I cannot understand the blind loyalty Texans seem to have for this modern Republican Party. You know, this Limbaugh/Hannity-indoctrinated bunch who've spent the past decade lecturing on biblical principles and the constitution while failing to enact a single piece of meaningful legislation, foreign treaty or economic measure.

And whining about how the "liberal media" is prejudiced and never gives them a fair shake and only FOX News speaks the truth about all the liars at the FBI and NASA and Congressional Budget Office.

Well, now they've elected a true narcissist who seems to have more loyalty to a vicious Russian despot than his fellow Americans; and continually discredits historic democratic institutions like our free press, intelligence agencies and scientists.

And Texas Republicans, like our own Randy Weber, continue to defend the same people and stances which haven't produced a single positive result since the Bush era economic collapse and Iraq mess 10 years ago.

If Randy Weber, John Cornyn, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, et al., had been alive in 1941 and Barrack Obama had been president, I truly believe they would have labeled Pearl Harbor as "fake news" and blamed their fellow Americans for starting the war!

Phil Glass

Galveston

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Kelly Naschke

Hey Phil.....ya lost pal. Put your big boy pants on and quit sniveling about it.

Carlos Ponce

"Well, now they've elected a true narcissist who seems to have more loyalty to a vicious Russian despot than his fellow Americans"
Only "seems" if you listen to swamp dwellers. Apparently Phil has no earthly concept of the art of diplomacy. What are you suggesting, Phil, another "Cold War", that Trump should demonize Putin at every opportunity? What would that accomplish ? Are you suggesting our national leadership NOT try to make peace with a nation that could do us serious harm? Maybe giant misspelled "RESET BUTTON" is more to your liking. And if Trump was loyal to a Russian despot, his actions should put that misconception to rest. But Phil refuses to see that.

BillyC333
Bill Cochrane

FOX News does indeed speak the truth. You can’t handle the truth. A prime example. ABC, CBS and NBC were all leading their newscasts with “Breaking News” with the horrid news that Trump paid only 25% in effective federal income taxes. FOX news responded with the fact that Obama paid only 18%, Sanders paid only 15% and Romney paid only 14% the same year. By that evening the liberal media didn’t even mention Trump’s taxes.

Micheal Byrd

"Well, now they've elected a true narcissist...." thought you were talking about Obama there for a minute.

Doyle Beard

Is this writer for real. Looks like fake news. No facts.

Josh Butler

Texans are conservative. They want government to perform essential functions like uphold the law, which includes securing the border. Other than that, we want government out of our lives. Not sure what the author is trying to convey, but most Texans are not into identity politics.

David Alquest

It is refreshing to read your fairly accurate assessment of the truth Mr. Glass, and you are brave to state your opinion in front of the conservative bullies who alway occupy this forum. I guess Mr. Ponce thinks you are a "swamp dweller" - ha. I hope you are not discouraged by such mean spirited comments.

Carlos Ponce

David, this is not a "fairly accurate assessment of the truth". The reason why Phil doesn't like Conservative media is because they tell the truth. Apparently some can't handle the truth. A look at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Study shows the bias Left wing Media has toward President Trump. If you look at or read one of these outlets, consider yourself a low information voter.
CNN News 93% Negative Coverage of Trump
NBC News 93% Negative Coverage of Trump
CBS News 91% Negative Coverage of Trump
New York Times 87% Negative Coverage of Trump
Washington Post 83% Negative Coverage of Trump
Wall Street Journal 70% Negative Coverage of Trump
FOX News 52% Negative Coverage of Trump (that's close to fair and balanced)
https://shorensteincenter.org/news-coverage-donald-trumps-first-100-days/

Doyle Beard

Accurate look up the definition

Carlos Ponce

"We don't need no indoctrination
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the media
Liberals leave them kids alone"

Kelly Naschke

Great presentation of FACT Carlos. And your rebuttal Mr Alquest?

Steve Fouga

Carlos, Kelley -- It is absolutely true that most of the coverage of President Trump is negative. It's because much of what he does is outrageous, incompetent, potentially harmful, and unpopular. In a word, "negative."

BY FAR more people watch those other outlets as opposed to Fox News, even though Fox News is the most popular cable news source. You are in a minority of very uninformed viewers, though you consider yourselves to be the most informed.

Over the next several months and years, your position will gradually prove to have been wrong, just as the reporting of Fox News will prove to have been wrong. That's my prediction, and if I turn out to be wrong, I'm sure Carlos will point it out, and I'll grudgingly admit it.

Carlos Ponce

I'll be sure to point it out to you. But Phil's anti-FOX diatribe is unjustified considering FOX gives BOTH sides of the story - fair and balanced according to the Harvard study. On the other hand, CNN provided an un-balanced view, heavily anti-Trump. Anyone who listened to them, NBC, the New York Times etc. would think Trump was Satan incarnate. Is that what Steve Fouga thinks?

Steve Fouga

Nah. I just thinks he was a poor choice for president. Pick of a bad litter.

Carlos Ponce

Poor choice for president? But considering the other possible option Trump was the better choice.
"I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate," [Joe Biden] said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politics/joe-biden-election-2020/index.html

Doyle Beard

Not as bad as Hillary that's why trump won

Steve Fouga

LOL, think...

Steve Fouga

I've said before that if Secretary Clinton had been elected, we would be seeing similar outrage, but about different topics.

My personal opinion is that she would have been a better president, but not a good one. Policy differences aside, President Trump and his administration don't understand the basics of governing.

Carlos Ponce

" President Trump and his administration don't understand the basics of governing.
No, it's not "government as usual" - and that's what the people who voted for him wanted. The obstacles come from the swamp dwellers, and they're from both sides of the aisle.

Steve Fouga

No, Carlos, they really don't know how to govern. Whatever you think of their policies, you must see by now that they're incompetent. A typical refinery manager or school superintendent could do a better job. Truly. You and I could, even while disagreeing on policy. I guarantee it. They don't know what they're doing.

Carlos Ponce

" you must see by now that they're incompetent". Not really, Steve. If you will just take off those Progressive glasses you're seeing through you will realize this administration has accomplished much. The scoreboard is in Trump's favor but you refuse to acknowledge this. No wonder the Democratic Party's symbol is the donkey. [rolleyes]

Steve Fouga

Not true, Carlos. I'm willing to acknowledge the accomplishments. I'm just saying there aren't as many as there should be, and the administration seems mired in procedural issues, internecine squabbling, mixed loyalties, etc. -- the sort of problems Mr. Trump could ignore or squash while running a smallish company, but that become a big deal when running a government.

Carlos Ponce

" I'm just saying there aren't as many as there should be..."
Much more has been accomplished than you give credit for. Much of Trump's efforts has been undoing the mess Obama created. That in itself is a MAJOR accomplishment.

Jim Forsythe

Trump care may have to re voted on. 
If the House has to vote on it again , it may not pass.

"House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.
Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes. The CBO is expected to release an updated estimate next week."

Carlos Ponce

The bill in the Senate will probably be amended then sent eventually into joint committee. If the right people get on the committee it should pass both houses.
The CBO is NOT infallible but OFTEN WRONG in its analysis. Bi-partisan, it has swamp dwellers from both sides.

Jim Forsythe

The reasons it may have to be  revote by  the House ,before the Senate can accept the bill. This is why it has not been sent to the Senate..

05/19/2017
1. The CBO could determine that the revised bill doesn't reduce the deficit by $2 billion — with the savings equally split between the Senate HELP and Senate Finance Committees — which would disqualify it under budget reconciliation.
2. The bill also may not provide savings after a decade, which could also disqualify it.

House leaders are hanging onto the American Health Care Act "out of an abundance of caution," a leadership source said
The Congressional Budget Office expected to release its score on the revised bill next week.

Carlos Ponce

"The bill also may not provide savings after a decade, which could also disqualify it.' That should disqualify Obamacare since premiums SKYROCKETED!
Read:
"Five Facts About the Congressional Budget Office Estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)"
https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/2017/3/five-facts-about-the-congressional-budget-office-estimate-of-the-american-health-care-act-ahca
Remember, the CBO is OFTEN WRONG.

Jim Forsythe

As they have decided to pass it ,under budget reconciliation , they have rules they must go by.
If I'm not mistaken, are they not trying to disqualify Obamacare  and replace it with Trumpcare.

Carlos Ponce

They are going to replace Obamacare with the AHCA -The American Health Care Act.

Jim Forsythe

Maybe , but remember ,"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

Carlos Ponce

Getting actual health care reform in a swamp is complicated.

Jim Forsythe

Unless swamp things are only Democrat's, the President has moved more into DC.
If passing Trumpcare  , is what the Republicans wants , it should be no problem, as they have enough votes to pass it.

"While most believed he was referring to a political house cleaning that would remove the influence of Wall Street from government, we can all now see that was a misinterpretation, since he has practically moved Wall Street bags and baggage to Pennsylvania Avenue. To Trump and his true believers, what muddies the water is not the presence of the rich and powerful pulling the strings of government, but, those they perceive as the bothersome little creatures at the bottom of the food chain, those now so squarely targeted by Trumpcare 2.0 AHCA."

Carlos Ponce

"Unless swamp things are only Democrat..." Some swamp Dwellers "identify" themselves as Republican. Some may even "claim" to be Conservative". Remember that adage "Trust but verify" an "By their works ye shall know them".

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