~~ In Americapeople are not subject to the Government, the Government is subject to the people ~~
(Gov. Rick Perry, on his presidential announcement speech in S.C. August 13, 2011)
The 2nd Presidential Debate in Ames, Iowa for the Republican preliminaries is over. Winners, losers, and the first quitter are determined.
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll slightly ahead of Ron Paul and then former Governor Tim Pawlenty who has now thrown in the towel, but one man managed to shuffle the entire debate without even being there – Governor Rick Perry (TX – R).
Rick Perry made the smartest move possible by having his staff announce the “high possibility” of him running on Thursday, followed by watching and sitting out the debate, and then Rick Perry making the official announcement of his candidacy for president on Saturday in South Carolina.
With Chris Wallace on stage in Iowa as the igniter, the “advocate diabolic (the devil’s advocate)” the debate actually became interesting. Every good debate needs one like this.
People have different opinions on this debate, but I have to admit that I liked this one a lot better than the first debate in New Hampshire and though many of my friends (or better almost all of them) disagree with me, I liked it better because of Chris Wallace.
But let’s be honest here: What are the preliminaries and what are they good for?
As a fan of Formula 1 car racing I see the preliminaries as the qualifying, the “everybody against everybody selection” for the actual race.
And as a former soldier of the Armed Forces I know for a fact that you can’t train and prepare man/woman for the worst by playing nice.
The first debate in New Hampshire was more like a choir performance where all of the candidates showed their uttermost politeness, all had the same message and basically nothing really new was said.
For me as voter it was hard to determine which candidate would be best equipped to replace Barrack Obama in the White House.
“Minnesota Nice” is beautiful and “Texas Hospitality” is a marvelous thing, but we are preparing for the most brutal and below the
belt face off going into the 2012 election. Obama will be fighting desperately for re-election and believe me he will not play fair or nice.
Jon Stewart, an aggressive Obama supporter and radical left wing talk show host of the “Daily show” for example already started with sexual insults towards the Bachmann’s and since Obama never stepped in condemning this audacity he showed “Silent
The election is on and the Chris Wallace “head on head fight calls” was actually nothing but a warm up for what is yet to come.
Pitting Michelle Bachmann against Tim Pawlenty on their records was an excellent move. Democrats will do the same, and worse. And for the first time the usually very confident and competent Michelle Bachmann showed signs of being “off guard” and insecure for a moment.
Well Congresswoman Bachmann better get used to it, it won’t get any easier.
Pitting Tim Pawlenty against Mitt Romney on “Romney care” is of course nothing new and also happened in New Hampshire, but here Wallace proved that he is a professional “Journalist” trained on counter warfare and challenging the contestants;
Newt Gingrich actually showed what is to be expected from a Presidential Hopeful when Chris attacked him on his records Gingrich fired back accusing him of playing “Mickey Mouse games”. Gingrich put Wallace and the media in their place and showed great fighting spirit.
Mitt Romney did the same when he challenged Wallace about the Massachusetts Constitution.
I was amazed and quite disappointed at Ron Paul when Chris Wallace started the next hot topic: Terrorism and foreign wars.
Ron Paul, cornered by his opponents threw the question in the room “who determines a Terrorist” indicating that there is no
such lawful determination.
For your information Congressman Paul: The term “Terrorist” is determined in the ICRC – International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Convention) from 1949.
This document clearly defines an “Enemy Combatant”, “Civilian” and “Terrorist” and based on that international agreement is the “Code of Conduct” also known as “U.S. Military Rules of Engagement”.
The bold moves of Chris Wallace finally caused Byron York to step forward and attack Jon Huntsman on his position of being in favor of Civil Unions.
All of those things actually made the debate interesting and put some spice in it. Very interesting was the question about Rick Perry entering the race and while all candidates played nice only Ron Paul gave a few fiery comments on the issue. But I am
afraid Congressman Paul could say: Be careful what you wish for. I am sure Perry would have given him the right answer on the terrorist question.
As a voter I expect from my candidate two things:
1) He/She has to represent my beliefs as a fiscal Judeo-Christian conservative
2) He/She has to be able to defend those principals
But here is the thing.
Giving election speeches in front of a crowd is easy. Politicians are trained and used to do that. As a tea party member, and fiscal conservative I can step in front of 10,000 people anytime and give a speech. I can say things to make the audience cheer or say things to get their blood boiling ready for a fight.
It is like preaching to the choir. There are only likeminded people in the crowd who believe the same things and share the same opinions.
But defending the records and the principles in an open discussion with an opponent is something completely different. Anybody who has ever been in a debate knows that.
In a debate you have to expect attacks and counter attacks, you deal with limited speaking time where you have to a) get your
message out and at the same time b) defend your record and position.
And if you think that is easy – try; I am a well trained rhetorician and I’ve been told that I’m strongly opinionated, bullheaded, stubborn and pretty good at combat rhetoric.
You have to be faster, quicker, better informed, and well prepared and never lose or show any weakness.
And here is where Rick Perry comes into play and why he overshadowed the entire debate. If you have watched Rick Perry during the gubernatorial race he has been attacked a lot of times very hard by his opponents.
But Governor Perry is good in that game. Rick Perry is a highly experienced politician with the aura of a statesman.
He always shows Texas coolness, never shows any weakness, has his records straight, is well informed, and understands the principles of “counterattack without direct attack”.
Making a “counterattack without attacking the opponent” is an Art not many master.
You have to be prepared to take an opponents comment and shove it back down his throat without being vicious or aggressive, simple by using logic and well founded information.
And that makes him a tough discussion partner; one that rules the stage.
Rick Perry does not need foul attacks or dirty games. He is a highly experienced rhetorician, he knows what he is doing and the big plus is he is humble.
The beauty of the American Republic and the U.S. Constitution is that we are all entitled to an opinion. Since Governor Perry announced his candidacy thousands of blogs and comments appeared on the internet.
Some in favor, some calling him a RINO and part of the system, some positive, some negative, and some neutral pointing out both sides.
It is not my place to tell you what to think or who to vote for that is for you to decide. The field of conservative contestants is now there and full and you can choose for yourself which candidate is your favorite one.
I already did for myself.
But one issue nobody can deny, and that was also sensed in the debate in Iowa – Governor Perry is a major factor and force in the preliminaries and all of the candidates knew that. In my opinion that is the main reason Chris Wallace had such an easy time bringing some tension into the debate.
I watched the debate twice and I am convinced because of Governor Perry the tension was there, candidates were forced to show corners and edges and Chris Wallace just picked up on it and used it.
One way or the other I am finally looking forward to the third and final debate on September
22, 2011 in Orlando Florida. This will be the debate that actually cleans the field.
This is my 100th Blog on WordPress, and I would like to take the opportunity to give grace.
First, I want to say thank you to my readers and followers, Facebook friends, and fellow patriots such as Ann-Marie
Murrell, Chet & Natalie Nichols, Suzanne Sharer, Heidi Kutney, Michaela Brandner, Antoniette Walker and many, many others without you I would not be here anymore. You keep me on my toes and make me want to be better with every single blog.
Thank you for your patience, your time and your compassion. You have added many comments and sometimes you have even disagreed with me, but I love, honor, and respect each and every comment.
Thank you to my son Jessy. You are the reason I fight for a better future, the light of my eye and star in my heaven.
Thanks to Annette for constantly cross reading and editing, you have done a marvelous job. I love you.
Thanks to my parents who brought me up well, showed me that a man is entitled to his opinion as long as he puts it on a foundation – This made me strong.
And last but not least – thank you my God almighty in heaven and my savior Jesus Christ for providing me with the rhetorical talent to be outspoken.
Thank you to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who gave their ultimate sacrifice in order to provide and defend the blanket of freedom, that was thought of by the Founding Fathers, and established as the United States Constitution.
Your ultimate sacrifice allows me to share my opinion no matter if I am right or wrong.
God Bless ya’ll and
GOD BLESS AMERICA
***** Update ********** Update********** Update ********** Update *****
According to Chet Nichols, Husband of the Bowie County Clerk Natalie Nichols, Bowie County, TX District attorney’s office is wrapping the case up, but changing the modus operandi. Now they claim that Natalie Nichols was the one that left things out of theCommissioner Court meeting minutes.
Basically they have put the blame on her, which proves to me that the whole case is a set up to get Natalie out of office and replace her with an ACLU ducking democrat. See my column from yesterday on WordPress as well as on Amarillo Examiner.
***** Update ********** Update********** Update ********** Update *****
She is a loving mother and devoted wife, proud American, great patriot, and good Christian. And that is exactly the spirit Natalie Nichols, Bowie County, Texas clerk who faces not only loss of Job, but also Jail time and an insane amount of money in fines shows in an interview.
I sent her a few questions on her case, and once again she surprised me. Natalie is a true American. Instead of sadness, self-doubt, or fear of the uncertainty of her future she shows the typical fighting spirit of a true American, of a true Texan and still encourages others to stand up and fight and take a stand for everything dear to the American People and the American Character.
Natalie Nichols Interview is original.
Questionary to Natalie Nichols.
I first want to let you know that the Judge and the Court have changed their tune on the issue of the Prayer and Pledge. They voted to remove both on June 13th, but since then, they have gotten pressure and they have changed their agenda to now include the Prayer, a devotional, and a Pledge. I just wanted to make sure that you were aware of that. You don’t have to print that word for word, but I just wanted to throw that in there.
You are facing up to 6 months of jail time, $2,000 Dollars in fines, and the loss of your job for taking a stand for the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the opening prayer. Many brave men and women have given their life to defend those principles, how does that make you feel at the moment?
NN: Many brave men and women have given their lives to stand up for God and country and to give us the freedoms that we hold so dear in this country. It is for that reason that I had no choice but to stand up. Their sacrifice was so much greater than anything that I could ever give. To me, standing up on principle is part of being an American; I don’t know any different.
This entire case against you smells fishy, and the way it is being handled sounds to me more like a set-up. Let’s face it; you are the first fiscal conservative County clerk in Bowie County for 12 years. Do you believe this is revenge to get you out of office and re-install a Democrat as county clerk?
NN: Unfortunately the story playing out here is not unusual in local politics. A group of powerful people gets entrenched and after they’ve held onto that power for a number of years, they will fight dirty if anyone dares to challenge them. The intimidation and scare-tactics are meant to make average, every day citizens think twice about entering public office. It is politics as
usual, but only because we’ve allowed it for so long. The good ole boys will only behave that way until we stand up and demand better. I’ve been told, “That’s just politics.” Well not on my watch.
I looked at online posted County Commissioner Meeting documents and the Pledge as well as the invocation was always on it. Why do you think they waited until you were in Dallas on training to make this bold move to remove the Pledge and the invocation of the Commissioner Court meetings?
NN: I honestly think that it never occurred to them that I would speak up. The good ole boys are not used to someone calling them out on their actions and holding them accountable. I think that they simply thought they would make a bit of a power play with the County Clerk to put her in her place. They didn’t stop to think of the “unintended consequences” of messing with the
Prayer and the Pledge. We take those things very seriously in this country.
Has the County Sheriff’s office ever explained to you why they never questioned you about the case before turning it over to the
NN: I talked to someone with the Sheriff’s office today. They explained that they are making the recommendation to send it to the Grand Jury to remove the District Attorney and the Judge from the equation. It depends who you talk to. Some say that is true and some say it isn’t. I just have to trust that God has a plan and that regardless of the outcome, it will be part of His plan for me. The struggles we face in life seem like mountains at the time; but in the grand scheme of things they’re only speed bumps. They build character and make us stronger.
Judge Lacey, a self declared Conservative, officially admits that he does not put “Items” such as the Pledge and/or invocations on the Agenda out of “fear for the ACLU”. By taking away this authority from County clerks those RINO’s can bow before the radical ACLU mafia and avoid being sued.
Texas Law clearly gives the authority to add Minutes exclusive to the County Clerk. Do you think they are using you and your career as a pawn sacrifice to produce a case of creative precedence to take this authority away from the county clerk?
That way they could kill two birds with one stone: Fighting this all the way through to the Texas Supreme Court would be hard on you and your family. Maybe they are hoping to break your spirit and get you to resign before putting your family at risk which would pave the way in giving your office back to a Democrat?
NN: I have no doubt that the complaint filed against me is an attempt to intimidate me. Intimidation is the name of the game. If you’re worried that you will spend 6 months in jail and an insane amount of money trying to defend against that possibility, you will probably think twice about making your voice heard. At least that’s what the goal is. I’m not built that way. If I see wrong; I say it. If I hear wrong, I say it. Right is right and wrong is wrong and it doesn’t take holding an elected office to understand that basic premise. We teach it to our kids every day.
You are not the only fiscal conservative Patriot that is under attack these days. Governor Rick Perry faces a law suit for his call
for a national day of prayer for our battered nation. The Houston VA Cemetery is violating first amendment rights by prohibiting the use of God and Jesus in ceremonies. Just a few weeks ago Texans were trying to break the power of the TSA in Texas. Do you think that those partially open, and in your case, backdoor attacks are by design to break the conservative, patriotic Christian spirit of Texas?
NN: As Americans, our way of life is under attack. Our very belief system is being struck at from all angles and we can either sit by and let it happen or we can stand up and say, “Not on my watch.” I applaud Governor Perry for the prayer rallies he’s supporting. I was disgusted when I heard of the assault on the religion of the families of grieving Veterans in Houston. Political correctness has taken us down a path of supporting anything but American ideals. We don’t have to hide from who we are. America is beautiful. The people who have reached out to me just to offer a word of wisdom and encouragement and good old fashioned “We stand with you!” are examples to me of everything that is right in this world. More than anything, the outpouring of support for God and Country here locally and seeing so many Patriots stand up for our beliefs and ideals on the nationwide landscape has been an inspiration to me.
Natalie – this will be posted on Word press as well as on Amarillo Examiner and distributed all over the Internet all over the
country. If you could tell all my readers anything you wanted please feel free to do so. What can we do to help you and support you?
NN: When this issue first arose in my county, I saw it unfolding and I knew that there were risks involved in standing up. We’re human. It crosses our mind that when we take a stand, it might not be popular. We wonder if we’ll be the only one. We wonder, when we stand up, if it will really make a difference. And in that thirty second time frame, we come to a realization that some things are bigger than we are. The prayer and pledge are two of those things. One man with courage is a majority. I have not been alone. There are people all over the nation who have contacted me to say “We’re with you.” And it’s times like these when the words of our pledge ring so clear and so true. We are one nation under God. We are indivisible. We are Americans.
If you would like to help support me, I would simply ask that you stand up yourself, wherever you are. If you see an injustice taking place, understand that you are not alone, and be heard.
Thanks for your time in answering these questions and thank you for everything you do. God bless you, you are a great Patriot and role model.
© Tom Lehner: Natalie Nichols contributed to this interview via email. Her answers copy/paste and passed on in original. I
have not held anything back and the original answers are saved as .pdf file.
How does a Conservative County Clerk in Texarkana, Bowie County/East Texas end up facing jail, fines, and loss of job for defending respectively and adding the “Pledge of Allegiance” as minutes to the County meeting?
“I shall never surrender nor retreat.
Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, & of everything
dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch.”
(Excerpt from the Alamo Letter, William B. Travis,
Commandancy of the Alamo/Bexar, Fby. 24th 1836)
What wonderful words to read. Every time I visit the Alamo and read those words I get Goosebumps.
For 235 years the principles of “patriotism”, “Liberty”, “Justice” and everything dear to the American Character have been the backbone and fundamental spirit of this nation.
Men and Women in the U.S. Armed forces have sacrificed everything from family life to their greatest sacrifice, their lives to defend those principles. 185 men died at the Alamo defending the same.
But those times are apparently over.
Texarkana, Bowie County, East Texas – For 12 years the world in East Texas was, according to Judge Sterling Lacy, who identifies himself on his facebook page, a good conservative.
The county clerk was always a Democrat, so Judge Lacy, a spineless RINO, who admits he never added the “Pledge of Allegiance” and invocation to the minutes out of fear he could be “sued by organizations such as the ACLU” had nothing to worry about.
What a wonderful thought to know that our Judges have to be scared to be patriots and honor our fallen Heros because a radical left wing organization financed by Tax Dollars could use OUR tax contribution and sue them.
Isn’t America a wonderful country? What do we need foreign enemies for? We have the social terrorist in our own country and we even finance them with tax Dollars.
But in 2010 times changed in Bowie County; Natalie Nichols, a wonderful mother, wife, and fiscal conservative fought a successful election exactly on those patriot, constitutional, fiscal conservative principles and conquered the County Clerk’s office.
With enthusiasm she started her new calling serving the people of Bowie County, never leaving her patriotic principles out of sight. And as records show she always added the Pledge as well as the invocation.
However, on June 13, 2011 Judge Lacy decided, together with Precinct 4 commissioner Pat McCoy (another spineless RINO Conservative) to remove the Pledge from the minutes. Interestingly, is that they waited for this exact day on purpose.
On June 13, 2011County Clerk Nichols was in Dallas, Texas for training and could not attend the meeting.
On June 23, 2011when returning from training Nichols faced the Judge in the next court meeting where she said: “Over the years, many brave men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their blood and their lives to protect this great nation that includes our most sacred flag. I will not dishonor their service or sacrifice. We shouldn’t be fighting to hide our allegiance to the flag; we should be fighting to proclaim it!”
On a County Commissioner Court meeting on July 11, 2011 things got out of hand when Lacy addressed the members of the court about the removal of the Pledge and Prayer from court documents claiming that the minutes were left out “the opening ceremony of devotional Prayer, and Pledge”.
Natalie Nichols immediately replied “that’s not true….the pledge and prayer are certainly there”. Judge Lacy immediately tried to silence here causing Nichols to exasperate “but you are lying.”
Nichols later on apologized for her outburst in court, but still stands to the principles. N.
Nichols also thanks the only lone member of the court who voted against the action saying “we all need to say a huge thank you to
Commissioner Addington for standing up for both God and Country and voting against it”.
Nevertheless, the county judge launched an investigation with Bowie County Sheriff James Prince against Nichols.
They never questioned her or gave her any chance to justify herself, 2 days after the investigation was launched sheriff Prince already turned the case over to the ADA.
Natalie Nichols became aware of the investigation against her through Texarkana Gazette. They did not even have the balls to tell her themselves.
Chet Nichols, Natalie’s husband told me on July 18, 2011that they are trying to wrap things up and address the Grand Jury onJuly 28, 2011.
Nichols, who by sec. 81.003 of Texas law, has the authority to record, amend, attest, and seal the minutes with the official county seal, says “they can sue me, remove me from office, but I will not remove the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer from the official recording of this court, when the action did in fact take place.”
And this is what you can do to help her and avoid injustice
Call the Bowie County DA’s office:
601 Main Street
Phone: (903) 735 – 4800
Call the Judge Lacy’s office and let him know what you think of him
710 James Bowie Drive, New Boston,
Phone: (903) 628 – 6718
Call your congressman and woman and let them know.
Governor Rick Perry’s office
Telephone Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
Citizen’s Opinion Hotline [for Texas callers] :
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard :
Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
call 711 to reach Relay
Office of the Governor Fax:
For email go to the Governors Website: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/
Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s office
Call by phone
Email contact form: http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php
Rep. Lavender, George
Room E2.716, Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
2600 N. Robison, Ste.190
Natalie Contact: http://bowiecountyclerk.com
Judge Sterling Lacy contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyJudge.html
Commissioners contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/commissionersCourt.html
Sherriff Contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/sheriff.html
District Attorney contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/districtcourt/districtAttorney.html
When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance becomes Duty
Interview with Natalie is coming next
- Travvis letter on Scribd.com
- Bowie County Commissioner Court Minutes from April 2011
- Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy Facebook Page
- Red Flame Wire
- Natalie Nichols support and Action page
- sec. 81.003 Texas law: