We’re close to electing a president and a Congress that’s mostly socialist if Joe Biden is elected and if the Senate is majority Democratic. The House is already mostly socialist. They would most likely vote in a new Constitution and a completely socialist government. Here’s why:

1. Biden would appoint very liberal judges who hate America to the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

2. Biden favors universal abortion in all cases, i.e., kill as many babies as anyone wants.

3. Taxes would go up for everybody. Biden has promised that.

4. The rest of our history would disappear; all historic statutes would be destroyed and history in schools would be anti-American. The left wants to erase American history.

5. Health care would be “Medicare for All” or worse, with Obamacare only the start of socialist medicine. All doctors would be federal employees.

6. Immigration would be open to all foreigners. The U.S. would have completely open borders. The U.S. would be a majority foreign country very soon.

7. Gun control would be absolute. The Second Amendment would be repealed along with a new Constitution.

8. There would be a “universal basic income” for all. Our economy would collapse with taxes out of sight.

9. Climate change would be the No. 1 priority and if a basic income doesn’t shut down the economy, then climate change legislation will.

10. Most police and sheriff departments would be defunded and mobs would run wild.

11. Religious liberty would be canceled. Most Democrats are atheists and churches would have to pay taxes or close.

In short, I believe the U.S. would be destroyed from within as many commentators are saying now and our economy will all be run by the federal government with no freedom. If socialism is the rule of the land then America would be like communist China soon. All of this will not happen if the Democrats are all elected, but there will be a massive effort to enact these things into law and most will succeed.

Tell me one thing of those listed above that Biden and the Democrats aren’t in favor of? Groups like Black Lives Matter and the antifa organization would have unusual influence in Washington. The election of 2020 is critical for the future freedom of America, and the election of Trump with all his flaws is the only way to stop the slide into socialism.

Ray Holbrook lives in Santa Fe.

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Allison Buchtien

Mr. Holbrook is definitely drinking the Kool-aid.

David Smith

just wow[scared] watch out for the black helicopters holbrook

Charles Douglas

Great Op-ed Judge, my sentiments exactly! In short, Joe Biden will be just what China, and the rest of those who hate America for our exceptionalism are waiting for. Iran, Cuba, and countries like Russia and North Korea will throw a party if Joe "Put'em In Prison" Biden is elected!

Mike Zeller

Buckle Up, all you Buttercups. January 20th there's going to be a "New Sheriff in Town".

Carlos Ponce

Sheriff Trochesset is doing a great job! Re-elect Henry!

Gary Scoggin

Judge Holbrook definitely got all of Sean Hannity’s talking points in.

Carlos Ponce

Judge Holbrook is correct on this one. All one has to do is read Bernie - Biden's "Unity" platform to see he wants to take the country to the far Left.

See text at:

https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000173-3016-d042-a37b-7a57d88c0000

Implementation will kill Texas industry and jobs. Not good.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Most people know that this former judge is known for his racially biased and irresponsible comments. And to say most Democrats are atheist, is just so absurd. If you are a Christian, judge, I can’t tell. Your code words display your heart. This is an old desperate argument. It’s time to take a seat. America is evolving and your unbalanced take on freedom and justice for only certain groups is insulting to our Constitution. The same argument above was used to discredit Martin Luther King and Obama...it’s like the same rolling tape...That’s all you got?

Carlos Ponce

"Most people know that this former judge is known for his racially biased and irresponsible comments." Any proof of this? I pray you are not bearing false witness, Kimberley. And check the timeline. Was he a DEMOCRAT at the time of the alleged comments?

Mike Zeller

You better pray for yourself ! That' your MO.

Carlos Ponce

I'll pray for Mike Zeller.[innocent]

Dalton Logan

Ms. Yancy, is abortion a Christian value? Do not most democrats support abortion? Not judging you, just curious.

Gary Scoggin

Is Abortion the only defining issue? If Mr Biden‘s and Mr Trump’s views on every other issue were exactly as they are now except Biden was pro-life and Trump was pro-choice, would you then support Biden?

Dalton Logan

Yes it is the most important to me. I really think that we all will be held accountable for not doing all we can to stop the killing of children. So yes in answer to your question, if Biden was pro-life, then as much as I would dislike it, I would have to vote for him.

The wholesale slaughter of children, can anything be more vile?

There have been over 20 million Black children aborted since making abortion legal. That equals the entire population of Black Americans in 1960.

You also see that Ms. Yancy never got back to me on the question. All Christians know the answer.

Gary Scoggin

Dalton. thanks for answering the question honestly. I find it interesting that you imply that abortion is a defining issue as to whether or not someone is a Christian. I thought the defining issue was an acceptance of Christ. FYI, I am a Pro-Life Christian; however I believe in taking on abortion from the demand side - by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.

David Hardee

Ray Holbrook has lived longer and experienced more than most. He is a Democrat that has watched the Party evolve into the most dangerous thing to America, His recital of the dangers list that the progressive liberals propose is dead on with the Democratic Party's platform if in power.

His claim that BLM and Antifa as driving forces in the Democratic Party is well established,

Mr. Holbrook is called a racist by the NAACP chapter president Yancy. Yancy is the most active racist in Galveston County. Is there any argument that the C in NAACP is a racist and the B in BLM is racist, Her recent Guest Column was filled with vitriol

It is becoming obvious that a systemic Black Victimism exists.

domenico nuckols

Remember drink more kool aide!

Carlos Ponce

It only comes in Liberal flavor, domenico nuckols.

Virginia Stone

Cult 45 is the liquor of choice for Trump lovers everywhere.[scared]

Emile Pope

You support a president who spends his every waking moment whining about how everyone is being unfair and mean to him. He whines, complains, and refuses to accept any responsibility for any of his actions. It's always someone else's fault. And you have the nerve to speak of victimism when the guy you support is the very definition of the word?

David Hardee

He is the one that is the recipient of constant bombardment from your constituents and then replies. That's a lot different than an entire class of the society constantly whining as victims.

Carlos Ponce

Emile[thumbdown]

Bailey Jones

Wow - it's frightening to know that anyone believes this nonsense. It's truly hard for me to fathom how anyone could be so ignorant. Thanks for your letter - because I honestly had no idea. This must be what small town conservatism has become in the age of Trump.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, have you checked out the Bernie- Biden Unity platform? Everything Judge Holbrook writes about is in there.

Bailey Jones

Provably false. Show me the plank that calls for the removal of all historical statues and the teaching of "anti-American" history. Or the one about hating America. Show me "open borders" or repealing the 2nd Amendment. Surely there's one about drafting a new constitution. Closing police departments? Ending religious liberty? "universal abortion in all cases"? I'll wait.

Carlos Ponce

"or repealing the 2nd Amendment" This is backed by Biden's remarks to former Congressman NO'Rourke's statement to take your guns.

"End the Gun Violence Epidemic: Nearly 40,000 Americans die every year from gun violence. The Task Force believes gun violence in this nation is a public health crisis and must be treated as such. There continues to be insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue." p 100

"open borders" p 102 - 110

Joe Mancuso

Carlos,

Bernie-Biden Unity document says absolutely nothing about repealing the 2nd Amendment. All it calls for is "resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue".

Also, your statement about "Biden's remarks to former Congressman NO'Rourke's statement to take your guns" has been proven to be false. Took about 2 seconds with Google to determine this.

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/orourke-endorsement-triggers-false-posts-on-bidens-gun-policy/

Beto O’Rourke’s endorsement of Joe Biden has been used as fuel for misinformation about the former vice president’s gun control policy. If elected president, Biden did not say he is “coming for your guns.”

To quote someone (you), "o [sic], you are reading your own interpretation adding somethi-ng [sic] that is not there, a common trait among" apparently YOU!

Bailey Jones

Carlos, I know that listening to Sean Hannity suckle the president every night can lead to a waxy build up in your brain, so I'll ask again - where in this "Bernie-Biden Unity Platform" are these outrageous lies found?

I see you've made a sad initial attempt. But a proposal "to study gun violence as a public health issue" isn't a repeal of the 2nd Amendment. With all the blurbage I hear from conservatives about blacks being murdered in all those nasty old demoncrat controlled cities, I'd think you'd be on board with studying the problem. But apparently not.

Let me be crystal clear. Had the good judge said "If Biden is elected the CDC will study gun violence!!!" I wouldn't have said a word, because that would have been a true statement. But it's not what he said, because studying gun violence is a common sense reaction to the epidemic of deaths that you pretend to care about - something that a lot of people might agree with. So the good judge lied instead. And you abetted his lie.

Open borders - another lie. There is nothing in the platform that calls for unrestrained immigration into the US. You know that, which is why you punted on that one. Another lie from the good judge, another lie from Carlos.

So - will you stop now and leave the good judge choking on his own lies, or will you join in his total disregard for truth and further erode what little claim you still have to intellectual integrity? (Rhetorical question - we know the answer.)

And how does a guy with such total disregard for the truth and such an obvious hatred for a large segment of his constituency get to be a judge anyway? What sort of yahoos would elect such a person? Was it you, Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, have you checked out the Bernie- Biden Unity platform? Everything Judge Holbrook writes about is in there. But you must couple them with other statements made.

Bailey Jones

I'll take that wimpish reply as your acquiesce.

Joe Mancuso

Carlos, your "other statements made" that you posted have already been shown to just be lies.

David Hardee

Bailey, the thread leads me to conclude your comment was for my benefit. The use of "LETTER" is confusing, what letter? If you were actually embracing me read on - otherwise ignore the following.

Sorry for delay in responding – had to execute one of my privileges and mail check to government to support those who condemn my ilk as systemic white superiority with too many privileges. Next week meeting with the property tax people and have another tax paying privilege. This one goes to the Texas City ISD. I used to pay to the La Marque ISD but it was so badly managed they are no more. So sad, La Marque had a great football program. I played them when they had Batten, tough Tigers.

Some have made decisions in their personal lives that put their lives in two cultures and their heads in conflict with ethics, morality, and respect for the institution that sustained this country through all its trials. This remodeling with social movement theories (cancel culture, woke, etc.) that has been underway for the last 60 years has reaped the reward of a polluted society'

Those social movement progressives are your ilk. And the ignorance to their pollution is your badge. You’re a willing passenger on the bus for those intellectual deficient to the past and future headed to disaster from movements that corrupt.

Bailey Jones

Nope. I haven't even read your comments, David. My comments are in response to the OP, and Carlos' response to my comments.

Emile Pope

And you call Kimberly Jones Yancy an active racist?

David Hardee

Yes, I did, Emile.

Read her article. It is a diatribe filled with denigrations, Most egregious is her treatment of Thomas Jefferson. She concocts an interpretation of his "Notes on the State of Virginia -Thomas Jefferson's only book," that is a distortion.

Then - She also demeans Jefferson's cleaving to Sally Hemnig, fathering children, and conducting that mixed-race relationship and attendant responsibilities with the respect that would be a great role model for those current-day impregnators of the 73% abandoned mothers and babies.

Yancy is jaded to the extreme.

She's the President and speaks for the NAACP?

Emile Pope

A diatribe filled with denigrations? You’re not worthy of consideration or time...

David Hardee

Bailey, I apologize for the interruption.

jimmy winston

It’s a crazy world we live in Bailey.

Michael Jozwiak

I bet you cash your SSI checks every month, right??? You're a fool to think the US already doesn't have a whole lot of good 'socialist' things to help the average person.

Carlos Ponce

Judge Holbrook initiated the Galveston County alternative program to SS, Michael.

See a comparison at:

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v62n1/v62n1p47.pdf

Paul Sivon

Great commentary to highlight why not vote for Trump, his supporters are inane and insane, as is he.

Carlos Ponce

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jimmy winston

Lol no joke

Dwight Burns

Lies, lies and more lies. Shame.

Rick Altemose

Wow! I guess the Daily News will print anything.

Ron Shelby

Bless his heart!!!

Gary Miller

I'll vote for Trump because Democrats have become the party of rule by Mob Violence. Any legitimate changes to the Constitution require 75 % of state approval. If Democrats control they will ignore the Constitution and claim it's no longer in effect.

Gary Miller

Not Republican or Democrat, Congress, SCOTUS, and President can not change the Constitution if 75% of states refuse to ratify changes. We the people have the last word.

jimmy winston

LOL if you think republicans care about written laws

Carlos Ponce

Republicans care about the letter of the law. Democrats look for a judge that will reinterpretr that law or Constitutional provision.

jimmy winston

Check and see how many times Trump has broken the law and see how many times he has been charged for it.

Carlos Ponce

Zero.breaking law. If you think he has, chime in.

Warren Royer

I have failed to understand where Mr. Holbrook got these stupid notions. Sicialism is here and has been for years.

Curtiss Brown

No, it is not, and it hasn't been.

Dan Freeman

I always look forward to Judge Holbrook’s columns because while he articulates silly positions, his defenders are more fun than the Keystone Cops

jimmy winston

Can’t wait for Trump to lose in November and have to listen to all the big republican babies cry and cry. Somehow trump has made middle class white families feel that they are the ones being attacked and are victims, meanwhile having every single systemic advantage in life.

Carlos Ponce

Can’t wait for Trump to win in November and have to listen to all the big democrat babies cry and cry. Give me an address and I'll send you a crying towel, jimmy.

jimmy winston

Ray (et. al) what would you consider giving out $3 TRILLION to corporations, “small businesses”, and individuals? Totally different from socialism right? Also the US government completely subsidizing the US farming industry is totally not socialism, right? I just wish Republicans would be honest for once and say that they aren’t scared of socialism, they’re scared of poor people suddenly having guaranteed healthcare.

Ron Shelby

Actually no, farm subsidies are not a Socialist policy. They have always been considered a National Security policy especially during war periods (WW1 and WW2). Inefficient production is tolerated for the simple reason that we need to be able to feed our own with being overly reliant upon other countries.

jimmy winston

Got it, the socialist policies of the US government are socialist in everything but the name

Carlos Ponce

jimmy has a different definition of socialism than the legal one.

jimmy winston

so its only socialism if the government comes out and says "We are doing a socialism"?

Carlos Ponce

They tell you, "We're from the government and we're here to help."[scared]

Ron Shelby

That last sentence in my comment should have read "...without being..."

jimmy winston

What exactly should we call a $3 TRILLION bailout of corporations, "small businesses", and individuals? Definitely not socialism! What would you call the US government subsidizing the entire US farm industry? NOT socialism! I wish Republicans would just be honest (for once) and say they dont hate socialism, they just hate poor people.

domenico nuckols

If you vote for Trump in November, there will be millions of deaths. He killing thousands now by non action. He is Not capable of running the country.

Carlos Ponce

domenico, Vote for whomever you want. But what you post is nonsense.

domenico nuckols

137K dead nonsense Carlos?

domenico nuckols

100K by November nonsense?

Carlos Ponce

The death of anyone is not nonsense, domenico. Placing the blame on Trump is nonsense. Apparently you have no concept of Federalism which limits what a president can and cannot do. The thousands who died in nursing homes in New York State are the responsibility of Governor Cuomo who blames federal guidelines but a look a those guidelines show he's lying. Short of declaring martial law, what else could the President have done to appease you?

domenico nuckols

Talk to me after trump’s landslide victory

Carlos Ponce

"trump’s landslide victory"[thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

"What exactly should we call a $3 TRILLION bailout of corporations, "small businesses", and individuals?" A Pelosi bill.

Gary Scoggin

You mean the bill passed by the Republican Senate and signed by the Republican President? Carlos, you are again demonstrating how the MAGAs won’t hold themselves or their leader accountable. All they can do is blame others.

Carlos Ponce

If the Senate did not pass it and the President did not sign it you would hear "REPUBLICANS DON'T CARE!" not only from the House but the Liberal media as well.

jimmy winston

Glad to know where republicans stand. They had to be coerced into helping poor people. Very good!

Carlos Ponce

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.

As you go through school, and life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.

http://instructor.mstc.edu/instructor/swallerm/struggle%20-%20butterfly.htm

jimmy would like for us to open all the cocoons.

jimmy winston

Carlos> Thank you for posting your cute little short story, there's potentially 28 million people about to be homeless, mainly because a republican lead government has FAILED at every single step in addressing the virus response.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/looming-evictions-may-soon-make-28-million-homeless-expert-says.html

Carlos Ponce

CNBC? Might as well be quoting Pravda.

Curtiss Brown

You just gotta love Ray Holbrook. For everyone living in Galveston County, he was the right man at the right time. He saved taxpayers untold millions of dollars with his ideas and his insistence on prudence and proper procedure. He saved us money in ways you will never know. It is also true that the clowns in there now are costing you money that will only be heard in complaints thrown around on the comments section, but that is another issue.

Holbrook was a great County Judge. He cared about people, He cared about the forces in Austin that use you to stroke themselves with phony successes. He defended you from them.

I will always respect him and admire him and nothing he writes today will change that.

Stuart Crouch

Dang! I'm a little late to this party, but I knew it was gonna be a goodie! Great to see that this gem of a nut-job is still alive and hatin'! As he continues on his path of consistently redefining 'delusional', it's just gravy for us all, when someone lifts his head and shoves a keyboard in his lap. Yes, ol' Commander Coo-Coo of the Tin Foil Hat Squadron - Galveston County Chapter, is rattling his sabers and calling upon all of his flat-liner patriot conspiracists to join the ranks, circle the wagons and 'set phasers to full-stun, Jim'! The sky is falling and the end is near!

Jeez, how do people like this get to move about unobstructed and unrestrained in a free society? If ever there was a candidate for getting the tracking microchip implanted, it's with this ol' boy! If he had said chip within himself sooner, we could all review how he moved from party to party, just to ensure his re-election (read: paycheck). No ideological shift nor change in his worldview required, he simply did as many others did, understanding that if he wanted to continue to live off the gubberment teat, as the winner of a popularity contest, with no consideration of performance nor effectiveness, one simply goes where they must to ensure their self-preservation.

I can't even begin to address all of the 'grand' insanity that this 'wizard' lays out in his rambling of all that is dark and evil in our country. Fair to say that the author, like some of the other, more concrete-thinkers on these forums, embrace the divide within our country, and whenever it seems these chasms may be lessening, these fine folks are more than happy to step up (or, log on) and do their small part to ensure that there will always be such political upheaval and discourse. Some have devolved to a point where it's become acceptable to throw any and all that you have at trying to win an 'unwinnable' argument based upon their political pallet. I cannot imagine that anyone looks upon these forum posts as being any measure of aptitude or intellect; the same with op-ed submissions. The ranting on here is more akin to low-level, petty street fights, where, when one guy gets in over his head, his bubbas start showing up (from underneath a bridge, one could imagine) to help their outmatched brethren to escape unscathed. Lots of chest-thumping and primal grunts and growls, only to reassure each other that theirs is the only way; wholesome, righteous and on the good side of all things pure and pious. What an awesome little world some of you reside in!

Ted Gillis

Why can’t the judge just state all of the good things his candidate has accomplished instead of claiming how bad he thinks the other guy will be? Is he ashamed or embarrassed?

Gary Scoggin

His letter would be very short.

Carlos Ponce

Ask him, Ted. He's a neighbor.

Gary Scoggin

Although the Judge and I differ greatly on policy, I want to share a nice story about him. On the very first Earth Day cleanup start the Dike, all the politicians were out in force being seen. Except Holbrook. He was painting the inside of one of those old concrete block bathrooms with me, And two others. I told him that of all the politicians out there that day he was the only one doing a lick of work and he could have my vote any day. He really impressed me.

Jack Cross

Ray Holbrook like myself is a veteran, he is a good decent man. He served the county well, I'm thinking for 28 years. He loves this county and fights for what he sees as right. He fought to get rid of the Marxist professor David Michael Smith who did 15 years of damage at COM to a point that voters lost trust in the institution and refused to pass needed bond issues during that time.

His list of concerns, are political, but they are things either Biden or leading democrats have said. Some may fact check and find some differences but for the most part what Mr. Hollbrook wrote is in fact what democrats stand for.

I too am against open borders. I too are against defunding the police, I too am against giving free health care too illegals. I too are concerned about Biden endorsing Bernie Sanders Socialist agenda, I too are concerned about Biden putting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in charge of the environment. Having worked in the petrochemical industry for 35 years. i too, am against doing away with Oil and Gas.

These are policy disagreements that impact our lives. To take an opposite view is our rights in our republic. Ray Hollbrook is in his 90, he is not a kook it is wrong to attack him personally, he is one of the most honest and decent man I have met.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump is so different on policy and what they want America to look like that policy differences alone gives voters a clear choice. I think that is an area where both Trump and Biden voters can agree.

Bailey Jones

There are in fact great differences between the Trump and Biden visions for the future of our country. They should be evaluated soberly and truthfully. Offering up caricatures of the policies of either candidate does a disservice to readers of this newspaper. Hearsay is not evidence. I keep waiting for one of my conservative fellows to recommend that prospective voters go to the official websites of the two candidates and read the policy proposals and watch the many speeches both have given about the next four years, and decide for themselves. Would you like to be that fellow, Jack?

Ted Gillis

I’ve seen the judge cutting his own grass, so like me, we have that in common.

I voted for him when he was our democratic candidate for county judge. He and Eddie Janek are probably the only two republicans I have ever unintentionally voted for.

Jack Cross

Ted, if anyone is at least 70 years old today he at some time was a democrat. You use to not be able to find a Republican in Texas. Jim Yarbrough was and still is a democrat. Also, a reply to Bailey, I have already read and researched both candidates. I am well informed. I don't want to live under the changes Joe Biden advocates. You too keep yourself informed and you choose Biden over Trump and that's democracy. It boils down to policy differences and who is best to lead the country, so if you and I go beyond that, it just amounts to static because neither of us are going to change our positions.

Bailey Jones

Jack, I'll never fault a voter who has read what each candidate has to offer and makes an informed choice, regardless of party. I'll always fault a voter who lets others tell him what a candidate stands for and who he should vote for, also regardless of party.

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