. Happy that 95 percent of all the jobs in Texas pay more than minimum wage.
Happy that Texas is the No. 1 destination for companies moving their base of operations.
Rather than asking Texas Republicans how to replicate Texas’ success, Democrats would rather take control of Texas and have it become more like President Barack Obama’s America where food stamp enrollment is at an all-time high; where long-term unemployment is at an all-time high; where keeping your doctor means losing your doctor; where fewer Americans own their own homes than when the president was elected; where the IRS can flagrantly break laws and target political enemies; where a president can fraudulently blame an Internet video for a terrorist attack; where captured terrorists have better access to health care than America’s veterans; where you can propose a budget sequester then claim you had nothing to do with it; where you can set a red line against chemical weapons then ignore it; and lastly … where you can double the federal debt yet smugly decree that you have cut the federal deficit.
Some think it wise for the Democrats to focus on helping a president that is polling nationally as the worst president of my lifetime. Some think it wise for the Democrats to focus their attentions on the humanitarian issues on our southern border or the Middle East conflicts that have the potential to grow into a regional sectarian war.
And while I am on the topic of the Middle East, less than three years ago President Obama proclaimed his Iraq policy a success. Now we see terrorist groups waging war across borders and this president, once again, is doubling down on his failed policy while blaming everyone else for its failure.
The Democrats would rather ignore all these questions about their governing — they would rather be in election mode.
In the coming months we will hear about a war on women from Democrats whose leader has overseen the largest increase in food stamp eligibility in history.
Now that’s a war on women.
In the coming months we will hear that critics of the president use language that is code for racist policies. This from Democrats whose leader has actively helped Wall Street avoid prison for its role in the 2008 financial meltdown, yet oversees historically high youth and minority unemployment. Now that’s a war on minorities!
Let’s face it, you have to be a world-class sycophant to live in Texas and wish it to become more like Washington.
Texans should vote Republican and stand against failure.
And by the way, the word “failure” — that’s the code word for “Democrat.”
Norman Pappous is a Galveston city councilman and a delegate to the 2014 Republican State Convention.