This morning, 24 February 2010, Steve Clark, in a political ad on WBAP 820 AM radio, compared himself to Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

If you do not know, this is the same Scott Brown whose election to the Massachusetts senate held by Teddy Kennedy fifty years evoked a short-lived euphoria among my fellow Republicans here in Rockwall. I warned my friends against high expectations over Senator Scott Brown who is by our standards a pro-abortion liberal, a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Sadly, Mr. Brown validated my skepticism, voting with the Democrats on an Obama-led socialist issue.

Checking records, I learned Steve Clark was a member of record in our Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club way back in March 2006, but no record of his membership since that time. Come to think of it, I can only remember seeing him there once, maybe.

Ralph Hall, on the other hand, was attending our local meetings, visiting with constituents, answering questions and listening to constituents for more years than I have lived here in Rockwall (24 years, to be exact). In fact, Ralph Hall has been a dues-paying member of the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club since 1996.

I appreciate very much Mr. Clark’s self-comparison to Mass. Senator Scott Brown. It seems a reasonable comparison: one unknown RINO associated with another unknown RINO.

Steve Clark continues his costly campaign to malign the reputation of our beloved congressman, Ralph M. Hall. Why does a board member of a Chinese company want so badly to have a seat in the US House of Representatives?

Steve has already spent a fortune on radio spots and newspaper advertisements – more than a congressional salary pays over several years. Rockwall County residents have received by mail enough of Clark’s flyers to wallpaper a mansion.

If Steve Clark is not in touch with the citizens of Rockwall County now, why would we ever expect him to be in touch with the rest of Congressional District 4?

I voted early for Ralph M. Hall, The Greatest Generation.

Why I Will Vote Perry For Gov

I write to provide a blanket response to my email correspondents, Facebook friends and blog readers who question why I support the re-election of Gov. Rick Perry. However popular the “sound bite”, I can’t say anything without saying a lot.

Up Till Now

Anti-war sentiment aroused over the Vietnam War and loss of confidence in government engendered by unlawful acts sanctioned by President Nixon created an upheaval among the American electorate. Former Georgia governor and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter capitalized on the mood of the nation, sensing he had an opportunity to win the Office of President. President Ford’s pardon of disgraced Richard Nixon killed his opportunity to run for the office, leaving Carter a clean road to the White House.

Jimmy Carter touted his outsider background, decrying the Washington establishment. Publicly, he cast a self-made image of himself as an Eisenhower-type leader, one untainted by insider politics. I, a proud naval veteran, was impressed his naval credentials: Annapolis graduate, nuclear program officer personally selected by Admiral Rickover.

Publicly, he came off well as an intelligent, compassionate and moral leader. As an aside, I was a member of a “human shield” as he arrived at the Fairmont Hotel, when he visited Dallas on the campaign trail. To me, he was the perfect candidate: Southern Baptist, Sunday school teacher, church-going man, respectful of his wife. Who could want more? A new Christian, I was also a Democrat, Baptist deacon and Sunday school teacher and I related well to his promises to clean up Washington politics. How could we possibly go wrong? Let me tell you how wrong it was.

Carter the peanut farmer created a political, diplomatic and economic quagmire in America, a mess that endures today and set the stage for succeeding Democrat presidents Clinton and Obama. He threw away the Panama Canal that is now under control of the communist Chinese government. His assault on the petroleum industry with deregulation and a windfall profits tax exposed his anti-capitalist, extreme liberal viewpoint. We were hit with rampant inflation that became the perfect storm for homebuyers who, lured by low-dollar variable interest rate mortgages, simply walked away from their dream homes.

Perhaps the most enduring failure of the Carter administration was the withdrawal of support for the Shah of Iran, a modern country that was enjoying western accoutrements and a booming high-tech economy. Under the Shah’s rule, civil liberties for women, educational reforms, protection of ethnic minorities, middle east stability and unprecedented economic prosperity. Other things come to mind, like an act of war against the USA when the Muslim radical government overthrew the Shah and held US Embassy employees hostage. Leading up to the present, Carter’s diplomatic mangling of Iran leaves us with an extreme Muslim government preparing to destroy Israel and soon capable of launching ICBM on us, the US. Former president Jimmy Carter continues today an enemy of Israel and a de facto lobbyist for Arab and Muslim countries, our mortal enemies.

Moving Forward to Medina

Once again our beloved nation, at least beloved by me, weathers a tsunami of public anger and discontent over failed government policies and Marxist-Socialist Democrat rule over our federal government. Current situations merit all the anger and discontent – I, too, am angry and discontented. But, I don’t subscribe to the popular wave of wholesale replacement of all incumbents.

Indeed, 2010 is a terrific opportunity for aspiring candidates at every level to run for office. Houstonian businessmen Farouk Shami and Bill White, when asked why they are running in the Democrat primary for Governor of Texas, they both replied, “Because I think I can win.” Bill White, seeing the new opportunity, changed his plan to run for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s senate seat, seeing better accommodations in the governor’s mansion.

So, Where Are We Going With This?

Carter looked good. He said the right things. Jimmy even seemed to be like most of us. But he wasn’t. Outside Georgia, we really knew nothing about him. We voters became “poster children” for the halo effect. Another way I describe this effect is to say we are looking for a Messiah, “the one”, that miraculous someone who can make all our troubles go away. Well, let me set things straight: the real Messiah has already come a first time, will come a second time and not one single political candidate is the Messiah.

In fairness to Carter, he failed in part due to his lack of relationship with Washington lawmakers, which leads me to my conclusion (yeah, I know, it’s about time).

Debra Medina comes on the scene, saying the right things, looking like another “Sarah Palin”. Her meteoric rise in polls fuels her fans and attracts others looking for “the one”.

What do we collectively know about her? Her one leadership experience: Wharton County GOP Chairman. She is bright, articulate, and right-on with respect to the issues of interest to Texans. It was my pleasure to meet her and chat briefly when she spoke at the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club. I like her, but I don’t really know her. How, considering her outsider status, will she influence the Texas legislature? She cannot fulfill her campaign promises without the consent and cooperation of the state legislature.

Rick Perry, on the other hand, has a track record. He has been influential and instrumental in building the Texas economy. Texas still has no state income tax and tort reform encourages industries and medical personnel to move to our great state.

If Medina wins the March Primary race, I will support her. I will support the winner without exception. I don’t want to give our state back to the socialist Democrats.

What will you do, my Medina-supporting friends, if Rick or Kay wins the primary? Are you going to “teach us a lesson” by staying away from the polls? Absent a Republican vote, you vote Democrat by default.

I think the race is going to be a race between Rick and Debra. In the primary, I vote for Rick. Along the way, I recognize the more important issue – elect Republican State Representatives and State Senators, the folks who make the laws and set the state budget.

Another time awaits a discussion about the Trans-Texas Corridor and other road construction issues. As far back as Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s 2006 campaign for the Texas State House, Perry opponents began a firestorm against road construction by private companies.

Today (11 Feb. 2010), Glen Beck exposed her naiveté on the issue of the “911 Truthers” – obviously, she actually suspects the U. S. Government conspired to destroy the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Who knows? Maybe she’ll discover secret evidence locked away in an Air Force warehouse at “Area 51”.

Meanwhile, I will vote to re-elect Governor Rick Perry.

God save Texas. God bless Texas.

John White

Rockwall Conservative

Ralph M. Hall – The Greatest Generation

Hon. Ralph M. Hall
Hon. Ralph M. Hall

I hold in my hands a campaign advertisement from Steve Clark. It came to my home via Parcel Post. Steve has gone overboard with disingenuous claims against my friend and revered Congressman Ralph M. Hall.

First of all, Steve Clark calls himself a “conservative Republican”. Ralph is a genuine Republican, my son David is a genuine Republican, Ken Dickson is a genuine Republican, and I am a genuine Republican. How do I know my fellow genuine Republicans? I regularly meet them at Republican meetings where we have genuine conversations about important issues.

To my knowledge, and to the best of my memory, I recall only ever seeing Steve Clark at the Men’s Club one time. Strong Conservative?

Second, let’s examine his implication that Ralph opposes term limits. Last month, I asked my Congressman about his stand on term limits. He sent me a large manila envelope containing copies of several documents pertinent to his actions on term limits. Sitting on my work table, fewer than three feet from my eyes, is that envelope containing a copy of an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.J. Res. 2 Offered by Mr. Hall of Texas”, dated March 8, 1995. This amendment, had the bill become law, would have established involuntary term limits fifteen years ago. A copy of another document, a press release from the Term Limits Legal Institute, dated April 12, 1995, “applauds Rep. Ralph Hall for voting YES on final passage of congressional term limits”. In fact, he voted for four term limits bills. The bills failed due to lack of a super majority favoring them.

I asked Congressman Hall why he submitted the amendment. “Because my constituents wanted me to”, he answered.

Third, about Clark’s defamatory claim that Ralph Hall is “losing touch with us”, it is easier for me to talk with my Congressman than to get time with some folks who never leave Rockwall County. Indeed, I make it a point of visiting his Rockwall office, calling or sending email to comment on issues and I always get a reply. If the case is such that Steve Clark is not in touch with Ralph, it can only be because he doesn’t want to be. [Click here for Ralph Hall’s biography]

Hall Urges Democrats to Drop Government Takeover of Health Care
Hall Urges Democrats to Drop Government Takeover of Health Care

Tom Brokaw’s book titled “The Greatest Generation”, tells the stories of “individual men and women, the story of a generation, America’s citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America.” Among these, the Greatest Generation, were orchestra leader Glenn Miller, American Airlines President C. R. Smith, 41st President George H. W. Bush and Congressman Ralph M. Hall.

To Steve Clark I say, we in Congressional District 4 continue to re-elect Ralph Hall because he represents us and he works hard to maintain personal contact with the people of his district. As Dean of the House, no one has greater prestige among the members of the House of Representatives. We Republicans are poised to retake the floor of the House and Congressman Ralph M. Hall is prepared to demonstrate that The Greatest Generation has the Right Stuff to reverse the perilous course of action undertaken by the Democrat majority.

John White

Rockwall County TEA Party Organizer

The Truth about Insurance and Insurance Companies

Gary Freedman - The Voice of RockwallQuestions, Questions

What’s the difference between insurance products and insurance companies?

How do insurance companies make their money?

Just how does life insurance work, anyway?

What role does the State of Texas play in insurance rates?

I hear insurance companies invest – why?

Why should I care how the insurance industry works?

I think of the Insurance Industry as the real Fort Knox. The industry’s investments in municipal bonds fund construction of roads and bridges and other vital infrastructures. Insurance is an important component of the Financial Services Industry that includes banking, real estate and other related businesses.

Our Speaker – Gary Freedman

Gary Freedman, an insurance executive for over 35 years, will be speaking. His topic is “The Truth about Insurance and Insurance Companies”.

Known locally as “The Voice of Rockwall”, Gary plays important roles in Rockwall County community leadership. Over the years, Gary has been active in many civic organizations in Rockwall and he has raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations. As a member of the board of directors, he is particularly passionate about the Rockwall Community Playhouse. Gary is a valuable, and probably the best known, member of the Rockwall County Republican Party where he has been active for a number of years, as well.

Gary Freedman’s rich experiences in the insurance industry, as charity auctioneer, professional speaker and community leader promise an engaging and interesting presentation.

Gary will answer your questions about insurance products and services in Texas.

Meeting Place & Time

La Madeleine Restaurant – rear meeting room

987 E. Interstate 30

Rockwall, TX 75087-4824


Saturday – February 6, 2010

9:00 am to 10:00 am

We start promptly, end promptly. Come early to order your favorite beverage and breakfast and to get a seat before the presentation begins.

There are never any fees or dues. Speakers volunteer their time as a service to the community. La Madeleine graciously opens the facility for no charge.

For More Information

Contact John White